In today’s edition, the simple truth: “If we burn it all, we melt it all,” says a think tank. Antarctica ice will entirely melt if all fossil fuels are burned, with dire consequences for life on earth. Time to change the American diet too, says film director James Cameron. The meat in the hamburger has to go if we want to save the planet. Finally, Europe has to behave as, well, a continent, a European think tank says. The European Union could overcome a political deadlock at this December’s Climate Summit in Paris if it agrees to pool all its financial resources.
Quote of the day
“To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all.”
Ricarda Winkelmann, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and the lead author of a paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances, in the New York Times’ story Study Predicts Antarctica Ice Melt if All Fossil Fuels Are Burned
Study Predicts Antarctica Ice Melt if All Fossil Fuels Are Burned
By Justin Gillis – The New York Times
Burning all the world’s deposits of coal, oil and natural gas would raise the temperature enough to melt the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, driving the level of the sea up by more than 160 feet, scientists reported Friday.
***LB: Also in this story “In a major surprise to the scientists, they found that half the melting could occur in as little as a thousand years, causing the ocean to rise by something on the order of a foot per decade, roughly 10 times the rate at which it is rising now. Such a pace would almost certainly throw human society into chaos, forcing a rapid retreat from the world’s coastal cities.”
2015 and 2016 set to break global heat records, says Met Office
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian
The world’s climate has reached a major turning point and is set to deliver record-breaking global temperatures in 2015 and 2016, according to a new report from the UK Met Office.
EU climate policy will be ‘futile’ without Paris finance deal, warns think-tank
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
The European Union could overcome a political deadlock at this December’s Climate Summit in Paris if it agrees to pool all its financial resources.
***LB : Also in this story “Additionally, EU member states should focus on European-wide climate policy rather than domestic mitigation strategies, due to its greater influence on shaping the climate agenda and ability to push for an effective international agreement. Those are the stark conclusions of a new report by the Brussels-based Bruegel Institute think-tank, released last week, which warned, unless European nations agree to work collectively, December’s negotiations will fail to reach an agreement, resulting in much of the EU’s climate policy becoming “futile”.”
James Cameron’s Next Climate Push: The American Diet
By Ted Johnson – Variety
When director James Cameron trekked to Washington in 2010 to press for action on climate change and appear at an Earth Day rally, he returned not just disappointed, but disillusioned.
***LB: Also in this story “The effort has run into opposition from the meat industry, which even started a petition campaign called Hands Off My Hot Dog, charging that the guidelines committee overstepped their bounds “by not focusing on nutrition and instead wandering into environmental issues.” They cast the issue not only as personal freedom, but make positive health claims about animal-based diets.”
Developing countries set an example on emissions cuts
By Alex Kirby – Climate News Network
A review of four governments’ plans for cutting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use praises two developing countries for their ambition.
Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather
By Thomas M. Kostigen – USA TODAY
Poorer nations suffering from extreme weather disasters, so much so that their citizens are seeking refuge in safer terrains outside their borders, want rich nations like the United States to pay for reparations and to relocate populations.
California Gov. Jerry Brown Sends Ben Carson The Climate Evidence He Couldn’t Find
By Dhyana Taylor – The Huffington Post
Retired neurosurgeon turned Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson received a flash drive on Thursday full of the evidence for climate change that he has apparently been looking for.
GOP gropes for way to kill climate rule
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Republicans and industry groups are intensifying their search for a way to beat back President Obama’s new climate rule for power plants.
In Radical Shift, GOP Leaders Actively Embrace Catastrophic Climate Change
By Joe Romm – Climate Progress
Over the past year, GOP leaders, driven by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have made a radical shift in the party’s public position on climate change. They are now actively seeking to destroy a global climate deal.
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California drops plan to slash fuel use by 50 per cent after oil industry backlash
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Plans for a new law in California aiming to halve transport fuel use have been dropped, following fierce lobbying by the oil industry and despite support from a wide range of other businesses.
Replace carbon taxes with green incentives, say manufacturers
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
Carbon reduction policies are too focused on red tape that pushes up energy prices and damages Britain’s international competitiveness, according to a new report released today by manufacturers’ organisation EEF.
Natural gas / coal
France ends aid for coal exporters
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
The French government has announced cuts to subsidies for companies exporting coal technology abroad as the country seeks to position itself as a environmental leader ahead of high-profile climate change talks in December.
Coal exec: Stream rule is industry’s biggest threat
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Coal mining executive Robert Murray declared that the Obama administration’s rule to protect streams from mining is the industry’s biggest threat in nearly six decades.
Jim Ratcliffe: ‘Fracking can be done safely. A lot of opposition is based on hearsay’
By David Hellier – The Guardian
‘One thing I’m sure about,” says Jim Ratcliffe, billionaire founder of chemicals giant Ineos. “You can’t have an energy policy that means you can only have a bath when the wind blows.”
Trendsetting Manhattan Leads in Methane Leaks, Too
By Phil McKenna – InsideClimate News
Methane is spewing from more than 1,000 natural gas leaks under Manhattan, giving it 10 times the number of leaks per mile in its aging natural gas pipelines as cities with more up-to-date infrastructure, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
A Mojave Solar Project in the Bighorns’ Way
By Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson – The New York Times
Two important environmental imperatives, ecosystem protection and renewable energy development, are squared off against each other in the Soda Mountains of California’s Mojave Desert.
Fast pace of power plant closures threatens UK electricity grid
By Christopher Adams – The Financial Times
A wave of power plant closures threatens to push Britain’s creaking electricity system close to breaking point within months, energy experts have warned, with new gas-fired stations not being built quickly enough to plug supply gaps.
Hanergy turns to overseas solar markets
By Lucy Hornby – The Financial Times
Hanergy Group, the Chinese solar energy company that shed 2,000 employees this summer, is turning towards overseas markets as difficulties mount in China.
Musk’s cheap car vision keeps Tesla’s stock aloft
By Jonathan Ford – The Financial Times
Technology companies do not succeed by thinking small. To achieve the epic valuation of a Google or Facebook, you need more than a smart idea.
Hawaii to experience worst-ever coral bleaching due to high ocean temperatures
Warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures around Hawaii this year will likely lead to the worst coral bleaching the islands have ever seen, scientists said.
Chile plans world’s biggest marine park to protect Easter Island fish stocks
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
In the pre-dawn gloom in a small harbour on Easter Island, three fishermen fill their boats. Instead of piling nets, they load rocks which they will use to drop a line tens of metres below the swelling waves.
How ozone attacks our food
By Gary Fuller – The Guardian
September marks the end of the UK’s summer and also the end of our risk period for summertime smog.