Cop Out? Diddly Squat on COP25

Twenty Four Climate COPs and Diddly Squat. Can COP25 in Madrid be Different? // Nov 8, 2019

Twenty-four COPs and diddly squat. What can humanity possibly achieve at COP25? Many of us had high hopes for strong, concerted action on climate change after COP21’s Paris Agreement, only to have our hopes crushed like bugs.

  • Soon I am going to Madrid for COP25 and I will do everything in my power to educate policymakers in all governments about how our climate emergency is rapidly spiralling out of control. Wish me luck, and please see my ask below.
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Preparations for Madrid COP25 Climate Conference: A Plethora of Catastrophes to Present // Nov 9, 2019

As abrupt climate change accelerates and detrimental consequences to humanity notch upward, there is never a lack of material to present. I focus on:

  • what is happening,
  • why, and what we can expect in the next 5 years, 10 years, etc.
  • As I prepare for presentations at Madrid’s COP25,

I have a huge number of colourful infographics, gifs, and papers to draw on. I discuss some here; if you come across something exceptional then please alert me in a comment with a link.
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I am an independent, Climate System Scientist.  I put a lot of time and effort into researching, studying and producing my videos so that you can learn how quickly our world is changing.

It would mean a lot, if you would please consider supporting my Trip to COP25–expenses will include transportation/airfare from Ottawa, Canada, to Madrid, Spain, as well as meals and transportation while at COP.

Please also consider donating to support my work.  Please click here.  Donating does not need a PayPal account, but simply a credit card.
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Call-Out To Support Beckwith’s Travel, Kicking Butt at COP25 Madrid

Paul Goes Soon to Madrid’s COP25 to Hang Out with Greta and Warn Our Planet on Our Climate Emergency // Nov 7, 2019

Many people like me that were going to attend the Conference of Parties (COP25) climate conference in Santiago, Chile in early December watched as civil unrest and protests worsened. Chile has been a relatively stable place in South America since the end of the Pinochet regime about 30 years ago.

Things were in limbo as the Chilean government cancelled the COP, but fortunately the mantle was taken up by Madrid in Spain. I head to Madrid in a few weeks.

  • Please consider a new–or further–donation to my PayPal, to help offset my out-of-pocket COP25 travel expenses.  Does not require an account, just credit card.

Or if you prefer, you can alternatively consider please donating at my GoFundMe page, at:

Paul Beckwith, well-known climate system scientist/physicist/engineer and educator, will be attending the UN Climate Change Conference from December 2 to December 13, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. The conference will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His travel expenses will be out-of-pocket.

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Paul is a respected creator of entertaining and comprehensible videos, usually pertaining to climate system science, abrupt climate change, meteorology, oceanography and Earth Sciences…

During his time at COP 25, Paul will have the opportunity to participate in press conferences, provide climate reports, and meet with other climate scientists and activists, such as:

  • Greta Thunberg (Youth Swedish Climate Activist),
  • Dr. James Hansen (Ex-Nasa scientist/Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program at Columbia University),
  • Dr. Peter Wadhams (Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group) and
  • Dr. Peter Carter (Founder of the Climate Emergency Institute and IPCC Expert Reviewer).

Paul’s expenses will include transportation/airfare from Ottawa, Canada, to Madrid, Spain, as well as meals and transportation while in Madrid. He would be most grateful for every single donation.

Last but not least, very special thanks to both ScientistsWarning.org’s Core Team Members, Heidi Brault and Charles Gregoire.  They are very special persons.
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Sea Rise & Power Plants, War & Carbon, Epidemics, Military Carbon

Rapid Sea-Level Rise “Threat Multipliers” to Coastlines, Nuclear Power Plants, and Mega-Cities

The military worries about rapid climate system change as being a “threat multiplier”. As climate caused catastrophes worsen, risks to nuclear power plants, spent radioactive fuel storage, and the power grid proportionately increase.

  • We’ve already had nuclear power plants narrowly missing direct hits by massive hurricanes, specifically in Florida in the last few years.
  • We had to throttle down power output from nuclear plants using river cooling water during heat waves, due to high water temperatures, or low water levels. The biggest risk going forward is to coastal nuclear plants being swamped by rapid sea level rise.

