July 9, 2019
When the consent of the governed is withdrawn, empires crumble.
Many corporations, totalitarian and autocratic regimes and neo-liberal/neo-conservative governments have spent a century or more now, betting that maximizing fast profits and continuous growth, no matter the consequences, was a good wager. Those promoting a world whose ecology is unsustainable in such economies are beginning to feel the consequences.

But first the news.

Action Alert! Propane fracking is BACK!

As we know in NY high volume fracking – meaning with over 300,000 gallons of water – is banned. Fracking with gelled propane, no water is not banned

Gelled propane is highly flammable, explosive…and includes lots of chemical impacts besides – for example, the mixture is half 2-BE [2-Butoxyethanol and 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate] to make it jell…even using robots, it is still dangerous – propane is heavier than air so will suffocate anything in the nearby surroundings if it gets loose. Even using robots for the work, success – meaning without explosions – does not seem attractive to an industry committed to fracking.

Further reading Rise of the Machines: Fracking Execs Plan Profits by Using Automation to Shrink Workforce, DeSmogBlog
Fracking with Liquid Propane Gas, Catskill Mountainkeeper
Propane fracking supporters press ahead with fight in Tioga County, PressConnects

NYS DEC, as lead agency, has determined that the Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) must be prepared.

Full info on this matter: Tioga Energy Partners, LLC ECL Article 23 Application for Permit to Drill Using Gelled Propane Hydraulic Fracturing – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

NYS DEC is making the draft scope prepared by Tioga Energy Partners, LLC. for the Snyder Well Drilling Application available for public comment, as it was received from the applicant. The draft scope is available [see Tioga Energy Partners, LLC ECL Article 23 Application for Permit to Drill Using Gelled Propane Hydraulic Fracturing – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation], or by requesting a paper copy from the Contact below.

Public Comments: NYS DEC is requesting written comments on the draft scope. Such written comments will be accepted until August 2, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Comments should be sent to TEPapplication@dec.ny.gov, or by surface mail to:

Catherine Dickert
NYS DEC Central Office
Division of Mineral Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6501
Phone: (518) 402-8056
E-mail: TEPapplication@dec.ny.gov

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1,000 Protesters Needed to Shut Down Fracked Gas Plant
in NY State- Friday Sept. 20th
Save The Date!

Sachem Hawk Storm, speaking about Cricket Valley Energy Center whose Schaghticoke reservation is less than two miles from it

Please SAVE THE DATE and start spreading the word: A GLOBAL DAY OF CLIMATE PROTEST, FRIDAY SEPT 20TH @ 3:00 PM

WHAT:
A massive demonstration demanding that Governor Cuomo stop the opening of Cricket Valley Energy Center, a fracked gas plant in Dutchess County, New York.

WHO:
A loosely affiliated group of individuals and grassroots groups are organizing, fundraising and promoting the event in coordination with the global day of strikes and protests being organized all around the world. We hope that you and anyone you know who is concerned about climate change, global warming and  air pollution will join us!

WHERE: Location TBD

WHY:

  • Governor Cuomo cited the many health risks of fracked gas in his 2014 decision to ban fracking from NY state. However, he has not yet stopped the construction of Cricket Valley;  
  • The smog pollution from Cricket Valley would be massively harmful to public health, esp. 800 schoolchildren 3/4 mile away!
  • Natural gas production at Cricket Valley will contribute  to greenhouse gas buildup as we race against time to halt rising global temperatures 
  • Immensely wealthy  international and national fossil fuel industry investors stand to gain from CRICKET VALLEY at the expense of our health. 
  • We need the voices of voters who want to end fossil fuel energy now and more rapid investment in renewable energy instead to be heard by Gov Cuomo!
  • This message from at least 1,000 protestors on September 20th, with considerable press coverage, would reach his ears. 

