The Hitchhikers Guide to Climate Change

This is the place to learn about what’s what and why – the Hitchhikers Guide to Climate Change, a climate-based knowledge base. “Don’t Panic!” would have been a good title, but there’s a certain well-known Swedish person who might object if we said that. Like every complex issue that the public needs to understand, people’s attitudes lie on a spectrum defined by extremes at either end and the best understanding is somewhere in-between, some solid ground somewhere between panic and denial.

The Carbon Watchdog website provides information on every aspect of global warming and climate change and what we need to do to reduce it and adapt to it. There is a long way to go before this becomes the Encyclopedia Climatica” and the work to fill in the gaps will by its nature never end. It is designed to provide apolitical, non-ideological, practical information.

“This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning
Council,” the voice continued. “As you will no doubt be aware, the
plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require
the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system,
and regrettably your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition.
The process will take slightly less that two of your Earth minutes.
Thank you.”

Fortunately global warming, unlike a Vogon Constructor Fleet, can be stopped. This section contains information about how and why global warming is impacting the planet.

Carbon Footprints, Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming

The Carbon Budget Made Simple

When student climate striker Greta Thunberg talks about “simple maths”, she means the carbon budget and how the 2015 Paris Climate Accord (and a normal…

The R Word: Responsibility. Actually rather than meaning “blame”, it stems from the word “response”, as in “response ability”. Most people have it, they just need to know what is happening. People have some great mind tricks for avoiding that.

The Carbon Footprint of Food

Does going vegan reduce people’s personal carbon footprints, and if so, by how much? It should be obvious, but with the way agriculture and supply…

This is not the solution you think it is.

Offsetting Step-by-Step

The concept: emit CO2 – and pay to compensate for it. If CO2 and climate change are destroying the planet, the idea behind offsetting carbon…

Days of Coal in Calgary, Canada

Hugh Archibald White was born and brought up in Calgary, Canada in the 1940s and 50s. He gave me a run-down on their almost universal dependence on coal, illustrated with some great anecdotes about his grandfather, a coal and gas merchant, including: the vastness of Canada’s natural resourcesthe railways and developmentlow prices and infinite availability…

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How Green is my Tesla?

This week I persuaded my old friend from Germany, Dirk Carstens, to give me the run-down on the pros and cons of owning a Tesla. He’s a trained physicist so there’s not much about the EV technology that phases him. Some of the stuff we discussed: the low billsthe all-important battery, how to treat it,…

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Green Retrofit – turning a Victorian London House into a Superhome

I interview Kate Calvert, Superhome creator and North London resident: what happens when you do a green retrofit on a 19th Century terrace housesolar panels, wall insulation, electricity billslocal council planning regulations, bad buildings and bombsholding corporate building developers to their eco promisesis carbon rationing like war-time rationing? Podcast Subscriptions

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Blocking it out, denial and discourses of delay

Ford would never have discovered it if he hadn’t been busy
engineering a mental block himself. He came across a whole slew of
smooth and plausible denial procedures and diversionary subroutines
exactly where he had been planning to install his own. The computer
denied all knowledge of them, of course, then blankly refused to
accept that there was anything even to deny knowledge of, and was
generally so convincing that even Ford almost found himself thinking
he must have made a mistake.
He was impressed.
He was so impressed, in fact, that he didn’t bother to install his
own mental block procedures, he just set up calls to the ones that
were already there, which then called themselves when questioned,
and so on.

HHGTTG: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Corrupt Algorithms: Climate Denial on Facebook

Social media’s most powerful algorithm, the one driving climate denial on Facebook, creates streams of posts for Facebook users designed solely and without a single ethical consideration to maximise how long users stay and…

Top Proven Climate Denials for Everyday Use

Nobody asked for climate change and global warming, melting ice caps and rising sea levels. Which climate denial can you relate to? Here are my top denials, ranked by order of daftness on a…

The Energy Storage Issue

Houston we have a problem. It turns out that all those climate deniers who didn’t want us to invest in renewable energy were right – you can’t make electricity when the wind’s not blowing…

Discourses of Delay, artwork by Leolinne

The economics of climate change, including how we got here, how we can get somewhere better, and the Great Energy Transition as society weans itself off fossil fuels.

“The Limits to Growth” from 1972, explained in this Youtube video, is the single most successful econometric forecasting ever done. It described a crossroads for the global economy. Hindsight says fairly emphatically, the world went the wrong way.

