On today’s episode of Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM, my guest was U.S. Environmental Lawyer and activist, William Bibb who has practiced for over fifty years helping people and victims of careless corporations and individuals. “We are all victims now of corporate greed in a system where profits are placed above the rights of the individual, safety, and the environment.” Bill is a graduate of UCLA and Southwestern College of Law in Los Angeles and is in private practice in Encinitas, San Diego, California . Bill took Environmental Law back in 1976. He was a member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California and is currently the President of a Non-Profit Corporation that serves as a Petitioner in California Environmental Quality Act cases. Naturally we gave U.S. President Donald Trump the serve he deserves and we discussed the possibility of the psychopaths who own us using nuclear weapons to cause a nuclear winter to slow down the runaway aspect of this predicament.
The show is embedded here;
During the show I mentioned that BP and Shell are planning for a catastrophic 5 degree C global warming by the middle of the century, despite publicly backing the Paris Climate Agreement. Readers of this blog will know I believe it will happen much, much sooner. A general consensus amongst scientists is that industrial civilisation cannot survive a 4C temperature increase. As covered on this blog previously that means 450 nuclear power plant meltdowns and 1200 + spent fuel pool fires.
In his 2008 article in the Guardian, Oliver Tickell hypothesized that “On a planet 4C hotter all we can prepare for is extinction”
We are currently in a La Nina phase of the southern oscillation with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology predicting an El Nino in the southern hemisphere Autumn, when it manifests, I believe it will put our climate catastrophe on steroids and quite possibly be the death knell for the Great Barrier Reef and could easily be a tipping point for civilisation itself.
“2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data, and was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event: In fact, 2017 was the hottest year without an El Niño by a wide margin – a whopping 0.17°C hotter than 2014, which previously held that record. Remarkably, 2017 was also hotter than 2015, which at the time was by far the hottest year on record thanks in part to a strong El Niño event that year.” The record was decimated by a 10% increase in warming. This is the equivalent of a sprinter beating the world record in the 100m sprint by a whole second!
2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Nino, thanks to global warming.
Friends, we are ‘imho’ a day to day proposition now, live life to the fullest, be nice to each other and tread lightly on Gaia as she is hurting like never before in her billion plus year history. Managing our grief will be one of our biggest challenges.
My climate change endeavours are part of my committment to Climate Justice and my dear friend Mia Straka’s ; The Valere Talisman Project. “The Valere Talisman Project is an interactive social object project aimed at questioning and re-affirming a universal code of human rights in a climate of rising global xenophobia and mass population movements.” #thetalismanproject
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