Climate change, pessimism and optimism


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Forget climate Apocalypse. There’s hope for our warming planet | Jelmer Mommers | TEDxMaastricht

4 nov. 2016

In the media’s version of climate change, the end is always nigh. But equating global warming with the apocalypse is wrong. In his talk, journalist Jelmer Mommers brings you the real story. The truth is more human and hopeful than fiction, because millions of people are working to end the era of fossil fuels, along with the violence and inequality that have accompanied this era from the beginning.

Jelmer Mommers is an investigative journalist specialized in the field of climate change and energy for the Dutch journalism platform ‘The Correspondent’. He focuses on the intersection between sustainability, culture, politics and economics.

A new study reveals ongoing alterations in shape, size, sex and distribution of animals and plants are due to man-made warming.

COP22: Developing nations lead way in the fight against climate change. By Alex Dale, 22 Nov 2016: here.

5 thoughts on “Climate change, pessimism and optimism

  1. Wednesday 9th November 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    THE weather forecast is hot and wild “with an increasingly visible human footprint,” the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced yesterday.

    The UN weather agency’s latest report reveals that the last five years were the hottest such period on record.

    WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said 2015 was the hottest individual year on record too — but added gloomily that on current trends it was a record that would be beaten by 2016.

    Scientists said man-made climate change had made certain extreme weather events much more likely.

    “Examples include the record high seasonal and annual temperatures in the United States in 2012 and Australia in 2013 … heatwaves in spring and autumn 2014 in Australia [and] record annual warmth in Europe in 2014,” the report states.

    Arctic summer sea ice is in dramatic retreat, averaging 28 per cent less than it did between 1981 and 2010 — but Antarctic sea ice appears to be expanding.

    However, it found no strong evidence that extreme rainfall events were connected to warming temperatures.

    Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment director Chris Field said that the evidence for man-made climate chaos was “overwhelming” and the report was “a clarion call for embracing and going beyond the goals of the Paris agreement” on reducing emissions.

    However, critics say the Paris agreement is toothless, with no mechanisms to ensure signatory countries comply.

    And campaigning organisations including War on Want and Global Justice Now have pointed out that global trade treaties such as TPP and Ceta will enable polluting companies to sue governments that attempt to act on climate change.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-11f6-Weather-report-is-grim-reading-for-planet-watchers#.WCOmcMmbIdU

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