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   GREENPEACE FIGHTS CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL

 GREENPEACE JUST ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT. 

06/01/2017

Trump just announced that he will be withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Trump has chosen to obstruct and actively derail any action to solve one of the world's biggest threats: catastrophic climate change that will only get worse if we don’t act now.
 
In his first 100 days in  office, Trump signed an executive order to stop the Clean Power Plan, moved forward the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, opened up public lands and coasts to more oil drilling, and has now abandoned one of the U.S.’s most important commitments to fighting climate change. It's up to us to resist.
 
That’s why we’re launching the Summer of Resistance, an unprecedented wave of people-powered direct action all across the country.  Throughout the summer, Greenpeace will be training thousands of people in creative, non-violent resistance to fight Trump’s anti-climate and hate-filled agenda. 

Greenpeace

Dear Friends,

Expose the Truth. Stand for the Environment and Justice.


Power the Resistance with a donation to Greenpeace and help us reach our $180,000 goal!

Nope, that’s no April Fool’s joke. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, actually said he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary driver of global warming.

Our top government leaders are turning their backs on science. It’s going to take every one of us standing together to expose the truth, hold these climate deniers accountable, and stop Trump, Pruitt, and the fossil fuel industry from literally destroying the planet.

With your help, we will #resist to protect our communities from Trump’s deceitful, dangerous agenda. Make a contribution to Greenpeace today to help us meet our goal of $180,000 to power the resistance and run our groundbreaking environmental campaigns.

With the EPA on the budget chopping block, Pruitt peddling misinformation, and Trump’s recent Executive Order aimed at overturning the Clean Power Plan, the stakes are higher than ever. So we must be stronger than ever.

We’re putting pressure on Big Banks to not fund Keystone XL. We’re sounding the alarm on top government officials’ ties to the fossil fuel industry. And we’re mobilizing with our allies at the People’s Climate March (which I hope you’ll be a part of!) to sound the alarm about the threats to our planet’s future and insist on action.

We’ve set a goal of raising $180,000 by April 29 – the day of the People’s Climate March. Can we count on your gift today to help power the resistance and fight for our planet?

The resistance is making a difference. When thousands of everyday people spoke out to protect their healthcare, Trump and Ryan’s terrible healthcare bill failed without even making it to a vote. Every time Trump introduces a Muslim Ban, resisters take to the streets and the courts step in. And we’re going to keep resisting for our communities, climate, and environment.

We’re making the truth known about what will happen if Trump and Pruitt dismantle the EPA and the climate protections that you fought so hard for. We will not let our country push the planet towards climate catastrophe, and we will not let our communities be taken over by choking smog and polluted water.

We’re fighting for a renewable future, and we won’t let Trump get in our way. Please donate now and help resist Trump’s anti-environment policies and support ALL of our important environmental campaigns!

Sincerely,
Mary Nicol
Climate Campaigner, Greenpeace USA

P.S. Pruitt’s outright lies about carbon dioxide fly in the face of everything the EPA has stood for.  It’s more important than ever that we unite to expose the truth and stand for justice. Help us do it with your support today.

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                                                                  New Study Predicts Changes in the ocean 

Marine species could make drastic shifts in their historic ranges as the earth warms, changes in the ocean that haven’t been seen in 3 million years, according to a new study.

That reorganization of marine biodiversity won’t be as drastic if the world limits warming to 2°C, according to the study, which was published this week inNature Climate Change. But scenarios with higher than 2°C warming, especially those that see the earth warming an average of 2.2°C to 3.7°C by 2100, pose a large threat to marine species, causing many of them to migrate from their historic ranges in search of cooler waters.

See more at:http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/03/3665311/climate-change-ocean-biodiversity-study/

                                                The Consequences of Climate Change Denial

                                                  The Real News Discusses Climate Change

                                                      A Timely Update on Climate Change

Weather-Related Loss & Damage Rising as Climate Warms


Hurricane Tomas, for example, devastated St. Lucia in 2010, wiping out the equivalent of 43 percent of the Caribbean nation’s GDP. In the Horn of Africa, a prolonged drought that ended in 2011 and which, at its peak, left 13.3 million people with food shortages, caused total losses of $12.1 billion in Kenya alone.

