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The Price of Carbon

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2013

Carbon pollution is not only disrupting our lives, it’s hitting our wallets. Comedian and musician Reggie Watts shows how, laying out the billion-dollar connection between fossil-fuel energy and dirty weather events like Superstorm Sandy caused by carbon pollution.

We’ve all been paying the bill for years, but now it’s got to stop and you can help. Share this with your friends and tell our leaders it’s time to put a price on carbon and make the polluters pay.

Dear friends,

I’m excited to share with you the latest video in our climate conversation series, The Price of Carbon. This short video, narrated by comedian and musician Reggie Watts, underscores the high cost we are all already paying for carbon pollution.

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What Is Skepticism, Anyway?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 3, 2013

By Michael Shermer

As the publisher of Skeptic magazine I am often asked what I mean by skepticism, and if I’m skeptical of everything or if I actually believe anything. Skepticism is not a position that you stake out ahead of time and stick to no matter what.

Consider global warming: Are you a global warming skeptic? Or are you skeptical of the global warming skeptics? In this case, I used to be a global warming skeptic, but now I’m skeptical of the global warming skeptics, which makes me a global warming believer based on the facts as I understand them at the moment. The “at the moment” part is what makes conclusions in science and skepticism provisional.

Thus, science and skepticism are synonymous, and in both cases it’s okay to change your mind if the evidence changes. It all comes down to this question: What are the facts in support or against a particular claim?

There is also a popular notion that skeptics are closed-minded. Some even call us cynics. In principle, skeptics are neither closed-minded nor cynical. We are curious but cautious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carbon Pollution Up to 2 Million Pounds a Second

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 3, 2012

video-why-act-on-carbon-pollution-now1(WASHINGTON) — The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it’s now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple degrees, which is an international goal.

The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet’s top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.

Last year, all the world’s nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, according to new international calculations on global emissions published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. That’s about a billion tons more than the previous year.

(MORE: Cutting Carbon Means More than Fancy Bookkeeping)

The total amounts to more than 2.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide released into the air every second.

Because emissions of the key greenhouse gas have been rising steadily and most carbon stays in the air for a century, it is not just unlikely but “rather optimistic” to think that the world can limit future temperature increases to 2 degrees, said the study’s lead author, Glen Peters at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway.

Three years ago, nearly 200 nations set the 2-degree temperature goal in a nonbinding agreement. Negotiators now at a conference under way in Doha, Qatar, are trying to find ways to reach that target. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Global Coal Boom: What 1,200 New Power Plants Means for the Climate

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2012

NELSON CHING / BLOOMBERG / GETTY IMAGES

NELSON CHING / BLOOMBERG / GETTY IMAGES

There’s a war on coal in America — or at least that’s what players in the coal industry say. They’re not entirely wrong. Coal prices in the U.S. are falling and coal plants are being retired. Most of that change is being driven by what analysts refer to as “market conditions” — otherwise known as shale gas and fracking, which has driven prices for natural gas down, down, down. That’s encouraged utilities to phase out coal in favor of cleaner natural gas — a transition that has been accelerated by federal environmental regulations that will increasingly limit the sort of air pollution associated with old coal plants.

It’s no surprise, then, that the coal industry pushed hard for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election — or that coal bosses like Robert Murray, of Ohio-based Murray Energy, fired dozens of employees after the election as the industry went into survival mode. Though perhaps Mr. Murray could have saved some of the $100,000 the company donated to the conservative super PAC American Crossroads for payroll costs.

But if the future of coal is looking dim in the U.S. with cheap natural gas and a Democrat in the White House, it’s as bright as a steel furnace in much of the rest of the world. In 2010 the global coal trade rose by 13.4%, reaching 1.08 billion metric tons. In a new report, the World Resources Institute (WRI) estimates that nearly 1,200 new coal plants are at least in the planning stages worldwide. Though the projects are spread across the globe, more than three-quarters of the new plants are set to be built in India and China. If every one of those plants were to be built and activated, it would add 1.4 million MW of coal-fired electricity capacity to the global grid. Since coal is already the single biggest contributor to man-made global warming, an unchecked global coal-building spree really would be game over for the climate — no matter what happens in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhism: Time to Catalyze World Peace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 1, 2012

| by Ram Kumar Shrestha
Kindness, compassion and empathy are the synonyms of Buddhism. The eyes of Buddha are the insignia of love. Lumbini is the place where mind and heart take pleasure in for peace. This is the land when eyes are closed, heart opens. And Lumbini symbolized ultimate peace and harmony. This could be the right time to work together to declare Lumbini a World Peace City to catalyze World Peace in the present critical world situation.

