22 September, 2019

Climate Protesters and World Leaders: Same Planet, Different Worlds

UNITED NATIONS — This is the world we live in: Punishing heat waves, catastrophic floods, huge fires and climate conditions so uncertain that children took to the streets en masse in global protests to demand action.
But this is also the world we live in: A pantheon of world leaders who have deep ties to the industries that are the biggest sources of planet-warming emissions, are hostile to protests, or use climate science denial to score political points. 

That stark contrast comes at a time when governments face a challenge of a kind they have not seen since the beginning of the industrial era. In order to avert the worst effects of climate change, they must rebuild the engine of the global economy — to quickly get out of fossil fuels, the energy source that the system is based upon — because they failed to take steps decades ago when scientists warned they should.

On Monday, at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, comes a glimpse of how far presidents and prime ministers are willing to go. The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, expects around 60 countries to announce what he called new “concrete” plans to reduce emissions and help the world’s most vulnerable cope with the fallout from global warming.

Check out The New York Times story by Somini Sengupta - “Climate Protesters and World Leaders: Same Planet, Different Worlds.”

I have a dream that the powerful take the climate crisis seriously. The time for their fairytales is over

My name is Greta Thunberg, I am 16 years old and I’m from Sweden. I am grateful for being with you here in the USA. A nation that, to many people, is the country of dreams.

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Greta Thunberg - where it all started.
I also have a dream: that governments, political parties and corporations grasp the urgency of the climate and ecological crisis and come together despite their differences – as you would in an emergency – and take the measures required to safeguard the conditions for a dignified life for everybody on earth.

Because then – we millions of school striking youth – could go back to school.

I have a dream that the people in power, as well as the media, start treating this crisis like the existential emergency it is. So that I could go home to my sister and my dogs. Because I miss them.

Farmers wanting to take care of themselves but needing Government help to make it happen

"At the end of the day, we should be able to look after ourselves."
Tanya Cameron is weary.
The NSW farmer and national president of the Country Women's Association is sick of the drought, and the Government's response to it.
An aerial shot of a brown expanse.
The Macquarie Marshes are a stark reality of the water crisis in NSW.
"We should be able to make enough money to look after ourselves. I think that's what everybody wants to be able to do," she continues.
More than a quarter of Australia's farmers are now eligible for welfare payments for up to four years in every decade.
Based on the value of their assets and income, the Government says 24,000 farmers are now eligible for a fortnightly payment of up to $600.
That's almost 30 per cent of the country's farmers potentially on welfare, for 40 per cent of their careers.

Read the ABC News story by national rural reporter, Kath Sullivan - “Farmers wanting to take care of themselves but needing Government help to make it happen.”

What Is the Sun's Role in Climate Change?

The Sun powers life on Earth; it helps keep the planet warm enough for us to survive. It also influences Earth’s climate: We know subtle changes in Earth’s orbit around the Sun are responsible for the comings and goings of the past ice ages. But the warming we’ve seen over the last few decades is too rapid to be linked to changes in Earth’s orbit, and too large to be caused by solar activity.1
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The Sun doesn’t always shine at perpetually the same level of brightness; it brightens and dims slightly, taking 11 years to complete one solar cycle. During each cycle, the Sun undergoes various changes in its activity and appearance. Levels of solar radiation go up or down, as does the amount of material the Sun ejects into space and the size and number of sunspots and solar flares. These changes have a variety of effects in space, in Earth’s atmosphere and on Earth’s surface.
The current solar cycle began January 4, 2008, and appears to be headed toward the lowest level of sunspot activity since accurate recordkeeping began in 1750. It’s expected to end sometime between now and late 2020. Scientists don’t yet know with confidence how strong the next solar cycle may be.

Read the story from the NASA blog - “What Is the Sun's Role in Climate Change?” 

Vintage Golding from The Melbourne Age

Vintage Golding from today's (September 19, 2019) Melbourne Age

‘It doesn't feel justifiable': The couples not having children because of climate change

Morgan and Adam have always wanted children but fears over climate change are making them reconsider.
Morgan and Adam have always wanted children but are worried about climate change.
Morgan and Adam have always wanted children
but are worried about climate change.
The committed pair, aged 36 and 35, are part of a growing trend for young couples to abandon plans for a family because of the climate crisis.
Millions of people around the world rallied for climate action over the past two days, including 300,000 in Australia on Friday, ahead of a United Nations climate action summit on Monday.

Climate plan to force Melbourne's seaside kinder from its bayside home

Since 2012, the lucky children of Lady Forster Kindergarten have learned and played just metres from Elwood Beach.
Lady Foster Kindergarten director Allison Prasser and pre-school kids at Elwood beach.
Lady Foster Kindergarten director Allison
 Prasser and pre-school kids at Elwood beach. 
But the kinder now faces the loss of its bayside home as state government policies preparing Melbourne’s coast for the deepening climate crisis begin to bite.
Foreshores right around Port Phillip Bay are set to change, with the state cracking down on any structures or land users that are not “marine-dependant” in the expectation that rising sea levels are set to endanger property and even lives in the coming years.
Lady Forster, which was put into its present foreshore home as a temporary measure in 2012, has been told that its must find a new location when its lease expires in 2023.

Read the story from The Age by Noel Towell - “Climate plan to force Melbourne's seaside kinder from its bayside home.”