Proven links between the recent heatwave and human led climate change

Barry White

Climate breakdown made the recent UK heatwave 10 times more likely, researchers have found. Analysis by World Weather Attribution (WWA) reveals that temperatures in the UK during the heatwave, when it hit 40.3C, were higher than those simulated by climate models. The researchers say extreme temperatures in Western Europe are rising faster than expected. The analysis was conducted by 21 researchers, including scientists from universities and meteorological agencies in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK, the US, and New Zealand.

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Climate Collapse – a Challenge for us all

Sandy Tod

The recent heatwave, described as “apocalyptic” in Spain and France, where it lasted longer than here, extreme winds that brought down so many trees earlier this year, and severe flooding on an increasingly regular basis are all warnings of serious climate collapse induced by global heating.

In Settle, ACE’s Energy Group has been consulting the public locally on how best to decarbonise the energy we use in our homes and businesses. A report, list of potential projects identified at a workshop in May can be downloaded here at:  https://acesettleandarea.org/about-ace/energy/  along with your feedback – closing dates for which was 15th August.

This will now be discussed at our Renewable Energy Workshop 7.00pm -9.00pm on Tuesday 6 September. Come and join us at St Michael and St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9RA. We will be finalising plans to develop more renewable energy locally – your input would be very welcome. RSVP to acesettleandarea@gmail.com.

 

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Yorkshire Water fined £1.6m for sewage pollution

SHP Safety & Health Practitioner 25 July 2022

Yorkshire Water has been fined £1,600,750 for polluting a Bradford watercourse in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency. It was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and £22,112.79 in costs. The company appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court for sentence on Monday, 18 July, where it pleaded guilty to unauthorised sewage discharges into Bradford Beck, and breaches of its environmental permit. The court heard its George Street detention tank in Bradford was full for up to eight months during 2018, leading to 25 unauthorised sewage spills into Bradford Beck.

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Kingpins of denial

Barry White

Big Oil versus the World is the story of what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more than four decades ago but did their best to stop letting us know. In the first TV documentary shown (subtitled Denial) on BBC 2 at 9.00pm on 21 July, scientists who worked for the biggest oil company in the world, Exxon, reveal the warnings they sounded in the 1970s and early 1980s about how fossil fuels would cause climate change – with the catastrophic effects we are now experiencing. In summary it reveals the lies oil lobbyist told to undercut democracy, to delaying and even stopping action against global warming. Just watch the early warnings given in the late 1980s and then see how the oil industry and their lobbyists fought back, supported by odious ‘specialists in denial’ and funded by a coalition (The Global Climate Coalition) including the oil companies!

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