( May 01, 2012, Kathmandu, Sri Lanka Guardian) While the world is preparing to celebrate 2556th Buddha Purnima (Vesak), it is facing Global warming, political instability, recession, terrorism, disaster etc. as major problems and the ultimate source of these problems is not external – it is us and only us, our current lifestyles, our historical choices, our way of thinking and doing with full of selfishness and our future ambitions. We ourselves, therefore, must be the solution. Now the world is already in very crucial moment and this provides opportunity as well to the world leaders, scientists and humanitarian activists to show their capability and broadness and prove themselves as historic persons. One of the most important questions we are facing today due to the reality we are facing in the name of development is: “Do we really love our generations or not?” This is already clear that just the continuation of existing development trend without drastic changes could destroy the world very soon and we, hence, must have new perspectives to bring everything in the right track. Irrespective of interest everybody has to read, see, watch and listen to unwanted news full of violence, crime, rape, hunger, accident, war, epidemic, disaster etc in everyday life. However, dedicated persons and organizations are still optimistic for a better and peaceful globe. Buddhism is considered not only as one of the world major religions but also as science and not facing any debate. This, therefore, could play important role in World peace in the present world context.
Problems do not arise from those who do not know, but from those who know and pretend not to know. Due to this attitude, the world is in crisis. Until we purge ourselves of these problems nothing will happen on the journey to create a wonderful and safe world for future generations. Most people think seriously about their responsibilities and rights but not about their duty to others. So many use their freedom to violate others and deny them of their freedom. This attitude could be the result of mediocre thinking, selfishness and not respecting others.
Kindness, compassion and empathy are the synonyms of Buddhism. The eyes of Buddha are the insignia of love.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: A three-degree warmer world by 2050?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, 27 March 2012 (IRIN) – The apocalyptic vision presented on cinema screens of a world devoid of food (Hunger Games) or with too much water (Waterworld) as a result of climate change, is not as far-fetched as some may think. 

The results of a new study by the world’s biggest climate modelling system show that not only could global temperatures cross the two degrees Celsius barrier, but may warm by three degrees Celsius by 2050 if we emit atmosphere-warming gases at the current rate. 

The study, led by Oxford University’s Dan Rowlands posits a substantial increase in global temperatures within little more than a generation. Most recent warnings, including those by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), are more ambiguous, saying a two-degree hike is almost certain “by the turn of the century”.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kiribati Global Warming Fears: Entire Nation May Move To Fiji

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 10, 2012

— Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.

Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could be insurance for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.

“We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it,” Tong said. “It wouldn’t be for me, personally, but would apply more to a younger generation. For them, moving won’t be a matter of choice. It’s basically going to be a matter of survival.”

Kiribati, which straddles the equator near the international date line, has found itself at the leading edge of the debate on climate change because many of its atolls rise just a few feet above sea level.

Tong said some villages have already moved and there have been increasing instances of sea water contaminating the island’s underground fresh water, which remains vital for trees and crops. He said changing rainfall, tidal and storm patterns pose as least as much threat as ocean levels, which so far have risen only slightly. Read the rest of this entry »

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21-time Mt. Everest summitter awarded with Guinness World Record

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012

KATHMANDU, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — Nepal’s mountaineering legend Appa Sherpa was awarded with Guinness World Record (GWR) for climbing the highest mountain Mt. Qomolangma for 21 times on Monday.

GWR officials, who were in town since Saturday, took the opportunity of their arrival in Nepal to award Sherpa with the GWR award.

The 52-year-old Sherpa, who started to climb the mountains as a porter, holds the record as the only man in the world to ascend the Mt. Qomolangma for 21 times.

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the GWR, hailed Appa Sherpa as “a hero of the world”.

