Climate Debate: Not If but How Soon?

By Murray Carew
IS IT POSSIBLE that in our efforts to engage with climate deniers on their terms – to persuade them or at least expose their errors and lies to others – is it possible that we have not paid close enough attention to what is actually happening out there in the global climate system?
I know I haven’t, not for years.

Have we been lulled – even those of us working for change – into a sort of nervous complacency?

Has our view of reality been skewed by conservative IPCC reports, hundred-year projections of sea level rise and the relentless internal mantra of ‘stay positive’?

There *is* a scientific debate on climate change, but it’s not about whether it’s happening or what is causing it.

The new debate is about what’s happening in the Arctic right now and whether the IPCC reports are failing to keep up with a situation that may be rapidly getting beyond any meaningful human influence.

[UPDATE IPCC reports ‘diluted’ under ‘political pressure’ to protect fossil fuel interests

Increasing evidence is emerging that the policy summaries on climate impacts and mitigation by the UN Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were significantly ‘diluted’ under political pressure from some of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, including Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil and the United States.]

See for example this audio interview with Canadian climate scientist Paul Beckwith:

 

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http://theconversation.com/we-can-now-only-watch-as-west-antarcticas-ice-sheets-collapse-26957

Extreme Heat, Floods Strike Eastern Europe

As Jeff Masters posted in a blog Monday the worst flooding in a century has occurred in Bosnia and Serbia this past week. At the same time, a record May heat wave has affected Estonia, Finland, Belarus, and northwestern Russia. Here are some details.


 

Business-As-Usual on a Dying Planet

Collapse of Industrial Civilization

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A recent investigative piece by Vice on the aftermath of the BP oil spill, America’s most devastating environmental accident to date and the “largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry”, shows that people are still getting sick and dying in the Gulf region.

Award winning chemist, Dr. Wilma Subra, conducted blood tests on Gulf Coast residents who were symptomatic with new illnesses and found that some of the cancer-causing agents were 65 times the expected level in the victims blood tests. Subra noted that Corexit is in the air, the water and the Gulf resident’s blood.

“There’s a whole population that’s very sick and doesn’t have access to medical care, and that’s what we’ve been trying to work on now, from the very beginning, is getting them medical care so they will get better,” says Subra. “How many people do you think we’re talking about, do we have any guess?”…

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Chilean activist destroys student debt papers worth $500m

Republished from The Independent 18 May 2014

by Neela Debnath.

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An activist in Chile has burnt documents representing $500 million (£300 million) worth of student debt during a protest at Universidad del Mar.

Francisco Tapia, who is also known as “Papas Fritas”, claimed that he had “freed” the students by setting fire to the debt papers or “pagarés”.

Mr Tapia has justified his actions in a video he posted on YouTube on Monday 12 May, which has since gone viral and garnered over 55,000 views.

In the five-minute video the artist and activist, translated by the Chilean news site Santiago Times, he passionately says: “You don’t have to pay another peso [of your student loan debt]. We have to lose our fear, our fear of being thought of as criminals because we’re poor. I am just like you, living a s**tty life, and I live it day by day — this is my act of love for you.”

He confessed he destroyed the papers without the knowledge of the students during a takeover at the university demanding free higher education.

According to the video’s description, Mr Tapia was at the protests when he hatched the plan to wipe the student debt by stealing the papers. It goes on to say that he wanted to create a work of art to reflect the problem of student debt plaguing the nation.

While his act of defiance will have brought smile to those now debt-free students, it will be difficult for the university to recoup the losses and the higher institution may have to individually sue students to get the get the debt repaid.

There have been protests in Chile since 2011 calling for reform of the university system and for free high-quality education. It was hoped the newly-elected president, Michelle Bachelet, would be bring reform, after a campaign promising drastic change to the education system.

However, two months on, tens of thousands of students have taken again to the street calling again for changes promised.

Students in Chile Protest to Michael Jackson’s Thriller

 

 

 

 

WORKERS UNITED

During this episode of AAradio Peter gives a report back from 2 Brisbane events which involved union members.

Read about the #antifa rally here ..

We also talk about a new crowd funding proposal for a film about Gina Rinehart and we chat about other current events.

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Attempted Suicide at Offshore Australian Refugee Camp

from the Refugee Action Coalition

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For the third time in two weeks, there has been an attempted suicide by Manus Island asylum seekers trying to drown themselves.

Today, Tuesday 13 April, a man believed to be an African asylum seeker ran into the sea about 1pm Manus Island time.

He was apparently rescued by Wilson security guards.

Two Lebanese asylum seekers also tried to drown themselves on 28 April.

Meanwhile tensions are again mounting as Transfield continues to try to re-introduce local PNG workers who were involved in the attack that killed Reza Barati and left scores of others seriously injured, back into the detention centre.

Since the attack on 17 February, the local PNG workers have been only been employed outside the compound fences.

Attempts to put them into the compounds have been successfully resisted by the asylum seekers.

However, there are almost daily threats against the asylum seekers as groups of locals gather at the fences to make throat-cutting or shooting gestures towards them.

“They [immigration] are pushing for the guys who attacked us to come back into the compound,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition from Manus Island, “But we are very opposed to this.

“We are very afraid that they will attack us again.”

“Manus Island must be closed,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “The Minister has admitted that he cannot guarantee the safety of the asylum seekers on Manus Island.

“Those responsible for the killing of Reza Barati are still on the government payroll.

“Every day the asylum seekers are left on Manus Island is one more day asylum seekers are exposed to the possibility of a reprisal attack.

“Ending offshore processing would also add billions to the budget bottom line.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul mob 0417 275 713

 

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Manus Island Injuries

Guards on Manus Mislead Detainee After Throat Cut by Locals

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From The Citizen X Disclosures Facebook page –

The Iranian ethnic Arab asylum seeker, Amin Afravi GRL076 whose throat was cut by Manus locals and survived, has been told by Wilson that he attempted suicide – and that his throat had not been cut by locals.

Wilson has told him that he had attempted suicide on 14th of February although eyewitnesses confirmed that Amin’s throat was cut by locals in front of their eyes on 16th .

On the night of 16th, while his throat was still bleeding, G4S and immigration agents came and asked him questions about his case.

Amin, who is now mentally ill, is under pressure to accept that he did that to himself.11.May.14.

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‘Self-harm’/State-inflicted-harm

The Australian Independent Media Network

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Self-harm or State-inflicted-harm. What role does language play in the displacement of one and the other? Who gains from this?

In this revealing article, poet Janet Galbraith* tells of her own experiences and identifies wider causes and culprits.

A while ago I started writing an article about the notion of what is often called ‘self-harm’. I had felt saturated by this word and angry about the ways in which it is used to refer to a whole range of experiences. But I found it really hard to write. I wanted to research and come up with something that would articulate what I was feeling in a way that would be understood to have some gravitas. In the end, I did not finish it. But tonight, after speaking over the past days with people in detention who are in such dire situations that so-called ‘self-harm’ feels inevitable…

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