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IPCC says future in doubt if we don’t act know: time for climate disobediance

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My most recent piece for Independent Australia, please share:


The warning cannot be any clearer:

“Australians, and the rest of the world’s citizens, must prepare to cope with a world that will be hotter than at any time in the history of the human species.”

That’s according to Professor Lesley Hughes at the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and lead author of the most recent IPCC report.

The just released report details both current and anticipated impacts of climate change (Working Group II).

Summarising some of the anticipated impacts, Professor Hughes stated:

“We will continue to see an increase in the impacts of extreme events such as heat waves, cyclones, droughts and bushfires, changed rainfall patterns, increased ocean acidification, and rising sea levels.

“The real fear is that at some point in the next few decades, without serious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, we will pass a tipping point in the earth’s climate system.”


 

The full story is here!

 

Birth of a progressive coalition: 30,000 march in Melbourne for climate and social justice

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My most recent article for Independent Australia:

The March in March was a stunning success for the grass roots organisers, writes Mike Marriott, who says the sentiments shared by the marchers were remarkably similar.

“I’m devastated by what the Abbott is doing without debate. It’s getting worse. The ignorance of science is hard to fathom!”

That’s Richard.

He is standing on the steps of the State Library of Victoria, brandishing a sign in which a cartoon version of Prime Minister Abbott declares ‘Climate Change is Crap’.

He was among the 30,000 Victorians who marched in protest on Sunday in protest.

The March in March was a stunning success for the grass-roots organisers — a rival to the Vietnam Moratorium marches of 1970.

This wasn’t merely a small gathering of the disenfranchised. In attendance, one could find a true cross-section of the community.

Read the rest here!

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Thanks,

Mike @ WtD

30,000 March for climate and social justice: more images

And some more. What an amazing day, I was a privilege to share it with so many other concerned citizens:

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30,000 march in Melbourne: more images

And some more:

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30,000 march in melbourne: images of ordinary Australians fighting for climate justice

I’ll be doing a post for Independent Australia, and commenting. But I took part in today’s march against the Abbott government’s assault on our society:

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To see so many people expressing their concern, willing to give up their time and 

Conspiracy theorist (not) appointed Tony Abbott’s climate science adviser [UPDATE]

Another “What th…” moment in the climate debate.

News coming in, need to verify and confirm (note original post has been taken down):

The elevation of Dr David Evans as a climate science adviser has a ring of familiarity.

Evans, a mining engineer with a PhD in mathematics, is not only a prominent climate change denier but subscribes to the conspiracy theory that “climate change is merely a cover for a massive power play”. His standing as a climate science expert is thus odd, but he is well enough credentialed for Tony Abbott. He is the person most likely to tell Tony Abbott what he wants to hear.

Yes, David Evans of the “Climate change is a global conspiracy” fame.

UPDATE

I’ve been seeking verification from various sources, and at this stage it would appear Evans has not become an adviser in any official capacity.

It was reported in various sources (hence my decision to comment), but without an official press release or confirmation from the Prime Minister’s office we can disregard what was reported. Initially I had some scepticism, hence the use of question marks and noting it needed to be verified in the original form of this post.

The best any of us in both the traditional and new media can do is verify facts and get confirmation. When we need to correct or clarify, we do so. The new media environment of Twitter and blogs is an exciting and fast paced. It is often the place where news is first reported. Just like traditional journalism what we do is the “first draft of history”.  This means there are times when an error is reported. When this is the case, we fix it. 

Many thanks.

Mike @ WtD

 

 

 

(Edited to reflect updates 11.2.14)

 

 

 

Lock the gates and take to the streets for climate change justice (my first article as a citizen journalist)

Dear all, I’m very proud that I managed to get a piece published with Independent Australia.

Its called “Lock the gates and take to the streets for climate change justice.”

If those of good conscience and moral courage do not act now, then we leave the fate of future generations to men like Abbott… 

We need to shake-the-tree and rouse the Australian public from its present indifference. We need to pierce the walls of apathy and the pacifying effects of infotainment that currently cocoon the public from the challenge of climate change.

