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.

Der Klima-Krieg | Telepolis

Im gerade erschienenen letzten Newsletter von Exxonknew fasste man zusammen, “Time to wrap up…” und zählte die großen juristischen Ereignisse des ablaufenden Jahres auf. Es ist eine lange Liste von Verfahren gegen Exxon und ihre damaligen Partner. Für die amerikanischen Gerichte dürfte dabei die Anhörung vor einem Kongress-Ausschuss eine besondere Unterstützung sein. Denn zwei der damaligen Wissenschaftler von Exxon zeigten, wie präzise sie damals (ca. 1986) den verheerenden Einfluss der fossilen Energien vorhergesagt hatten. “Wir waren exzellente Wissenschaftler.” Und einer fügte hinzu, wie die Unternehmensleitung “diese Ergebnisse bewusst als zweifelhaft anprangern ließ”.

#NoRussianWinter: Heat Wave in Russia

Reality update: Russia is experiencing an abnormally warm winter – The Washington Post … :

The nation is experiencing a winter heat wave that is such a hot-button issue, it was the first question posed to President Vladimir Putin during his four-plus-hour end-of-year news conference Thursday. A day earlier, Russia’s Hydrometeorological Research Center recorded Moscow’s warmest December temperature in 133 years (5.6 degrees Celsius, or 42 degrees Fahrenheit). The European part of Russia is experiencing weather that’s 5 to 8 degrees Celsius warmer than the norm for late December.

A good read by Frau Sibylle

So korrekt.

Mithin wirken auch Gespräche – und schon wieder ist die Jugend gefragt. Ruhig und sanft, wie man es mit Angstkranken eben so tut, muss man den Eltern die Sachen mit der Wissenschaft erklären und wiederholen: “Nein, liebe Eltern, es wird nicht wehtun, wenn man sich ein wenig zusammenreißt. Und: “Nein, liebe Erwachsene, die PolitikerInnen, die euch zeigen, wie einfach es ist, gegen Kinder zu hetzen, wollen nicht, dass es euch besser geht. Sie wollen einfach, dass ihre Finanziers weiter ohne Einschränkungen Öl verarbeiten und Kohle abbauen und Geld anhäufen können.”

Afrika is running dry. Victoria Falls without water. WTF?

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century | World news | The Guardian

But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls to a trickle, fuelling fears that climate change could kill one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions.

While they typically slow down during the dry season, officials said this year had brought an unprecedented decline in water levels. 

“In previous years, when it gets dry, it’s not to this extent,” warns UN envoy Dominic Nyambe, a seller of tourist handicrafts in his 30s, said outside his shop in Livingstone, on the Zambian side. “This [is] our first experience of seeing it like this.


As world leaders gather in Madrid for the COP25 climate change conference to discuss ways to halt catastrophic warming caused by human-driven greenhouse gas emissions, southern Africa is already suffering some of its worst effects – with taps running dry and about 45 million people in need of food aid amid crop failures.

#NSWfires: Australia on fire like never before, but it won’t get better…

Australia fires: blazes ‘too big to put out’ as 140 bushfires rage in NSW and Queensland | Australia news | The Guardian

“We were going out and meeting kangaroos and red neck wallabies that were moving away from the fire,” she said. “A lot of wombats, I’m not sure what they’re going to eat. All of the forest floor, any grass any shrubs, are gone.”

Jones said her rainfall records showed last month to be the driest November in 40 years. The November average is about 100ml but this year it was 18ml. The role of climate change in contributing to Australia’s unusually early and fierce fire season has been the subject of acute political debate.

The federal government has refused to concede that climate change – and in particular Australia’s continued rising carbon emissions and massive fossil fuel exports – have played any role in the current fire crisis.

#Tokyo2020 – remember my T-Shirt?

#toldyouso. Oh my, how bad. 

Reality update: Radiation hotspots ‘found near Fukushima Olympic site’ | World news | The Guardian … :

The government is keen to use the Olympics to showcase Fukushima’s recovery from the 2011 tsunami. It intends to use J-Village, a sports complex located about 12 miles from the nuclear plant that was damaged in the disaster, as the starting point for the Japan leg of the torch relay taking place in March.

#nopardon: Why Trump needs to be impeached, even if he can’t be removed.

… because he can’t be pardoned if he was impeached. Interesting read… 

Reality update: Trump won’t lose his job – but the impeachment inquiry is still essential | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian … :

Assume that Trump is impeached on grounds that include a raft of federal crimes – bribery, treason, obstruction of justice, election fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, making false statements to the federal government, serving as an agent of a foreign government without registering with the justice department, donating funds from foreign nationals, and so on. Regardless of whether a sitting president can be indicted and convicted on such criminal charges, Trump will become liable to them at some point. But could he be pardoned, as Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon 45 years ago? Article II, section 2 of the constitution gives a president the power to pardon anyone who has been convicted of offenses against the United States, with one exception: “in Cases of Impeachment.”

#Brexit, #Trump and the new success of “old” Europe. A good read about American freedom and oligarcy

Reality update: America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian … :

Except the latest research demonstrates the reverse is true. Britain is about to make a vast mistake. In the recently published The Great Reversal, leading economist Thomas Philippon of New York University and member of the advisory panel of the New York Federal Reserve, mounts a devastating attack on the conventional wisdom, so perfectly embodied by the witless Boris Johnson. The news is that over the last 20 years per capita EU incomes have grown by 25% while the US’s have grown 21%, with the US growth rate decelerating while Europe’s has held steady – indeed accelerating in parts of Europe. What is going on?

#ClimateEmergency in the EU

European Parliament has declared Climate Emergency. A strong but symbolic act as long as the Merkels, Trumps and Johnsons don’t act appropriately. More On Twitter: European Parliament declares #ClimateEmergency)

The Guardian:

Make yourself heard, start your own petition:

Local government campaigns – Climate Emergency Declaration

Local governments can play a critical role in achieving a nation-wide climate emergency response. Our ultimate aim is a national declaration of climate emergency with its ability to unlock all the required policy changes and funds for a rapid climate emergency mobilisation, but local councils have started the ball rolling by demonstrating successful climate emergency initiatives at the local level.

Study: Our universe may be part of a giant quantum computer

But, the more Yurov and Yurov explored the “many interacting worlds” (MIW) theory that says all quantum functions manifest physically in alternate realities (the cat is dead on one world, alive on another, and dancing the Cha Cha on another, etc.), the more they realized it not only makes sense, but the math and science seem to work out better if you assume everything, the universe included, has quantum features.