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  1. You usually hear the phrase that we're all responsible for climate change and that it's a global problem and all that. But is that really true? Are we all equally responsible for climate change? Of course not. A report, released by British charity Oxfam in 2015, clearly shows how unequal this responsibility really is. According to the report, the world's richest 10 percent produce half of the greenhouse gas emissions that's causing this climate crisis. Meanwhile, the poorest half only contribute a mere 10 percent of emissions. And let's be real here, not much has happened over the course of two years to change this unequal division. And this is not about individuals, either, it's about developing and developed nations, the South versus the North. And of course it's not all black and white. The rich, and developed countries, have a historic responsibility to make deeper cuts than poorer developing countries, and to take the lead in the fight against climate change. After all, they have the most to cut and can best afford to forgo "development". That's climate justice.
  2. A recently published study in the scientific journal Nature has found that the extremely warm temperatures that we have experienced across modern-day Europe and North America are unprecedented in the past 11,000 years. Yes, you read that right. In 11,000 years our little blue planet hasn't experienced a similar extreme rise in temperatures. And it's us humans that are causing it. That's all kinds of crazy when you actually think about it. ThinkProgress writes: This also means that we have ended the era of stable climate that enabled the development of our modern civilization. Without a relatively stable climate, our civilization probably wouldn't have advanced as far and as fast as it actually did - and without a stable climate we also probably wouldn't have been able to create a global agriculture system that is capable of sustaining billions of people. Thanks to a stable climate we were able to successfully settle along rivers and near seas - places that were most suited for living and farming - without having to worry about rising sea levels, extreme and frequent storms, tornadoes, and other catastrophic natural disasters. So just imagine for a second how bleak our future will look like without a stable climate. Luckily we still have time to stop the worst effects of climate change, but only if we act aggressively to change our unsustainable lifestyle and economic system - now.
  3. If Jeremy Corbyn wins power in the next election he has promised to make the fight against climate change a top priority. Corbyn has argued that the only way to avert climate catastrophe is to fight the crisis with real and radical solutions. One of those solutions, Corbyn argues, is the full public ownership of Britain’s energy system. The Independent reports: Jeremy Corbyn vows to tackle ‘climate catastrophe’ by putting energy system in public hands Corbyn gives me so much hope! Finally, there is a leader that understands that the threat of climate change is real and that the only solutions are to radically transform our societies and economies.
  4. Do people that identify themselves as "left" on the political scale feel a greater personal responsibility to reduce their climate impact than people on the right side of politics? I do believe that this could be the case. To be able to shed some light on this question I will use a statistical program called SPSS and data from the European Social Survey (ESS). In my analysis, I want to investigate whether people's political affiliation matters when it comes to feeling a greater personal responsibility for reducing climate change. As such I will use two variables from ESS, these are: Placement on left right scale. To what extent feel personal responsibility to reduce climate change. The two variables contain 14 and 15 different response options, which also include answers such as "Do not Know" and "No Answer". The political variable includes 11 answer options, from "Left" to "Right." The climate responsibility variable contains just as many possible response options, from "Nothing at all" to "Much". In this particular test, I only want to see the opinions of people who identify themselves on either of the far ends of the political scale. As such I have encoded these two variables through the recode function in SPSS so that only answers from the two "extremes" are reflected in the output. In other words, I only have respondents who have answered that they belong to the far left and right on the political scale. I've done the same with the climate responsibility variable. Alright, let's get the result! The first table shows that due to the recoding we only have answers from 575 people, which is only 1.7 percent of all respondents in the ESS data. So please, don't take this blog post too seriously. The other table is much more interesting for us as it shows the actual answers to our question. In the above table, we see that 65 percent of those who identify as "left" feel a great personal responsibility to reduce their climate impact. Which can be compared with only 46 percent of those identifying to the "right". Only 35 percent of the people who identify themselves as "left" think they have no personal responsibility, compared to 54 percent on the "right" side of the political scale. As we can see, more leftists feel they have a considerable personal responsibility to reduce their climate impact compared to their political opposites on the right.
  5. I got fascinated with the news that it is possible to remove CO2 from the air and what's more, it can be turned into clean fuel! Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft, has put up a company with some partners and called it Carbon Engineering located at Squamish B.C. Apparently, they already had positive results on this "Air to Fuels" or A2F and are now trying to apply it on an industrial scale. They estimated that this technology could produce fuels for less than $1/litre. Image: Carbon Engineering But then, critics argues that this is just a quick fix and could be catastrophic as they're tinkering with the Earth's climate system (have you watched the movie Geostorm?). It's like curing only the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause. They said that the solution is just common-sense: Article: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/sorry-bill-gates-billionaires-quick-fixes-wont-solve-climate-change If Bill Gates' solution becomes successful, that would be really great. I hope that in the process of this experiment, it will not add more damage to our planet as feared by the critics.
