The NZ Herald, The largest daily newspaper in NZ, is too led by their millennial social media staff who are only focused on the latest micro-aggression policing online fat-shaming, victim-blaming, mother shaming, shaming shaming, too woke to joke comedy shaming outrage or white privilege drenched cutting issues like Koru Lounge Carnage and property speculation porn.
So we can’t expect them to actually do any journalism on you know, the existential threat to our species by climate change, so let’s do it for them by highlighting journalism that is prepared to ask the hard questions.
In light of the grim warning that we have a decade left to make fundamental changes or risk climate change that will destroy our civilisation, this story by the guardian needs reading and re-reading…
Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.
The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute.
Traditionally, large scale greenhouse gas emissions data is collected at a national level but this report focuses on fossil fuel producers. Compiled from a database of publicly available emissions figures, it is intended as the first in a series of publications to highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change.
The report found that more than half of global industrial emissions since 1988 – the year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established – can be traced to just 25 corporate and state-owned entities. The scale of historical emissions associated with these fossil fuel producers is large enough to have contributed significantly to climate change, according to the report.
ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are identified as among the highest emitting investor-owned companies since 1988. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate over the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, says the report, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 4C by the end of the century. This is likely to have catastrophic consequences including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks.
…remember, big oil knew, just like the tobacco companies, that their product was killing the planet and they immediately in the 1990s started sponsoring climate denial groups to spread the climate denial lies you see regurgitated by climate deniers now…
Exxon and the Oil Industry Knew About Climate Change
#ExxonKnew about climate change for decades, yet fueled a colossal denial machine to block any meaningful action to confront it.
Exxon created and funded a colossal climate denial operation to protect its profits instead of doing something to prevent the biggest crisis of our generation. In the 1990s, the fossil fuel industry — with significant funding and participation from Exxon — launched a campaign to seed doubt about the causes and effects of climate change.
…these scumbags knew their product caused climate change and they did everything to lie and distort the facts. The first port of call should be suing these scumbags and forcing them to pay damages that will then be used to spend on the adaptation process.
This is where the debate needs to be, yet where is the NZ Herald? Koru Lounge Carnage and millennials getting angry about mean jokes and fat shaming.
Dare I suggest that your fat-shaming, mean jokes and Koru Lounge issues don’t mean a fucking thing in the true scope of the climate change challenge we face.