[GWSG] New doc; Ban Ki-moon reflects; fossil bankrupts; ExxonMobil battles; Tower of Shame; 5 islands down

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon May 9 12:18:11 EDT 2016

1.  In his documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, Josh Fox celebrates the grit of people on six continents who are working to counter the fossil fuel industry and secure a livable future for the planet.  http://grist.org/climate-energy/new-documentary-gives-us-an-idea-of-what-will-survive-climate-change/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily-horizon

2.  Ban Ki-moon, in his last year as UN Secretary-General, reflects with deserved satisfaction on his role in bringing about global accord for climate action.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/05/06/u-n-chief-from-day-one-i-made-climate-change-the-top-priority/?postshare=8911462553298617&tid=ss_tw

3.  The number of US oil and gas bankruptcies has now reached 59, and is expected to continue growing.  It is drawing near the 68 failures of the 2002-3 telecom bust, which is still dwarfed by the failures of the 2007-9 housing bust-but then telecom and housing had futures to recover into.  There is no acceptable future for fossil fuels.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shale-telecoms-idUSKCN0XV07V

4.  ExxonMobil (a Private Enterprise Council Member of ALEC) is fighting a swelling international campaign to bring the corporation to defend itself from charges that it has damaged the planet, and that for decades it has lied to conceal and continue that damage.  Other fossil fuel companies are concerned about their vulnerability to similar charges.  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/exxon-climate-campaign-222920  As coastal communities are destabilized and costs mount, similar charges might be brought against utilities and other polluters, and might extend to those who obstructed climate action even if they were not themselves polluters.

5.  South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard would like to build a sixty-foot "Tower of Shame" for those who failed to act on climate, with "the name of every federal and state-level elected official in Florida who failed to commit significant resources to address climate change and sea-level rise when they had a chance to do so."  http://floridapolitics.com/archives/208608-south-miami-mayor-wants-build-tower-shame-fails-act-climate-change-draft

6.  Five islands and their villages in the Solomon Islands have fallen victim to sea level rise.  Six more islands are experiencing severe erosion.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/09/after-the-pacific-ocean-swallows-villages-and-five-solomon-islands-a-study-blames-climate-change/  ?

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