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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:39 am

Yes. The entire town was. :!:

This is Northern California near Napa. Check out the video shot by escaping residents. The trees on the side of the roads were blazing away. Too bad you're not there. :P
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:44 am

Vancouver is also under the "tree line".... I don't see any fires around. Do you? :lol:
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:21 pm

Coming to a cinema near you.

Why?

"Here’s Why 2016 Could Be Even Warmer Than 2015

... We my be seeing a lot of spontaneous combustion over the next year. Researchers at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) reported Thursday we’re now in an El Niño that is both “strong” and will last through the spring. The resulting burst of regional warming in the tropical Pacific on top of the strong long-term global warming trend means that, as Climate Progress has been reporting for months, 2015 will easily be the hottest year on record — blowing past the record just set in 2014.

What of 2016? “The majority of international climate outlook models suggest that the 2015-16 El Niño is likely to strengthen further before the end of the year,” the World Meteorological Organization reported earlier this month. “Models and expert opinion suggest that surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean [the key Niño 3.4 region] are likely to exceed 2° Celsius above average.” And that would make this El Niño the strongest event since the super El Niño of 1997-1998.

At the time, 1997 did briefly become the hottest year on record, but 1998 then blew that record away, as shown in this NASA global temp chart, updated to include the record temperatures from July:..."

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/0 ... 16-hotter/

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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:41 pm

Look forward to the Paris summit in December.

"China Just Took Away Our Biggest Excuse on Climate Change

And five other things that made this a colossal week for the fight against global warming...”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... ate-change

It's as easy as ABC.
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:07 pm

More good news. Renewables represent the future and it can't be stopped.

"Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). It's the first time that threshold has been crossed by a G7 economy...

To appreciate what's going on there, you need to understand the capacity factor. That's the percentage of a power plant's maximum potential that's actually achieved over time...

For the first time, widespread adoption of renewables is effectively lowering the capacity factor for fossil fuels. That's because once a solar or wind project is built, the marginal cost of the electricity it produces is pretty much zero—free electricity—while coal and gas plants require more fuel for every new watt produced. If you're a power company with a choice, you choose the free stuff every time..."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... point-bnef

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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:39 pm

Good ole Jerry Brown shows the way. It can do done. It should be done. As simple as ABC.

"California Governor Signs Ambitious Renewable Energy Bill Into Law

... Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Wednesday that requires state-regulated utilities to get a whopping 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and hydro, by 2030. The law also requires a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in buildings by that year. The goals were previously laid out during Brown’s inaugural address..."

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/1 ... iency-law/
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:12 pm

Thanks to everyone for making this discussion a success. After 1500 posts and 200k views, I think the matter has been fully discussed for those with an open mind. Canada and USA are going to the Paris Conference with determination to address the critical issues. Won't be enough to keep temperatures to plus 2. But, better than plus 4!

I'll sign off with these new numbers from scientists...

"Climate Change Slams Global Economy in a New Study From Stanford and Berkeley

Climate change could cause 10 times as much damage to the global economy as previously estimated, slashing output as much as 23 percent by the end of the century, a new research paper from Stanford and Berkeley finds.

Looking at 166 countries from 1960 to 2010, the researchers identified an optimal average annual temperature that coincides with peak productivity of, for example, labor and crops. It's 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius), or approximately the climate of San Francisco's bay area. The paper appears in the new issue of Nature....

Northern countries well below the ideal average may see benefits as opportunities open up for agriculture and industry. But this was the least robust finding. And even if the warming improves the lot of Scandinavia and Canada, such nations may not have many healthy trading partners left as others suffer. Also, higher temperatures in northern countries don't take into account changes in precipitation, more extreme weather, and the many other risks in a warming world...

A cliché repeated in some scientific circles suggests that there are three possible responses to climate change: mitigation (the word wonks like to use instead of prevention), adaptation, and suffering. If the new study means our mitigation efforts are even weaker than previously thought, and we don't have a proven track record of adaptation, are we setting ourselves up for suffering?

"That's exactly right," Burke said. "That's exactly right."