“This was a much needed and timely effort to collect the practical knowledge that has been scattered with experts for decades,” said Habiba Gitay, a senior environmental specialist with the World Bank and co-author of the report. “We hope that the good practices we highlighted from across the world will help countries learn from each other, and make them more capable of withstanding catastrophic weather events.”

The report’s main messages:

  • Building climate resilience is essential to the global goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Working across disciplines and sectors to build long-term resilience, and to reduce risk and avoid increasing future losses, is critical.
  • Climate and disaster-resilient development is the logical way forward, but there are upfront costs that could be as much as 50 percent higher. Such investments will, however, pay off in the long-run.
  • The Bank has significant experience with helping nations build resilience against weather-related disasters, but we must better integrate climate resilience approaches and disaster risk management.By amassing our experience and working collaboratively, we can take the actions needed to manage these risks.

“At the World Bank Group, we are putting disaster risk management at the forefront of our agenda,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vice president of sustainable development. “We know there is a lot we can – and must - do to reduce the impact of disasters. The devastation and human tragedy we see in the Philippines now is a stark reminder of the challenges ahead, and it strengthens our resolve.”

The Bank’s disaster risk management portfolio is growing rapidly, with two out of every three dollars invested now focused on prevention and preparedness.

Using a variety of financial instruments, knowledge products and tools, the Bank has so far helped about 80 countries better prepare and respond to disaster. This work is being spearheaded by various teams with support from theGlobal Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recoveryand thePilot Program for Climate Resilience.

“We need to invest now for a safer future tomorrow,” said Sofia Bettencourt, a lead adaptation specialist at GFDRR. “We hope this report will bring together disaster risk management and climate adaptation experts to help save lives and livelihoods in coming years.”

Read more at:

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/11/18/disaster-climate-resilience-in-a-changing-world?cid=EXT_TWBN_D_EXT


                                                  Imagine A World Without Beaches     

                                          The State Of Oceans And Marine Life   

 

Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies

 

All of the studies suggest the worst impacts will be felt by the poorest people. Robinson, the former Irish president, said: "Climate change is already having a domino effect on food and nutritional security for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Child malnutrition is predicted to increase by 20% by 2050. Climate change impacts will disproportionately fall on people living in tropical regions, and particularly on the most vulnerable and marginalised population groups. This is the injustice of climate change – the worst of the impacts are felt by those who contributed least to causing theproblem."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/13/climate-change-threat-food-supplies?CMP=twt_gu

 

 

World Bank to “Turn Down the Heat” — 4º C Temperature Rise Projected

 By Andrew Burger· Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The World Bank is taking a more aggressive stance regarding climate change based on the results of a new report that warns mean global temperature is on track to rise 4º C while experiencing more frequent and intense extreme weather and “life-threatening sea level rise.” Contributing least to human carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the world’s poorest nations nonetheless stand to suffer the worst, according to a press release.

The 4º C trajectory we’re on is twice the consensus tipping point threshold postulated by climate scientists contributing to UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) research and reporting as a point of no return. Extreme heat waves, declining food stocks, loss of life-supporting ecosystems and biodiversity and life-threatening rises in sea level are in store, according to the conclusions published in, “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4º C Warmer World Must be Avoided.”

Lacking infrastructure, resources as broadly defined, and hence resilience and adaptive capacity, poor countries are more vulnerable to climate change impacts, which is “likely to undermine development efforts and global development goals,” the study’s authors, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, state.

More mitigation: The best insurance

“Further mitigation action is the best insurance against an uncertain future,” the report authors assert. “Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today.

Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest.”

The report’s release comes as IPCC scientists and panels ready the release of the fifth in a series of global climate change assessment reports, which is due to publish in 2013/14. Representatives from the 194 national governments and the EU as a regional bloc who’ve signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are due to meet for the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) for nearly weeks starting next Monday in Doha, Qatar.

Reviewed by a panel of expert scientists, the “Turn Down the Heat” consists of a synthesis of recent scientific literature, as well as new analysis of likely climate change impacts and risks, the World Bank explains in its press release. Given current trends, mean global temperature could rise as much 4º C by the end of the 21st century—that’s including nations meeting their current pledges to reduce GHG emissions.