LEARN MORE:

  1.  Video of Bill McKibben discussing the dangers of Cricket Valley and the reasons why protesting its’ opening should be a strategic priority for all those concerned about climate change.
  2. More info on Cricket Valley from the group Mothers Out Front
  3. An Opinion Piece in the Poughkeepsie Journal by grassroots organizers from Stop Cricket Valley Energy, a group focused on promoting renewable energy alternatives (June 18,2018)
  4. More on the Global Day of Climate Protest

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35 organizations send report to Jordan Cove investors

35 organizations send report to Jordan Cove investors

COOS BAY — Last week 35 organizations in the state of Oregon, many of which are conservation and climate groups, released a report compiling information on the Jordan Cove Energy

The report was sent to a number of investors in the project in an attempt to convince the investors that the project is no longer worth their time or money. The report was titled “Jordan Cove Risky Business.”

The report was sent to top bankers of Pembina Pipeline Corporation including RBC, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, TD and JPMorgan Chase, in addition to potential investors of the project.

Further reading Colorado Governor’s Withdrawal of Support for Jordan Cove Riles U.S. Congressman
Jordan Cove LNG Claims High Support, Opponents Claim Intimidation
Deluge of comments delays Jordan Cove decision by six months

The briefing states that as global energy markets evolve, the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal looks ever more at risk of becoming a stranded asset.…—Nicholas A. Johnson, “35 organizations send report to Jordan Cove investors,” The World (Coos Bay), 6/4/19

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BREAKING: Win-Win-Win in Dryden, NY
Borger Station Safety Upgrades

Ithaca, NY, June 10, 2019 —“We created a 3-way win for all parties involved with Borger: the local community, the NYS DEC and Dominion Energy. We are pleased that we were able to successfully lobby Dominion to make these important safety upgrades through community involvement and the efforts of the Town of Dryden board. It’s a good example of how industry, government and community residents can   work together for the benefit of all parties.” – Katie Quinn-Jacobs, MOF Tompkins and Dryden Safety & Preparedness committee member,

In response to over two years of grassroots activism and efforts by the Dryden Town Board, Dominion Energy (Dominion) xwill upgrade their natural gas facility in Ellis Hollow. Dominion submitted an application to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to install new equipment at its Borger Station facility that will substantially reduce plant emissions. Mothers Out Front (MOF) and the Dryden Safety and Preparedness Advisory Committee (DSPAC) invited area residents to a community information event reviewing the proposed changes at Borger at the Varna Fire Hall on June 10, 2019. There were 30 residents and local officials in attendance. The Borger natural gas compressor station (Borger) is part of a 200 mile-long network of natural gas pipelines and compressor stations, known as the Dominion New Market (DNM) pipeline. The DNM pipeline carries fracked gas from the Pennsylvania border southwest of Horseheads to the Capital Region and beyond. Gas passes through and is compressed at Borger station located on 129 Ellis Hollow Creek Rd.

Safety Plank

Mothers Out Front volunteers and its allies developed a safety plank for Borger in March, 2017. The plank was part of MOF Tompkins’ larger effort to examine issues related to the compressor station in their midst. It included compressor and equipment upgrades, a task force to advise the town board, and a public notification system to alert residents in advance about plant blowdowns. In June of 2017, the Dryden Town Board began to assist as a liaison between activists and Dominion.

  • Public Notification System – Swift 911 Borger Subscription (Jan, 2018)
  • Task Force – Dryden Safety & Preparedness Advisory Committee (Jun, 2018)
  • Equipment Upgrades – Dominion Application to NYS DEC (May, 2019)

Emissions reductions

The safety upgrades will include replacingtwo aging compressors at the plant with two stateof- the-art compressors of equivalent size fitted with oxidation catalysts. Oxidation catalysts are similar to catalytic converters on motor vehicles and convert more dangerous combustion emissions to carbon dioxide and water.

