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Jun 27, 2017

Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs.

Which is awesome because Theresa May has basically taken the most hated politician in England, after herself, the guy she fired because he was screwing up the position of Education Secretary, the guy who for some reason thought he had a shot at leading the Conservative Party, running against May and stabbing bumbling Boris in the back at the same time, and rewarded him for his incompetence and pro-business stance, by appointing him back to the cabinet. 

Being pro-business in itself is of course not bad thing, but when that pro-business stance is to the extreme side of prioritising business interests to the point of being anti-environment, and then you put that man in the position of Environment Secretary, you wonder what on earth is going on here....

Jun 23, 2017

It’s become apparent over the last few months that a large part of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, Larsen C, is on the verge of breaking off the into the ocean.

The latest observations by British scientists show the crack in the ice shelf to have expanded by 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) in the last week of May 2017. Scientists have observed that the crack grew 80 miles in length and 300 feet in width from 2010 to November 2016.

I’d like to know how many of you out there listening are trying to remove yourselves from the carbon based rat race, I’m not necessarily saying going totally off-grid, but I’d like to know what you’re doing because I’m feeling pretty fucking helpless and I’d like some tips.

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Jun 20, 2017

I am joined again by my wife Iv, so you don’t have to listen to my monotonous tones constantly.

It turns out Climate change isn’t just causing the glaciers to melt and driving 200 species to extinction every day, it’s also a threat to international security.

According to Major General Munir Muniruzzaman who is the chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change, climate change could spark major wars “completely destabilising” the world and forcing millions of people to become refugees.

In addition to that report from GMACCC, the Center for Climate and Security has published a report titled “Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene.”

The report identifies 12 "epicenters," or categories, where climate change could trigger major global conflict. Any one of these 12 issues could cause significant disruption, but taken together these epicenters can present a serious threat to international security.

Non-state actors are already weaponising water to control local populations, either through diverting scarce water sources or as the Islamic State group did when it seized the Mosul Dam in Iraq and threatened to destroy it, they gained leverage to devastate downstream population centers.

Egypt has already threatened Ethiopia with air strikes over damming the Nile River. I believe it was the Obama Administration that referred to Climate Change as being a ‘threat multiplier’. And The Center for Climate and Security report stresses why mitigating climate change should be the highest priority for governments and institutions around the world. 

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Jun 16, 2017

Luke & Steven discuss some potential impacts of the United Kingdom exit from the European Union, specifically with regard to managing environmental issues across the UK.

There's no denying that the majority of current UK environmental law has come down from the European Union (EU).  The EU has introduced policies and laws dealing with all sorts of wide reaching issues, the UK Environmental Law Association gives the examples of industrial and agricultural pollution, waste, water quality, air quality, nature conservation, environmental damage and climate change.  

Luke and Steven cover aspects such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Common Fisheries Policy, and the Paris Agreement.

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Jun 13, 2017

Steven & Iv discuss that Business insider have recently published an article stating the obvious, that it is now impossible for humans to utilise geoengineering in the form of planting trees to save us, as we simply can’t grow enough trees to capture the necessary amount of co2 that could help us meet the Paris agreement goals.

No shit.

Annually we emit about 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide alone, ignoring the other greenhouse gasses, and it’s a pretty much established fact, despite what Donald Trump might be telling you about his hair spray, that human caused climate change is messing up the planet to the point of no return.

It seems obvious to me that planting trees would never be a solution, trees are not a permanent carbon sink, if planting trees was in anyway a viable solution we would need to be talking about the rate of planting exceeding the rate of both decaying / destroyed trees and co2e of ghg emissions produced by us. It doesn't take a mathematician to intuit that this would require an exponential level of planting each year and we'd quickly run out of space.

I’m going to take a leap here and question how realistic is it then, given then, and I’m citing here another article from theconversation.com  that out of 116 scenarios consistent with a 2 degree Celsius rise, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 101 of those 116 scenarios require the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere during the second half of this century, in addition to the large emission reductions required.

So if we already know trees are of zero help, how the fuck do we go about removing all this excess carbon from the atmosphere?!  I know we’ll just activate the weather modification net and that will solve all our problems, sorry I was getting Star Trek muddled up with reality there.  Everything I learnt I learnt from Star Trek after all.

So not only do we not have the technology to do this, we don’t have the land to site these imaginary technologies on, let alone the land to plant actual trees that actually exist.

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Jun 9, 2017

In today's bite size edition of the epppodcast I have the double edged story that NASA has Discovered a New process for Ice Loss in Greenland by observing the Rink Glacier, and that at the same time they saw so much water being released from this new process, that it actually bent the Earth’s crust!

This research kind of gives an indication to me, and I hope to you, the scale of the changes occurring in Greenland, and as I like to give you when I can, yet another example of how we’re fucking up the planet. 

Greenland is covered by enough ice to raise sea levels by over 20 feet if it were all to slide into the ocean. And we’re watching it happen.

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Jun 6, 2017

A new study has found that the Alaskan tundra is warming so quickly it has become a net emitter of carbon dioxide.

The melting permafrost contains twice as much carbon as the atmosphere does today suggesting the potential for a positive feedback loop that will accelerate global warming and could kick start abrupt climate change.

For me, this indicates a very alarming tipping point for the earth, that could lead to run away climate change as suggested by an ever growing number of the scientific community.

If you didn’t listen to episode one with Guy McPherson go listen to that now as it’s all about these feedback loops triggering Abrupt Climate Change.  With more information like this coming out almost by the day, I think we’re seeing the early indicators of Abrupt Climate Change.

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Jun 3, 2017

I had to upload a response to Trumps announcement. Like many environmentalists all over the world, I woke up on Friday morning with a BBC News alert on my phone, informing me of the inevitable decision by President Trump that he is withdrawing the US of A from the Paris Climate Accord.

The United States of America has just joined the other non-Paris signatories, the forward thinking nations of Syria and Nicaragua.

But why is no one asking "will America leaving the Paris agreement be a good thing"?

The truth is the Paris Agreement is just that. A non-binding agreement, in that spirit I look back and asses what the Kyoto Protocol actually achieved, and remind listeners that  realistically, America didn’t have a chance in hell of meeting their Paris target of reducing co2 emissions 26% by 2025.

Perhaps now we have an even greater possibility of global climate action than if the USA stayed in Paris.

Other countries such as the EU and China may accelerate their actions. As Luke and I discussed, other countries could now be legally free under WTO rules to implement more forceful mechanisms such as a carbon tax on US imports.

Why should we, the majority of the global community, drag ourselves down to Trumps level?

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Jun 2, 2017

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing yet more evidence that we are well and truly fucking up even the remotest parts of the planet with Climate Change.

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