Many people are still absorbing the flurry of Australian Government climate, energy and "Big Gas" announcements. They make up a confusing and contradictory "wish list". Some of them relate to important ideas. Too much of the whole package relates to the wishful thinking of our mining industry biased government, manifest in statements which say that climate mitigation cannot be allowed to impact our "economy". Still telling the big economy lie.
This is ludicrous, because climate change is already impacting our economy. Too much of our economy is seriously tied up with green house gas emissions, including "Big Gas". We are not defining what is really important for our economy. Failure of sufficient action now dooms the economy later on. Damage and withdrawal of many parts of our economy cannot be avoided. What is missing are plans to have a climate safe economy. And this is entirely possible now.
"Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says" is the headline of this piece online for "The Conversation". The only uncertainty about this lies in year-to-year variations in climate as measured by our averaging models. A few key graphs in this article, indicate the rising trends we will still have to break in the next few decades.
Our daily news is accustomed to breaking records around the globe, for temperatures, fires, ice melts, and extreme weather catastrophes. These happen worse and more frequently every year. At the same time our fossil fool government continues to operate by pretending all is normal, no need to panic.
In what possible way can this be temporary? It really is a matter of a short number of years, give or take a few, before our "average measure" is in the ball park of 1.5 from our arbitrary pre-industrial baseline. What does the term "temporary" really apply to? Is it the dangerous rise in climate averages, or the ability of nature to cater to the consuming ways of our civilisation?
Climate change is described as a "threat to our way of life" by USA presidential candidate Mr Biden. Should not this be put the other way around? Our way of life is the threat to global climate stability. Which one do you think is the most fragile? Or shall we all continue, like Australian government political parties, deny the challenge of conflicts with our "lifestyles" and "vested interests", by pretending on the fundamental level of actions, that the whole predicament does not exist?
Here we have a government that has said it doesn't "pick winners". This is unfortunately very true, it picks the real losers. If all these gas projects were so obvious winners, they would not need the wholesale corruption of government to make them possible. Decades of stink of foreign corporate money, and mates obligations hangs around the Morrison Government and its "Labor Party" opposition. The book "The Carbon Club" account of our history shows, that people who become determined to bend or destroy political and climate systems by any means, for their own power gain, tend to get what they want. Reasonable balanced people can get to stay home. We all avoid confrontational discomfort, unless backed by enough social support.
The federal government parties have been pre-selected and paid so well, so that they are now overly concerned about rescuing their losing future that is tied to the foreign corporate gas export industry and support of foreign media in Australia. All they want to do now is burn clean money after throwing all their dirty gambling money at it. "Throwing good money after bad"
If you wonder how a state of educated people can allow this to happen, look at pre-world war II Nazi Germany. Nation-states brainwash best, and plan to keep us all insecure and ignorant, while it all happens again.
Johan Rockström is a Swedish professor of Earth Systems Science and director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He says the planet cannot tolerate any more abuse. The science is clear. Political ineptitude, economic short-sightedness, manipulation by stakeholders, and the media’s inability to deal with loud climate change denial has brought us to our current position, and that is political failure.
Not much time left before we will be losing everything.
Me too. Australian government is dissing the rights of every living being on the globe, including those on pacific islands, by its disregard of global warming. Australia ought to remember that it is also an island continent, and not just a coal and gas mining quarry for foreign corporations and billionaire mates.
We are the great Australian gas swindled. That is you and me, whether we have seen through it or not. The gas industry is still getting away with it. Their game pieces are all lined up. The gas lies have been building up thick and fast over the decade, backed by billions of dollars of conviction money from the banks. Dollars buy conviction. Mostly convinced are our conventional standard politicians in Australia, who allow the lies to be repeated wholesale. They also don't want to be seen opposing "progress". The mainstream media are professionally devoted to not joining the dots.
The lies start from the fossil fuel gas corporations, are echoed in every possible way by our domesticated Australian governments and their tame environment and planning departments. Gas industry lies have corralled the main political parties. The whole and entire aim is to produce profits from high exported gas prices, for the benefit of tax-dodging foreign corporations like Santos. For political brains, we have gas industry zombies. We have an overwhelming supply of self-important suckers for a government. We are the great Australia gas swindled because we keep electing them to high office.
