Climate Change News for December 2018
When too much news is not enough
by Roger Goodman
In November the climate change news came thick and fast. Tales of unprecedented extremes of weather frequented our global news bulletins almost daily.
I think you will agree that one tragedy overshadowed all others in its ferocity, horror, scale and sheer improbability. Of course I speak of the California wildfires, the worst in the state’s history, and in particular of the fire weirdly nicknamed ‘The Camp Fire’ which obliterated a once-lovely town of twenty thousand souls, a town whose name I will not repeat because of its tragically ironic nature.
When climate change activists connect particular weather events with climate change they are met with a barrage of abuse. One particular strand of abuse that recurs is “How dare you make political capital out of a weather event that has caused human suffering!”
It’s a senseless argument. Even if climate change activists (be they politicians, rally organizers or just humble columnists) somehow gain something from connecting a tragedy to climate change, in so educating the public they are performing a priceless public service because the more citizens who are galvanized into action, the fewer people will die in the next tragedy.
Climate change is a monster that needs to be faced head-on by everyone, everywhere. No-one will be spared. The sooner people know this, and the more they know, the better off we will all be.
Main picture: Photo by: Forest Service, USDA
Weather whiplash: Photo by: Ruth Hartnup
Ice and sea level: Photo by: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Nature and farming: Photo by: Andrew Wallace
Tipping points: Photo by: Rodrigo Soldon
Big Fossil: Photo by: Wongaboo
Carbon markets: Photo by: Andrea castelli
Negative emissions: Photo by: Hayden
People: Photo by: Global Justice Now