The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: A “Morally Obscene” Approval of UK’s Rosebank Oil Field
Dear Diary. Today let’s talk about temptation. During our lives we often are tempted to do something that might be beneficial for us as individuals but does harm to others. Good morality should rule our lives, but more often than not we are tempted to make shortcuts to get ahead in life, especially when it comes to finances. What’s worse, if we are in positions of power, we can be tempted to make an easy buck even if our company produces products that might harm humanity. Just ask the CEOs of Dupont, which was responsible for producing Teflon, for example:
Now let’s get into the heads of oil, coal and gas company CEO’s from the last few decades. Surely, they have known that producing their products would eventually harm humanity unless they went totally down the psychological road of climate denial. Their temptation has been to get easy bucks by continuing their drilling practices instead of transitioning their companies into green giants, which would entail less profits. Their harm is very much on display for the world to see during 2023.
One moral case in point comes this week from, the UK. Temptation for short term profits might have turned into corruption in association with the Sunak Tory government, in which fossil fuel interests are influencing regulators to green light exploratory drilling.
I look forward to the headline "Exxon, Chevron, Shell, BP and ENI CEOs arrested in connection with deaths by burning of several hundred million trees"https://t.co/OQtAW9rw92— Prof Nick Cowern (@NickCowern) September 28, 2023
Here is more from Common Dreams:
Campaigners take part in a Stop Rosebank emergency protest outside the U.K. Government building in Edinburgh, after the controversial Equinor Rosebank North Sea oil field was given the go-ahead Wednesday, September 27, 2023. (Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
‘Morally Obscene’: UK Approves Massive Undeveloped Oil and Gas Field in North Sea
“The disgraceful decision to give Rosebank the green light shows the extent of the U.K. government’s climate denial,” one activist said.
Sep 27, 2023
Regulators in the United Kingdom on Wednesday greenlit the Rosebank oilfield in the North Sea, which campaigners warn contains enough oil and gas to match the yearly emissions of 28 low-income countries.
“By approving Rosebank, Rishi Sunak has confirmed he couldn’t care less about climate change,” climate lawyer and executive director of the advocacy group Uplift Tessa Khan said in a statement. “As we’ve heard repeatedly, our world can no longer sustain new oil and gas drilling. And when we’re witnessing scorching temperatures, wildfires, devastating flooding, and heatwaves in our seas, it could not be clearer that this is a decision by the prime minister to add more fuel to the fire.”
🚨 BREAKING: The UK government has just approved Rosebank, the biggest undeveloped oil field in the UK. We won’t let this stand.— #StopRosebank (@StopCambo) September 27, 2023
Together we will #StopRosebank https://t.co/LSytFaA4yq pic.twitter.com/bPNP1U8svS
Rosebank, which is located off the northwest coast of the Shetland Islands, is the largest currently undeveloped oil field in the U.K., CNBC reported. Equinor, Norway’s state-owned oil company, has an 80% share in the project, with British company Ithaca Energy holding the remaining 20%.
Equinor said it expected development to begin in 2026-2027 and for the field to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil overall, while Friends of the Earth Scotland said it contained 500 million barrels.
The approval comes despite the fact that the International Energy Agency concluded in 2021 that no new fossil fuel projects should be launched if world leaders wanted to limit global heating to 1.5°C. It also comes on the heels of a government report finding that a record number of people in England died of heat-related causes in 2022.
“This decision is nothing but carte blanche to fossil fuel companies to ruin the climate, punish bill payers, and siphon off obscene profits.”
Green Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas called the approval “the greatest act of environmental vandalism in my lifetime” in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“This is morally obscene,” she added in a second post. “It won’t improve energy security or lower bills—but it will shatter our climate commitments and demolish global leadership. Govt is complicit in this climate crime—as is Labour unless they pledge to do all possible to revoke it.”
Sunak, a conservative, promised to approve hundreds of oil and gas drilling licenses in the North Sea in July, arguing it was necessary for energy security. The opposition Labour Party says it will prioritize renewable energy if it takes power, but will respect any licenses or approvals already in place, according to Reuters.
“The disgraceful decision to give Rosebank the green light shows the extent of the U.K. government’s climate denial,” Friends of the Earth Scotland’s oil and gas campaigner Freya Aitchison said in a statement. “Fossil fuels are driving both climate breakdown and the cost of living crisis yet the U.K. Government is slamming its foot down on the accelerator.”
Aitchison also called on the Scottish government specifically to oppose the project.