“This report reinforces the reality that today’s climate volatility affects everything we do,” commented Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. “We will redouble our efforts to build adaptive capacity and resilience, as well as find solutions to the climate challenge.”

The World Bank doubled its lending for climate change adaptation in 2011 and plans to increase its support for less developed and developing countries’ carbon emissions mitigation initiatives, as well as those that promote “inclusive green growth and climate-smart development.”

Among its financial resources, the bank administers the $7.2 billion Climate Investment Funds, which are now up and running in 48 countries. These funds have been leveraged by an additional $43 billion for clean investment and climate resilience efforts, according to the press release.

 

                                    We must act now to stop climate change

 By Helen Clark

08 Nov 2012

A woman walks through a flooded market in Port au Prince. Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti October 25, 2012. Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy reminds us once again of the destructive potential of extreme weather—even in a developed country such as the United States, and even with ample warning and swift emergency response. From Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, Queens, this “perfect storm” exacted a deadly toll that New York’s mayor said was even higher as a result of climate change.

But while developed countries dig ever deeper to fund elaborate flood defense systems, compensate farmers, and adjust thermostats to accommodate hotter summers, the consequences of climate change in Africa can be catastrophic: Crops fail. People go hungry.

We could, as a global community, make the transition to green and inclusive economies that tackle inequality, advance development, and stop the ongoing assault on our ecosystem.

This begs the question: Why isn’t the world doing more?

At the global level, policy responses lag well behind where science tells us they should be. Short political cycles discourage long-term thinking, particularly where up-front costs may be high. This is especially true in times of fiscal constraint and sluggish growth.

Little appreciation exists, further, of how climate change undermines gains in the developing world, hitting hardest precisely those people who have contributed least to the environmental damage that now threatens their lives, their livelihoods, and their countries’ prospects.

We must find agreement on who needs to do what and when, as well as on mechanisms needed to transition to a green and inclusive economy. All countries must adopt clean technologies, boost energy efficiency, and switch to more sustainable sources of energy and modes of production and consumption.

Tackling climate change can help accelerate economic and energy transformations, drive revolutions in technology, and spur creation of new production models. It can drive the creation of new goods, services, jobs, and exports.

This requires engaged citizens and bold, far-sighted leaders. “Too little, too late” is not the legacy we should leave to future generations.

The need is urgent. There is no time to waste.

Tell us: with the next round of climate negotiations taking place in Doha at the end of the month, what should be done to resolve outstanding issues and deliver solutions at the speed and scale required?

 

By Andrew Burger, March 28 2012

Addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges associated with rapid and growing urbanization is bringing some 3,000 experts from around the world together in London this week for the “Planet Under Pressure 2012″ conference.

With world population forecast to increase from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion by 2050, humanity’s urban footprint will take up 1.5 million more square kilometers of land by 2030 at current rates, an area comparable to that of France, Germany and Spain combined. That translates into an average 1 million more city dwellers every week for the next 38 years, with the world’s total urban population forecast to increase from 3.5 billion today to 6.3 billion by 2050, according to Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference organizers.

These trends are impossible to stop, practically speaking, which means that the question is not whether or not urbanization should take place, but how best to urbanize, states Dr. Michael Fragkias of Arizona State University, one among nearly 3,000 conference participants.

“Today’s ongoing pattern of urban sprawl puts humanity at severe risk due to environmental problems,” Fragkias adds, issues that conference attendees intend to discuss, debate and offer solutions to. “Dense cities designed for efficiency offer one of the most promising paths to sustainability, and urbanization specialists will share a wealth of knowledge available to drive solutions.”

Read more at:

http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/03/sustainable-cities-meeting-challenge-rapid-urbanization-focus-planet-pressure-2012/

 

 

                                FOCUS ON RIO 20

                             Caribbean Input at Rio +20

United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General Elizabeth Thompson is the Executive Coordinator of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. The former Environment Minister of Barbados has been involved in the negotiations for the past two years.

She was asked what Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean can offer to the negotiations.

