Saturday 24th of February 2024

of anthropogenic global warming.....

IN AN ARTICLE ON RT, WE ARE TOLD THAT GLOBAL WARMING HAS BECOME A RELIGION:

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According to Australia’s Senator James Paterson,

The public shaming and bullying of any scientist who differs from climate change orthodoxy is eerily reminiscent of a latter-day Salem Witch-trial or Spanish Inquisition, with public floggings meted out – metaphorically speaking – for their thought crimes. Indeed, ‘dissenters,’ as they have also been labelled, suffer ritual humiliation at the hands of their colleagues and the media, with their every motivation questioned and views pilloried.

When the temperature rises, we hear, ‘Wow, that’s clear evidence of climate change.’ But when there’s a rapid cooling, we hear, ‘Wow, that’s more proof of climate change.’According to Jonah Goldberg, the founding editor of National Review Online, “The beauty about global warming is that it touches everything we do – what we eat, what we wear, where we go. Our ‘carbon footprint’ is the measure of man.”

In other words, the idea of “climate change” is essentially irrefutable because, somewhere, in some way, the climate is constantly changing. This irrefutability makes it a perfect basis for a religious belief. And this faith, in turn, makes people into “necessitous” men and women. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served as US president from March 1933 to April 1945, once contended that human beings in an age of scarcity will find themselves pressed by something he called “necessity.” Life requires the satisfaction of necessities like food, clothes, and shelter. Hence, Roosevelt insisted that “necessitous men are not free men” and that the state should be able to make people “free from fear.” 

James Tonkowich from the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, DC, explains that there is a long history of environmentalist thinking that sees humans primarily as consumers and polluters. “That thinking leads many to insist that abortion rights are integral to any environmental agenda,” he says. Forgoing children and even having an abortion is thereby promoted by the ‘greenie elites’ in the so-called ‘Western democracies’ as environmentally friendly, while childless women are doing their bit to reduce the carbon footprint of civilisation.

 

OKAY. THIS ARTICLE BY Augusto Zimmermann— Professor and Head of Law at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education in Australia, President of WALTA – Legal Theory Association, and former Law Reform Commissioner in Western Australia — SWIMS IN THE SHITTY SEWER OF COMPLETE IGNORANCE.

 

GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC.

 

WE HUMAN HAVE CHANGED THE WEATHER (VIA CHANGING THE CLIMATIC BOUNDARIES), NOT BY SACRIFICING CHILDREN, WHICH THE ISRAELIS ARE DOING DAILY IN GAZA, BUT BY BURNING "FOSSIL FUELS" CARBON PRODUCT.

THE ONLY THING THAT SHOULD NOT SURPRISE US IS THAT WE DOING VERY LITTLE ABOUT IT. 

THAT “Roosevelt insisted that “necessitous men are not free men” and that the state should be able to make people “free from fear.”” IS A BIT OF A FURPHY IN REGARD TO THE CARBON EQUATION. 

… ‘dissenters,’ as they have also been labelled, suffer ritual humiliation at the hands of their colleagues and the media, with their every motivation questioned and views pilloried.

HUMILIATION? PILLORIED? NOT REALLY…. THE DENIALISTS, AS WE CALL THEM ON THIS SITE, FIGHT LIKE HELL TO BE HEARD AND WHILE, SAY, “97 PER CENT OF PROPER SCIENTISTS” CAN EXPLAIN THE PROCESSES OF THE CARBON DIOXIDE AND THE DIRE PROGNOSTIC ATTACHED TO IT — THE 3 PER CENT MAKE A BIG ENOUGH RACKET THAT THEY GET AT LEAST 50 PER CENT OF THE MEDIA’S AND POPULACE ATTENTION…

THE POINT “When the temperature rises, we hear, ‘Wow, that’s clear evidence of climate change.’ But when there’s a rapid cooling, we hear, ‘Wow, that’s more proof of climate change.” IS COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT… GLOBAL WARMING ISN’T ABOUT THE MOMENT OF CHANGE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BUT ABOUT THE TREND.