  6. According to a new study, published by the journal Nature Climate Change, our planet will start to experience "serious drought and desertification" by 2050 if we fail to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets made by the Paris climate agreement. Newsweek reports: The researchers conclude that the only solution to stop this desertification of Earth is to limit and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions: The Paris climate agreement might be weak, insufficient and without any legal requirements to actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions - but it's the only agreement we have and the only (for now) viable way to collectively come together and fight climate change. But for that to work, we need the biggest polluters onboard - and the US is one of those. But the USA is the only nation in the world that has not signed the Paris climate agreement, and Trump has numerous times declared that he doesn't believe in climate change and he has repeatedly shown that he misunderstands basic facts of climate change. Does the USA really want to be remembered as the ones who blocked global efforts to mitigate the dangerous effects of climate change?
  7. Scientists warned today that the ozone layer is not recovering. While the ozone hole over Antarctica has been closing, the ozone layer that protects people from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is actually declining along the equator, where billions of people live. The Guardian writes: Ozone layer not recovering over populated areas, scientists warn What is causing this decline in the ozone layer is still unclear, but scientists speculate that climate change could be one explanation: Another explanation could be industrial chemicals, but more research is needed before we can draw any conclusions.
  8. A new study shows that polar bears are starving because of the melting of sea ice caused by climate change. National Geographic writes: Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows Polar bears are dependent on seals. They hunt and kill the seals when they come up to the surface through holes in the sea ice to breathe. And for polar bears, this is the only really successful method of hunting. That's why the melting of the sea ice in the Arctic is threatening the very survival of polar bears. So you can imagine what happens to them when the sea ice declines. The farther the polar bears have to walk or swim the more weight they'll lose. This will eventually lead to them losing muscle mass which will further negatively affect their hunting, and so a devastating downward spiral is started. This is what happens to them:
  9. 2017 has passed and climate scientists have now concluded - just like their climate models predicted based on Nasa data - that last year was the second-hottest year in recorded human history. And 2017 was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event. The Guardian writes: We are now seeing how human-caused climate change is breaking temperature records year after year, with no slowing down in sight. And, as many parts of the world experienced last year, global warming is making extreme weather events more common and causing human suffering on a large and destructive scale. And yet, world leaders (and, let's be honest, us voters) aren't doing enough to stop or mitigate this climate crisis. The USA and the Trump administration even began withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, a weak (but our only) climate agreement that is far from enough to combat this global crisis. The judgment of future generations on the criminal negligence of this generation (of leaders) will surely be harsh.
  10. More bad news for our climate and future: in 2017, the oceans were by far the hottest ever recorded - and they are just getting warmer. The top five years on record in terms of ocean heat has all taken place since 2013. This increased heat in our oceans will result in rising sea levels and: We need to take drastic actions - now - to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to avert the worst effects.
  11. Did you know that climate change threatens both chocolate and coffee? Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years due to climate change. The warmer temperatures and drier weather, from man-made climate change, will hit cacao plants so hard that they, according to experts, could disappear by as early as 2050. And climate change will have similar severe effects on the world’s coffee supply. Maybe this will get the attention of the general population?
  12. Al Jazeera America has published a good opinion piece by Dan Froomkin in which he discusses the failure of mainstream media to report on the shutdown of the US government. Froomkin argues that his fellow colleges have misled the public on the true cause of the shutdown and that US mainstream media has failed to hold the responsible parties accountable. "...journalists have been suckered into embracing "balance" and "neutrality" at all costs, and the consequences of their choice in an era of political extremism will only get worse and worse." I believe Froomkin is right when he argues that this is a failure for journalism and democracy. But it’s not just about the recent shutdown of the US government. The same reasoning can be applied to the climate change crisis, where the media keeps portraying it as a debate – even though the deniers have nothing but lies and misinformation to back up their claims with. Froomkin’s reasoning here can also be applied to the failure of Western media, in general, to combat the dangerous development of extreme right-wing parties in Europe. With that said, I do think that Froomkin puts too much blame and responsibilities on the individual journalist. After all, a journalist can only do so much. At the end of the day it’s the corporations that run today’s global news organizations that sets the agenda and decides how and which stories get reported (check out: The mass media and our environment).
  13. Simon