Elizabeth Thompson: I think that we can offer a tremendous amount, not only to the negotiations but beyond. Let me start with Barbados since that is the country I know best and I was the Minister for Environment in Barbados for 12 years before becoming an ASG with the UN and Executive Coordinator of the Conference.

As far back as 2007 when I was leading the Ministry, Barbados developed a National Green Economy Policy. The rest of the globe is now trying to catch up with that. And therefore, I think that there is a certain amount of leadership having done it and having developed in Barbados, a multi-stakeholder process – how we need to implement a green economy – I think there's a lot that we can offer there. Barbados has had solar water heating industry since the 1970's. That is now an extremely long time – using indigenous technology that is certified as meeting the international standards of the Florida Solar Water heating Institute. Now, clearly, the world is now talking about these technologies, about how you implement them, about how you get stakeholder buy in, and these are things that we have already achieved. Barbados has been able to move from developing to developed country status and therefore, I think we are well-positioned to advise and guide other developing countries of the things that we did right along the way and some of the things that we did wrong. Because learning from the mistakes is also really critical. The Caribbean, as a whole, I think, has similar examples of success stories which we can share. Aruba is moving from a fossil fuel energy-based to a 100% renewable energy platform. These are leadership lessons for the world and in the negotiating process, I think, both in relation to climate change in this process, the small island developing states really have shown that they understand what the issues are. They have defined this, not I the context of language, and full-stops and commas and brackets, but in the context of the strategic development imperatives and demands. And that is really what we need to do and these are the examples I think the Caribbean can share.


NAR: Executive Coordinator of Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable development Assistant Secretary

 

A Focus on the Rio+20 Conference, a Time for Caribbean Action


By: Tony Best

If ‘Liz’ Thompson, an executive coordinator of last month’s United Nations Rio +20 conference in Brazil, should get her way Caribbean nations would move swiftly to “maximize” the benefits that can flow from the global earth summit.

“Large sums of money were pledged in Rio to help developing countries deal with sustainable development issues, including climate change,” was the way Thompson, an Assistant UN Secretary-General, put it to Carib News. “We have a mature renewable energy sector in the form of the solar water heating industry and we have a comprehensive energy policy that dates back to 2007. We also have an excellent energy infrastructure. We must now that countries which are behind us don’t actually surpass us by taking advantage of the opportunities that will emerge from Rio+20.”

By “we” Thompson was referring to Caribbean countries, especially those in the English-speaking region.

“There’s money to be had from the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, and all the other funds that have been committed to the sustainable energy for all initiative,” she explained.

In addition, many Caribbean states have green economies, said Thompson.

With the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, for instance, pledging relatively large sums for the world’s poorer states, Thompson wants the Caribbean to build on its solid “policy platform” whose plans were in step with international energy directions.

She thinks more Caribbean states should consider joining IRENA and other international bodies to which they don’t currently belong and which, like the island-nations themselves are committed to the green economy, sustainable development and energy for all.

Next the region must get its story told to the international community about its achievements.

That’s why she thinks it would have been good if many of them had mounted exhibitions to display their products and talk about their policies during the Rio summit,” Thompson, a former Minister of the Environment who has advised some Eastern Caribbean countries on their policies and strategies to protect and boost the environment.

“We could have showcased, for instance, the solar water heating sector by displaying a solar water heating chattel house to show off what we have done,” she said. “There were thousands of international investors there interested in projects in which they could invest. We now have to make sure we don’t drop the ball on some of these things.”

Then, there is the planning for the next Small Island Developing States Conference, SIDS, set for 2014.

“The Caribbean should begin to make preparations for that meeting,” she insisted. “It’s very important that we do.”

Thompson was quick to explain that the Rio “outcome document” which took months of painstaking negotiations to complete and which was approved in Brazil covered a wide spectrum of areas of relevance to the Caribbean. It contained vital initiatives that would help spur economic and social development and they ranged from sustainable energy, benefits to small and medium size enterprises, sustainable tourism and oceans to development financing, grant funds and small island developing states.

