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US to flood EU with ‘Frack Gas’, now proven ‘Much Worse Than Coal’

UPDATE::LATE NEWS:: The first ship carrying EEUU frack gas to Spain arrived on 22nd July in Ferrol, Galicia. Activists and Ecological groups protested bitterly and accused the company of illegal handling and storage.US 'frack-gas´to flood Europe

The first shipment of US frack-gas (‘shale gas’) has arrived in Portugal, followed by 6 more to Europe. The US plans hundreds of shipments, taking up to 20% of the euro gas market from their Russian rivals. With state help the enterprises have been busy strong arming and bribing EU companies into contracts, (eg. Galp (Portugal), Royal Dutch Shell and the Spanish Gas Natural. with the Rajoy govt only too eager to help).

ver también: EL GAS DE FRACKING DE EEUU LLEGA A GALICIA: ‘ MUCHO PEOR QUE EL CARBÓN’..EL GASODUCTO MIDCAT ‘HA MUERTO’..

A juicy business perhaps, aided by the usual US financial and military tools that have got the South Stream pipeline from Russia cancelled, have lined up countries and the EU against the German Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and have quietly forbidden their Ukraine ‘debt cow’ state from doing essential maintenance on their Russian pipeline, which still provides 16% of Europe’s gas.

first frack gas arrives in Portugal
first frack gas arrives in Portugal

All set then. A famous victory for the US billionaires and their power crazed political sponsors, who haven’t hesitated to buy out environmental law, poison aquifers and cause a health and ecological emergency in order to frack oil and gas from thousands of short term wells.

But just a minute. There’s a problem. .. One of the blatant scams of the frackers was to make it unnecessary to even measure methane leaks, and studies done were often bought out or dismissed as only local..

But now new authoritative Cornell and the Harvard studies (directed by Robert Howarth) have proven what we knew all along, now using satellite data, that fracking releases huge amounts of methane, the increase is enough to cancel out all the claimed progress in limiting climate emissions in the US since 2007.   Continue reading US to flood EU with ‘Frack Gas’, now proven ‘Much Worse Than Coal’

Is Climate Chaos triggering Earthquake Disasters?

Last week we heard that the Earth’s wobble has changed due to massive ice-melt already in April. This week 5 massive earthquakes have struck in 2 days…

EARTHQUAKE AND CLIMATE

Climate change will shake the Earth

  A changing climate isn’t just about floods, droughts and heatwaves. It brings erupting volcanoes and catastrophic earthquakes too.

As the Earth’s crust buckles, volcanic activity will increase.

reblogged from The Guardian  The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane. How can what happens in the thin envelope of gas that shrouds and protects our world possibly influence the potentially Earth-shattering processes that operate deep beneath the surface?images

The fact that it does reflects a failure of our imagination and a limited understanding of the manner in which the different physical components of our planet – the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid Earth, or geosphere – intertwine and interact.


‘GPS measurements reveal that the crust beneath the Greenland ice sheet is already rebounding in response to rapid melting, providing the potential – according to researchers – for future earthquakes, as faults beneath the ice are relieved of their confining load.’

If we think about climate change at all, most of us do so in a very simplistic way: so, the weather might get a bit warmer; floods and droughts may become more of a problem and sea levels will slowly creep upwards. Continue reading Is Climate Chaos triggering Earthquake Disasters?

13 activists may be Britain’s 1st Climate Prisoners

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These 13 People Could Become Britain’s First Climate Prisoners’

from Oil Change International  en español abajoplane13_750

Later this month, a judge in the UK is set to jail13 non-violent protestors who occupied one of the runways at London Heathrow in July last year.

The protest, the first ever on a Heathrow runway, lasted six hours and caused the delay or cancellation of some 25 flights.

It was carried out by activists from Plane Stupid, who are opposed to airport expansion. Continue reading 13 activists may be Britain’s 1st Climate Prisoners

cartoon : Climate Chaos in Syrian Apocalypse

syria's climate nightmare

This comic was produced in partnership by Years of Living Dangerously and Symbolia Magazine. For more amazing real life comics, see Symbolia on an iPad or via PDF. And for more information on the biggest story of our time – check out YEARS….reproduced here with thanks! Continue reading cartoon : Climate Chaos in Syrian Apocalypse

CO2-FREE FUEL REVOLUTION .. by Alex Lightman.. Ted-Talk

After 21 Conferences to ‘Fix The Climate’ we still see CO2 emissions rising and new fossil fuel prospection surging ahead. With the whole biosphere now teetering on the edge of collapse we need every tool possible to postpone disaster

Ammonia Energy SystemAlex Lightman has challenged the oil giants, with: 

  • his brilliant Ted-talk ‘How To Rid The US of Fossil Fuels by 2030′ see below. ,
  • slideshow (see below)
  • his presentation at the NH3 Fuel Conference :  NH3, Food Security, and The Transition to Fossil Fuel Free
  • and his coming book “The Infinite Feast: Food Security via Clean Energy”
  • WATCH HERE:

  • NH3 part starts at  minute 13.00

At last a major US  ‘tech guru’ is in favour of green-NH3, the non-fossil and CO2-free fuel that has always existed, suppressed by the fossil fuel industry.  We’ve been saying it for years with zero impact. all combustion motors can be run on green NH3, cutting climate destroying gases by 30% and minimizing air pollution,  and saving millions of us from an agonizing death.

