Disastrous flooding follows years of extreme drought in south-central US:
Three people have been confirmed dead after record rainfall across the south-central United States led to flash flooding over the weekend across Texas and Oklahoma.
In Claremore, Oklahoma, a firefighter was killed early Sunday after he was swept away during a water rescue.
Another eight people, including three children, are missing after the Wimberley, Texas vacation house they were staying in was swept away during the flash floods. Three people are also missing in San Marcos, Texas[…]
Texas and Oklahoma both face intensifying drought and flooding, although politicians in both states have denied climate change. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Texas “has yet to formally address climate change preparedness” — one of only 12 states to not have taken any steps toward addressing the impacts of climate change on water resources.
Interview with two Divest Harvard faculty. Full link at The Nation.
Science historian Naomi Oreskes on precedents for fossil fuel divestment:
No historical analogy is ever perfect, but there are aspects of history that can be informative. Apartheid is relevant, because many institutions did divest in those cases, which belies the argument that divestment is inappropriate because it “politicizes” the university. Tobacco is relevant for the same reason—and Harvard divested from tobacco—and also because in many respects the fossil fuel industry has followed the tobacco industry playbook. Slavery is relevant because it addresses the “but we all use fossil fuels argument.” Of course we do, and people in the North wore clothes made of cotton picked by slaves. But that did not make them hypocrites when they joined the abolition movement. It just that they were also part of the slave economy, and they knew it. That is why they acted to change the system, not just their clothes.
Atmospheric chemist James Anderson on the Harvard Corporation:
The most effective thing for [Harvard President] Drew Faust to do would be to come out with an op-ed in The New York Times saying, “I was wrong, this is absolutely the crucial thing. This is what universities are for, this is their purpose. They’re for leadership. They’re the only entity with real power in this country that cannot be destroyed by the fossil-fuel industry, and I’m sorry that I didn’t see the importance of the climate connection to the moral imperative to the university’s responsibility. But today I do, and we are divesting.”
We’re not going to get riled up about this. We’re just going to win.
Calgary-based journalist Andrew Nikiforuk has an excellent report about what he calls “Calgary’s Manhattan Moment”:
Calgarians, who are as hardy and distinct as New Yorkers, might react in a similar way after the Great Flood of 2013. They may even reassess their government’s carbon-laden pipeline fantasies as well as the pace and scale of the tar sands…
[C]limate change is not a mirage. Nor is it weird science or tomorrow’s news. It is now part of the flow of daily life.
New “corporate sabotage and infiltration” game is written in QBASIC, a twenty year old programming language.
The game’s creator:
”Even old, abandoned tools and the most basic pieces of software can still be put in the hands of someone who wants to create their dream and result in beautiful things happening."
And the result can far exceed what the tool provided in the past. Compare a QBASIC game from 1991 to Black Annex in 2012 to see just that.
We have everything we need to create new things, prepare, and solve problems. No new technology or policy or permission is needed. Find an available tool and get to it.
New study confirms scientists’ warnings: Climate change has worsened extreme heat waves, floods, droughts, and wildfires in Australia over the last ten years.
The report “makes clear that these weather events will only get worse in the coming years, and warns that health and emergency professionals as well as citizens must prepare for their impacts now.”
Ian Bruce, who works for the David Suzuki Foundation, and David Helliwell, CEO of a British Columbia-based energy information software company:
B.C.’s leadership on climate change has made us more economically competitive. As the last global financial crisis wreaked havoc on economies worldwide, at home our carbon tax spurred innovation and clean technology sector growth to more than 200 companies. It saw sales projected for $2.5 billion in 2011 with a 48 per cent growth between 2008 and 2010. According to KPMG, 78 per cent of these sales are exports. These clean-technology innovations throughout the province have diversified our economy while making us a leader in climate change solutions that give us cleaner air, energy-efficient homes and businesses, and healthier communities.
The BC Liberal Party likely believes there are votes to be gained in their cynical and cowardly retreat from climate leadership. But their argument that the carbon tax is hurting BC’s economic competitiveness is just dishonest. A carbon tax may reduce the record profits of the greedy carbon polluters who donate to the party (and then expect to be served by it), but underpricing carbon harms our economy and everyone you know.
According to the anti-business radicals at KPMG, BC’s cleaner technology sector employs more people than forestry, mining and the oil and gas sectors combined. It also contributes more to provincial GDP than any of the traditional resource-based sectors.
Unpriced carbon is a subsidy for unethical businesses that damage and endanger our communities without creating much economic value.