Simon Leufstedt

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  1. I think this quote by Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian activist who received the Right Livelihood Award in 2010, is spot on:

    “This is very shocking. I never knew that they had so much of this kind of investment. If this is a charity that really care about the health of the people, they ought not to be investing in fossil fuel industries. They should pull back their resources from this sector completely.”


  2. This is no surprise really, but I am glad that it's been verified. Hopefully politicians will realize the urgent need to revamp the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). First step could be to stop member states from issuing too many allowances to their dirty industries.

     

    Photos from that anti-carbon tax rally in Australia always amazes me. What a bunch of old, hateful and ignorant people... 


  3. This is so true! Climate change is more than just weather. The climate crisis impacts all aspects of human civilization. We already know that drought helped spark the bloody conflict in Syria. Just imagine what kind of devastating political and social effects global warming will bring. Hopefully we'll be able to stay civilized, but considering humanity's history I am very doubtful.


  4. Important clarification. Marx did not come up with the term Metabolic Rift. It was coined by John Bellamy Foster, but based on Marx's writings. Marx did argue that capitalism was ruining the metabolism of the natural systems, but "metabolic rift" were not his words.

     

    Thank you for your comment. You are of course correct, the term "metabolic rift" was coined by John Bellamy Foster. The theory itself has been developed over time by Justus von Liebig, Karl Marx, and most recently John Bellamy Foster. I should have made it much clearer in the text that I was referring to Karl Marx's concept of metabolic rift as developed by John Bellamy Foster. Although the theory has primarily been used to describe soil crises, it has been extended here to help explain the current climate crisis.


  5. However we also need to take other personal actions that make the climate criminals and war criminals ACCOUNTABLE for their appalling crimes.

    Although it is honourable and something I look forward too I don't think we will ever be able to prosecute climate criminals (unless it's an mob of climate refugees seeking justice in their own way). If Obama won't even prosecute his country's shameful torturers how are we supposed to be able to prosecute climate criminals? Lars G Josefsson who is the CEO of Vattenfall, which is one of the worst climate offenders in Europe, have become a climate advisor(!) for the German and Swedish government. It's disgusting! Here we have a company that is investing heavily in coal power and that yearly produces more greenhouse gases than the whole of Sweden combined, but how does our leaders treat him and his company? They turn him into a climate advisor... The world is crazy!


  6. However we also need to take other personal actions that make the climate criminals and war criminals ACCOUNTABLE for their appalling crimes.

    If Obama won't even prosecute his country's shameful torturers how are we supposed to be able to prosecute climate criminals? Lars G Josefsson who is CEO of Vattenfall, which is one of the worst climate offenders in Europe, have become a climate advisor(!) for the German and Swedish government. It's disgusting! Here we have a company that is investing heavily in coalpower and that yearly produces more greenhouse gases than the whole of Sweden combined but how does our supposed leaders treat him and his company? They appoint him to a climate advisor... The world is crazy!


  7. We should be happy that man-made climate change isn't happening much faster than it already is! If people feel that the science shows a problem that is too hard to face and deal with they will just give up. But I am also afraid that people in the West won’t understand the severity of the climate crisis because scientists downplay the science. Or that they will not act and put enough pressure on politicians until they actually see the effects of climate change with their own eyes. But then it would be too late!


  8. "I don't think your response is fair." And I guess as a "scientist" you came up with that conclusion? Allow me to laugh out loud. I don't want to waste my time to refute crazy denialism talk. Or like Al Gore once said:

    "I want to be polite to you," Mr. Gore responded. But, no. "The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse. We have long since passed the time when we should pretend this is a 'on the one hand, on the other hand' issue," he said. "It's not a matter of theory or conjecture, for goodness sake," he added.

    The only reason why I did not delete your post was that it was somewhat civil compared to the rest of the deniers posts. But I am always forgetting that you should never feed the trolls.