“These are areas of special interest to us,” the former minister insisted. “We are well positioned because we have the policy platform which coincides with the international thrust and was in fact ahead of the steps which are now being taken. What we must ensure is that we maximize those opportunities by positioning ourselves to get the funding and realize the benefits. It is not necessarily by attending a meeting or taking a team to a meeting. You have to see what are the opportunities and how best to take advantage of them.”

With the private sector and the international NGO community already planning a determined initiative to get the word out about sustainable development, using national councils and commissions to exchange information about best practices, collect national data on the environment and an international scientific panel on the drawing boards to help guide the formulation of policy and identify the national tipping points, Caribbean countries can’t afford to be left behind, she says.

“In the Caribbean I have been talking for a long time about the need for a carrying capacity study for tourism. That is a critical issue to which we must now give serious thought,” the UN official argued. “We must consider the carrying capacity of the eco-system and consider how you green the various components of your tourism product and services, such as the hotels and others involved in the delivery of them.”
Looking back on the June 20-22 conference, she said that the Caribbean played vital roles in its outcome. For instance, Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, was a member of the high level sustainable development panel set up Secretary-General. Antigua’s Ambassador John Ash, who is to become the next UN General Assembly President was a member of the conference Bureau that guided the deliberations in Rio. In addition, she served as one of two conference executive coordinators.

“It was certainly unprecedented involvement” for the Caribbean, Thompson said.

  This is what Global Warming looks and feels like! 

 Climate Change Under Consideration

Taken from "Caribbean News Now"

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have approved an ‘Implementation Plan for the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ which defines the region’s strategic approach for coping with climate change for the period 2011 – 2021.

At the 23rd Inter-Sessional meeting of heads of government in Paramaribo, Suriname, last week, they expressed appreciation for the support of international development partners with respect to the implementation plan and pledged to support the further efforts of the Climate Change Centre and the CARICOM Secretariat in the execution of the plan.

Heads also acknowledged the significance of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (Rio +20) scheduled for Brazil, 20 – 22 June, 2012.

In recognizing the importance and sensitivities of the issues relating to the “Green Economy Framework” and the institutional strengthening of the International Framework for Sustainable Development, the heads of government agreed that the special development challenges faced by the small vulnerable developing states like those in the Caribbean, should be fully acknowledged in the Rio + 20 outcome.

To address these and other related matters, heads of government endorsed the hosting of a special meeting of the COTED on sustainable development to finalise a common regional position on the issues before the Rio+20 Conference

                                     BP Under Pressure 

 

It appears that justice may be catching up to BP in the wake of the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of at least 4.9 million barrels of oil are estimated to have been spilled making it the worst marine oil spill in U.S. history. The company is being accused of lying about the extent of the oil leak and knowing that their deepwater drilling methods were not sound.

In addition to lying about the amount of oil that was leaking into the Gulf, they tried to cover up the extent of the oil spill with dispersants. These chemical agents force the oil below the surface of the water and make the visible slicks disappear. To “cleanup” the spill, BP has admitted to having poured at least 1.9 million gallons of a toxic dispersant called Corexit, which is a known mutagenic.

The incident began when Transocean Ltd’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire while finishing a well for BP. The rig sank on Earth Day (April 22, 2010), two days after the initial explosion. In addition to killing eleven workers and injuring 17 others, the explosion and subsequent spill also shut down one of the most fertile fishing grounds in the U.S. The oil that spewed from the well decimated the local economy, killed wildlife, destroyed marine habitats, and continues to compromise livelihoods and health.In 2012, almost two years after the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, BP provided a $7.8 billion settlement to more than 100,000 businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 oil spill. However, this is a small fraction of Federal and state claims.

Since that tragic incident began, BP has been in damage control mode. BP’s PR efforts include carbon offsetting for the 2012 London Olympics and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. BP Target Neutral has offered to offset any carbon emitted by spectators’ travel to the 2012 London Olympic Games. BP also reports that it has reduced its direct greenhouse gas emissions by almost 3 million metric tons (64.9 million metric tons in 2010 to 61.8 Mte in 2011).

lthough BP asserts that seafood in the Gulf is as safe now as it was before the accident, these assertions are contradicted by test results, which show sick and deformed fish and other sea life in the vicinity of BP’s fractured well. An investigation by Al-Jazeera also confirmed that there are serious residual impacts of the Gulf oil spill.