 In order to achieve this we must, out of necessity, engage in acts of dissent and non-violent protest. 

It is time to embrace all forms of civil disobedience. 

Fortunately we do not need to wait for a leader of Martin Luther King’s or Mahatma Gandhi’s stature to inspire or instruct us. 

There are three things you can do today ‒ right now ‒ that will help this campaign of civil disobedience.

Got to their site to see the full article – every click helps me!

And please, spread via social media.

Thanks!

Springtime for Roy Spencer: climate sceptic calls scientists “Nazis”

Contrarian scientist Dr. Roy Spencer is loved by sceptics for doubting climate change.  He is also loved by creationists for doubting evolution.

Spener runs a blog where he muses on climate change, and well… how it’s just a big conspiracy. Normally his writing isn’t worth commenting on.

However Spencer has gone off the rails by invoking Godwin’s Law in comparing “believers” in climate change to Nazis.

In a long rambling and barely coherent post Spencer lists all the ways the scientific community are just like (drum roll) the Nazis:

I’m now going to start calling these people “global warming Nazis”. 

The pseudo-scientific ramblings by their leaders have falsely warned of mass starvation, ecological collapse, agricultural collapse, overpopulation…all so that the masses would support their radical policies. Policies that would not voluntarily be supported by a majority of freedom-loving people. 

They are just as guilty as the person who cries “fire!” in a crowded theater when no fire exists. Except they threaten the lives of millions of people in the process. 

Like the Nazis, they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause (in the 1930s, it was superiority of the white race). 

Dissenting scientific views are now jack-booted through tactics like pressuring scientific journals to not publish papers with which they disagree…even getting journal editors to resign. 

Like the Nazis, they are anti-capitalist. They are willing to sacrifice millions of lives of poor people at the altar of radical environmentalism, advocating expensive energy policies that increase poverty.

Wow.

Did you catch-all that?

Not only is the analogy offensive, it is patently absurd.

Spencer has donea Godwin and invoked the Nazis. He has also engaged in The Law of Denial:

In any online conversation related to climate change the probability of conspiracy theories, political/religious orthodoxy and totalitarian regimes being invoked is 1.

Sure, I call people like Spencer “deniers” not because of some imagined like to Nazis but because they are in denial.

Just like creationists are in denial about evolution.

Or Flat-Earthers are in denial about.. oh you get it.

Please, every one give a round of applause for Dr. Roy Spencer for what has to be this years most unintentionally funny blog posts.

This one is for you Roy:

Stunning NASA images of Victorian fires: why we are choking on smoke

Some stunning images that give you an idea of the scale of the fires we are currently experiencing in Victoria:

And:

Season of purgatory: the “new Australian summer” revealed in Victoria’s current bushfire emergency

Almost five years to the day after Black Saturday, Victoria finds itself in the grip of another bushfire emergency.

Thankfully there are no reported deaths, however at least 20 homes have been destroyed. The fires have caused major disruption, skirting the northern suburbs and putting the Hazelwood power station at risk.

The Age is providing excellent coverage on their website.

We must now come to terms with the fact that each summer is now a season of purgatory.

Summer is not merely the season to catch the Boxing Day test or escape to the beach. It is now a time to anxiously watch the weather and scan the horizon for the tell-tale signs of a fire.

This is the “New Australian Summer”.

Sure, some summers will be less extreme than others.

But as global temperatures continue to rise (in response to increasing quantities of CO2 in the atmosphere) we can expect the fires to come with greater frequency and ferocity.

As I have noted it is time we began discussions adapting to these changed conditions.

Several strategies come to mind:

  • a phased strategic retreat from at risk areas in the state (or country)
  • a greater investment in emergency services and management
  • changes to planning and development
  • changes to infrastructure.

With little doubt, by the middle of this century our hands will be forced.

Now is the time to start the conversation.

[Image source: The Age]

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