“It is an honor and a great privilege to hand over the certificate to Sherpa as he has proved that how much a person can do,” Glenday said.

While receiving the award, Appa Sherpa expressed his happiness and praised the GWR officers for being together with him since past 10 years.

“I am honored to receive this award from the chief of the GWR,” Sherpa said.

He also said that he will encourage a younger generation to follow his footsteps for the national sake.

Sherpa, with his other three colleagues, is on another mission of trekking all along the “Great Himalayan Trail”, a 120 days trekking with the purpose of enhancing awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Himalayas.

The total length of the trekking measures 1,700 km from East to West of Nepal and will take approximately 120 days to complete. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘2012: What’s in Store…’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 26, 2011

Reuters / Kacper Pempel

The Private Global Power Elite embedded in major governments is dead set on imposing World Government on us sooner rather than later. Let’s look at 12 mega-processes – veritable “Triggers” – that we infer they are using to achieve their goals.

All roads lead to World Government.  This should come as no surprise.  London’s Financial Times openly articulated this view in an article by their chief foreign affairs commentator, Gideon Rachman, published on 8 December 2009, whose title said it all: “And Now for a World Government.” These goals are echoed by the Trilateral Commission, CFR and Bilderberg insiders – even by the Vatican.

Macro-managing planet Earth is no easy matter. It requires strategic and tactical planning by a vast think-tank network allied to major elite universities whereby armies of academics, operators, lobbyists, media players and government officers interface, all abundantly financed by the global corporate and banking superstructure.

They do this holistically, knowing that they operate on different stages moving at very different speeds:

  • Financial Triggers move at lightning speed thanks to electronic information technology that can make or break markets, currencies and entire countries in just hours or days;
  • Economic Triggers move slower: manufacturing cars, aircraft, food, clothes, building plants and houses takes months;
  • Political Triggers tied to the “democratic system” put politicians in power for several years;
  • Cultural Triggers require entire generations to implement; this is where PsyWar has reached unprecedented “heights”.

Risk-managing this whole process takes into account the many pitfalls and surprises in store.  So each plan in every field counts, with “Plan B’s” – even Plans “C” and “D” – which can be implemented if needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Climate Change: World Reaches Point Of No Return In Five Years, Say Scientists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2011

The world is on the brink of irreversible climate change, according to a report released on Wednesday by the International Energy Agency(IEA).

Called the World Energy Outlook 2011, the analysis is the most thorough ever produced on the effects of releasing fossil fuels into the atmosphere.

According to the research, in five years global warming will hit a point of no return after which it will be impossible to reverse the process.

The report warns that the global economy is building a raft of energy-inefficient factories and power stations that will pump carbon into the air for decades to come.

And without a rapid change to this infrastructure within the next five years, the climate will continue to heat up, regardless of what measures are taken to combat it.

“We are going in the wrong direction in terms of climate change,” Fatih Birol, chief economist at the IEA, told the Associated Press ahead of the report’s official release.

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Chinese Glaciers Melting Rapidly In The Himalayas, Researchers Say

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 25, 2011

Global warming is rapidly melting China’s Himalayan glaciers, a study has said.

 

According to a report published in the journal Environmental Research Letters on Tuesday, annual temperature increases are having a seriously detrimental impact on glaciers.

 

The research suggests that the Yalong glacier in the Gangrigabu Mountains alone retreated by 1,500 metres between 1980 and 2001.

 

This is explained by temperature rises in the region. Of 111 weather stations across southwestern China gathering data between 1961 and 2008, 77% showed temperature rises.

 

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led by Li Zhongxing, identified three glaciers problems that were likely to be caused by global warming. Many glaciers showed a “drastic retreat”, as well as large loss of mass, and glacial lakes, formed of melting ice, had expanded.

 

The researchers in China warned that the glaciers are an “integral part of thousands of ecosystems”. They were also keen to emphasise that effect of the glacial melting is “far more serious that simply altering the landscape”.

