Today is, predictably, worse than yesterday. That is becoming the now customary reality as we steadily drift ever further from a stable, inhabitable planet. Don't worry, we've still got years left, anywhere from five to fifty depending on your expert of choice. However, as we get ever more removed from a stable climate, research, analysis and even news reports are coming in faster and faster - to be expected.
My sense is that we're past being alarmed about these things. We're becoming inured to them as we are with so many other things. To me it has hints of Andean fatalism but you may see it differently.
So, what's on today's roundup?
They've run the numbers and Europe's recent record heatwave is said to have been five times more likely thanks to climate change. That's an awkward phrase but there's no other way to put it. Sort of how once-a-century weather catastrophes have now shifted to an every three, five or ten year cycle, mainly due to climate change.
We all know about the vanishing Arctic sea ice and the retreat of Greenland's ice sheet. At the other pole, a new report finds Antarctic sea ice has declined "precipitously" since 2014 and may drive even more global warming.
Mankind, being the greedy little bastards that we are, is ripping up the Amazon rain forest to clear land for livestock grazing.
In the world's northernmost town, Norway's Longyearbyen, temperatures have risen 4 degrees Celsius. That's more than any other community on Earth. 4C. It's causing all sorts of havoc for the residents. Best not tell them there's worse to come.
In California they've got a special on mussels. They're pre-cooked, thanks to a heatwave.
If you're down Texas way, you had better be on your best behaviour. A majority of the state's prisons have no air-conditioning and its becoming pretty ugly for the inmates. Sucks to be you, hombre.
Closer to home, our southern resident orcas are missing from their home waters, the Salish Sea. Fingers are being pointed - yet again - at the dwindling numbers of their essential prey, salmon. Is there anything the Department of Fisheries and Oceans cannot and will not fuck up? Thanks, Ottawa, thanks so much. I suppose if the orca have been driven off that's great news for Justin's pipeline.
Up in Alaska, meanwhile, Trump's EPA is working to screw over America's largest wild salmon run.
Oh yeah, that natural gas thing, Trudeau's latest fancy. He thinks Canada should receive greenhouse gas emissions credits for supplying LNG to Asia. Curious that he doesn't think Canada has any responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions associated with bitumen he wants to ship to that same destination. Hypocrisy? Ya think?
Only a new report finds what earlier reports have found. Natural gas isn't cleaner than coal.
The Global Energy Monitor says an international boom in liquefied natural gas exports is undermining global efforts to stop climate change and Canada is one of the industry's biggest players.
The report, released on Canada Day, says there are projects in development globally that by 2030 would increase natural gas supply to 806 million tonnes above what they are now.
Just over one-third of that development, 35 per cent, is in Canada. Only the United States, at 39 per cent, has more new natural gas exports in the works, the report says.The report focuses on "fugitive emissions," methane leaked into the atmosphere at various points from the well head to the end user. We've known for years that these fugitive emissions make natural gas dirtier than coal. We didn't know the full story.
"New studies have shown there is significantly more fugitive gas than studies showed five years ago, and the gas is also a bigger contributor to climate change than was understood," said James Browning, one of the report's authors.Now I don't agree with some of the "piling on" criticism Justin has endured recently. Plastic forks on a table? Please. However this guy is screwing up and, just because he looks good standing along side Andrew Scheer, doesn't mean that he deserves to be prime minister. No, for so many reasons, he doesn't.