When it suits its purposes, Russia seems to have the same propensity as the US to thumb its nose at international law. Two weeks ago, Putin acquired immense international stature and prestige by halting the imminent threat of US missile strikes in Syria. Now he seems to have squandered it all by illegally seizing a Greenpeace vessel in international waters. Continue reading “Let Them Go, Mr Putin: 27 Activists and Greenpeace boat kidnapped”
The melt season is expected to continue until the second half of S
eptember. The Arctic has lost more sea ice this year than at any time since satellite records began in 1979, Nasa says. Scientists involved in the calculations say it is part of a fundamental change. What is more, sea ice normally reaches its low point in September so it is thought likely that this year’s melt will continue to grow.
For the last 10 years all efforts at a world agreement on Climate Change have been blocked
by the insane greed of the USA in putting the profits of its criminal Corporations before the urgent need to save the habitat of all life on Earth.
One of the few results of dozens of failed conferences is the commitment to in future try and limit to +2.0C average temperature increase, though many scientists estimate that even that will cause Runaway Climate Chaos.
Now the head of the US delegation, Todd Stern, has abandoned even that basic principle because..”insisting on a structure that would guarantee such a +2.0C degree goal will only lead to deadlock”. This is nonsense, the deadlock already exists and is caused by him obeying his money masters.
Stern in the past has denied US blocking of Climate talks, despite all the evidence of systematic sabotage, falsifying and blocking scientific reports, trashing and smearing scientists, financing of multiple far right Climate-Denier think tanks and blogs, as well as the obvious votes against any progressive measures. In the medium term this policy of the US climate criminals will be seen as responsible for many millions of deaths and a probably irreversible global catastrophe.
Todd Stern does distance himself from the deniers who he says are living in ”wonderland”, while himself toeing the line of Obama and the corporations. He admits that all legislation in the US has been blocked, and then details a long list of petty measures to gain credibility.
Reaction of other Climate Politicians was one of ‘shock and awe’.
Spokesmen for the EU and the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) said the US should stick to promises made.
“Suddenly abandoning our agreement to keep global warming below 2C is to give up the fight against climate change before it even begins,” said Tony de Brum, Minister in Assistance for the Marshall Islands.
“‘Flexibility’ on our 2C limit would set the world on a path to irreversible, runaway climate change.
“For many low-lying island states, including my own, that is not a solution – it is a death sentence,” he told BBC News.
Discovery Channel has stated that it was taking out the last episode due to ‘scheduling conflicts’, but others believe the channel is cutting the episode ‘On Thin Ice’ because it deals directly with the impacts of global warming on the Arctic and Antarctic.
My bet is that Discovery and other channels were yet again quietly bought off by the Climate Change Deniers, financed by the swill of 100s of billions profit made by the criminal oil companies every year, while paying NONE of the costs to the climate, environment and pollution caused ill health and deaths which they caused.
And the US is not alone, around one third of the networks to air the series worldwide have opted on accepting the series from the BBC without the last episode.
“It’s a bit like pressing the stop button on Titanic just as the iceberg appears,” a representative with Greenpeace told The Telegraph. “Climate change is the most important part of the polar story, the warming in the Arctic can’t be denied, it’s changing the environment there in ways that are making experts fearful for the future.”