The "Galilee Blockade" activists continue to track down potential Adani corporate enablers, and stick pins into corporate coal fantasy balloons. Insurance companies and banks still try to hide their business connections behind green-washed frontage. They have to squirm in public when caught doing deals under the bed with Adani. Yesterday members briefly confronted Insurance giant AON, at their fancy office front. Go to the facebook group "Galillee Blockade" for more online and offline actions.
The Adani Coal Saga stretches on. I have no special insights into how this gravity-defying coal mining project appears to levitate. I suspect this has something to do with corporate hopes of attracting more billions of dollars from financial money-print markets, to pour down the drain, in a hope of rescuing some of the billions already disappeared by the corporate spouts. Many of Adani's top political connections are glued on with the same kind of money.
We still keep fiddling with our denial-worry beads. While we are still choosing to fry, large areas in the once cold Arctic of our planet are burning hot.
The Arctic freezer is where nature keeps huge amounts carbon in its deep permafrost soil. Permafrost thaw emissions could use up 25% of the global carbon budget available for staying under 1.5 deg C in a few decades.
Lots of carbon to burn, lots of peat. Peat fires can burn for a very long time. Area of permafrost comprises about one quarter of the northern hemisphere land mass. These are small increases in the rate of our natural systems additions to atmosphere and ocean carbon. Small that is, compared to human caused additions, which are still hard to beat, now at around 2.5-3.0 ppm every year.
The world meteorological organisation, and many Arctic climate science watchers, are showing signs of wanting everyone to panic, not just at a SARS-Cov-2 level panic. We need a permanent fossil fuels lock-down. It is a climate emergency happening now. We either rapidly pull-down our greenhouse gas production, or our globe has a frying melt-down. Impacts of 1.5 deg C will be bad enough, with much worse if we let it go on.
"Drawdown Review", available for download, publishes two alternative scenarios, as guidance for 2020 - 2050, for how our world can avoid exceeding 1.5 or 2 degrees C margins of warming by 2100, instead of our present fatal course. Drawdown shows what can do now, to reduce human sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance biological carbon sinks, and still improve the net well-being of humanity.
Drawdown claims we can avoid catastrophic warming with climate solutions in hand today. This requires collective ambition and determined action. Adoption by our economic and political systems is all that is missing.
We have a problem with the language and blind concepts of our modern civilisation. "Exploitation" gets labelled as development. Unwanted "Energy Security" means ensuring that peoples futures have no ecosystems, no water, no jobs, and insufferable hot climate. Like any unsustainable imposition, it will be self-limited, but what a waste of lives and species it will be to find out the results. The culprit, in this article, is the Indian government, compromising the alliance of Adani, Modi, and a host of capitalists, driven by "profits". To stay in financial power, which is much the same as political power, they are determined to "develop" the lives of human beings. To turn people that are better adapted to their ecosystems systems than we are, into industrial wage slaves like ourselves. To enclose and reduce the last ranges of other species diversity to nothing.
The industrial state has all the power and compulsion. To continue to create false unsustainable order, to maintain our crowded wretched prisons, of our dependent city lifestyles. We are the passive consuming drivers of this global economic growth monster.
All environment activists , last chance to add your opposition to the Narrabri Gas Project - please lodge a written submission with the IPC by 5pm, Monday 10 August. Online assistance can be found at https://www.lockthegate.org.au/csg_around_narrabri. There are plenty of details and comment published, including most recent fossil fool bulletins, 21st and 28th July 2020.
Transcripts of the recent public hearings are available. There is plenty of evidence that this project is a money extraction operation for the proponents, including our Australia coal and gas oligarchy, with their "limited-liability". It is a high risk project for everyone else. Our civilization has a regressive fixation on "old energy", supported by corporations and governments. We have run out of easy fossil fuel resources. The proponents are into cooking their books, and the global climate. Now even the banks that lend out the money must be starting to feel the fossil fuelled heat.
