The John James Newsletter 9
27 August 2014.
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.
Incredible rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists
A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland. “Our greatest concern is that loss of Arctic sea ice creates a grave threat of passing two other tipping points – the potential instability of the Greenland ice sheet and methane hydrates… These latter two tipping points would have consequences that are practically irreversible on time scales of relevance to humanity” (Morales, 2012).
Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality
From Climate Code Red.
A detailed and sensible report. “The stated purpose of international climate negotiations is to avoid “dangerous” climate change, but if conditions existing today are already sufficient to push our climate system elements past their tipping points and create “catastrophic” breakdown without any further emissions, what then can we do?”
The Australian renewable energy industry has warned that it faces destruction if – as is now widely anticipated – the Abbott government decides it wants to drastically scale back the renewable energy target, or even close it to new entrants.
The head of the country’s largest listed renewable energy company warned that such an act of “economic vandalism” could force his own company to collapse within months, and many others would follow.
“We are talking about the destruction of an industry, with no apparent good reason. That is vandalism.”
By comparison, this is what Australian research is capable of
And the hyper-destructive attack on a profitable part of Australian business
Putin close advisor and friend, Sergei Glaziev.
“We are now moving from the American cycle of capital accumulation to an Asian cycle. This crisis is challenging US hegemony. To maintain their leading position in the face of competition with a rising China and other Asian countries Americans are starting a war in Europe. They want to weaken Europe, break up Russia, and subjugate the entire Eurasian continent. The US wants to start a chaotic war on this territory, embroil all Europe, devalue European capital, write off its public debt, under the burden of which the US is already falling apart, write off what they owe to Europe and Russia, subjugate our economic space and establish control over the resources of the giant Eurasian continent. They believe that this is the only way they can maintain their hegemony and beat China.”
and for another view
China has lost 55% of its most valuable resource.
This is astounding data from Simon Black in Shanghai..
A study by China’s Ministry of Water Resources found that approximately 55% of China’s 50,000 rivers that existed in the 1990s have disappeared. More than 400 major cities in China are short of water, with some 110 facing “serious scarcity”.
Beijing and other northern cities get most of their water from underground aquifers. Over the last five decades, China has had to drill increasingly deeper to gain access to water. China is over-exploiting its groundwater by 22 billion cubic meters per year. More than 60% of China’s water is in the southern part of the country, but most of the usage is in the north and along the coastlines. When you consider that China has almost one fifth of the world’s population and is soon to become the world’s biggest economy, this is rapidly becoming a global problem.