“Delivering a fair and fast transition away from fossil fuels is one of the defining challenges of Humza Yousaf’s term as First Minister,” Aitchison said. “This must start with unequivocally condemning Rosebank and opposing the U.K. government’s decision to go ahead with a project that deliberately prioritizes the interests of Equinor while bringing little or no benefit to Scottish people.”
Campaigners also questioned who would benefit from the project. While the government argued that it would inject cash into the economy and create almost 1,600 jobs, activists pointed out that Equinor made £62 billion in pre-tax profits last year and would get more than £3.75 billion in tax breaks for its work on Rosebank, meaning the U.K. would ultimately lose £750 million in tax money from the field’s development.
SPOILER ALERT: No it won't. https://t.co/R0s9qv1Pkq— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) September 27, 2023
“The ugly truth is that Sunak is pandering to vested interests, demonstrating the stranglehold the fossil fuel lobby has on government decision-making. And it’s bill payers and the climate that will suffer because of it,” Greenpeace U.K. climate campaigner Philip Evans said in a statement. “Why else would he make such a reckless decision?
“This decision is nothing but carte blanche to fossil fuel companies to ruin the climate, punish bill payers, and siphon off obscene profits,” Evans added.
Opponents of the project have promised to take legal action to stop it.
“There are strong grounds to believe that the way this government has come to this decision is unlawful,” Khan said in a statement. “We shouldn’t have to fight this government for cheap, clean energy, and a liveable climate, but we will.”
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Olivia Rosane is a staff writer for Common Dreams.
Here are some other “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:
September is ending but the heat in Europe is not:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 28, 2023
Today 37C in both West (Iberian Peninsula) and East (Cyprus).
Min. temperatures of 17C in Denmark and 16C in Estonia,never seen so late.
While in the North and East the warmth will ease,in the Southwest it's just starting. pic.twitter.com/bmFR8aCUmO
Another incredible record in #Mexico 🇲🇽— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 28, 2023
48.5C/119.3F at Chinipas on 25 September,WORLD RECORD heat for this time of the year and latest 48C+ ever recorded in Northern Hemisphere climatic history, 1 day after Makkah ,Saudi Arabia (48C 24 September 2016). https://t.co/P9zvn8HXnM
HISTORIC IN PERU🇵🇪— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 28, 2023
After more than 60 years,Peru broke its national record of highest temperature
41.4C yesterday 27 September at Tingo de Ponaza (San Martin)
It dethroned the 41.1C at Neshuya of 1963
Peru has been with record heat conditions for months
This is the cherry on top https://t.co/XggEmtASZs
Historic heat wave in Japan and Koreas— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 28, 2023
Today 36.0C at Shimizu in Japan,33.2C in Tokyo ,its 90th day >30C. Tonight we will see sitfling Tmins up to 28C !
Incredible tropical night also in Pyongyang ,North Korea, never happened so late, with max. temperatures >30C at Hamheung. pic.twitter.com/twPjt5ahZK
Extraordinary heat wave in #Australia,dozens of records are being pulverized with big margins.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 28, 2023
Today 42.8C at Mandora,it's 0.3C from national September record
Minimums up to 28.5C at Bidyadanga.
