Enviro News Wrap: Tipping Points; Climate Change and Food Prices; Heat Waves and Denial, and more
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- Does our global ecosystem have a climate change tipping point? If so we could pass the point of no return without even knowing. It's an apocalyptic thought, but if humans continue to use fossil fuels as their primary fuel source while adding billions more humans then we will find a breaking point.
- With the summer heat the majority of Americans now believe that Global Warming Is Real.
- With climate change comes a threat to food supply and increased prices.
- Apathy is the primary response to climate change for many Americans (especially Gen Xers apparently), just wait for the multi-year flood, drought, food shortage, etc.
- Anjela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, supports a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- If you are in the lower 99% of income earners in the US then you just got screwed again by the US Ag bill.
- Climate change affects the most vulnerable first, in America that includes Native Americans in Alaska and corn farmers in the Mid-West.
- China Greenpeace put out the idea years ago that if China became a big exporter of solar modules then one day they might start installing the modules at home, resulting in a big win for Environmentalism. That is now happening.
- Have you ever seen a company's PR team have a public argument with a US Senator? Well, Senator Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey spoke on the floor recently about the Koch brothers subverting the Democratic process by using secret money to influence elections. Koch industries then had a mini campaign to clear their name but, to me, it just made them seem more nefarious.
- Shell Oil is being hit hard right now by a fake ad campaign created by The Yes Men and Greenpeace.
- Chevron is moving into Kurdistan, Iraq. Finally.
- BPs Gulf ad campaign is kinda weird and its rubbing people the wrong way.
- Oil prices are up; it's a mix of politics, supply, war and demand.
- General Electric is on the natural gas bandwagon and thinks that at-home natural gas refill stations are the next frontier. Natural Gas vehicles are like Atari and will last about as long, if at all.
- The Cape Wind project was allegedly approved without addressing all of the land-use issues.
- Not all ecosystems are in decline. Humans have figured out how to sustain at least one fishery.