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2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

Posted on 15 July 2023 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sunday, July 9, 2023 thru Saturday, July 15, 2023.
Note: Articles in green font include quotes from Skeptical Science founder John Cook.

Story of the Week

Floods, fires and deadly heat are the alarm bells of a planet on the brink

The world is hotter than it’s been in thousands of years, and it’s as if every alarm bell on Earth were ringing.

The warnings are echoing through the drenched mountains of Vermont, where two months of rain just fell in only two days. India and Japan were deluged by extreme flooding.

They’re blaring from the scorching streets of Texas, Florida, Spain and China, with a severe heat wave also building in Phoenix and the Southwest in coming days.

They’re burbling up from the oceans, where temperatures have surged to levels considered “beyond extreme.”

And they’re showing up in unprecedented, still-burning wildfires in Canada that have sent plumes of dangerous smoke into the United States.

Click here to access the entire article as originally posted on the Washington Post website.

Floods, fires and deadly heat are the alarm bells of a planet on the brink by Sarah Kaplan, Climate, Washington Post, July 13, 2023

Articles posted on Facebook

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Monday, July 10, 2023

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Friday July 14, 2023

Saturday July 15, 2023

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  1. In related news, the usual leadership culprits from Alberta and Saskatchewan angrily oppose the federal government's stated objectives including getting COP28 to require the phasing out of unabated fossil fuel projects (without a strict timeline for the stages of the phase-out of unabated projects ... in other words ... just words with no required compliance measurement basis ... in other words ... almost meaningless).

    CBC News: Western premiers push back as Guilbeault calls for 'phase-out of unabated fossil fuels'

    The following quote from the article summarizes what happened among global leaders that the regional leadership in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and perhaps Canada's federal government, object to ... with the only justification appearing to be that it restricts their ability to benefit from continuing to benefit from being more harmful than others (per capita).

    Canada, UAE face pressure to be more ambitious

    When the meeting of international ministers concluded, several countries issued their joint statement that seemingly departed from remarks made by Canada and the U.A.E.

    Countries that support a climate diplomacy bloc, the High Ambition Coalition, called for "an urgent phase out from fossil fuels."

    Ministers from France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and others said this needs to start with a "rapid decline of fossil fuel production and use within this decade."

    It goes on to say that technologies such as carbon capture cannot be used to help prolong the life of the oil and gas industry.

    "Abatement technologies must not be used to green-light continued fossil fuel expansion but must be considered in the context of steps to phase out fossil fuel use and should be recognized as having a minimal role to play in (the) decarbonization of the energy sector," the online statement read.

    The head of a network of climate advocacy organizations said the use of "unabated fossil fuels" waters down the action required to reduce carbon emissions, but admitted the language is still more ambitious than previously proposed by the U.A.E's COP president-designate.

    "Obviously, the word unabated is still a weasel word, but we are progressing in a good direction at the very least," said Caroline Brouillette, the executive director of Climate Action Network Canada.

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