It's not enough to bash in heads, you have to bash in minds

            

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Fidel Castro was the best Dictator the Cubans ever had, But Cubans deserve better than a dictatorship.

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This isn’t a 2ºC or bust fight. It’s a fight to limit consequences. It’s a fight for every 1/10 of a degree. If we fail to hold to 2ºC, we have to fight for 2.1º; failing that, we battle on for 2.2º. With millennia of impacts at stake, we never get to give up, even if we end up in 4ºC. For future generations, 4º is still better than 4.1º.

“Game over” is neither realistic nor responsible. Even the most catastrophic outcomes humanity aren’t the apocalypse — the end of the future itself — they’re just appalling failure and tragedy. We have a duty to people who will live after those failures.

The world won’t end, even if we lose completely. Life will go on, but people will suffer profoundly, human possibilities will be dwarfed, lives impoverished, beauty undone, achievements lost — for millennia, and sometimes forever. –Alex Steffen

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

The end of the world as we know it
The end of the world as we know it

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RIP Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

Words that feel especially poignant right now.

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Chesterman Beach, Tofino
Chesterman Beach, Tofino

Notice the change at the bottom of the graph? Anyway you look at it that sudden change is alarming.

Earth Temperature Timeline
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—via XKCD

It is worth noting that, nothing presented here is new, but XKCD author Randall Munroe is a master in making complex topics and difficult to grasp issues of scale easily approachable.

John Oliver explains it nicely, the instead of the imaginary TODD conference, I recommend the very real Bad ad Hoc Hypotheses Festival BAHfest!

Or If you prefer the news cycle in comic format PhD Comics has you covered:

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Downtown Vancouver skyline
Downtown Vancouver skyline

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20 Years ago John Perry Barlow published the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace:

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.
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Now it is just more of the same, regardless of who ultimately wins:

Lessig quits presidency bid, blames political system he wanted to change

See this for a good, succinct, explanation of the problem Lessig is trying to solve
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Death of Evidence

If we are going to survive this century, we need to move away from decision-based evidence-making and truly make evidence-based decisions. Public access to publicly funded science would help ensure that the government relies on the facts, not on ideology. Science is too important to democracy to be kept in a government vault. -Elizabeth May

In this election, the most important issue facing Canada is not the economy, it isn’t deficits, and it is not conservative vs progressive values.

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And when I think about it, a lot of “things I want to do” are just learning about and discussing new tools for tinkering with the chain. —via XKCD

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Unsurprisingly XKCD nails it, but head on over there to read the mouseover text, I am sure it perfectly describes more than a few Planet3.0 readers (and writers!). And we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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The CBC’s Fifth estate devotes 1 hour to exploring the sorry state of federal science in Canada.


The link above takes you to CBC’s official page which might not work for some people outside of Canada, but thankfully someone has posted it to YouTube.

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The recent approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline by National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act review panel has brought a renewed flurry of attention to the project.

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“Global warming, huh? By pure coincidence every scientist was right” Homer Simpson

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At this rate Canada’s emission regulations should be ready by 2025.


Canada is once again delaying emissions regulations in the oil and gas sector, despite major pipeline projects that continue to put intense scrutiny on the energy industry’s environmental track record



The regulations were first promised seven years ago, and Alberta has recently criticized the federal government for delays in introducing them.

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From the bad-news department.



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In Calgary, the Joint Review Panel today (December 19) recommended that the federal government approve the $6.5-billion project, which would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to Asia, subject to 209 conditions.

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The IPCC has released a very snazzy video that summarizes the fifth assessment report.


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Real Climate gives the recent methane news some proper context. The bottom line is that since methane is a short lived GHG it would take a very sudden and very massive release of methane for it to have a large effect on the climate.

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A frustratingly stubborn climate myth is that global warming stopped in 1998. It hasn’t. In fact the earth is currently accumulating extra heat at a rate of 4 Hiroshima nuclear bombs per second!

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Reuters nicely summarizes the outcome of the COP19 UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.


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Developed nations promised in 2009 to increase their aid to poorer countries to help them cope with climate change to $100 billion a year after 2020, from $10 billion a year in 2010-12.

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Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier : Natural Hazards


Between November 9–11, 2013, a large iceberg finally separated from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Scientists first detected a rift in the glacier in October 2011 during flights for NASA’s Operation IceBridge.

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A summary of the IPCC report in 4 minutes


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Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show


The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.

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This video taken at 6am on Friday 8 November as Typhoon Hayian hit Hernani in Eastern Samar shows how quickly and intensely the storm surge hit.


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Michael Mann echoing Keven Trenberth’s position that all weather now has a climate change component since it is occurring in an altered atmosphere (one with more GHGs, heat and water vapour amongst many other factors).

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