change is real and is caused by human activity. This planet and its
people are in trouble. Unless we get our act together, we will see in
years to come more record temperatures, more droughts, more floods and
more extreme weather disturbances. This isn’t just a problem for the
future – the impacts of climate change are apparent here and now. What
we must do is aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil
fuels to renewable energy, or leave our children and grandchildren to
face the consequences of our inaction.“ - Bernie Sanders
The city of Chicago this weekend added a new climate-change page
to its website, and if it sounds familiar it’s because the information
on it comes from the climate page the Environmental Protection Agency used to have — until the Trump administration deleted it last week.
“While this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Chicago we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it,” the page reads. Read more (5/8/17)
Climate change deniers are at it again. The logic goes, “How could global warming be real when your driveway is
piling up with cold, cold snow?”
Well, there’s bad news for deniers — research has shown that
extreme weather, for example, massive snowstorms, are actually linked
to climate change.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has studied climate change extensively winter storms have increased in both “frequency and
intensity,” and climate change is “increasing the odds of more extreme
weather events taking place.”
meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in Slatein
2016, just after a record-breaking winter storm dropped 26.6 inches of
snow on New York City in just one day, “there is clear evidence global
warming is boosting the odds of recent big Northeast snowstorms.” Read more (3/13/17 6:21 PM)
I really think it needs to be drilled into every capitalist’s head that their ideology is going to cause long-term agricultural collapse.
I’m serious. The concept of profit is the sole reason why we haven’t found a solution to global warming yet, and global warming will make vast swaths of land either uninhabitable or unsuitable for the growth of modern crop yields.
No matter how many times people uncritically repeat canned anti-communist, anti-socialist, or anti-leftist rhetoric, there is no escaping the fact that the necessity of profit in a capitalist economy has directly caused an environmental catastrophe that is likely to kill more than a billion people.
As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war. Navigating uncharted waters can prove difficult, but it comes with the territory of working in such a remote part of the world.
Over the past two months though, I’ve been navigating a different type of uncharted territory: the deleting of what little data we have by the Trump administration.
At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies.
I had no idea then that this disappearing act had just begun.
Since January, the surge has transformed into a slow, incessant march of deleting datasets, webpages and policies about the Arctic. I now come to expect a weekly email request to replace invalid citations, hoping that someone had the foresight to download statistics about Arctic permafrost thaw or renewable energy in advance of the purge.