[GWSG] O & oceans; Exxon's profits; climate music; Disobedience; the kids win in WA

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sat Apr 30 11:02:59 EDT 2016

1.  Almost all marine life depends on oxygen absorbed by surface waters from the atmosphere, and from the two-thirds of our oxygen emitted by phytoplankton near the surface.  Hot water absorbs less oxygen; global warming interferes with the mixing which sends oxygen-depleted water to the oxygen-rich surface.  Deoxygenation is already detectable in the Indian Ocean and other areas, and is expected to become more severe in coming decades.  https://climatecrocks.com/2016/04/28/climate-change-depleting-ocean-oxygen/  Phytoplankton are themselves endangered by global warming.  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151201094120.htm  When areas of the ocean become anoxic, sulfur chemistry takes over and can eventually produce the gigantic hydrogen sulfide burps which appear to have drifted over land to play a baleful part in several past extinction events.  Dead zones are growing off the US East Coast and elsewhere.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoxic_event

2.  ExxonMobil (a Private Enterprise Council Member of ALEC and other evil organizations) is under increasing pressure from stockholders to assess the impact of global warming on its revenues.  Petitioners include British insurer Aviva, several large pension funds, and the Church of England.  Some fear that the fossil fuel companies will not be permitted to make profits on their unburned inventory of fuels.  Others of us pray that they will not.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/28/shareholders-pressure-mounts-on-downgraded-exxonmobil-climate-change

3.  It is a good time to rediscover Jackson Browne's Before the Deluge (1974).   https://climatecrocks.com/2016/04/28/music-break-jackson-brown-before-the-deluge/  And the greatest climate song, written in the fall of 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis: Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, in a 1963 concert recording.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lLMansJbFY  The Guardian readers supply their own playlist for the week.  Suggestions are welcome on the Guardian site.  If you want to argue with the Hard Rain nomination, write me.  I know he wasn't thinking of climate, but he came up with the song most adequate to the situation, thinking of one apocalypse and nailing another.  Consciousness of the nuclear possibilities helped us avoid the first, as that of climate may help us past this crisis.  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/apr/28/readers-recommend-playlist-songs-about-climate-change

4.  Disobedience is a forty-minute film to explain and help organize a series of action which may feature civil disobedience on all continents May 3-15 in support of leaving remaining fossil fuels in the ground.  350.org is the sponsoring organization of the Break Free demonstrations.  http://watchdisobedience.com/?utm_medium=email

5.  In response to a suit brought by children in the state of Washington a judge has ordered the state's Department of Ecology to consult with the kids in drafting a plan to reduce state emissions, effective this year, and to make recommendations to the state legislature next year.  It is a victory for the Children's Trust legal challenge to the right to destroy the environment, held in public trust.  http://ecowatch.com/2016/04/29/climate-lawsuit-washington/  ?

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