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Oil Giants Ponder the End of Oil

Climate Crocks - 5 hours 14 min ago
A development that might have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago is rapidly entering mainstream thinking. Of course, if the Financial Times had been reading this blog, they might have been quicker off the mark. Financial Times: The annual meetings of some of the world’s largest oil companies this week were like […]
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Memorial Day: Trump’s War On Climate Action Would Ensure A World Of Wars

Climate Progress - 5 hours 36 min ago

President Trump's climate (and other) policies would create the perfect conditions for failed states and violence in North America.

The post Memorial Day: Trump’s War On Climate Action Would Ensure A World Of Wars appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Disruptive Floods in Germany

Climate Crocks - 6 hours 13 min ago
A Scientist contact in Europe sends these. Looks more like a tsunami than a typical flood. Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Australia’s censorship of Unesco climate report is like a Shakespearean tragedy | Graham Readfearn

Guardian - 14 hours 39 min ago

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is clearly at risk from climate change, so why would Unesco agree to censor its own report?

That quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet comes to mind: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

The lady in question is the Australian government, which some time in early January saw a draft of a report from a United Nations organisation.

Related: Revealed: report for Unesco on the Great Barrier Reef that Australia didn't want world to see

Related: Australia covered up UN climate change fears for Tasmania forests and Kakadu

At the request of the government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on Unesco’s website here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/3234).

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How fracking can contribute to climate change

Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 4:30pm

Leakage of natural gas from drilling and pipework means more methane is entering the atmosphere

One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.

We cannot measure leaks from every pipe joint. One alternative is to measure the sum of lots of leaks from a distance. Flights over US shale gas fields reveal large methane sources, but these areas also have cattle farms that produce methane and the two sources need to be separated.

Related: Europe's problem with diesel cars

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Homeowners kept in dark about climate change risk to houses, says report

Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 4:01pm

Climate Institute says risk data held by regulators, state and local governments, insurers and banks, but homebuyers and developers do not have access to it

The risk that houses in some areas of Australia are likely to become uninsurable, dilapidated and uninhabitable due to climate change is kept hidden from those building and buying property along Australia’s coasts and in bushfire zones, a Climate Institute report says.

The report says there is untapped and unshared data held by regulators, state and local governments, insurers and banks on the level of risk, but that most homebuyers and developers are not told about the data and do not have access to it.

The full scale of risk may only be recognised through disaster or damage, or when insurance premiums become unaffordable

Related: Climate change: website reveals which homes will be swamped by rising sea levels

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Most coral dead in central section of Great Barrier Reef, surveys reveal

Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

As mass bleaching sweeps the world heritage site, scientists also find an average of 35% of coral dead or dying in the northern and central sections of the reef

The majority of coral is now dead on many reefs in the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, according to an underwater survey of 84 reefs, in the worst mass bleaching event to hit the world heritage site.

An average of 35% of coral was now dead or dying in the northern and central sections, according to the surveys led by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Related: Great Barrier Reef: UN report lead author 'shocked' all Australian references removed

Related: Great Barrier Reef bleaching made 175 times likelier by human-caused climate change, say scientists

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Renewables Overtaking Coal and Nuclear in Midwest

Climate Crocks - May 29, 2016 - 10:17am
Bloomberg: For a snapshot of the woes of the U.S coal and nuclear industries, take a look at Illinois. Following a four-year drop in electricity demand, power companies there announced the closing of coal and nuclear plants that account for more than 10 percent of generating capacity. The shutdowns come amid a fourfold increase in cheap […]
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Bob Inglis on Trump’s Climate Denial

Climate Crocks - May 29, 2016 - 10:04am
Bob Inglis is a heck of a nice guy, and I’ve interviewed him at least once. The former Congressman was defeated in his conservative district when his children awakened him to what science is telling us. He remains a Republican, but is working to find conservative solutions to climate change. But what I really keep […]
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Will Hoover Dam go Bust?