Recent scientific research led by East Carolina University confirmed that “oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion successfully found its way into zooplankton—small organisms that serve as the foundation of the Gulf food chain. Zooplankton work their way up through shrimp, small fish, and ultimately, larger species such as dolphins and sharks.”

Greenpeace released shocking photos obtained under the Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) that show graphic evidence of the destruction done to sea life in the Gulf by the 2010 BP oil disaster. The horrible images include oil-covered endangered sea turtles, sperm whales and dolphins. Greenpeace’s research director said, “These photos are a grim reminder of the real damage that reckless oil corporations cause and also remind us never to stop pushing for transparency and accountability from Big Oil and the government that supposedly regulates its activities.”

Previous oil spills dating back decades have shown long term effects. Oysters, clams and mangrove forests have still not recovered from the 1979 Ixtoc-1 oil disaster in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche and herring fisheries have still not recovered from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska.

 In addition to environmental carnage, there is mounting evidence of criminal malfeasance from the oil behemoth. It appears as though Doug Suttles, a senior BP executive, deliberately lied to reporters when he said that BP’s oil well was leaking about 1,000 barrels of oil a day. (We now know that the spill averaged more than 50,000 barrels per day throughout the three months). According to the company’s internal models, they knew that the well was leaking many times the amount they publicly indicated.

Documents obtained by The Huffington Post indicate that Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer, shared information with more senior BP executives during the spill, including a senior vice president, Jonathan Sprague, who formerly managed BP’s Gulf of Mexico operations.

Federal investigators have charged Mix with obstruction of justice for destroying text messages discussing far higher flow estimates than BP revealed publicly. Mix faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, and prosecutors will likely use the possibility of a heavy sentence to coerce him to testify against more senior officials at BP. Mix is free on a $100,000 bond following an initial court appearance in Houston. Mix resigned from BP in January.

The email evidence indicates that senior BP executives knew that the ruptured oil well was spewing far more oil than they publicly stated.  According to emails between Rob Marshall, manager of BP’s sub-sea operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Gary Imm, a deepwater project manager, and Sprague, their own models approximated the volume of the leak to be approximately 82,000 barrels per day. These emails make it abundantly clear that this information was not meant to be shared with anyone.

“A failure to report the extent of the flow rate — that would be a slam-dunk on willful misconduct, I think,” said Jamison Colburn, an environmental law professor at Penn State University and former enforcement litigator for the EPA.

The 2010 spill must also be understood in the context of BP’s long history of corporate malfeasance. As reported by EcoWatch.org, the spill in the Gulf of Mexico was not the first time BP tried to conceal the facts about an oil rig blow-out. In September 2008, one of BP’s drilling operations in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Baku, Azerbaijan suffered the same fate as the Deepwater Horizon in 2010.

The crux of the cover-up concerns the company’s use of cement (mixed with nitrogen to speed up drying), which was known to have failed in the Caspian sea disaster, making the blow-out preventers useless. BP also failed to notify the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) about the failure of the cement.

Source: Global Warming is Real (http://s.tt/1c2ma)

See more at globalwarmingisreal.com  

 

 Barbados to host climate change conference


Babrbados to Host Conference on Climate Change

From CBC Barbados

5th October ,2012

The impact of climate change on small islands developing states (SIDS) like Barbados will be further discussed here when the island hosts the three day United Nations sponsored meeting from October 9.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Expert Meeting for Small Island Developing States will examine a number of topics including the loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.

The meeting will focus primarily on approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts related to slow onset events, loss and damage at the national, regional and international levels and also seeks to share links and synergies between approaches, regional priorities and key messages.

The organisers said climate change is of concern to SIDS countries especially as the intensity of hurricanes, storm surges and the threat of tsunamis and other natural events increases. In addition, rising sea temperatures are also having an impact on the island’s coral reefs, resulting in mass bleaching events.

UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres, who will be here for the three-day conference, is expected to view the effects of climate change on the island’s coasts and will also deliver a public lecture on the topic “Is Anything Being Done on Climate Change”.