Prof Ian Gough

Prof Steve Keen

Kate Raworth

Tim Jackson

The Doomsday Numbers and Climate Change

Why are we in a climate emergency? One reason is because the numbers don’t add up. These are the Doomsday numbers: the economic impact of both damage and abatement with a 4°C increase in global temperature would produce only 3.6% less growth by 2100. These numbers are taken from the Nobel Lecture in Economics from…

Corrupt Algorithms: Climate Denial on Facebook

Social media’s most powerful algorithm, the one driving climate denial on Facebook, creates streams of posts for Facebook users designed solely and without a single ethical consideration to maximise how long users stay and how many adverts they see[ref]”Stewardship of global collective behavior” – US National Academy of Science article on the crisis in the…

COVID-19-driven Green New Deal

There are two big “Green New Deals” on the table: the US Democrats want one and are planning to bring it in next year, assuming they can win the November election and there’s the European Green New Deal, championed by Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission. The BBC ran an…

Australian Bushfires Crisis of 2020 demands a new Political Strategy

Photo by Jack Bassingthwaighte on Unsplash The unprecedented Australian bushfires in 2020 followed the lost 2019 ‘Unloseable Climate Election’ As we enter the new decade, Australia finds itself flooding the international headlines for all the wrong reasons. The record-breaking bushfires that began in December raged for weeks and were only fully extinguished thanks to unprecedented…

Green New Deal

A positive vision of the future from 2019 and 2020 by US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and author Naomi Klein, based on the Green New Deal as the starting point.

Can the World Reduce CO2 Emissions Fairly? Contraction and Convergence

Our personal CO2 emissions might be produced anywhere in the world, with the modern world’s globalised supply chains. Contraction and Convergence (of CO2 emissions) was until 2010 the basis of climate negotiations to make a fair deal between all nations for CO2 emissions reduction. It may well be again soon while the “best effort” approach…

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man
had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice
to people for a change, one girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in
Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going
wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be
made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work,
and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone
about it, a terribly stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost

Someone clever once said, we have space age technology, a medieval society, and Palaeolithic brains. What could possibly go wrong?

The Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dalai Lama, Shiva the Destroyer – they all have advice on climate change.

Photography from Climate Visuals
Including works from Nigerian climate artist Wilfred Ukpong

These tunes might pick you up when you’re feeling down about climate change.

Vogon poetry is of course the third worst in the Universe.

The second worst is that of the Azagoths of Kria. During a recitation by their Poet Master Grunthos the Flatulent of his poem “Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My Armpit One Midsummer Morning” four of his audience died of internal haemorrhaging, and the President of the Mid-­Galactic Arts Nobbling Council only survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been “disappointed” by the poem’s reception, and was about to embark on a reading of his twelve­‐book epic entitled My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles when his own major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save life and civilization, leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.

The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England in the destruction of the planet Earth.

For those in need of some decent poetry however, there are these poems collected from around the internet:

Breathe by Lynne Ungar

Breathe, said the wind

How can I breathe at a time like this,
when the air is full of the smoke
of burning tires, burning lives?

Just breathe, the wind insisted.

Easy for you to say, if the weight of
injustice is not wrapped around your throat,
cutting off all air.

I need you to breathe.

I need you to breathe.

Don’t tell me to be calm
when there are so many reasons
to be angry, so much cause for despair!

I didn’t say to be calm, said the wind,
I said to breathe.

We’re going to need a lot of air
to make this hurricane together.

In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means ‘crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living’, and the film implies that modern humanity is living in such a way.
Only one planet. Only one ocean. Only one way to do this: Together.
Witness what may be lost as oil companies encroach into the Amazon, human rights violations run rampant, and a forest Eden is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath Yasuni.
Blazing Century multi-media project by Nigerian-born interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and practice-led researcher Wilfred Ukpong covering the contemporary social issues facing the Niger Delta. The region was a major palm oil producer for British colonizers and has become an important crude oil exporter to the United States and European countries over the past five decades. The petroleum-rich territory is considered the mainstay of the Nigerian economy for its large oil reserves and its rich biodiversity due to rivers, mangroves, freshwater forests, and marine estuaries that connect with the Atlantic Ocean. Yet the region is impoverished and historically distressed with decades of political corruption, inadequate infrastructures, community disputes, youth restiveness, unemployment, and more than fifty years of environmental degradation and pollution caused by major spills and flares by international oil and gas companies.
There’s a human in my forest.

Michael Mann – The New Climate War: Book Review

Even if you thought you knew how evil corporate power was, you need to read the New Climate War Prof. Michael E. Mann is not just an eminent and distinguished American climatologist, he is a gifted communicator, appearing in the media in print and on camera around the world on a regular basis. He is…

There is always a funny side to everything – although this might be quite black.

From Semi-Rad – gone from the internet

When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: if you look at the science about what is happening on Earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this Earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.

Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,

we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

Amanda Gorman, US National Youth Poet Laureate 2017, The Hill We Climb

We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

Greta Thunberg, Student Climate Striker, UN Summit, NY 2019

I would like to overcome capitalism, but it’s not in the relevant time scale. Global warming basically has to be taken care of within the framework of existing institutions, modifying them as necessary. That’s the problem we face.

Prof Noam Chomsky, 2020. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin Interviewed by David Roberts about their new book, “Climate Crisis and the Green New Deal”

The Hitchhikers Guide To Climate Change Miscellaneous

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