Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby on Monday appeared to blame climate change for the deadly Woolsey fire in Southern California and pushed back against President Donald Trump’s criticism of state officials, who he claimed were responsible for the fast-spreading blaze. “I don’t really want to politize our efforts right now,” Osby told reporters when asked about President Trump blaming the fire on “gross” mismanagement. “I can just tell you that we’re in extreme climate change right now. We don’t control the climate.” “We’re doing all we can to prevent incidents and save lives,” the official continued. “I personally find that statement unsatisfactory, and it’s very hurtful for all the first responders that are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property.” While in France to commemorate the anniversary of World War I, … [Read more...] about L.A. County Fire Chief Blames Woolsey Fire on ‘Extreme Climate Change’
Pope Francis highlighted on Monday what he considers two main threats to humanity, namely the “immense crisis” of global warming and the possibility of nuclear war. In his address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the pope urged his listeners to do all they can to assist humanity in facing the most pressing threats facing the planet, noting that in the first place these are “the immense and ongoing crisis of climate change and the nuclear menace.”Human actions are at the root of many global changes, the pontiff insisted, especially where climate change is concerned. “Hence there is also a need for adequate responses aimed at protecting the health of the planet and its inhabitants, a health put at risk by all those human activities that employ fossil fuels and deforest the planet.” Just as the scientific community, he said, “has made progress in identifying these risks, it is now called to propose workable solutions and to convince … [Read more...] about Pope Francis: Chief Threats to World Are ‘Climate Change’ and Nuclear War
California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed climate change Sunday for the California wildfires, despite a complete lack of evidence — a day after President Donald Trump was widely criticized for blaming poor forest management. According to the Associated Press, Brown, described as an “evangelist” for climate change, also blamed climate change deniers for the deadly fires, saying they were responsible for the deaths of California residents.“Managing all the forests in everywhere we can does not stop climate change,” he said. “And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we’re now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years.” Trump’s theory is that over-regulation has led to under-harvesting of forests, leaving more fuel for fires to burn. Brown’s theory is that the global use of fossil fuels is making California warmer and drier, and more prone to fires. The exact causes of the Camp Fire in … [Read more...] about Jerry Brown Blames Climate Change for California Wildfires
Rocker Neil Young blasted President Donald Trump on Sunday, referring to him as a climate change “denier,” after losing his Malibu home in the Southern California’s Woosley fire. “California is vulnerable — not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” Young wrote in a blurb on his website. “As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”“Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped,” added the singer-songwriter. “DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar because it rhymes with denier). It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new congress can help. I sure hope so.” Young ended the post, writing: … [Read more...] about Neil Young Rips Climate Change ‘Denier’ Trump After Woolsey Fire Destroys Home
Callum Burroughs, provided by Published 4:10 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Gian-Reto Tarnutzer/Unsplash Big oil spent only 1.3% of 2018 capital expenditure on green energy European majors are making greater efforts than the US oil giants to invest in clean energy Low carbon infrastructure seen as essential to combatting climate change Despite years of claims and commitments about clean investment and alleviating climate change, the world's largest oil companies have contributed just 1% of their spending budgets to green energy in 2018. Companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Total, and BP, have all accelerated efforts into renewables and battery technology in recent years. But many efforts have been overshadowed by the oil industry's efforts to block or overturn environmental regulations. CDP, an environmental research charity that works with over 650 major institutional investors with $87 trillion in assets, claim that the world's top 24 publicly-listed companies spent … [Read more...] about Big Oil claims it’s doing its part to combat climate change. A new study finds it’s not even close.