This is a newsroll page on A Socialist In Canada, commencing September 2017. It consists of headlines and weblinks, with occasional news summary and brief analysis by A Socialist In Canada [in square brackets]. For months preceding May 2019, go to ‘News pages archives’ on the home page of A Socialist In Canada and use the drop-down menu. See also the feature articles on ecology and global warming that are listed in the website category ‘Environment‘ (listed on the main website page). To find past stories on this and other news pages on this website, use the ‘find’ (word search) function on your web browser. Headlines in red denote items published on the main news page of A Socialist In Canada.
Articles about the politics in Canada of the global warming emergency are listed in the ‘Canada newsroll‘ page of the website.
Ecology newsroll headlines, July 2019
Extinction Rebellion shuts down traffic in five UK cities in beginnning of summer campaign condemning global warming threat, by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, July 15, 2019
Exaggerating how much carbon dioxide can be absorbed by tree planting risks deterring crucial climate action, by Duncan Mclaren, Lancaster University, The Conversation, July 12, 2019
Previously reported: A global effort to plant a trillion trees is ‘overwhelmingly’ among the most effective and cheapest solutions to climate emergency, according to a new study, by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, July 5, 2019 and read: report in The Guardian, July 5, 2019
Billionaire philanthropists plan to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for Extinction Rebellion, student strikers and other activists opposing global warming who ‘don’t have time for gradualism’, by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, July 12, 2019
Thanks to capitalist-driven global warming, ticks are spreading and there is plenty more to worry about beyond Lyme disease, by Jerome Goddard, Mississippi State University, published in The Conversation, July 12, 2019
A ferocious heat in Delhi, by Nilanjana Roy, New York Review of Books daily blog, July 8, 2019 [The Indian sub-continent is facing a dire future due to global warming–searing temperatures, melting Himalayan glaciers causing rising ocean levels and decreasing fresh water supply, more frequent storms with higher intensity. But not to worry–the capitalist government and industry in India are steering a course to ‘bring it on’–the production of energy from the burning of coal is expected to double by 2040, while India has its very own space program to distract from it all.]
Breaching a carbon threshold that unleashes ‘runaway’ ocean acidification and threatens a new, mass extinction event, press release by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office, July 8, 2019 …Daniel Rothman, professor of geophysics and co-director of the Lorenz Center in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, has found that when the rate at which carbon dioxide enters the oceans pushes past a certain threshold — whether as the result of a sudden burst or a slow, steady influx — the Earth may respond with a runaway cascade of chemical feedbacks, leading to extreme ocean acidification that dramatically amplifies the effects of the original trigger… and read: Study warns that carbon-saturated oceans are headed toward a tipping point the could unleash a mass extinction event, by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, July 10, 2019
Background: Has the world entered a sixth, great extinction era? If not, could capitalism soon take us there?, by Roger Annis, published in A Socialist In Canada, Jan 24, 2018
Early warnings, book review by Michelle Nijhuis, published in New York Review of Books, June 27, 2019 Reviewing: Losing Earth: A Recent History, by Nathaniel Rich, published by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019, 206 pp [On August 1, 2018, the New York Times Magazine published an essay by Nathaniel Rich titled ‘Losing Earth: The decade we almost stopped climate change’. Rich went on the publish an expanded version of his essay as a book by the same title, cited above. At the time, Naomi Klein published a critique of Rich’s NYT Magazine essay. An analysis of Klein’s critique is here: Naomi Klein bares the limitations of her liberal environmentalism, by Roger Annis, Aug 4, 2018.]
Western U.S. states buy time with a seven-year Colorado River plan dealing with ‘aridification’, by research scientists, published in The Conversation, July 10, 2019
Enormous Thwaites Glacier in Antarctic is on the brink of collapse, threatening a sea levels rise of half a metre scientists warn, by Harry Cockburn, The Independent, July 9, 2019 and read: report in The Guardian, July 9, 2019
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association releases heavily redacted ‘Protest Papers’ showing how Canada’s political police has spied on tar sands pipeline protesters, by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight, July 8, 2019 The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has unveiled 19 volumes of documents, indicating Canada’s spy service collected thousands of pages of files on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. These heavily redacted documents, dubbed the Protest Papers, are now available on the BCCLA website. The BCCLA obtained a court order forcing the Security Intelligence Review Committee to disclose these documents in connection with a complaint filed in 2014 against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (Canada’s CIA) and the RCMP…
* ‘Protest Papers’ lay out CSIS ties to oil industry, but redactions fuel mistrust, by Melanie Green, Ainslie Cruickshank and Jeremy Nuttall, Toronto Star, July 8, 2019
* Trudeau government’s Bill 59, adopted in June 2019, gives dangerous new powers to Canada’s political police as ‘Protest Papers’ release reveals scope of police actions, by Richard Fidler, published on his website Life On The Left, July 9, 2019
Global warming-related crises are now happenning once every week, says Mami Mizutori, special representative to UN secretary-general on disaster risk reduction, Common Dreams, July 7, 2019
This past winter in U.S. saw the highest honeybee colony losses on record, by Laura Reily, Washington Post, July 4, 2019
Related: Record number of honeybee colonies died last winter, by Susie Neilson, National Public Radio (U.S.), June 19, 2019
Anchorage, Alaska records hottest-ever temperature at 90F (32C) on July 4, smashing previous high, by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, July 4, 2019
European Satellite Agency reports that June 2019 was hottest June ever recorded, The Independent, July 2, 2019
India is staring at a water apocalypse, by Saikat Datta, Asia Times, July 2, 2019 South Asia is rapidly losing water and faces a grim future
* Drought and water supply shortage afflicts manufacturing city of Chennai, India, Reuters, July 2, 2109 Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadhu in southern India. The city’s population has grown from 4.6 million in 2011 to an expected 10.7 million by 2020.
* As the Indian city of Chennai runs out of water, nine million people pray for rain, by Niha Masih and Joanna Slater, Washington Post, June 28, 2019 …India is the world’s largest user of groundwater — an underground resource that excludes lakes and reservoirs. Twelve major urban areas have been using groundwater at an unsustainable rate since at least 2013, according to data provided by the planning arm of the Indian government…
* 2019 heat wave in India and Pakistan, Wikipedia. Since the middle of May 2019, India and Pakistan have been facing a severe heat wave. It is one of the hottest and longest heat waves since the two countries began recording weather reports…
* How India is coping with heat wave, report on NPR, July 2, 2019
* Running dry: Competing for water on a thirsty planet, by Laurie Goering and Claudio Accheri, published by Thompson Reuters Foundation (no publicaton date provided) By 2030, half of India’s population – now about 1.4 billion people – may lack enough drinking water, a 2018 report by an Indian government think tank predicted. (Thsi report is part of an ongoing series titled ‘Running dry’.)
* Declassified Cold War spy satellite images reveal substantial Himalayan glacier melt, by Chelsea Harvey, E&E News, on Scientific American, June 20, 2019
* Rising temperatures ravage the Himalayas, rapidly shrinking its glaciers, by Somini Sengupta, New York Times, June 19, 2019
Global boom in natural gas is undermining climate change action, says new report by Global Energy Monitor, by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press, July 2, 2019 Just over one-third of projected natural gas extraction expansion is in Canada. Only the United States, at 39 per cent, has more new natural gas exports in the works.
Nuclear power, once seen as impervious to climate change, threatened by heat waves, by Alan Neuhauser, U.S. News, July 1, 2019
Analysis finds U.S. ecosystems are shifting hundreds of miles north, by Shawna Richter-Ryerson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, published in Phys.org, July 1, 2019