FOR EXAMPLE AS EUROPE AND THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE HAD THEIR HOTTEST SUMMER YET WITH RECORDS AFTER RECORDS, AUSTRALIA WHERE Augusto Zimmermann LIVES, HAD AN AVERAGE SEASON, WHICH MASKED THE FACT THAT ANTARCTICA IS MELTING AT A RATE OF KNOTS — BEYOND NORMAL SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS. THE WEATHER PATTERNS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ARE STRONGLY DICTATED BY ANTARCTICA. THE ARCTIC OCEAN AND THE GREENLAND ICECAP ARE THE “REGULATORS” OF THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE, BUT, MELTING AWAY AT FIVE TO SEVEN TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT, BOTH HAVE LOST THEIR MAJOR INFLUENCE AGAINST THE ENCROACHING DRY TROPICAL AIR OF THE SOUTH IN SUMMER…

MEANWHILE OTHER INFLUENCES WILL PIGGYBACK ON THE SYSTEM (COMPLEX) — ON WHICH ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING ALREADY PIGGYBACKS… THESE PRESENT INFLUENCES ARE THE INCREASING SUN MAXIMUM AND THE EL NINO. FOR AUSTRALIA, SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT PLANETARY AIR CIRCULATION, THE COOL AIR COMING FROM  MELTING ANTARCTICA HAS TEMPERED THE EFFECT OF EL NINO SO FAR. 

ALL THE PROPER SCIENTISTS CAN SAY IS THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE FULL EFFECT OF GLOBAL WARMING YET, DESPITE GLOBAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES NOW REACHING 1.3 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE THE AVERAGE BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. 

IS IT GOING TO GET WORSE? 

BY ALL ACCOUNT, YES. THERE IS ALREADY ENOUGH POTENTIAL WARMING IN THE ATMOSPHERE TO RAISE TEMPERATURES BY AT LEAST 6 DEGREES CELSIUS. YOU SHOULD KNOW.

Augusto Zimmermann — Professor and Head of Law at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education in Australia, President of WALTA – Legal Theory Association, and former Law Reform Commissioner in Western Australia — MAY KNOW SHITLOADS ABOUT THE LAW, BUT HE SWIMS IN THE SHITTY SEWER OF COMPLETE FALSEHOOD IN REGARD TO GLOBAL WARMING. WE KINDLY POINT HIM IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION....

 

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too hot.....

A Taylor Swift concert set to take place in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday was called off at the eleventh hour after a fan died at her show the day before amid sweltering heatwave conditions in the South American country.

The postponement of Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ gig comes as Brazil faces record-breaking temperatures in its eighth heatwave of the year, a whole month before the official start of summer in the southern hemisphere. Inmet, the country’s national meteorological institute, had warned of potential risks to life as temperatures hovered five degrees Celsius above the average for more than five consecutive days.

The warning came as the region recorded a heat index, which combines temperature and humidity, of 59.3 degrees Celsius on Friday (138.7F). On Saturday, it was 59.7 degrees Celsius (139.5F).

The extreme conditions are thought to have contributed to the death of Ana Clara Benecides Machado, a 23-year-old Taylor Swift fan, who collapsed in the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos arena on Friday. Health officials said that Machado died after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest and that an investigation has been launched to determine the precise causes.

 

https://www.rt.com/pop-culture/587611-music-taylor-swift-fan-death/

 

 

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one per cent.....

new report from Oxfam International reveals alarming disparities in carbon emissions, underscoring a stark contrast between the wealthiest 1% of people and the rest of the planet, with the poorest percentage of the population left to bear the brunt of the environmental damage.

The report titled, “Climate Equality: A Planet for the 99%,” makes clear the impact of such emissions, stating that in 2019, the emissions of the super-rich 1% “are enough to cause 1.3 million deaths due to heat.”

Violations and disparity in emissions are also highlighted in the report, including the 1% burning through twice as much of the carbon budget as the poorest half of humanity combined in the last 30 years. Additionally, the emissions of the 1% exceed the safe limit by over 22 times and annual emissions cancel out the carbon savings equivalent to nearly a million onshore wind turbines.

Oxfam calculations indicate that an individual in the bottom 99% would need approximately 1,500 years to generate the same amount of CO2 pollution as the world’s top billionaires produce in just one year.

Annex 1 countries, classified by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as the most industrialized countries, “have been found, because of their historical and often colonial past, to be responsible for 90% of excess emissions, and Global North countries specifically for 92%.”

The report also stated, “One high-profile study found that 70% of industrial carbon emissions since 1998 come from only 100 oil, coal and gas producers.”

Oxfam identifies three avenues through which the wealthiest 1% exacerbates the climate crisis: first, through carbon emissions stemming from daily consumption, including lavish lifestyle practices (yacht and private jet usage); second, through investments and share-holding in heavily-polluting industries; and third, by wielding influence in media, politics and policymaking.

 

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https://scheerpost.com/2023/11/20/super-rich-1-match-carbon-emissions-of-the-poorest-5-billion-people-oxfam-report-reveals/

 

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SEE ALSO: https://yourdemocracy.net/drupal/node/33287

 

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drowning.....

 

We are called to act on climate change, ‘the greatest moral threat facing humanity’

By Patty Fawkner

 

Never have I been more aware of the existential threat that climate change poses for people I know and love, writes Sister Patty Fawkner.

