The John James Newsletter 185
8 July 2017
As a professor of climate and space sciences, I teach my students they need to plan for a world 4℃ warmer
Nobody in Washington is draining the swamp. They are the swampRobert Ferre
If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re heading
I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of MuhammadAlexis de Toqueville
Regime change is still a major tool of US foreign policy. Kevin Zeese
Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children
Hopes of mild climate change dashed by new research
Planet could heat up far more than hoped as new work shows temperature rises measured over recent decades don’t fully reflect global warming already in the pipeline. Land, mostly in the northern hemisphere heats up quickly. But there is also a slow response, he said: “This is mostly associated with warming over the oceans. They are big and full of cold water, especially at depth, and take a long time to heat up.” Furthermore, when the slow warming does kick in, it is likely to reduce the cloud cover that shades the Southern ocean and the eastern tropical Pacific, amplifying the heating.
Slow climate mode reconciles historical and model-based estimates of climate sensitivity
If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?
Despite significant advances in renewable energy sources, total demand for energy accelerates and carbon dioxide emissions increase. As a professor of climate and space sciences, I teach my students they need to plan for a world 4℃ warmer. A 2011 report from the International Energy Agency states that if we don’t get off our current path, then we’re looking at an Earth 6℃ warmer. Even now after the Paris Agreement, the trajectory is essentially the same. It’s hard to say we’re on a new path until we see a peak and then a downturn in carbon emissions. With the approximately 1℃ of warming we’ve already seen, the observed changes are already disturbing.
Why the climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than weather records suggest
Climate sensitivity is defined as the amount Earth’s average temperature will ultimately rise in response to a doubling of atmospheric CO2. Models give a range of 1.5-4.5℃ per doubling of CO₂, whereas historical weather observations suggest a smaller range of 1.5-3.0℃ per doubling of CO₂.. A new study shows that the models are likely to be right.
New maps reveal cancer levels across Australia, and across the social strata
The inequality is evident in levels of obesity, diabetes, circulatory diseases and psychological distress. For all of these measures, the problem is greater, and in many cases much greater, among the most disadvantaged.
GET EVERYBODY TO SIGN THIS – we are impoverishing our parents
Lift the Australian age pension above the poverty line
There are hundreds of thousands of aged pensioners who barely survive each week on our meagre pension.which is below the poverty line. many of us eat only one meal a day, we turn of the hot water for 6 months a year so that we can survive. we can’t afford a phone, never mind the Internet. Getting medical/ dental care is beyond our reach. those of us who have to rent pay over half our income to have shelter, leaving us almost destitute. We want an independent tribunal to set our pensions, as described in today’s Press club address, with no political influence.
Man’s home is a haven for dying kids – over 10 children died there already
Mohamed truly has a heart of gold. He gives dying children a sense of security, happiness, and joy they would otherwise not have. If more people were like Mohamed, the world would be a brighter place. He as fostered over 80 children over 20 years.
South Sudan’s million-strong refugee crisis and the generosity of neighbouring Uganda
Unlike many western countries, Uganda has has given refugees land and seeds in the belief that they will be better off making a new life than doing nothing in a camp. The number of refugees globally has not been higher since the end of the second world war and a million have crossed from South Sudan into Uganda. An estimated two million people have been displaced by the civil war and ethnic cleansing that has been raging in the world’s newest country for the past four years.
A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’
Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments. In the UK 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day – only just over half make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day.
Zooplankton Are Eating Plastic, And That’s Bad News For Ocean Life
a humpback whale, the study’s authors write, eats 1.5 percent of its body weight in krill and zooplankton every day, which means it would be ingesting 300,000 microplastic particles on a daily basis.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
Pledge to make plastic a thing of the past!
Every July, over a million people around the world participate in Plastic Free July, a challenge to refuse single-use plastics for one whole month. This year, we’re trying something a little different – and we’d like to invite you to take part. Here’s the thing. Avoiding plastic for any amount of time is a great thing to do – but that alone won’t end our addiction to plastic. When individuals choose not to buy or use plastic, they remove plastic from their lives. But what we really need is to eliminate problematic plastic from the economy altogether. To do that, we need to work together to push communities, companies, and countries to go plastic free. This year, take the Plastic Free July pledge to make plastic a thing of the past. Every week this July, we’ll send you ideas and opportunities to get plastic out of your life and out of your community. You’ll get suggestions for avoiding plastic in your daily life, ideas to reduce plastic in your community at large, and Citizen Muscle action opportunities to fight plastic pollution.
Our Moon Used to Be Home to a Molten Metal Ocean and Supersonic Winds
Most researchers believe the Moon formed when a Mars-sized object collided with the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, forming a cloud of molten material that was later coagulated into the Moon by gravitational forces. Existing models suggest that the Moon would have had its own atmosphere soon after this formation.
Sharia Law In Europe
initially, Sharia law was applied discretely within the small Muslim enclaves of Europe. But after three generations of high birth rate and immigration into Europe, those enclaves have grown to where the Sharia law now challenges the Judeo-Christian foundations of their host European nations. Today, Sharia law is spreading across Germany, Sweden and other European nations that threw open their doors to Muslim refugees, who are raping their host nations’ women and forming “Sharia Police” to patrol and impose Sharia law on their streets.
US Prisons Churning Out Thousands Of Radicalized Inmates
3 Reasons Why Islam Is Unreformable
It is a militant supremacist ideology not The Religion of Peace™, and far more of its core text (Qur’an, Hadith, Sira) is devoted to law, politics and war strategy than any ‘spirituality’ (for more, click here). But the ‘beard’ of religion and culture means that it can avoid scrutiny by claiming victimhood and discrimination.
Are Americans Also the Victims of “Regime Change”?
the ingredients that have become common – civil society protests against the government, media reports supporting the protests, agents within the government supporting the coup and replacement of the government with a US-friendly regime.
Watch: 800,000 Years of Climate Change in Three Minutes
a short video we made, to put recent climate change and carbon dioxide emissions into the context of the past
One-quarter of Australian homes now have solar
a total of 5.7GW of rooftop PV had been installed on 1.7 million households and businesses at the end of May, capping off a record first five months of installs in any year in Australia’s history.
Putin, Xi Message To Trump: US Unipolar World Is Over
That message, as Putin and Xi effectively gave to Trump this week, is that American ambitions of world domination are no longer acceptable and no longer tenable. Washington’s days of bullying the world with its moralizing hypocrisy and military aggression are over.
Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms
Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground. Experiments with compounds found in the Martian soil show that they are turned into potent bactericides by the ultraviolet light that bathes the planet, effectively sterilising the upper layers of the dusty landscape.
Elon Musk’s big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world
Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South Australia isn’t just an extraordinary technological breakthrough that signs coal’s death warrant. It’s potentially a game changer in the way we do politics, reinserting the importance of basic reality into a debate which has been bereft of it for too long.
Big bang and pillar of fire as latest of two new craters form in the Arctic
This plot of land was absolutely flat just two years ago. A year ago in 2016 it bulged and we could see that soil has cracked there. Many photos.