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Global Warming Is Real, Says Study Partly Funded By Climate Change Sceptics

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 21, 2011


Since the late 1800′s, the global average temperatur­e has increased about 0.4 to 0.8 degrees C. Current pollution trends put us on a path to 6°C of warming this century when 4°C or more would trigger the breakdown of civilizati­on as we know it. To be closer to 2°C than 4°C we need to make global emissions start to decline before 2020. Scientists worry that human societies and natural ecosystems might not adapt to rapid climate changes. As an ecosystem consists of the living organisms and physical environmen­t in a particular area, global warming could cause much harm. Countries throughout the world, therefore, drafted an agreement called the Kyoto Protocol to help limit it. Politician­s and scientists agree we must limit global warming to less than 2°C to prevent runaway climate change.

The entire problem in the natural system is only due to the pandemoniu­m activities­. If the sun asks why to give heat and light and plants raise question why to give oxygen, what could be in the nature? – No one can imagine. So within dutifulnes­s there is beautifuln­ess. Obviously the challenges to be faced in this decade are very dreadful and challengin­g. If we, therefore, change the way of thinking, all the problems will be sorted out without any difficulty­. The only way to make the world livable for our future generation­s, hence, is the revolution in way of thinking.
http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­3/27/overc­oming-new-­decade-cha­llenges/
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The fight for our planet’s future

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2011

Right now, a major climate fight is blowing up in Australia — the government is about to pass a law that would cut carbon emissions and get polluters to pay. But big businesses, backed by Rupert Murdoch, are trying to kill the bill.

This carbon pricing law is a win-win measure — it will push dirty businesses towards clean production and generate more resources for working families. If it passes, it will spur other major emitters to follow suit and could be the next best hope for our climate. But Murdoch’s megaphone of fear is massive — he owns seventy percent of Australia’s press. If together we can drown out his campaign to crush the bill with messages of hope from across the world, we could help it pass.

This battle is being fought on the Australian air waves now. Sign the urgent petition to back this bold initiative and share it with everyone — when we reach 250,000 signatures, we’ll run inspiring radio ads that deliver our global messages, lay out the benefits of the law and rouse public support:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/australian_carbon_price/?vl

We are all under threat from climate change — including the droughts and storms that cause forest fires, floods and failed harvests. Australia’s proposal would start to shift its economy to halt it. The measure would make polluting companies pay, encouraging them to become more efficient while funding technologies of the future and increasing support to the most needy. Yet Murdoch — who has a long history of supporting climate denial — has joined with mining companies to spread wild predictions of job losses and economic doom.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Aliens vs. humans: Eco-friendly extraterrestrials could wipe out planet Earth to protect other civilisations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2011

By RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON

For anyone hoping that the first spaceman to land on Earth is as friendly as E.T., they could be in for a shock.

In the latest bid to get us to cut greenhouse gases, scientists have decided that aliens looking looking down on our planet will be less than pleased with our emissions.

So much so that they consider there to be a risk of a pre-emptive attack against us to protect themselves and other civilisations.

Anyone hoping for a friendly form of life landing on Earth, like ET, could be disappointed - particularly if they are eco-friendly extraterrestrialsAnyone hoping for a friendly form of life landing on Earth, like ET, could be disappointed – particularly if they are eco-friendly extraterrestrials

When observed from afar the changes in Earth’s temperatures could be viewed as being a civilisation that has grown out of control, according to the Guardian. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mitt Romney On Climate Change: ‘The World Is Getting Warmer… Humans Have Contributed’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 4, 2011


Since the late 1800′s, the global average temperatur­e has increased about 0.4 to 0.8 degrees C. Current pollution trends put us on a path to 6°C of warming this century when 4°C or more would trigger the breakdown of civilizati­on as we know it. To be closer to 2°C than 4°C we need to make global emissions start to decline before 2020. Scientists worry that human societies and natural ecosystems might not adapt to rapid climate changes. As an ecosystem consists of the living organisms and physical environmen­t in a particular area, global warming could cause much harm. Countries throughout the world, therefore, drafted an agreement called the Kyoto Protocol to help limit it. Politician­s and scientists agree we must limit global warming to less than 2°C to prevent runaway climate change. The coming decade will see whether humanity is capable of overcoming a complex web of environmen­tal problems that pose an existentia­l threat to civilizati­on.: http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­3/27/overc­oming-new-­decade-cha­llenges/
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