Thursday 29 August 2019

Global #ClimateStrike on September 20.

Email from the Nature Conservation Council:
Something groundbreaking is happening on September 20. For the first time in history, people across the world will walk out of work and school together for a global strike to demand action on the climate crisis.

Monday 26 August 2019

The Size of Hell.

The image photo below shows the Amazon fires: the red dots. NASA added the borders. I added the country and city names. Two tidbits of information to give readers an idea of the magnitude of those fires:
  1. the road distance between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (the two larger white spots towards the southeast) is some 450 kilometers; 
  2. the bold white line between Brazil and Uruguay is approximately 800 kilometers long.
Credit: NASA. Source

Was this man-made? From ABC News: "Experts say most of the fires are set by farmers or ranchers clearing existing farmland". Capitalism will still destroy us.

Saturday 24 August 2019

Amazon Rainforest Fire: Five Things you Need to Know.

Huge fires are raging across multiple regions
of the Amazon Basin. Guaira Maia/ISA

By Danilo Ignacio de Urzedo, University of Sydney
Record fires are raging in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, with more than 2,500 fires currently burning. They are collectively emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometres away.

Fires in Brazil increased by 85% in 2019, with more than half in the Amazon region, according to Brazil’s space agency.

This sudden increase is likely down to land degradation: land clearing and farming reduces the availability of water, warms the soil and intensifies drought, combining to make fires more frequent and more fierce.

Friday 16 August 2019

Australia’s Capitalist Climate Change Diplomacy (2)

Locator map of Tuvalu. [A]

Previous to his political career as backstabber COALition federal leader, Scott Morrison’s professional experience was in tourism, marketing, public relations, advertising.

That experience shows in this week’s 50th Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. In a moment you’ll understand.

Monday 12 August 2019

Being Ripped Off?

Or reaching the “heights of unlawfulness”.

In Australia, when we are not learning of workers being ripped off by their bosses, we learn of people on social security being ripped off by Centrelink.

As a service to readers of this blog, I’ve been researching what possible actions one can take in those cases. Here is a short list of resources.