Category Archives: Global Change

On Helloween (!) 2008 (!!), I published a lonesome post on my then wordpress-hosted blog. With that, I created #FLOGW and #FLGW. The world looks different today – or not.

Feilner’s Law of Global Warning states:

“I believe that the climatic change driven by the green house effect will become faster and faster as we watch. Analog to Moore’s Law in processor technology, the measured climatic change will always happen faster than the most skeptical experts of the previous years had suspected. That’s my rule of climatic change, Feilner’s Law of Global Warming (FLGW).”

Here’s my collection.

#climatecatastrophy #globalchange nach #corona #covid-19? A good read.

Tagesspiegel has a good but German article for all of us who are concerned about global change. 

Die Party ist vorbei: Was wir aus der Coronakrise für den Klimawandel lernen sollten – Kultur – Tagesspiegel

“Hier bedarf es der Bereitschaft, sinnvolle Verzichtsleistungen einzubringen, nicht erzwungenermaßen, sondern freiwillig und guten Mutes, aus der schlichten Einsicht heraus, dass wir damit nichts weniger tun als die Welt zu retten. Besitzt der Mensch dafür natürliche, ihm anthropologisch mitgegebene Anlagen, die sich, wenn das Wohl des Ganzen auf dem Spiel steht, aktivieren lassen?”

#postcorona World in Wuhan and the Nonsense of Tracking Apps #securitytheater

Already a few days old, but still up-to-date about the facts. Tracking apps can’t replace adult behaviour and social distancing. Doesn’t matter if it’s done voluntarily or enforced by whoever that might be – state, reason or fear.

Post-lockdown life in Wuhan is a warning to the world | WIRED UK

“Coronavirus–related tech experiments in Europe are having their own issues. Researchers are torn over how to implement privacy protecting contact tracing. A report on one such app under development in Germany, found it could “only be installed on up-to-date Apple and Android phones, which will reduce its coverage to roughly 60-65 per cent of the general population,” says Sven Herpig, director for international cybersecurity policy at Berlin-based thinktank SNV. People may not want to be part of these infrastructures, or not have the means to join. If apps don’t work and scale, at some point we may have to decide to go non-digital.”

“None of the apps rolled out in China are replacements for traditional epidemic-fighting strategies such as human-led contact tracing – identifying those who fall ill, finding those with whom they have recently been in contact, and quarantining them. Despite the attention given to the health code, the country’s virus mitigation strategies are rooted in boots-on-the-ground management. Tech experiments have been layered over other epidemic-fighting infrastructure, so judging their utility is difficult. Often left out of the conversation is at what point tech applications become useful, and when they are no longer. “We don’t have proof that any of it really worked,” Herpig says.” 

“The health code is far from a silver bullet. Ultimately, what generates a green code is the commitment of individuals to stay at home for 14 days, and residential committees, which manage apartment compounds, to manage their designated inhabitants. But even as a pass to help with reopening, it has returned many to some level of normalcy.”

Remember #pre-corona threats?

Climate threats now dominate long-term risks, survey finds

“But he said making the transition to a greener, low-carbon and more sustainable economy was now “an existential challenge for everyone on this planet”. He pointed to the rapid disappearance of insect species around the world, including those that pollinate 75% of the world’s crops, as a result of climate change and other pressures. If insects and the pollination services they provide disappear, “that’s a catastrophic outcome” for food security and for business, Giger said. The breakdown of planetary systems has “true costs”, he added.”

(from January)

Greenland again… Remember, there’s a climate catastrophe at the gates, too.

Now We Have to Worry About Sunny Skies Melting Greenland’s Ice Sheet

All told, the new findings show that Greenland surface mass balance—a metric that factors in snowfall coming in and melting ice going out—dropped a record 320 billion metric tons in 2019 compared to the 1981-to-2010 average. That’s even worse news when you consider the island prior to was already losing six times more ice than it was in 1980. All told, 96 percent of the ice sheet’s surface saw melt in 2019. And while heat certainly played a role, the fresh research shows that freaky clear skies amplified the impacts.

NZ’s Ardem is so right: Corona is a political crisis like never before

New Zealand’s fight against Covid-19 looks successful, but democracy is under threat | Bryce Edwards | Opinion | The Guardian

“The political system worked. But one of the ironies of putting the country into lockdown is we now have a system in which democracy is being debased. Civil liberties have been significantly curtailed, parliament adjourned, and the normal operations of the media are greatly restricted, meaning less public access to information.

That means the combination of civil society, media and the parliamentary system that normally keeps a check on government and authorities is now seriously weakened. This may be necessary given the dire threat posed by Covid-19, but it’s also dangerous for democracy and decision-making while the crisis is unresolved. “

Czernobyl on fire? Pripyat is….

Ukraine: wildfires draw dangerously close to Chernobyl site | Environment | The Guardian

The tour operator, Yaroslav Yemelianenko, wrote that the fire had reached the abandoned city of Pripyat and was just 2km (1.24 miles) away from the nuclear power plant and the Pidlisny radioactive waste disposal site. “The situation is critical. The zone is burning,” he wrote in a Facebook post accompanied by a video of the blaze. Yemelianenko, a member of a public advisory board to Ukraine’s emergency service, also accused the government of covering up the severity of the fires.

