This was written inlight of the US Senate sitting to discuss climate action but these fourclimate facts certainly keep me awake.
It seems that the annual melt season for the arctic is beginning. The ice growth has sputtered and spurted in the last few weeks and is now essentially flatlining.
Of course, there is always the chance that another bout of cold will cause some more growth in the ice cap and it will become apparent over the next week or so. The biggest concern is that if the melt is starting from this point, there is a good chance we could be on track for a new record low come September. This is because ice volume and average age is at an all time low.
Greedy old fatcat, Gina Rinehart has been in the news in the last few days complaining about welfare recipients. Of all people, she should know exactly how hypocritical this is. This megalomaniacal, ignorant pig has had her snout in the trough of taxpayers since she inherited her abhorent father’s wealth, wealth that was built up with the aide of taxpayers money. It would be very hard to put a price tag on the amount of support her family’s empire has received (and is still receiving) but if it was a loan with interest she would probably have to declare bankruptcy if she was required to pay it back. Of course that hasn’t stopped her from sinking the boot into the most vulnerable by basically accusing them of having a handout mentality by saying that taxpayers’ money isn’t a “bottomless pit”. Well you greedy pig, you’re absolutley correct. It isn’t. How about instead of using your substantial taxpayer subsidised wealth to leverage support for laws that allow you to avoid paying tax, you actually do the right thing and refuse the substantial subsidies you recieve and pay your fucking taxes!
Anyway, someone much more polite than I, Kevin Price, had this to say to Gina.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Gina Rinehart and the reality of entitlement
I want to say this to Gina Rinehart and others who continue to ply this ‘tirade of entitlement’. First up, Ms Rinehart, my grandfather knew your father, quite well I believe, and although he did not particularly like the man, I’m told he held him in some regard as someone who had a vision and the balls to solicit substantial government assistance to realise it. I know this because the relationship between the two men was of entrepreneur and government minister responsible. They talked often.
I find myself not being surprised by this. Abbott surrounds himself with people more idiotic than him (I know how that sounds but it’s true) and I think its a deliberate act, not to make himself look better in the public eye but to make himself feel better about himself. He is a village idiot and he knows it.
UPDATE: It seems that the page has been pulled by AIMN and there isn’t anything inthe media to back it up so I’m convinced it probably isn’t true. That said, I still stand by the rest of what I have said and will add that he has a habit of placing these idiots in positions for which they are unqualified. That includes the idiot who can’t count past eleventy being made treasurer.
The important caveats are the references to drought and floods in a warmer world. My Australian readers will certainly relate to that as we are already feeling the effects in that regard. I also find the prospect of damaging soil ecology with nitrification inhibitors. Symptomatic of our propensity to try and put bandaids on everything. It is finger in the dyke stuff.
Originally posted on Simple Climate:
It may seem that nothing could be simpler than toast, but next time I see a slice pop up I’ll also see an emblem of the world’s future. That’s thanks to a UK study exploring the problems surrounding growing enough wheat for flour and other foods as the world warms and has ever more people in it. The issue is especially tangled, Mirjam Röder and her University of Manchester teammates show, as adapting farming for the future will likely increase greenhouse gas emissions, driving further warming. “Climate change and food security are two issues which can’t be decoupled,” Mirjam told me. “The same applies for mitigation and adaptation.”
Mirjam is part of the “Climate change mitigation and adaptation in the UK food system” project, led by Alice Bows-Larkin and backed by Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute. One concern the project reflects is that without adaptation farming will probably be the industry worst hit by climate change, with worldwide productivity falling as temperatures rise. Meanwhile, farming also releases about one-tenth of the greenhouse gases we humans emit overall. “These are largely emissions other than CO2, such as nitrous oxide and methane, mainly occurring from natural processes,” Mirjam said. “They are much harder to reduce and control. Then of course global society is challenged by increasing global food demand. So we face a triad of challenges in the food system: we need to reduce emissions, while food demand is increasing and the sector is impacted by climate change.”
Originally posted on TIME:
So it’s not surprising either that scientists have been trying to find out for years whether climate change might expand the range of malaria, putting millions of people who live in tropical highlands at risk. Warmer temperatures should mean more malaria, but in recent years the number of cases has actually fallen dramatically, largely because of renewed efforts to fight the disease. But now a new study in Science makes a strong case that as the climate warms, malaria will indeed be on the march, expanding its range to previously safe high-altitude territory, putting even more pressure on prevention campaigns—and if those fail, leading to more deaths.
Nothing to say here…just watch.