Spin-off

But not the kind we want.

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion

It is increasingly clear that the heaviest burden of climate change is falling on the planet’s oceans, which absorb more than 30% of the carbon produced on land.

Scientists have long predicted ocean deoxygenation due to climate change, but confirmation on this global scale, and at deep sea level, is concerning them. Last year, Matthew Long, an oceanographer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, predicted that oxygen loss would become evident “across large regions of the oceans” between 2030 and 2040. Reacting to the German findings, Long said it was “alarming to see this signal begin to emerge clearly in the observational data”, while Roberts said, “We now have a measurable change which is attributable to global warming.”

Research: Global Ocean De-Oxygenation Quantified

We cannot alway ignore the bad news

This has some very dramatic graphics.

Rapid warming and disintegrating polar ice set the stage for ‘societal collapse’

This is the third monster Arctic heat wave this winter. “I’ve been looking at Arctic weather and climate for 35 years and I’ve never seen anything like the warming conditions we’ve been seeing this winter,” NSIDC director Mark Serreze told Inside Climate News earlier this month.

It bears repeating that what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. Arctic amplification drives more extreme weather in North America, while accelerating both Greenland ice sheet melt (which causes faster sea level rise) and the defrosting of carbon-rich permafrost (which releases CO2 and methane that each cause faster warming).

Take back control

This is a hopeful argument from George Monbiot for rebuilding a community of people in every area. As it is already working, and probably what most of us are involved in someway, we should propagate this hope.

This is how people can truly take back control: from the bottom up

Monbiot also mentions the Dutch city of Rotterdam, which you can find via the City Collections tab on the Community Lover’s Guide; there are several places in Holland showing how they do it.

How to talk with Trump about Climate Change

This is what in physics has come to be called a gedanken experiment. It is something you don’t expect to do for real because it is dangerous or impossible to set up the apparatus to do it. Christopher Shaw is a good person to do this experiment: see Christopher Shaw. I don’t see much hope with Donald Trump because he is surrounded by people with grim agenda. Maybe you could target his children.

How to talk with Trump about Climate Change – it’s about values and emotions, stupid

There will be people, more amenable than Trump, for whom this approach will work.

More generally the approach as I see it is well summarized by Joe Romm: ‘Numbers numb, stories sell’: The key messaging lesson from Trump’s win. We need more coherent and engaging stories.

I see the real change as the unstoppable development of solar power, and Donald Trump is only President in a society with many people, including capitalists, pushing for moving off fossil fuels.

Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The start of better news

Those pesky renewable are starting to win commercially.

Record number of oil and gas firms go bust as renewable energy revolution begins to bite

“It’s also time for Government to recognise that we should not leave the workers stranded, but provide opportunities in the new industries of the 21st century.”

Thierry Lepercq, head of research at French energy company Engie, who recently told Bloomberg that the growth in renewable energy could push the cost of oil down to as low as $10 in less than 10 years.

Reality will prevail

We have to see this as hopeful:

Trump’s “carbon bubble” economy is bound to pop

Add to this the fact that renewable energy — particularly solar and wind — is a new technology sector, in which large efficiency gains are to be expected. That’s quite unlike the fossil fuel industry, whose costs are increasing because the cheap, easy-to-get fuel has already been burned. By 2030, renewables could well leave fossil fuels in the dust.

Let’s hope that dust is deep underground.

Manhattan Project for hope

Audacious and inspiring plan. We may be saved by wind power.

Manhattan Project-sized effort is needed to create artificial Arctic ice ‘to prevent climate catastrophe’

The researchers estimated covering more than 10 per cent of the Arctic with the wind-powered pumps would cost about $500bn (£404bn) over 10 years.

Most intriguing is the possibility that we could reverse global warming well before any effects of CO2 reduction show up.

The pumps could also potentially be used to increase the amount of sea ice cover to beyond historic levels.

“Could this approach be used to help the Arctic cool the Earth more effectively than it did in the 1980s and before?”

Impact

Arctic ice melt ‘already affecting weather patterns where you live right now’

“The worrying aspect is that such dynamical changes can occur more abruptly than simple background warming of the climate,” said Coumou. “Dynamical changes can change more rapidly and can therefore lead to surprises and I think there are many such possibilities in the system.”

“If we wait for the natural world to reveal itself clearly, it may be too late.”