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This is a 52 minute talk that argues that the move to ‘renewables’ is unstoppable. In the UK fracking will become nonviable before it can get going unless the government promises to buy at over-the-top prices as it has done for Hinkley Point C. He argues firmly against nuclear power – so even I have to note that!

On the French version of Hinkley: The French couldn’t even build an affordable, on-schedule next generation nuke in their own nuclear-friendly country! “Initially expected to cost Euro 3bn and start operations in 2012, it will not start until 2018 at a cost of Euro 10.5bn.”

Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated

Why do people vote against what seems to be in their interest?

This is a lesson in the problem of dealing with climate change.

How the ‘Great Paradox’ of American politics holds the secret to Trump’s success

In the heartland of the American right, people harmed by polluting industries have instead come to hate the government whose environmental regulations protect them. Now they’re voting for Donald Trump.

read the life story of Lee Sherman who suffered working as a pipe fitter when there were no regulations to mitigate risks, who dumped toxic chemicals for his employer in secret, who was off work because of an industrial accident – and then was fired for absenteeism (when he was legitimately absent) to avoid the company paying for his medical disabilities. He became an environmentalist!

But Sherman has recently volunteered to post lawn signs for the Tea Party congressman John Fleming, who favours cutting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), weakening the Clean Air Act, and oil drilling on the outer continental shelf of the US, as well as opposing the regulation of greenhouse gases and backing less regulation of Wall Street.

Ocean temperature

Soaring ocean temperature is ‘greatest hidden challenge of our generation’

IUCN report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease.

The ocean has absorbed more than 90% of the extra heat created by human activity. If the same amount of heat that has been buried in the upper 2km of the ocean had gone into the atmosphere, the surface of the Earth would have warmed by a devastating 36C, rather than 1C, over the past century.

At some point, the report says, warming waters could unlock billions of tonnes of frozen methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from the seabed and cook the surface of the planet. This could occur even if emissions are drastically cut, due to the lag time between emitting greenhouse gases and their visible consequences.

Here is the IUCN summary that you can download for Acrobat Reader:

Ocean warming : causes, scale, effects and consequences. And why it should matter to everyone. Executive summary

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