See list of records of highest Tmaxes and highest Tmins set (by Australiaweathernews) pic.twitter.com/Bdc5iwYOZT
Brazilian Heat Wave:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 27, 2023
History in Manaus,in the heart of Amazons yesterday had its hottest day in history with 39.3C
More all time records in the past days besides the already mentioned include
42.6 Unai tied
38.4 Ze Doca
36.2 Passa Quatro tied
41.1 Salinas https://t.co/lN0f7hRbQ3
(2) More records yesterday in the tropical Americas— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 27, 2023
34.0C Grantley Adams AP Barbados all time record
40.0C Neiva,Colombia all time record tied
36.9C St Georges French Guyana monthly record beaten for the 3rd day in a row
Over 4 months of records beaten,every single day https://t.co/PataqNhTM4
Record heat allover Asia,from Indonesia (reaching early 38C) to Myanmar with 39.0C today at Shwebo (September record tied) to Nepal passing though the Koreas.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) September 28, 2023
65% of countries/territories this month broke at least one monthly heat record. pic.twitter.com/n7zQpx7ss6
Here is more climate and weather news from Thursday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Re-upping @Hausfath 7/24 commentary "The fact that climate models capture the extremes we are seeing…is ultimately, a good thing. There's no evidence we are passing particular tipping points that are contributing to significant additional warming today."https://t.co/HPaFAWqeMy— Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) September 28, 2023
“In 2022, climate change and climate-related disasters led nearly 33 million people to flee their homes and accounted for over half of all new numbers of people displaced within their countries.” https://t.co/fdwFDLHaOg— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) September 28, 2023
"climate scientists are exaggerating the impacts of climate change"— Andrew Dessler (@AndrewDessler) September 28, 2023
[the planet Earth]: "Hold my beer" pic.twitter.com/99S2rIqDub
The #climatecrisis is sparing no one: from wildfires to hurricanes, extreme weather is becoming a year-round global crisis. We must act now, as the impacts intensify across all communities. #ClimateActionNowhttps://t.co/s5o0oVEhTk— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) September 28, 2023
#ThursdayAfternoon Reading: #ExtremeTemperature = #ExtremeWeather: “When you heat the ocean surface by a degree or something like that, you actually increase the amount of water that is coming into California through these atmospheric rivers”https://t.co/EFXaBqF4ol— Silicon Valley North (@CCLSVN) September 28, 2023
Snapshot of the dismal state of climate politics in America— Jeff Goodell (@jeffgoodell) September 28, 2023
Ten days ago: @GavinNewsom announces CA is suing Big Oil for 50 years of deception, cover-up and climate damages.
Today: US oil and gas production is at its highest level in 70 years! https://t.co/6vUtKndi1G
Switzerland’s glaciers lose “mind-blowing” volume of ice in just two years – CNN https://t.co/NETcGCCUyA— Paul Beckwith (@PaulHBeckwith) September 28, 2023
This is astonishing and terrifying.— Bill McGuire (@ProfBillMcGuire) September 28, 2023
The speed with which global heating is translating into extreme weather and melting of the cryosphere (ice and snow) is way beyond expectation.https://t.co/4Qd4IrIpAO
Human-caused climate change made the heavy rainfall in early September up to 10 times more likely in Greece, Bulgaria and Türkiye and up to 50 times more likely in Libya. https://t.co/tMNnIPUtQd— World Weather Attribution (@WWAttribution) September 28, 2023
In case your daily cup of climate f%¥kery wasn't full enough…— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) September 28, 2023
"Airborne microplastics degrade much faster in the upper atmosphere due to strong ultraviolet radiation, Mr Okochi added, which "releases greenhouse gases and contributes to global warming."https://t.co/RZa4amCywP
“Global olive oil production is expected to fall to 2.4m tons, less than last year’s harvest and well short of global demand of about 3m tonnes, after drought and heatwaves of more than 40 degrees hit production in Spain.” https://t.co/7UNIhBHz1d— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) September 28, 2023
I need to clear something up about boreal wildfires. Yes trees will grow following 🔥. This will compensate for some combustion emissions. But, MOST of what burns is NOT tree biomass. It’s duff and peat on the ground – much older carbon emitted to the atmosphere. #ClimateCrisis pic.twitter.com/IdGC47dY19— Dr. Merritt Turetsky (@queenofpeat) September 28, 2023
Today’s News on Sustainable, Traditional Polluting Energy from Fossil Fuel, and the Green Revolution:
Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla allowed racial harassment of its Black employees to run rampant at its Fremont, Calif., plant and retaliated against some workers who complained, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit. https://t.co/EVwpt4jShH— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 29, 2023
Rising energy costs and unreliable energy sources are products of the climate crisis' disproportionate impact on tribal communities.— Secretary Jennifer Granholm (@SecGranholm) September 28, 2023
To combat this, we have selected 13 Tribes to receive $38M to deploy clean energy tech on their lands. https://t.co/VkdbZB6ucX
Stanford University.— Dr Paul Dorfman (@dorfman_p) September 28, 2023
'World transitioning to efficient #renewables would cost $62 trillion.'