Climate Crocks - May 29, 2016 - 9:53am
As the Southwest continues in historic drought, Hoover Dam’s reservoir, Lake Mead, is at historic low water levels. What are the ramifications? NASA Earth Observatory: The last time Lake Mead was this low—in 1937—water managers were still filling the reservoir and putting finishing touches on the Hoover Dam. According to data from the U.S. Bureau […]
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Australian election 2016: we will meet tougher targets on climate change, Turnbull says in leaders' debate

Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 7:46am

In face-off with no decisive winner, Bill Shorten says prime minister is no longer leading on the issue

Malcolm Turnbull conceded bipartisanship on climate change was desirable and committed to meet higher targets if set by the global community in the second leaders’ debate of the Australian election campaign.

But the prime minister failed to outline how Australia would reach the 2030 emission reduction targets agreed to in Paris. Bill Shorten, the Labor leader, baited Turnbull, asking: “Whatever happened to the old Malcolm Turnbull on climate change?”

Related: No winners on election debate night when answers were scripted and ideas untested

Related: Turnbull and Shorten face off in Australian leaders debate – in pictures

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No winners on election debate night when answers were scripted and ideas untested

Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 7:32am

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten delivered familiar lines no matter what the question, in an election debate hamstrung by its format

What a waste. An hour of prime time television and both leaders answered almost none of the questions. Mostly they took turns to deliver their talking points while staring, with a well practised conviction, at the camera.

Regardless of what they were asked, both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten kept returning to the same lines, the ones we’ve been hearing for three weeks now and some new ones that sounded as though they’d been rehearsed for days.

Related: Australian election 2016: we will meet tougher targets on climate change, Turnbull says in leaders' debate

Related: Hunt plays the long game on his glaringly obvious emissions trading scheme | Lenore Taylor

Related: Shorten: 'Whatever happened to the old Malcolm?' – leaders' debate as it happened

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Australia covered up UN climate change fears for Tasmania forests and Kakadu

Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 3:59am

Fears about damage to the Great Barrier Reef were removed from UN report along with concern about a threat to the environment in two other heritage sites

A draft UN report on climate change, which was scrubbed of all reference to Australia over fears it could deter visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, also outlined possible threats to the Tasmania wilderness and Kakadu.

Related: Revealed: report for Unesco on the Great Barrier Reef that Australia didn't want world to see

Related: World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania

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Bill Maher on Trump Energy Policy

Climate Crocks - May 28, 2016 - 10:37pm
Trump flack predictable ignoramus.  Has memorized talking points.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Donald Trump Tells Drought-Stricken Californians There Is No Drought

Climate Progress - May 28, 2016 - 12:15pm

"They’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea."

The post Donald Trump Tells Drought-Stricken Californians There Is No Drought appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Exxon Turns Back Shareholder Revolt – For Now

Climate Crocks - May 28, 2016 - 5:44am
Above, in a recent interview for a Northern Michigan TV station, I described where I thought Exxon-Mobil was following revelations, that continue, about their awareness of climate science realities even in the 1970s, and before. Recent developments show that I was pretty much spot on.  I take ClimateCrocks on the road frequently, in places as […]
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Trump Ignorance has even his Allies “Agassed”

Climate Crocks - May 28, 2016 - 5:38am
Above, chart shows how leading traditional importers of LNG (which most of my readers know means Liquified Natural Gas) have cut usage so much as to become net exporters.(more details below) The current oil glut has turned thinking upside down on the idea of how the Oil age comes to an end. Classically, we’ve always […]
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Electric Trainer Breaks the Flight Barrier

Climate Crocks - May 28, 2016 - 5:35am
Business Insider: A small Denver, Colorado, manufacturer has rolled out the first prototype of a new all-electric aircraft, suggesting that the same revolution currently sweeping through the auto industry may soon become airborne. The Sun Flyer, the brainchild of engineer and pilot George Bye and his Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), is designed to be the perfect training aircraft […]
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Deepwater Horizon Trailer 2

Climate Crocks - May 28, 2016 - 5:35am
Participant Media is a Gore project, I  believe.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Arizona’s Getting Hotter, But State Leaders Oppose Solutions

Climate Progress - May 27, 2016 - 12:48pm

On average, 2,000 Arizonans visit the emergency room because of heat-related illnesses every year. Unfortunately, things are likely to get worse.

The post Arizona’s Getting Hotter, But State Leaders Oppose Solutions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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