Reblogged from Armory of the Revolution
And many Australians continue to deny climate change whilst their country is enduring record breaking temperatures. No connection?
A horse walks at Tisma lagoon, Nicaragua, Feb. 29, 2016. In Central America, drought and severe weather have caused thousands of farmers and their families to head north seeking means of survival.
Rising Carbon Dioxide Is Greening The Earth – But It’s Not All Good News
‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.
Rising carbon dioxide levels are making the world greener. But that’s nothing to celebrate.
Scientific American: Ask the Experts: Does Rising CO2 Benefit Plants?
Climate change’s negative effects on plants will likely outweigh any gains from elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels
Whilst China can be praised on the one hand for making such improvements as this one (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/dec/12/silence-shenzhen-world-first-electric-bus-fleet) in the city of Shenzhen, it can be criticised on the other for increasing its funding of coal-fired power stations outside its own borders (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/china-is-massively-betting-on-coal-outside-its-shores–even-as-investment-falls-globally.html)
Coal has long been a reliable source of American energy, but it comes with tremendous costs because it is incredibly dirty. The same chemistry that enables coal to produce energy—the breaking down of carbon molecules—also produces a number of profoundly harmful environmental impacts and pollutants that harm public health. Air pollution and global warming are two of the most serious.
And the EPA is tacitly supporting Trump’s “I dig coal” policies by rolling back emission standards on coal plants. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist before taking up his current role, recently announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows.