Climate change jumps to biggest risk for insurers + Arctic permafrost is melting so fast it’s damaging the equipment scientists use to measure it 

Arctic permafrost is melting so fast it’s damaging the equipment scientists use to measure it CNN | Doug Criss In the Arctic, a changing climate isn’t something that might happen in the near future. In the uppermost stretches of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s already happening now. Temperatures are warming; sea ice is retreating. And a new study says permafrost is melting …

Biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost half their area, land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land, and a million species are at risk of extinction

The warning was unusually stark for a UN report that has to be agreed by consensus across all nations. Hundreds of scientists have compiled 15,000 academic studies and reports from indigenous communities living on the frontline of change. They build on the millennium ecosystem assessment of 2005, but go much further by looking not just at an inventory of species, …

Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta

Wired: Jakarta Is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has To Find A New Capital, by Matt Simon. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES THIS WEEK, AMID devastating flooding, Indonesia announced it’s planning to move its capital out of Jakarta, which really is nothing new—the country’s first president was talking about it way back in 1957. Part of the problem is extreme congestion, but today the city of more than …

New EPA document tells communities to brace for climate change impacts

New EPA document tells communities to brace for climate change impacts Washington Post | Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis The Environmental Protection Agency published a 150-page document this past week with a straightforward message for coping with the fallout from natural disasters across the country: Start planning for the fact that climate change is going to make these catastrophes worse. …

Economically poor communities lack access to evacuation, left vulnerable in emergencies: Case Study of Harris County TX

Analysis of Flood Vulnerability and Transit Availability with a Changing Climate in Harris County, Texas Joshua A. Pulcinella, Arne M. E. Winguth, Diane Jones Allen, … First Published April 22, 2019 Research Article  https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119839346 Article information    Hurricanes and other extreme precipitation events can have devastating effects on population and infrastructure that can create problems for emergency responses and evacuation. Projected climate change and associated …

Flooding in Canada forces thousands of evacuations, in Nebraska $1 billion in ag costs

Arctic Expected to Soar 40 Degrees Above Normal This Weekend Climate Change Blamed as Flooding Forces Thousands to Evacuate in Canada Olivia Rosane Apr. 29, 2019  Flooding in four Canadian provinces has forced thousands of people to evacuate, and leaders across the country are blaming climate change. Communities in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec are all impacted and both Montreal and Ottawa …

Heating and risk of heatwaves are much worse

‘It is horrid’: India roasts under heat wave with temperatures above 120 degrees, 7 June 2019 The Washington Post | Joanna Slater When the temperature topped 120 degrees (49 Celsius), residents of the northern Indian city of Churu stopped going outside and authorities started hosing down the baking streets with water. Churu – home to more than 100,000 people – has …

Sacred Headwaters: Territories for Life

In March, leaders from the two most important Amazonian Indigenous organizations of Ecuador and Peru (CONFENIAE and AIDESEP) were joined by nearly 100 indigenous representatives from the Achuar, Shuar, Wampis, Awajun and Kichwa people in a historic Sacred Headwaters summit in the town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the heart of the territories of the Awajun nation of Peru. …

Capitalism vs. Nature

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2018 on the state of climate change, its impending effects, and proposals for mitigation and adaptation. (The full report spans several chapters, but DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group put together a short summary for DSA members.) The planet has already begun warming, but the IPCC’s report urges radical action …

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water we all rely on for survival, threatens the very future of global humanity. The stakes could not be higher.  We had hoped the UN’s creation of the Permanent Forum and passage …