climate tragedy

"This, on current trends, will be the hottest year ever measured. The previous record was set in 2015; the one before in 2014. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century. Each of the past 14 months has beaten the global monthly temperature record. But you can still hear people repeating the old claim, first proposed by fossil fuel lobbyists, that global warming stopped in 1998.

Arctic sea ice covered a smaller area last winter than in any winter since records began. In Siberia, an anthrax outbreak is raging through the human and reindeer populations because infected corpses locked in permafrost since the last epidemic in 1941 have thawed. India has been hammered by cycles of drought and flood, as withering heat parches the soil and torches glaciers in the Himalayas. Southern and eastern Africa have been pitched into humanitarian emergencies by drought. Wildfires storm across America; coral reefs around the world are bleaching and dying.

Throughout the media, these tragedies are reported as impacts of El Niño: a natural weather oscillation caused by blocks of warm water forming in the Pacific. But the figures show that it accounts for only one-fifth of the global temperature rise. The El Niño phase has now passed, but still the records fall.

Eight months ago in Paris, 177 nations promised to try to ensure the world’s average temperature did not rise by more than 1.5C above the pre-industrial level. Already it has climbed by 1.3C – faster and further than almost anyone predicted. In one respect, the scientists were wrong. They told us to expect a climate crisis in the second half of this century. But it’s already here."

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The bourgeoisie can't do anything about climate change because it might interfere with their profit making. The planet and it's well-being are of no consequence to capitalism or the ruling class because they are only centred obsessively on profits. Also to try and do something about the climate would require genuine honest international serious cooperation. The bourgeoisie talk about this but they can't do that either. Their lives and superficial existence are all centred round their various national economies and profit making. International cooperation is out of the question. But international war is on the agenda. After this war there'll be little left to save.

The Guardian might see climate change as a problem but haven't got a clue that the real fundamental problem is the capitalist system itself which would sell even its mom and dad if it had one. As long as we have capitalism the world is up for sale. But understanding this is beyond even the grasp of Guerdian journalists so it seems. Or perhaps they're not allowed to say it. After all the Guardian is a bourgeois rag.

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