    Things to regulate

    Please note that this blog post is from 2012. I'm just testing to import older blog entries from Tumblr to my new blog here on Redly. Things to regulate according to GOP: Woman’s uterus? Yes! Dirty and climate killing greenhouse gas emissions from power stations? No! This picture holds a lot of truth considering the front-runners in the 2012 Republican primary and their depressing views on climate change and women’s rights. Rick Santorum, for example, is a climate change denier and has said that environmentalism is “a religion that’s being pushed on the American Public”. That statement is kind of ironic in light of his extremely religious and medieval-age ideas and views on birth controls, abortion and other women’s rights issues.
  14. This is just heartbreaking! In a colony of about 40 000 Adélie penguins in East Antarctica only two(!) chicks survived this year's breeding season. The catastrophic breeding event is a result of climate change, as well as overfishing, oil drilling and pollution. The Guardian reports: Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000 And it's not just about climate change, as John Sauven notes: Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic Adélie penguins tend to be regarded as as a species that could adapt better than other species to a rapidly changing climate. But coupled with both global warming and overfishing, they are having a hard time to survive - as this catastrophic breeding event so brutally shows. Source: Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica
  15. Check out these 20 striking images that shows the negative impacts done on our climate and environment by human activity over the past 70 years. Read more and see the rest of the photos here: These 20 images of Earth over the past 70 years show why countries signed the Paris Agreement
  16. Simon

    Climate Camp Sweden

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    The summer has just begun with midsummer around the corner, and we hope that you have enjoyed the first few weeks. If you are thinking about how to spend the rest of this summer: why not join Climate Camp Sweden? On August 3-7, Climate Camp Sweden will take place on Hisingen in Gothenburg. The sign up for the camp is open and it would be great to see you there. The camp has been initiated by Fossil Free Sweden, Fossilgasfällan, Nature and Youth Sweden and Friends of the Earth, but it is open for anyone who wants to take action for a sustainable and just society. There will be workshops and seminars around these themes, and how we can organise ourselves to win. The camp will end with an action against the planned fossil gas terminal in Gothenburg harbour. There will be both a demonstration and a boat-action on the river looking forward to, and celebrating, our fossil free future. All in all, it will be a great camp with loads of learning from each other, building of a movement and fantastic, creative actions. Sign up for the camp today, and help us spread it to everyone you know!
  17. Simon

    March for climate, jobs, and justice!

    Join the Peoples Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. Everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril. Our loved ones feel under siege, and those in power in Washington are advancing a dark and dangerous vision of America that we know is untrue. To change everything, we need everyone. On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action. We invite you to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th as we march to: Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers. Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace. Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers. Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize. Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all. Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech. March with us on April 29th as we come together to resist and march for our families, our communities and our planet. Learn more here: https://peoplesclimate.org
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