Continue reading CO2-FREE FUEL REVOLUTION .. by Alex Lightman.. Ted-Talk

Paris Climate Activists Put under House Arrest Using Emergency Laws

 

Activists protest against French authorities using emergency law to ban demonstrations at the Place de la Republique in Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Activists protest against French authorities using emergency law to ban demonstrations at the Place de la Republique in Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

by  / The Guardian

At least 24 climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned.

One legal adviser to the activists said many officers raided his Paris apartment and occupied three floors and a staircase in his block.

French authorities did not respond to requests for comment but lawyers said that the warrants were issued under state of emergency laws, imposed after the terror attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month.

The author and climate change campaigner, Naomi Klein, accused French authorities of “a gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce”.

“Climate summits are not photo opportunities to boost the popularity of politicians,” she told the Guardian. “Given the stakes of the climate crisis, they are by their nature highly contested. That is democracy, messy as it may be. The French government, under cover of anti-terrorism laws, seems to be trying to avoid this, shamefully banning peaceful demonstrations and using emergency powers to pre-emptively detain key activists.” Continue reading Paris Climate Activists Put under House Arrest Using Emergency Laws

We demand France Lift Ban on Climate Protests and Marches

 

unban_the_march_750Jon Queally, Common Dreams       Ahead of international climate talks which are about to begin in Paris, an international coalition of NGOs, political figures and civil society groups on Thursday demanded French President François Hollande lift the ban on protests and marches despite recent violence. The groups say the French government cannot proclaim a “commitment to democracy and freedom” while simultaneously suspending “democracy and freedom.”

 

Climate activists march in Paris in 2014. On Thursday, a coalition of international NGOs and individual climate activists have demanded that France lift its imposed bans on large protest for the COP21 talks. Photo credit: YouTube screenshot

In a letter addressed to Hollande, which has also taken the form of an online petition that anyone can sign, the climate justice leaders expressed understanding for how the recent violence in Paris—also mirrored in attacks in Beirut, Ankara, Bamako and over the skies of Egypt—has made the security situation tense, but indicated the effort to shut down large scale protests is both short-sighted and counter-productive.freespeech-726x400

“People from all over the world are flocking to Paris to have their voices heard on one of the most urgent challenges of our lifetime—the threat of climate change,” said Nick Dearden, head of the UK-based Global Justice Now, which is spearheading the effort to lift the imposed ban. “It is essential that there is robust participation from civil society during the climate talks and that world leaders are held accountable for how they engage with the issue.”

As the letter to Hollande states plainly: “We urge you to reconsider the decision to prohibit the demonstrations in Paris. We understand the need to keep citizens safe, including those mobilizing on climate change. It must be possible to find a way to do this short of banning our demonstrations. Many other mass events and gatherings continue to happen in Paris on a daily basis.”


see also: France Starts Shutting Down Alternative Media


Dearden continued by saying that one of the clear aims of terrorists who “carrying out atrocities like we have seen in Paris is to attempt to disrupt and derail how ordinary people go about their lives.” Given the absolute urgency of addressing the global climate crisis, the letter sent to Hollande suggests the stakes are simply too high to submit political space during these crucial international talks.

“The French authorities have said that ‘life must go one’ with regards to public occasions like football matches,” continued Dearden, “and we call on President Hollande to use similar logic in standing strong against these attacks by allowing people the fundamental right to protest on crucially important issues like climate change during the UN talks.”

Following the announcement that major protests would be significantly curbed or cancelled—including a large march and demonstration planned for Nov. 29— the largest environmental groups and event organizers have been scrambling to adjust their plans. Though almost all groups have expressed desire and willingness to incorporate changes to ensure the safety of all participants, it has been hard for many to shake the suspicion that officials in France have used the opportunity of the Paris attacks to squelch the participation of civil society during the UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) talks.

“The French authorities are using the shock of the Nov. 13 killings to cancel demonstrations throughout the country, even in small cities where no terrorist threat is plausible,” said Thomas Coutrot, a spokesperson for Attac France, one of the key organizations planning the Paris demonstrations. “Do they want to keep us silent in the face of the results of COP21 and its probable failure to tackle effectively climate change? Attac and its partners will be pushing hard to ensure our voices are not silenced.”

In an op-ed last week by Naomi Klein, who also signed Thursday letter to Hollande, the Canadian author and activist explain the multiple reasons why the banning of protests in Paris is so disturbing. In addition to the overt silencing of the very people who are threatened most by climate change, namely the poor and the powerless of the global south, Klein argues that the symbolism of banning protest is also key:

“Climate change is a moral crisis because every time governments of wealthy nations fail to act, it sends a message that we in the global north are putting our immediate comfort and economic security ahead of the suffering and survival of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on Earth. The decision to ban the most important spaces where the voices of climate-impacted people would have been heard is a dramatic expression of this profoundly unethical abuse of power: once again, a wealthy western country is putting security for elites ahead of the interests of those fighting for survival. Once again, the message is: our security is non-negotiable, yours is up for grabs.”

As many have argued in recent weeks, the effort to battle human-caused climate change is deeply linked with the violence and desperation that has become so pervasive in the world. And as the letter states, “A peaceful world can only be built on equality, solidarity and sustainability. We must be able to say this in Paris.”

And its underlying message: The more the better. The louder the better.

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