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Waging War Has Gigantic Carbon Footprint that is NOT even Counted in Overall Global Emissions

Horribly, some major industries that cross borders, most significantly container shipping transport, and airline transport, for both goods and people, are not counted in global carbon budgets.

The military carbon footprints in most countries are not counted either, or even calculated consistently and publicly reported on or even acknowledged. Many, like the U.S. military, which has waged war since 2001, have an enormous carbon footprint. This has to change, with our climate emergency nobody gets a free pass. In this video and the next two, I continue to chat on risks of collapse of the U.S. military from abrupt climate system change.
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Climate Change Caused Power Grid Collapse and Disease Epidemics Could CRUSH U.S. Military Like a Bug

Cascading, devastating, consequences of abrupt climate change are hitting us (you and I) harder and harder, threatening to even topple the mighty U.S. military within 20 years.

One of the weakest links in modern economies is the rapidly degrading electrical power grid; think of the enormous size, power, and wealth in California’s high-tech industries, yet many companies and over a million people there have been facing rolling power outages with their decrepit, wildfire causing power line poles being toppled in Santa Ana winds, bringing economies to their knees.

  • What happens when the power no longer comes on?

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U.S. Military Could Collapse within 20 Years due to Climate Change: Pentagon Commissioned Report

A recent report by the U. S. Army War College (Pentagon commissioned) concludes that the U. S. Military could collapse within 20 years from climate change. This is a startling admission; that the most powerful military force that has ever existed on Earth could be rendered impotent, crushed like a bug, in less than 2 decades by climate change.

Clearly, the ability of abrupt climate system mayhem to utterly destroy humanities military, infrastructure, indeed human civilization itself is scarcely recognized or acted on by human power structures, yet is blindingly obvious to hordes of schoolchildren around the planet (and me).
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Can Hurricanes Trigger Earthquakes? Young Turks, Save The World Interview

How Hurricanes (Typhoons, Cyclones) Trigger Earthquakes As They Cross Continental Shelves: 1 of 2 // Oct 20, 2019

When Typhoon Hagibis hit Tokyo, Japan October 12th, 2019 there was a 5.7 earthquake the same day. A new paper discusses “stormquakes”, as a new discovery connecting small magnitude 3.5 earthquakes to tropical storms or nor’easters crossing “ocean banks” on continental shelves, exciting vibrations in the rock that can then propagate across entire continents.

However, this is not new stuff!! I discussed these connections with Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012, where the storm triggered three large earthquakes (magnitudes 7.8, 6.3, and 6.2) off Vancouver, Canada.

Ref:  ‘Typhoon Hagibis and Japan earthquake: Can hurricanes and typhoons trigger earthquakes?‘ by Kate Whitfield, Sun, Oct 13, 2019.
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Second video, Hurricanes Triggering Earthquakes: New Research on So-Called “StormQuakes”:  2 of 2here.
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On October 13th, Paul had a short–but well conducted–interview with John Iadarola on The Young Turks:  ‘Science EXPOSES Greta Thunberg Haters‘, on The Damage Report, TYT.

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Paul is ‘the first person interviewed when you open the Table of Contents pdf’, on Talk Show, TOC:  To Save The World.

Project Save the World is sponsored by Peace Magazine:  ‘We post a new hour-long video discussion every Monday at 8:00 pm EDT on Peace Magazine’s Facebook page, YouTube, and our website, http://tosavetheworld.ca, where you can endorse the Platform for Survival, 25 public policy proposals to reduce the risk of six threats to humankind.

Each sound track is available as an audio podcast on iTunes, Spotify, and other sites, as well as on our website‘.

Ref:  Their Project Save the World newsletter, can be downloaded here (word).
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How Nuclear Winter Halts Global Plant Growth, Causes Crop Failure & Mass Starvation

How a Limited Nuclear War (Pakistan v. India) Would Cause Global Food Shortages and Mass Starvation // Oct 18, 2019

Since the Cold War between the world’s major superpowers ended, people have become very complacent about the threats of nuclear war. A new research paper shatters this illusion by showing that even a relatively small and limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan, apart from killing more people in those countries (50-125 million) in less than one week than all World War II fatalities, would block 20 to 35% of surface sunlight and cool the surface 2C to 5C causing global crop failures; thus causing mass starvation and additional worldwide mayhem.

