After the heat comes the floods. A northern hemisphere summer, which has upended climate models and redefined extreme weather on land and seas, continues to set nearly daily records.
From a climate perspective, Trump’s presidency was a disaster. The world burned on Trump’s watch
Despite the warnings for years that we cannot burn new reserves of oil if we want a liveable climate, the West’s top nine oil majors alone are sitting on more than 28 billion barrels of oil equivalent of undeveloped resources. Much of this could end up going from being an asset to a liability, just as many predicted.
As the world’s attention is focussed on the outcome of the US election, a disaster is unfolding live further south. As I write, Hurricane Eta is battering the coast of Nicaragua, with experts warning it could lead to catastrophic winds, flooding and loss of life.
The Californian fires are a “tipping point” for many residents as they realize that life will never be the same. They must also be the tipping point for clear concise action by politicians to force the oil industry to begin ramping down their operations now. There can be no more excuses.
How much trouble do we need to be in, before we admit we are in trouble?
There is rising anger in the Caribbean about hurricanes and climate change
We stand with the communities in the Gulf in their daily push back against the dirty oil and gas industry, and our hearts are with them particularly in these days of acute threats to their lives, homes, and communities.