Climate Crimes

Posted by Willard Anderson on July 19th, 2011.



CLIMATE CRIMES AND PENALTIES.

cd jy 15/2011

 

PENALTY FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

The most serious question of all time is, SHOULD COUNTRY LEADERS BE PROSECUTED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IF THEIR GOVERNMENTS HAVE NO ACTIVE PROGRAM TO DELETE CARBON DIOXIDE MISSIONS BY 90% IN 15 YEARS? Of course undeveloped countries would be last on this list.

 

 

VALIDITY

The International Panel on Climate Change, The World Health Organization, the United Nations, the USA Military/the Pentagon, and the worlds serious climatologists all agree human caused climate warming is a fact. And “the increase in climate related catastrophes is already a fact.” “The frequency of natural disasters has increased by 42% since the 1980’s and the percent that are climate related has risen form 50% to 82%. Sherbinin, Warner,and Ehrhart, Scientific American, p.64, Jan. 2011.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE FACTORS

The changes brought on by brought on by “man made green house gas emissions include :

*higher rainfall variability

*greater frequency of extreme events such as droughts and floods,

*sea level rise [2/3 of a meter by 2100]

*ocean acidification [and consequent massive extinctions]

*long term shifts in temperature and precipitation.” [and consequent massive extinctions]

 

THE PRESENT STATE

In Mexico, “in Tlaxcala, Alscher found that in the 1990’s market liberalization and declining rainfall by 10-20%, led to lower farm incomes” Sherbinin p70

 

Honduras in July 2001, suffered a drought that affected a quarter of a million people. A few months later a tropical storm flooded the country side” p 70 (Sherbinin)

In 1998 Hurricane Mitch killed 1100 people in Honduras and Nicaragua” p70

In 2007 a tropical storm in Tabasco flooded and displaced 500,000 people.”

 

In 2000 the WHO claimed 150,000 people died from Climate Change.

It was reported in Time, April 2010 by the UN that one third of a million died from climate change.

 

NE Australia endured serious flooding in 2010.

The Indus R. flooded at a level never before seen in Pakistan in 2010.

In N. America in spring 2011, the Richelieu, the Missouri, the Mississippi and the Souris Rivers all flooded. Minot, a town in the US in N. Dakota said the Souris R. carried four times the volume it had ever recorded in the past.

The USA southwest is suffering a 20% water shortfall.

China has seen large floods in 2011 and past years.

 

Wildfires have in recent years burned large areas in Canada , the USA, Australia, Greece and Spain, connected with lower moisture regimes.

These are totally uncharacteristic of long term climate average events. Someone has to take responsibility for these deaths since excess human CO2 emissions have caused them.

 

According to Alana Mitchell (Seasick) the oceans are in dire straights.

40% of the phytoplankton has disappeared since 1950. The oceans have in the past produced 50% of the earths oxygen.

The large fish are 90% depleted and a fisheries crash is expected by 2050. (Dalhousie U)

There are hundreds of dead zones (Mitchell) , anoxic, without oxygen, and only jelly fish thrive there.

Jelly fish blooms have plugged a water intake for a Scottish nuclear plant (ENN) and forced a shutdown.

 

According to Dr. James Hansen (Storms of my Grandchildren) the measured net heat intake of the earth surpasses the net heat outflow from the earth and serious climate warming from human caused CO2 build up is inevitable unless we act now. The consequences are too catastrophic to describe for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.

 

The droughts in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia will cause very high death rates. These are not an accident of nature, they are human caused events. Someone is responsible.

 

THE FUTURE

A one meter sea level rise could result in the displacement, “In India alone, 40 million people would be displaced by a one meter sea level rise” (Sherbinin ET AL)

Greene and Robertson suggest , “an increase in total monsoon rainfall but a decrease in frequency of rain” and “Shifts in the seasonality of river flows (as winter snow pack declines and glaciers shrink).

Would affect the lives of several hundred million rural Asians” Climate models suggest that rainfall levels may increase in the north while deceasing in Mozambique’s south.”

(Sherbinin ET AL)

 

Columbia Universities Center for International Earth Science Information Network map projects showing , “a one meter sea level rise could result in a a displacement of seven million people in the Viet Nam, Mekong R. delta p. 68. and a two meter rise – 14 million displaced or half the population of the delta”

 

The international panel on Climate Change data says some of Central America “may see 20 to 50% decline in water availability.” Sherbinin p.70

 

 

PENALTY FOR CRIMES COMITTED

Is it time to prosecute leaders of countries with crimes against humanity if they have no active program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90% within 15 years.

 

THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONTEXT

Scientific American discusses the end of time, the end of systems. What we have today was devised out of what we did not know. So we had the sun centered universe, and religious institutions that dedicate to a prescriptive behaviour not based any longer upon a reality. Today Einsteinium theory, evolution, time-space based universes explain our lives. We have a program (p.94) saying, “Scientists are now revealing the material basis of the conscious mind.” We have J. Venter who has (p. 93) “announced he and his colleagues had made a new living bacteria from a genome they decoded, artificially rebuilt and then stuck into the cored-out remains of the bacterium Myco-plasma. When the hybrid bug began to reproduce, it became the first artificial organism.” Behavioural dogmas not recognizing new scientific discoveries may be imposing a very hazardous lifestyle on the world those could help annihilate all mankind. Today dogmas can be lethal to the world, and over population and over consumption of world resources are part of that problem.

We know there are real life impacts from energies we use to dominate our world, and these energy consumption patterns can dictate an end or a revolutionary beginning. Dogma or vested oil interests only cloud the intention for positive action.

 

 

THE CRIMES

The oil companies and the senior politicians are responsible for this developing cataclysm. It is time to start prosecuting them.

 

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Comments (1)

J. Doherty said on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Excellent work, excellent article !
Let me write a few comments on legal and social context.

While the Earth has always endured natural climate change variability, we are now facing the possibility of irreversible climate change in the near future. The increase of greenhouse gases in the Earth?s atmosphere from industrial processes has enhanced the natural greenhouse effect. This in turn has accentuated the greenhouse ?trap? effect, causing greenhouse gases to form a blanket around the Earth, inhibiting the sun?s heat from leaving the outer atmosphere. This increase of greenhouse gases is causing an additional warming of the Earth?s surface and atmosphere. A direct consequence of this is sea-level rise expansion, which is primarily due to the thermal expansion of oceans (water expands when heated), inducing the melting of ice sheets as global surface temperature increases.

Forecasts for climate change by the 2,000 scientists on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) project a rise in the global average surface temperature by 1.4 to 5.8°C from 1990 to 2100. This will result in a global mean sea level rise by an average of 5 mm per year over the next 100 years. Consequently, human-induced climate change will have ?deleterious effects? on ecosystems, socio-economic systems and human welfare.At the moment, especially high risks associated with the rise of the oceans are having a particular impact on the two archipelagic states of Western Polynesia: Tuvalu and Kiribati. According to UN forecasts, they may be completely inundated by the rising waters of the Pacific by 2050.According to the vast majority of scientific investigations, warming waters and the melting of polar and high-elevation ice worldwide will steadily raise sea levels. This will likely drive people off islands first by spoiling the fresh groundwater, which will kill most land plants and leave no potable water for humans and their livestock.

Low-lying island states like Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives are the most prominent nations threatened in this way.“The biggest challenge is to preserve their nationality without a territory,” said Bogumil Terminski from Geneva. The best solution is continue to recognize deterritorialized states as a normal states in public international law. The case of Kiribati and other small island states is a particularly clear call to action for more secure countries to respond to the situations facing these ‘most vulnerable nations’, as climate change increasingly impacts upon their lives.

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