   

Ref:  India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill millions and threaten global starvation:  A study conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University examines how such a hypothetical future conflict would have consequences rippling across the globe. Today, India and Pakistan each have about 150 nuclear warheads at their disposal, and that number is expected to climb to more than 200 by 2025.

Ref2:  Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats, by Gwynne Dyer.
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How “Nuclear Winter” Halts Global Plant Growth Causing Crop Failure and Worldwide Mass Starvation // Oct 18, 2019

The unthinkable “nuclear winter” scenario occurs when detonations of many nuclear bombs over cities create intense fireballs which loft black carbon high into the stratosphere (upper atmosphere), blocking the Sun and thus halting global plant growth thus causing mass starvation. A Pakistan – India nuclear war (or US – Russia nuclear war) would:

  • block surface sunlight 20-35% (75%),
  • cool global surfaces 2-5C (10C),
  • reduce precipitation 15-30% (60%),
  • reduce Net Primary Productivity 15-30% (100%) on land;
  • 5-15% (50%) in the oceans,
  • and take 10-15 years to recover.

Ref:  To better grasp nuclear winter, scientists study wildfire cloud

    

A giant cloud from 2017 Canadian fires lingered in the atmosphere for a year, showing scientists how a cloud from a nuclear bomb would behave‘.
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Jaw-Dropping Arctic Methane Levels Up 9 x Global Average

Arctic Methane Measurements over Eastern Siberian Shelf Are Now the Highest Ever Measured: 1 of 2 // Oct 10, 2019

A group of Russian scientists led by Igor Semiletov, aboard one of the world’s largest research ships, the RV Akademik Mstislav Keldysh over the Arctic Ocean’s Eastern Siberian Arctic Shelf have directly measured extremely high methane levels in the water column and atmosphere above. Seafloor permafrost sediments are thawing with high ocean temperatures and the organic material is then decomposed by microbes to produce methane which bubbles up to the surface. Methane levels in air were as high as 16 ppm which is 9x higher than global average levels.
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Jaw-Dropping Methane Levels up to 9 times Global Average Measured Recently Over Arctic Shelf: 2 of 2 // Oct 10, 2019

In our world of satellite data, computer models, and simulations, on-the-ground (on-the-ocean in this case!) field work is invaluable. UK’s Peter Wadham’s is the sea-ice expert and Russia’s Igor Semiletov is the Arctic methane expert, both exploring via numerous expeditions over many decades. Recent data from an expedition led by the latter report report stunning methane levels 9x higher than global averages. This is very serious, given methane’s global warming potential of 34x, 86x, and over 150x with timescales of 100 years, 20 years, and a few years, respectively.
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Is Greta Thunberg the Catalyst that Tips Humanity to Understand Huge Climate Risks and Finally Act? // Sep 27, 2019

As I marched in today’s Climate Strike for in Ottawa along with thousands of people I had time to reflect on what is really going on. Many years ago I figured out that inevitably humanity would reach a tipping point in its understanding of the huge risks that all life on Earth faces from accelerating climate system destabilization. I also said we would likely only recognize reaching a tipping point in the rear view mirror, after it occurred. Is it possible that Greta Thunberg is the catalyst for thrusting us beyond this tipping point of understanding? It certainly feels like it.
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Greta: Catalyst Tipping Humanity to Finally Act, Tipping Humans to Understand Huge Risks?

Greta Thunberg the Catalyst that Tips Humanity to Understand Huge Climate Risks and Finally Act? // Sep 27, 2019

As I marched in today’s Climate Strike for in Ottawa along with thousands of people I had time to reflect on what is really going on. Many years ago I figured out that inevitably humanity would reach a tipping point in its understanding of the huge risks that all life on Earth faces from accelerating climate system destabilization.

500,000 in Montreal
today, where Greta was…

I also said we would likely only recognize reaching a tipping point in the rear view mirror, after it occurred. Is it possible that Greta Thunberg is the catalyst for thrusting us beyond this tipping point of understanding? It certainly feels like it.

 

Ref intra to Paul’s site, here: Emissions, Carbon Dioxide Removal,  Solar Radiation Management, Three Legged Stool.

Ref2:  ‘Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering for certain men?‘   Irish Times, Sat 07-Sept-2019, by Jennifer O’Connell.  How can a 16-year-old girl in plaits, dedicated to trying to save the planet, inspire such incandescent rage?
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