How fossil fuel industry fraud is setting us up for a climate and financial implosion. Professional fraud investigation report - "Exposing a ticking time bomb". This is specifically a USA report, and the USA is in several ways a global center of fossil fuel fraud. Australian government members are peripheral easy marks.
Misleading statements and omissions by Exxon about climate risk that we find are pervasive in the industry.
Widespread climate change denial indicates it's the money, stupid, with a dash of social class conformity.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his social position (and political job) depends upon his not understanding it! - Upton Sinclair almost had it right.
Of course we have all been seduced by the temporary lifestyles and consumption power of gods that the global fossil fuel boom has enabled. Everyone of us has suspended our disbelief, with our brains flooded with supra-natural temptations of modern cargoism. Fossil fuels, through global heating, and their impermanence, are discovered to be a Faustian bargain, with inescapable consequence at the end.
The end is happening now. Australian governments still show no political choice other than their stance of following the lead of fossil fools with institutional denial. We are still in the thrall of several decades of listening to the sweet words of mining lobbyists, while building a mountain of guilt and accumulated legal liability. Present government members selected and filtered through our fossil fuel political styled systems are incapable of admitting complicity. This must be so convenient for Fossil Fuel corporations.
From the efforts of hundreds of participants at the "2020 National Bushfire and Climate Summit", 165 recommendations. Some of them need real government funding. There is only one way that this could done with some climate justice.
To meet the increasing costs of climate-fuelled disasters, Australia must create a national climate disaster fund to raise money through a levy on fossil fuel producers, as current funding arrangements are administratively complex and demonstrably insufficient.
This article by Latnam & Wilson, states that a Masters thesis in Chinese exists, was translated, that records how in 2012, 6 miners had severe viral lung infections, from 2 weeks regular exposure to bat faeces in a mine in Yunnan province of China. Three of the miners died. Survivors had a prolonged illness of months, with intensive care. Researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), took bat faecal samples soon after from the same site. Among them was a betacoronavirus sequence, labelled RaTG13, that is the closest genetic match to CORVID-19 (3.8% difference). This is big evolutionary gap, but the authors say that prolonged residence in one human body during a 2 - 3 months infection of lung tissues, could be all that was necessary to cause a rapid evolution. Viruses undergo a rapid evolution when first introduced into a new biological and immune system environment, because of higher selection pressure.
During the miners hospitalisation, many samples were taken and sent to the WIV. These may have been frozen and stored until the WIV facilities were enhanced and certified to higher standards in 2018. Various handling, sequencing, and cell-line transmission experiments are likely to have been done since. Evidence exists that containment in all such virology Institutes is an imperfect and risky business. Despite all precautions, an already human pre-adapted virus, derived from those previous recorded human infections, could have escaped. The CORVID-19 virus has barely changed since its first pandemic samples, which indicates it was already fully adapted to humans, requiring no further evolution.
The authors call this COVID-19 origin hypothesis, the Mojiang Miners Passage (MMP) hypothesis. If correct, it is possible that a viral pandemic can happen, from the likes of RaTG13, after a prolonged infection in just one human being. The CORVID-19 pandemic started up in fully finished form, in Wuhan in close vicinity of the WIV. This makes a strong case that any and all unpublished records from WIV activities on these related viruses should be not be withheld.
A strong low pressure system with heavy swells on the NSW coast has caused large amounts of beach front erosion, worst ever at Wamberal Beach. Local residents complain that the local council has sat on its hands, and also sat on the home owners hands, for decades doing nothing about this impending fate.
Most of the countries that have implemented carbon pricing since 2007 have achieved overall reduction in CO2 emssions, according to econometric data, published in this study.
We find evidence that the average annual growth rate of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion has been around 2 percentage points lower in countries that have had a carbon price compared to countries without.
