Archive for the 'Global Warming/Climate Change' Category

BIG COALS DIDN’T LEAVE, IT JUST MOVED…

July 1st, 2016

Sabelo Narasimhan, for 350.org, emails: The world’s largest mangrove forest is in danger from a massive coal plant. The Sundarbans forest runs through India and Bangladesh, forming both a massive carbon sink and a crucial natural defense against cyclones. Six million people depend on the Sundarbans for both protection and their livelihoods. Now, a huge […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 1st, 2016

There are a number of stories that I come back to again and again. My friend Eric Vessels once wrote that I do a consistently good job of following up, and Scene Magazine said that my daily posts remind the public of Cleveland controversies long after the local media gets bored and moves on. So, […]

WE NEED LESS MOWIN’ AND MORE GROWIN’…

June 30th, 2016

Last year, while walking back from getting my morning coffee in my home town, I cut though a mini-park and saw a sign telling citizens that Marietta had adopted a more growing, less mowing policy to encourage a healthy environment. I think that is a great idea. I’ve written before about how the Cleveland Metroparks […]

ASSESSMENT: BREAKING DOWN BREAK FREE

June 9th, 2016

Will Bates, for 350.org, emails: Dear friends, Next week is the one month mark after the completion of Break Free. Many of us are still recharging from the intensity of Break Free—or still dealing with legal aftermath—while others are already zipping off to the next big project or phase in their campaigns. But before we […]

WHAT BREAK FREE ACCOMPLISHED IN 12 DAYS…

May 27th, 2016

Will Bates, for 350.org, emails: Friends, For 12 days, thousands of people on six continents stepped up their commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground with courageous actions that have challenged business as usual across the globe. Break Free stopped everything entering or exiting the world’s largest coal port in Australia, stood up to […]

APRIL WAS THE (DO I NEED TO SAY?) ON RECORD…

May 16th, 2016

I have a very real fear that as the months tick along, these headlines are going to become inevitable and boring. The twisted image that comes to mind is that of a doctor telling a terminal cancer patient that the cancer has spread to a new organ and now occupies a higher percent of their […]

WHICH DYSTOPIA ARE WE HEADED FOR…?

May 12th, 2016

This week I read the final installment in the graphic novel version Stephen King’s Dark Tower books. (I read the books years ago.) Without going into great detail, King writes in eight volumes of an environmentally ravaged dystopia. When I was a young reader the fear of such futures were driven by atomic wars. Later, […]

BREAK FREE: AUSTRALIA…

May 8th, 2016

We’re halfway into the two weeks designated by 350.org for civil disobedience and political actions demanding nations take direct actions to prevent a global meltdown from the burning of fossil fuels. Citizens of Australia took actions in Newcastle as reported by Helen Davidson, writing for The Guardian, in Dozens arrested as anti-fossil fuel protesters join […]

SO, JUST WHO ARE THE 3 PERCENT…?

May 6th, 2016

I’ve posted this video from Jimmy Kimmel elsewhere, but I think what Kimmel, and the very real scientist involved, have to say is bears repeating. Lack of unanimity is not the same as controversy. Right and wrong are not relative equals to be reported and decided upon, Facts are not convenient or inconvenient data points […]

WE’VE BEGUN BREAKING FREE…

May 5th, 2016

[Note: is Post No. 15,000 on Have Coffee Will Write.] More… Jimmy Kimmel adds his two cents…

YOU’RE NOT PARANOID IF THEY ARE AFTER YOU…

May 4th, 2016

Bill McKibben writes: Late last week, I got the interesting news that right wing operatives from the fossil fuel industry are mounting an impressive campaign against me (as well as a handful of other high-profile climate activists). Apparently I’ll now have video trackers following me wherever I go; hired researchers are digging through fifty cartons […]

DISOBEY, BREAK FREE, NOW… NO, REALLY, NOW…!

April 30th, 2016

Take an ax to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into color. Do it now. — Rumi, Quietness Learn more about Break Free… And where Civil Disobedience began…

BLAH, BLAH, RECORD TEMPERATURES, BLAH, BLAH…

April 16th, 2016

That’s the way the drumbeat of record temperatures has come to feel, but the drummer can be made to stumble and, in time, Sarah Palin and her ilk notwithstanding, fall silent. Damian Carrington, reporting in March temperature smashes 100-year global record for The Guardian, writes:The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and […]

GLOBAL MURDER FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY…

April 14th, 2016

In 19687 I was a geeky 8th grader with special science privileges at a rural school in rural Southeastern Ohio. I and my friends spent long days outside and in the surrounding woodlands of Warren Township. We got to see up close and personal some of the air and water pollution that came from the […]

MAY ACTION TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS…

April 9th, 2016

Matt Leonard emails: Friends, In 2016, the fossil fuel industry faces an existential crisis. Every country in the world has now agreed to tackle the issue of climate change, historically low prices have sent the industry into a financial tailspin, and two consecutive years of record global temperatures have galvanized support for climate action. There […]

WHEN HILLARY LIES DOWN WITH DOGS…

April 8th, 2016

…she gets fleas, and try as she might, Hillary Clinton can’t pick off all the huge, blood-sucking fleas from the fossil fuels industry that’s she acquired during her political life. Naomi Klein, writing in We’re out of time on climate change. And Hillary Clinton helped get us here elaborates: There aren’t a lot of certainties […]

JUST WHAT, EXACTLY, IS HILLARY SO SICK ABOUT…?

April 1st, 2016

My take is that she’s sick of liberals/progressives who keep asking embarrassing questions and won’t shut the fuck up so that the Democratic National Committee can anoint her President of the United States of America. Well, we’re going to keep asking those questions until she starts acting like she wants to represent We The People […]

NATURAL GAS PROVES TO BE A NATURAL DISASTER…

March 24th, 2016

Jokes about cattle burping and farting greenhouse gases notwithstanding, a study published in Geophysical Research Letters titled A large increase in U.S. methane emissions over the past decade inferred from satellite data and surface observations shows a far more dangerous source: methane leaks from fracking. The paper’s abstract warns: The global burden of atmospheric methane […]

FEBRUARY TEMPS TAKE GREAT LEAP UPWARD…

March 14th, 2016

Michael Slezak, in February breaks global temperature records by ‘shocking’ amount for The Guardian, writes: Global temperatures in February smashed previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount, according to Nasa data, sparking warnings of a climate emergency. The result was “a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature […]

ENERGY COMPANIES TELL LIES, LIES & MORE LIES…

February 24th, 2016

Big energy, in the guise of the American Petroleum Institute, is reeling from the revelations of Exxon’s Global Warming cover-up and the shutting down of the disastrous Keystone Pipeline, has gone back to the duplicitous Vote4Energy commercials in the desperate move to convince American voters that we can drill our way to cheaper energy and […]

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