Imagine you are a passenger on the Titanic. The impossible occurs – the ‘unsinkable ship’ sinks rapidly and you are thrown into the water. You see a half-empty lifeboat and you call for help. Those on the lifeboat ignore your frantic pleas; they are fearful of being swamped by fellow passengers desperate to escape drowning.

Many half-filled lifeboats did not return to the Titanic and nearly 70% of the passengers drowned.

At the recent Chapter gathering of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, keynote speaker Anote Tong used this graphic image to describe the fate of the Kiribati people as the Pacific nation faces inevitable inundation due to rising sea levels. They will be the ones in the water desperately seeking a ‘lifeboat’.

Anote Tong was President of the Republic of Kiribati from 2003-16 and has been tireless in raising global awareness about the threat that climate change poses for his people and other Pacific islanders. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands near the equator. It stands no more than two metres above sea level – a paltry two metres; a vulnerable two metres!

Kiribati is home for an estimated 115,000 people. We Good Samaritans have lived and ministered there since 1991, and in 1996 began receiving young women into our community. We now have eight professed I-Kiribati Sisters, all of whom attended our Chapter.

I have visited Kiribati more than a dozen times and have witnessed first-hand the destruction caused by rising tides. I have joined in the jokes about Kiribati’s ‘flatness’ which claim that the highest points in the whole nation are the speed bumps on the road on the main island of Tarawa.

But Anote Tong’s address to our Sisters, Oblates and ministry partners on 24 July left no room for humour. Never have I been more aware of the existential threat that climate change poses for people I know and love.

We have passed the tipping point, Tong said; it is not a question of if Kiribati and other low-lying Pacific islands will sink below the rising ocean waters, but when.

“To be frank, it’s too late to avoid the climate emergency,” concurred Chris Bowen, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, in a recent speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce in South Korea. His truth-telling, though disturbing, is refreshing.

As Anote Tong addressed our gathering, the Northern Hemisphere was ablaze with forest fires and searing temperatures. The world is facing a hyper-threat; the increase in temperatures of land, sea and air is accelerating beyond any previous projections and natural disasters are increasing in number and magnitude. It is very likely that Australia will experience another black summer bushfire season in the coming months.

“Climate change is the greatest moral threat facing humanity,” Anote Tong claimed, echoing then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s assertion in 2007. Not only that, it is also the greatest global health threat facing the world, according to the leading medical journal, The Lancet.

Yet, as Rome burns, Nero continues to fiddle. As recently as last month the G20 failed to reach agreement on cutting fossil fuels, and Australia continues to export fossil fuels. The Biden administration in the US has approved more fossil fuel projects than did Donald Trump. The world continues to aid and abet the rise in global warming and rising sea levels.

I cannot imagine the experience of leaving my ancestral home and having it become a watery grave. Continuing the Titanic analogy, Anote Tong asked: “Will those people on the lifeboats bother to pull us (the people of Kiribati) in, or push us away because we would be too problematic?”

In the preface to Pastoral Guidelines on Climate Displaced People, Pope Francis says: “Those driven from their homes by the climate crisis need to be welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated.”

It occurs to me that in the face of the climate catastrophe, Australia must provide moral leadership by providing a lifeboat to our Pacific neighbours. Anote Tong offered some practical solutions. Australia can provide climate refugee status to the Kiribati people. We can make it easier for the Kiribati people to apply for visas. Australia can work with Kiribati seasonal workers and upskill them so that they are able to find employment in Australia. Such strategies, Tong asserted, would allow the people from Kiribati to migrate with dignity.

Can Australia step up to this challenge? Or will Australia repeat the hard-hearted response to refugees and seekers of asylum who have come to this country (by boat, in a sad irony) and arrange for climate refugees to be sent to poorer countries like Papua New Guinea or Cambodia?

The moral threat of climate change is real. In this country, we have the resources to exercise moral responsibility. Do we have the will to take moral leadership? For the sake of my Kiribati Sisters, their families and all the citizens of Kiribati, I hope and pray we do.

Post script

For 12 years I have been writing a monthly opinion piece for The Good Oil and for six of those years in a column titled It Occurred to Me. As I step down from my role as Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in late September 2023, it is time for me to put down my pen and have a break.

It Occurred to Me will continue with guest contributors. In the future, I hope from time to time to be one of those contributors.

As a woman in the Church, I am grateful to have had a platform to express opinions that one will not always find in the Catholic press. I write to discover what I think. I write to learn. I write to explore how the riches of our Christian tradition offer wisdom for the challenges confronting today’s world and Church. Thank you to my readers who have encouraged me to write.

 

First published in The Good Oil August 2023

https://johnmenadue.com/we-are-called-to-act-on-climate-change-the-greatest-moral-threat-facing-humanity/

 

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rooned......