We should call it American Racism #Corona Virus – ARC

That’s so bad, these numbers. I sincerely hope this is a wake up call to this great country. 

Translating from the German article: “In Chicago more than half of the infected and 72% of the dead are African Americans. ‘Breathtaking’ is what Major Lori Lightfoot calls this, and a ‘call to action’.”

Coronavirus in den USA: Afroamerikaner sind härter betroffen – DER SPIEGEL

In Chicago sind sogar mehr als die Hälfte der Kranken und 72 Prozent der Toten schwarz. “Diese Zahlen verschlagen einem den Atem”, sagte Bürgermeisterin Lori Lightfoot am Montag. “Dies ist ein Aufruf zum Handeln.”

Here’s a good read from Politico on the problem’s nature:

Oh oh … Nucular plants need watering, even during Corona…

How to refuel a nuclear power plant during a pandemic | Ars Technica

Refueling usually takes around a month and involves hosting hundreds of electricians, welders, and other industrial workers who rove around the country refueling nuclear power plants. But not all of these contractors are needed just to top up a reactor. Many are involved with opportunistic repairs, upgrades, and inspections that can only occur while the reactor is offline. To cope with the pandemic, Arizona Public Service made the decision to only conduct repairs that are essential for keeping the reactor running until its next refueling outage in the fall of 2021.

Oceans can be restored – if we want that…

Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

The scientists say there is now the knowledge to create an ocean renaissance for wildlife by 2050 and with it bolster the services that the world’s people rely on, from food to coastal protection to climate stability. The measures needed, including protecting large swathes of ocean, sustainable fishing and pollution controls, would cost billions of dollars a year, the scientists say, but would bring benefits 10 times as high.

Polarization of climate change news is no hoax

“To capture politicization, the researchers looked at how often those articles mentioned Republicans, Democrats and scientists. This allowed for a comparison over time between different environmental issues. In the 1980s and 1990s, there were more mentions of scientists thanpoliticians in climate change , but this trend changed in the 2000s as politicians were cited more often.”

#Scientists for Future #SFF – meldet Euch bei @Sonneborn – #DIEPARTEI sucht EUCH!

Reality update: “Ich mag straff führerzentrierte Organisationen ohne Flügel und Werteunionen” | Telepolis … :

Außerdem wollen wir zu Bundestagswahl 20 Wissenschaftler aufstellen und in den Bundestag schicken. Und da beginnen wir gerade erst zu suchen …

AKK hat zuerst ihren Auftritt beim Saarbrücker Karneval und dann als Kanzlerkandidatin abgesagt. Da die CDU derzeit niemanden von Format aufbieten kann – stünden Sie als routinierter Politprofi zur Verfügung? Martin Sonneborn: Nein, die CDU ist ein zerstrittenes Auslaufmodell. Die gesellschaftliche Aufgabe, die die Christdemokraten einmal erfüllten, war es ja, die Idee einer sozialen Marktwirtschaft zu vertreten. Aber diese Position haben sie inzwischen bedenkenlos geräumt, um sie Sahra Wagenknecht zu überlassen. Außerdem: Ich mag straff führerzentrierte Organisationen ohne Flügel und Werteunionen.

Sie werden demnächst als Beobachter des EU-Parlaments zum Prozess gegen Julian Assange nach London fahren. Werden Sie den Tommys mit Ausschluss aus der EU drohen?

Martin Sonneborn: Der Prozessbeginn wird kürzer ausfallen als gedacht, ich werde also wahrscheinlich erst im Mai zur Wiederaufnahme fahren. Aber mein Büro begleitet die Vorgänge in London. Seitdem die Schweizer Seite ein ausführliches Interview mit dem UN-Sonderbeauftragten für Folter Nils Melzer publiziert hat, geht es rund. Die Menschen verstehen allmählich, dass hier elementare Bürger- und Menschenrechte auf dem Spiel stehen, dass es eine komplette Stabsstelle der CIA gibt, die sich nur damit beschäftigt, den Namen und das öffentliche Bild von Assange negativ zu gestalten. Ich war noch nie so enttäuscht von SZ, FAZ, Spiegel, Zeit, ARD und ZDF, die ihrem gesellschaftlichen Auftrag und propagierten Selbstverständnis zuwider diesen Skandal offensiv verschwiegen haben.


Reality update: Imran Khan auf Twitter: “I tend to be cynical about the idea of Late Capitalism, but an Uber driver last night told me a story which made my jaw hit the floor. He picked me up, and apologised for the congestion. “You see all these cars, though? They’re owned by the same person”. (1/9)” / Twitter … :

“The set-up means that when these drivers complete a ride, the payment goes direct to the guy who owns the car. The driver sees precisely zero cents until they hit a monthly quota. The money’s in the owner’s account; he then transfers it once the quota’s hit.” (4/9)”