Most people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but there were much worse fires burning at that time. Thousands of people were killed by massive fires in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario. There were also huge fires burning in the Rocky Mountains.
China’s goal to run on 15 percent non-fossil fuel based energy by 2020 is not enough for the world leader in greenhouse gas production to meet standards agreed to in the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, Reuters reports.
China needs to overhaul its energy mix evolution and aim to produce 26 percent of its energy from renewables and nuclear plants by 2020 to comply with the Paris pact, according to a joint study by China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and the Energy Research Institute of Academy of Macroeconomic Research.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a directive ending an Obama-era legal practice that conservatives criticized as giving outside activists control of the regulatory process.
“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” Pruitt said in a statement issued Monday.
“BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.”
This slogan appeared on posters of the Party leader in the dystopian society of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It was a constant reminder of omnipresent government surveillance for “thoughtcrime” – independent thinking.
In Orwell’s book, Ministry of Truth ‘history re-writer’ Winston Smith quietly rebelled against this oppression, starting a diary expressing forbidden thoughts. But government telescreens were everywhere. Watched constantly, Smith’s every move was monitored. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the consequences of being caught were dire; the stress on individuals enormous.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed repeal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a milestone. No Republican administration has ever mustered the courage to roll back a major EPA regulation.
In a clever twist, the Trump administration has done so by directly challenging the plan’s purported health benefits.
A Clean Energy Target recommended by Australia’s chief scientist will not be adopted, with the Federal Government instead proposing a new plan to bring down electricity prices. The plan will be put to the Coalition party room today and is likely to appeal to a group of backbenchers who favor coal-fired power and had opposed a CET from the outset. Former prime minister Tony Abbott argued a CET was effectively a “tax on coal”. —ABC News, 17 October 2017
Pope Francis addressed the FAO Monday on the question of world hunger, proposing that wars and climate change must be overcome in order to properly address the crisis of world hunger and immigration.
“The relationship between hunger and migrations can only be addressed if we go to the root of the problem,” the Pope said at the headquarters of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome. “In this regard, studies conducted by the United Nations, like many others conducted by civil organizations, agree that there are two major obstacles that must be overcome: conflicts and climate change.”
Ocean clams and worms release a huge amount of harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, almost as much as 20,000 dairy cows, a study has found.
Researchers from Cardiff University in the UK and Stockholm University in Sweden, have shown that the ocean critters are producing large amounts of the strongest greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxides, from the bacteria in their guts.
The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston.
Harvey produced more than 13 trillion gallons of rain over southeast Texas, and that water is now flowing through the Gulf. The Texas Automated Buoy System, run by the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University, is a network of buoys that monitors the waters off the Texas coast and relays real-time ocean data.
Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama.
Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy — the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th.
All new presidents, of course, break with their predecessor once in the Oval Office, especially if they come from a rival political party.
Massive wildfires continue to rage out of control in Northern California, causing historic loss of life and billions of dollars in damage.
The images coming out of California towns, which look like bombed-out cities from World War II, are a sobering reminder of man’s occasional futility in the face of nature unleashed.
Stopping these huge blazes is, of course, a priority. The firefighters who have been battling these infernos have at times done a miraculous job under extremely difficult circumstances.
Volcano Agung in Bali is showing worrisome signs of a major eruption, writes German climate blogger Schneefan here. The highest level of activity with multiple tremor episodes was just recorded. You can monitor Agung via live cam and live seismogram.
The 3,000-meter tall Agung has been at the highest warning level 4 since September 21.
Schneefan writes that the lava rise has started and that “an eruption can be expected at any time.”