 

What was Parliament doing as the earth boiled?   By Noel Turnbull

 

On the day on which the Earth recorded a global average surface temperature of more than 2 degrees centigrade for the first time since records began what was the Australian Parliament and media doing?

While the Australian Parliament and the media were obsessed by whether or not the Prime Minister did or did not say something or other to Xi about sonar or how we would fit ankle monitors to refugees, much of the rest of the world was looking towards the forthcoming COP28 with alarm. Australian politicians seemed oblivious.

Although perhaps the silence here was not quite as culpable as the words of two Australian former Prime Ministers who recently told a London right wing conference that climate change is not occurring and one of them – Tony Abbott – admitted he lied for political reasons when he said climate change was real.

New Scientist (17/11) reported that the 2 C global average finding was provisional but that it looked difficult to see how the world can meet the Paris Agreement to limited increases in global temperature to ‘well below 2 C’.

Moreover, the recent United Nations Environment Program Emissions Gap report said the world was on track to warm by 2.9 C by the end of the century – nearly double the international target agreed upon less than a decade ago according to the report.

The Emissions Gap report said maintaining the goal of limiting warming to the 2015 Paris Agreement target of 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels hinges on a rapid transformation away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. “The longer we wait, the harder it’s going to be,” Inger Andersen, the Program’s executive director said when releasing the report.

“There is no person or economy left on the planet untouched by climate change, so we need to stop setting unwanted records on greenhouse gas emissions, global temperature highs and extreme weather,” he told the New Scientist.

Ironically Australia was once a world leader in understanding climate change. The Guardian (21/11) is publishing a series of interviews with scientists who pioneered understanding of global warming and identified the problems which would arise. One of them is Graeme Pearman formerly of the CSIRO.

His first job in 1971 at the CSIRO was to develop, test and install instruments which would measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Weekly he and a colleague drew air samples from a 10 metre high mast in a Rutherglen Victorian wheatfield.

At the same time a US scientist, Charles Keeling, was finding very similar results at the top of a mountain in Hawaii. Keeling said his findings showed that levels started creeping up in the 1960s and by the late 1960s he highlighted fossil fuels as the cause.

Pearman then travelled the world talking to other scientists and finding very similar results. Ultimately, he became the head of CSIRO’s atmospheric division. But his CSIRO work was not to continue as the massive disinformation campaign launched by the fossil fuel lobby put pressure on governments around the world – and found countries like Australia receptive. Pearman left for an academic post and is now world-renowned for his research and activism.

David Michaels in his 2020 book –The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception devotes a chapter to the Climate Denial Machine – a term coined by the journalist Sharon Begley in 2007.

The very first step in the campaign was to focus on the phrase climate change which seems unthreatening and then disputing the science, references to El Nino, cherry picked data and all the tactics used by the tobacco industry.

The tobacco industry tactics eventually didn’t work in much of the world where some markets gave up smoking. But the industry worked hard to open up new ones. “No such luck with the climate terrorists so far” Michaels writes.

We now know all the tactics – paid and unpaid climate sceptics, appeals to huge costs, dodgy research and attacks on research which isn’t dodgy. The brothers Charles and David Koch, for instance, funded front groups such as Citizens for a Sound Economy, The International Climate Science Coalition and the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change.

The range of front groups would make Stalin’s efforts in the West look insipid. Although it has to be said that many of those who spruiked Stalin were motivated by ideology (however misplaced) whereas todays denialists are more motivated by money and other benefits.

Similarly, the health dangers of diesels, opioids, deadly dusts, sugar, chemicals made many lobbyists and latter-day fellow travellers rich and renowned – some of them now spruiking for climate denial.

All the usual suspects are present in Australia too. Not many would join Tony Abbott in calling climate change crap but most have been trained to be more subtle.

Meanwhile a change of government in Australia has produced new carbon emission targets, albeit targets much lower than the situation requires. At the same time, the Albanese Government and State Labor Premiers are busily approving new fossil fuel developments which probably make it impossible to reach even the derisory targets the government has pledged.

What can be done? The Federal Labor Government is terrified of offending almost anyone – whether they be the rich about to get generous tax cuts, fossil fuel industries or property speculators benefiting from tax rorts.

Much of the media is addicted to sound bites, conflict, superficiality and speculation. The Murdoch companies are less a media operation and more a propaganda outlet.

Lenin asked one of the most significant question governments can ask: What is to be done?

Sadly, it appears that the answer in Australia is ‘not much’ Indeed, it brings to mind the lines from that famous Australian O’Brien poem Said Hanrahan – “We’ll all be rooned”.

https://johnmenadue.com/what-was-parliament-doing-as-the-earth-boiled/

 

 

 

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