'But save trillions in #energy costs every year afterwards – meaning the whole transition to pay for itself in less than six years.'#climate #climatefinance https://t.co/dfjg1T0TM2
From our archives: Lithium miners in the High Andes evaporate around half a million gallons of water to produce a single ton of lithium carbonate.— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) September 29, 2023
The rush to mine lithium for EV batteries may turn the region’s delicate wetlands and meadows to desert. https://t.co/xvMC17pnuz
We have the technology to dump oil forever. #Solar #wind, #geothermal and now #tidalpower from ocean waves.— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) September 28, 2023
We have so many solutions. Implement them.#ActOnClimate #climateaction #Energy #tech #go100re #renewableenergy #GreenNewDeal pic.twitter.com/luFuo1HPSf
More from the Weather Department:
While #Philippe and #Rina battle it out in the tropical Atlantic, a more immediate threat is East Coast king tides and potentially intense flash flooding in NJ/NY/CT late Thurs > Fri, both connected to #Ophelia's remains. @CC_Yale https://t.co/3R8mslqyRu— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) September 28, 2023
🌧️ A slow-moving coastal low will bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Northeast (including NYC) on Friday, which could cause numerous flash floods, especially in urban areas. Remain weather-aware, have multiple ways to receive warnings, and remember to turn around, don’t drown! pic.twitter.com/anYHRDW4Nb— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) September 28, 2023
Welcome to the world of forecasting an “inverted trough.” Very useful video for those in the lower Hudson Valley or the New York City Tri-State! https://t.co/X9KNXg1HD8— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) September 28, 2023
Tropical Storm #Rina has formed in the central tropical Atlantic – the 13th Atlantic named storm to form since August 20. That's the most on record to form between August 20 – September 28, breaking old record of 12 Atlantic named storm formations set in 2020. #hurricane pic.twitter.com/KLvTg54k3T— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 28, 2023
Well add ECMWF to the list of models intensifying both #Philippe and #91L and undergoing binary interaction (Fujiwhara). This has the potential to be one of the most wild Atlantic track evolutions that I have ever seen. https://t.co/i0zNJuzSRb pic.twitter.com/W2kiT9jqIf— Andy Hazelton (@AndyHazelton) September 28, 2023
Storm Agnes made its first landfall in southeastern Ireland, bringing 100-mph winds and high swells. pic.twitter.com/UeeflINhQ5— AccuWeather (@accuweather) September 28, 2023
For all the folks asking: to my knowledge, all the smoke plumes around NorCal today are from prescribed burning–not active wildfires–amid this year's favorable weather and vegetation conditions! #CAwx #CAfire https://t.co/Tvvu9AfSUH— Dr. Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) September 28, 2023
On the anniversary of #HurricaneIan, a new attribution study released by @MichaelFWehner finds that #Ian 's rainfall was made 18% heavier due to climate change. More on this and other recent climate hurricanes studies here: https://t.co/E2MCXBpCxo 1/ pic.twitter.com/bwnULv9PHx— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) September 28, 2023
HURRICANE IAN 1 YEAR AGO TODAY 🌀 A day we will never forget and hope to never see again in our lifetime. Ian is the worst natural disaster in Southwest Florida history and most destructive local hurricane on record with 15 feet of storm surge, 27" of rain and wind of 150 mph.… pic.twitter.com/VexBFdpwVl— Matt Devitt (@MattDevittWINK) September 28, 2023
More on the Environment:
CNBC: New Orleans residents brace for salt water intrusion as Biden declares national emergency https://t.co/JUFUDbyGC7— Robert D. Bullard (@DrBobBullard) September 29, 2023
Horrendous die of marine life in Amazon river— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) September 28, 2023
What was once pristine and full of life is now a death zone
Not sure the exact reason but
As rivers continue to heat up and depleted oxygen levels as well as impact of mining these scenes will be repeated again and again https://t.co/3ny5Os2v89
Costa Rica, once home to rampant logging, has now almost doubled the size of its rainforest. They turned it all around within a generation. It can be done.— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) September 27, 2023
Protect people and the planet. #COP15 #ActOnClimate #biodiversity #deforestation #rewilding #solutions pic.twitter.com/Jo5NkZPbxj
More on Other Science and the Beauty of Earth and this Universe:
The Harvest Moon will be your last chance to see a supermoon this year. pic.twitter.com/GlH1kcNEKD— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) September 28, 2023
The forest floor is inhabited by a large number of soil organisms that exhibit a great diversity of species. These are, for example, fungi, bacteria, insects and worms, to name but a few. We need more forests again after we have destroyed 50% of the forests in the last 100 years. pic.twitter.com/aROKMWg1Vl— Green is a mission (@Greenisamissio1) September 28, 2023
HOW AWESOME IS THIS?! 🌈— Matt Devitt (@MattDevittWINK) September 28, 2023
A vibrant rainbow just developed this evening over Fort Myers Beach exactly 1 year after Hurricane Ian. That’s a positive sign! @WINKNews @stormhour @spann pic.twitter.com/gUlN3qEKoI