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... d-berkeley
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:01 am

Your new Prime Minister is hard at work ...

"Paris climate summit: Justin Trudeau urges 'forward, innovative thinking'

Canada among 20 countries expected to pledge new funding for clean technology innovation..."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-clim ... -1.3343125
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:04 pm

It's interesting seeing about 300 Canadians and thousands of other people flying to Paris (many in private jets) to talk about ways getting the rest of us to reduce our greenhouse gasses. Oh the irony. :lol:
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:34 am

It's amazing to hear the whining and accusations from some Albertans. They've enjoyed the good times in a boom and bust industry. Now, its time to suck it up. It's also time for British Columbians to return home (once they are able to unload their properties). Oil is now a sunset industry.

Now that we have a global consensus, renewables is the way forward.

"By 2030, Renewables Will Be The World’s Primary Power Source"

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/0 ... coal-2030/

So, this is the way that climate change affects RE demand. Alberta had the mother of all booms when oil was $100 a barrel. This is the blow back.

Question: How will Alberta's pain affect RE in the Okanagan and Vancouver Island?
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:52 am

Here's something to think about ...

"After 16 Weeks, The Massive Methane Leak In California Is Finally Plugged"

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/0 ... k-stopped/
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:26 pm

Miami will go down fighting. But, 50k new condo being built in flood areas.

"How Miami Beach Is Keeping the Florida Dream Alive—And Dry"

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/ ... ise-213731

"... By the time Levine “floated” into office, the city’s 91,000 residents were so sick of the sunny day flooding that few objected when he hiked the stormwater utility fee from a monthly $9 to $17. Like most cities, Miami Beach had long neglected its infrastructure. To what degree was graphically illustrated when workers, upon excavating a street, discovered a 100-year-old wooden water pipeline.

But while Alton Road stays dry, some climate change scientists are unimpressed by an engineering feat they consider lamentably shortsighted.

“Why would you put $100 million into infrastructure that won’t even survive the next foot of sea level rise?” demands Harold Wanless, chairman of the University of Miami’s geological science department and one of the best-known experts on sea level rise. In Miami, he’s known as “Dr. Doom.”
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Tue May 03, 2016 4:12 pm

April was the warmest on record in Vancouver. Meanwhile, fire season starts early...

"Wildfire destroys Fort McMurray homes, most of city evacuated

... That's forced 29,000 out of their homes making it the largest evacuation from wildfire in the province's history, surpassing the Slave Lake fire five years ago.

The Abasand, Beacon Hill, Dickensfield, Grayling Terrace, Wood Buffalo, Thickwood, Waterways, Saline Creek, Draper and Gregoire neighbourhoods are under mandatory evacuation notices and residents have been ordered to leave their homes..."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ ... -1.3563977
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Tue May 31, 2016 11:23 pm

Troubling implications ...

"Pacific NorthWest LNG project 'deeply concerns' climate change experts

... They say when all of the associated emissions are added up, the project would raise B.C.'s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 22.5 per cent at a time when both B.C. and Canada lack adequate plans to meet existing climate change goals.

"This would make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet its GHG emission reduction targets, and would undermine Canada's international climate change commitments," says the group's letter..."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -1.3607070

Meanwhile, the States move into the 21st Century.

"Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.

Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014, according to the industry group based in Abu Dhabi..."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... ime-in-u-s
 
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Re: Climate Warming is coming to BC

Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:05 pm

The future is renewable energy.

"Three Amigos Unveil Climate and Energy Plan, Nafta Changes

... President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto completed a one-day summit in Ottawa Wednesday, where they unveiled a commitment to see half of the continent’s electricity generated by clean sources by 2025.

“For too long, we’ve heard that confronting climate change means destroying our economies,” Obama said in a speech to Parliament Wednesday after the summit concluded, praising efforts in Canada and the U.S. to cut emissions and drive growth. “This is the only planet we’ve got and this may be the last shot we’ve got to save it. And America and Canada are going to have to lead the way.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/artic ... nergy-plan

Not this ...

"Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned

Federal Court of Appeal finds Canada failed to consult with First Nations on pipeline project"

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -1.3659561

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