The Independent Planning Commission is scheduled to hear public submissions on the Narrabri Gas Project. Speaker registration has already closed, and they have been numerous, and these will take all week, from five days from July 20 to July 24th, 2020. Written submissions are still being accepted, for about a week afterwards. It is good that the NSW state government has appointed a few commissioners, that seem well qualified for this task. Five days is a long time for a strenuous public hearing of all views, in front of the public. It will be video-streamed. It will seem like a long deliberative trial, only there is no random selected jury. All sorts of persons will have a lot to say, with some repetition, especially the public, and public organisations on behalf of nature. Below are links to watch or send a submission.
BINOY KAMPMARK writes about the Australian Government harsh repression of journalistic exposure of some of their more shameful acts of State Government policy. Meanwhile, Australia continues to participate in the USA's ongoing Afghanistan War Lies. Now with a new $270 billion dollars for new defence hardware scams, which cannot keep up with all the lies, which won't protect anyone from a climate devastated future.
Attorney-General Christian Porter insists on prosecuting former ASIS officer Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, for daring to shame Australian government by exposing a blatant intentional wrong against a friendly country. And of course Australia's old partner in Crimes of Imperialism, United Kingdom is being by allowed by federal ALP and LNP parties to torture Julian Assange unto death by prosecution or extradition, which ever comes first. Prosecution of journalists demonstrates the continued desire of States to commit further heinous crimes. States prove their own guilt by tossing the messengers into goal. Crimes of individuals are overpowered by ongoing crimes of nation - states, for which there are no laws, police, or prosecution, for the acts of fossil-fool, stupid-wealth-crazy political classes.
Even aiming to stay within the global warming range of 1.5 to 2 degrees C, the earth systems are pushed on a path that takes us to the kind of climate of 3 million years ago, Pliocene or even 50 million years ago, the Miocene. The Holocene, which nutured our civilizations, is over forever.
Right now, to avoid the extreme, conditions of the Miocene, not compatible with human civilization at all, and insure that only Pliocene conditions are reached, a rapid, global exponential decarbonization is required
Climacide is the usual cause of termination of Apex Species
David Suzuki points out, that a recent climate science paper says there remains only a 5 percent chance of staying below 2 degrees this Century, and we have actually more chance of reaching 6 degrees of warming (10%), than staying below 2 C. So we'ed better get on with it, as a global apex species, because even 2 degrees is not favourable to the long term survival biosphere apex species such as ourselves. Australia is especially singled out for its rigged corporate games in government..
A Six Million Year Plan for Earth
Everything politicians think they know is most certainly wrong for the real world. Global governments fixation on mutual traded, competitive, exponential, fossil fueled growth. This is the worst possible, long term option ever. There is no wriggle out of contract consequences - Making a Hell of Earth. So what is the cause of this collective insanity? Rapid extinction is nature's unthinking plan for a species that collectively destroys its foundational environment.
Growth still the climate killer
The Global Carbon Project, which collects and analyses our global carbon behaviour, shows that nearly everybody is misbehaving.
Growth in global carbon emissions in 2018 looks to be around 2%, which is exactly tied to the rate of economic growth (by GDP) Growth in Gas was the worst at 3.0%, and almost certainly involves a growth in total methane leakage. It is not provable that the rise in global carbon emissions with GDP has produced a similar rise in global well-being.
Humanity are still trying to collectively have infinite growth on this finite planet. Here in Australia, our Prime Madman Scott Morrison, keeps defiantly shouting his "Strong Economy" slogan, in the tones of "Resistance is useless", while Australia burns hotter. After Albert Einstein, we could say that only one thing is infinite, and that is human collective stupidity.
Absent any serious form of global self-control, human global demolition will be future choked by several possible natural "Limits to Growth". Given our massed social and technical ingenuity, we might even manage to have several at once. We might escape the global decline in essential heavy fuel oil supply to power our global big machines, or spend all our energies against the inexorable rise in new climate disasters. This is probably already out of our control, as we struggle to keep creating new limits by growing our ongoing demolition of biodiversity and natural sustainability.
Climate Emergency Declaration
If enough people demand it, governments could declare a
climate emergency tomorrow, and we could all get on with the job of