Pro sports travel: the climate backlash is beginning

As English fans get set to cross Europe, anger rises at football’s carbon bootprint

Planes going to the finals in Spain and Azerbaijan will emit 35,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide – climate activists want change

From The Guardian: “At a time of heightened fears over the impact of climate change, caused by rising fossil fuel emissions, the matches’ effect on the environment is seen by many as dangerous and inexcusable. And others warn that the problem will get worse next year when the Euro 2020 finals are held in a new transcontinental format that will greatly increase the amount of travel for supporters as their teams move back and forth across Europe.”

Read the rest here

And this is America today…

SA:  Our favorite president, to whom climate change is a hoax and thus there is no need for renewable energy, tells us what American’s really want: “When the wind doesn’t blow, you don’t watch television that night.”

Yep, if we cant count on watching TV every night, we have no country.

But he does care about birds. “You want to see a bird cemetery? Go under a windmill sometime. You’ll see the saddest… you got every type of bird,” Trump insisted.”You know, in California you go to jail for five years if you kill a bald eagle. You go under a windmill, you see them all over the place,” he continued, calling it “not a good situation.”

Please think of the birds.

Here’s how you know climate change is real

SA:  When a Trump Republican says this: “Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade. This could potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West by as much as twenty days.”

That’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday May 6, 2019.  He offered no explanation of why the reductions of sea ice are happening. But from the looks of it in the picture below, he’s pretty chuffed that it is.  Cause, you know, aint nothing more exciting than getting crap here from China twenty days sooner.  That will make everything all right.  (P.S., he knows why its happening…or else he wouldn’t have said “steady reductions” in ice – that means he’s listening to scientists)

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Bill McKibben eloquently tells us the rest of the story: “As the fastest warming part of the planet, it offers a terrifying preview of what’s coming. Its white ice once deflected most of the sun’s incoming rays back out to space; now the blue water that’s replaced it absorbs the incoming solar radiation, amping up global warming. Meanwhile, the melting permafrost produces clouds of methane, itself a potent greenhouse gas. The newly open Arctic Ocean alters weather patterns, catching the jet stream in a way that makes for prolonged drought or flooding at lower latitudes. The rapid melting of Greenland’s great ice sheet seems to threaten the continued operation of the great ocean currents that warm northern Europe. And on and on—of all the scary spectacles on our Earth, none tops a fast-thawing north. But not to Pompeo, who looks to the Arctic and sees oil, gas, gold, and diamonds. It’s as if Gollum were Secretary of State.”

“The worst news humanity has ever received”…have you heard about it?

Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’
Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

from Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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How long did this stay in the news cycle? Did you even hear about it?  Spokane’s KREM 2 News on Monday May 6 gave it about 30 seconds at 6:42pm during the newscast.  No cause of this was reported – just that nature was in decline – and the solutions offered were to eat less meat and walk and bike more.  Anyone who was listening would have no understanding what this was about. And then it was gone and on to the next thing.