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The new compressors will substantially reduce carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions, 88% and 91% respectively, as compared to the existing compressors. These emissions reduction statistics are based on maximum operation times of the compressors over the course of a year. It is important to note that Units 2 & 3, because they are highly inefficient and leaky, are restricted to 1hr/day for a maximum 365hrs/year of operations. In contrast, the maximum operation time of the proposed new compressors Units 5 & 6 is 24h/day every day of the year for a maximum 8,760hrs/year. According to Dominion plant management, it is extremely unlikely that the new compressors will run continuously. If the new compressors did run continuously, however, the NOx and CO emissions reductions (the red bar in Figure 1) would be as stated above over the existing yearly maximum operation time of the old compressors (the blue bar in Figure 1).

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Additionally, the third active compressor (Unit 4) at Borger, installed in 2010, will be outfitted with an oxidation catalyst. This improvement is expected to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 50%, carbon monoxide (CO) by 90% and formaldehyde by 90%, according to the Dominion application to the NYS DEC. Dominion’s application also includes noise reduction measures as well as improvements to its boiler at Borger. The microturbine system that powers the plant will be expanded and converted to electric start too as part of the upgrades.

The improvements in air quality, efficiency and noise reduction will be beneficial to the local residents and reduce the area’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

Decommissioning Leaky Compressors

The Dryden Safety & Preparedness committee requested that the leaky compressors not be sold or sent to another community. Committee members argued that no one would want the outdated machines in their community as they would continue to perform well below the Best Available Control Technology ( BACT). Dominion agreed. The old compressors will be decommissioned and stored in place.…”Win-Win-Win in Dryden, NY:Borger Station Safety Upgrades,” [This is a breaking story. For full text, check the Mothers Out Front website on Tompkins County (cited here) in the coming days. The Banner will have a permalink to the story on the MOF website, for archival purposes, when available], 7/9/19

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The Wages of Wagering Badly
OPEC head: Climate activists are the ‘greatest threat’
to oil industry

OPEC head: Climate activists are the ‘greatest threat’ to oil industry

What’s one of the world’s most powerful cartel’s afraid of? A bunch of meddling kids.

Climate activists and their “unscientific” claims are “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward,” said Mohammed Barkindo, the secretary general of OPEC (the cartel representing 14 countries with 80 percent of the world’s oil reserves) earlier this week.

He might have been talking about protesters more broadly, but the rest of his statement suggests that young people are being particularly irksome. Barkindo said some of his colleague’s children are asking them about the future because “they see their peers on the streets campaigning against this industry.” (I guess the birds and the bees isn’t the most uncomfortable conversation parents are having with their kids in OPEC households.)

Further reading Americans demand climate action (as long as it doesn’t cost much): Reuters poll
Americans’ attitude on climate action: Poll Graphics

This is, of course, heartening news for climate activists. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede famous for starting a movement of youth strikes calling for climate action, thanked OPEC for the compliment.

Barkindo is right that climate advocates are winning over the hearts and minds of the people. Surveys show that 57 percent of Americans now think fossil fuel companies are at least partially responsible for climate change. Meanwhile, support for policies that would cut into fossil fuel companies’ bottom lines, like transitioning to renewable energy infrastructure, is increasing as approval for expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and offshore drilling declines.…—Miyo McGinn, “OPEC head: Climate activists are the ‘greatest threat’ to oil industry,” Grist, 7/5/19

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Doubling Down: The Military, Big Bankers and Big Oil
Are Not In Climate Denial,
They Are in Control and Plan to Keep It That Way.

Doubling Down: The Military, Big Bankers and Big Oil Are Not In Climate Denial, They Are in Control and Plan to Keep It That Way.

“Capitalism, militarism and imperialism are disastrously intertwined with the fossil fuel economy….A globalized economy predicated on growth at any social or environmental costs, carbon dependent international trade, the limitless extraction of natural resources, and a view of citizens as nothing more than consumers cannot be the basis…for tackling climate change….Little wonder then that the elites have nothing to offer beyond continued militarization and trust in techno-fixes.”…—”The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate-Changed World,” Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes, Editors, The University of Chicago Press, 2015, [pg 234]

The ruling class may be an utter failure but that is not stopping them taking aggressive action on climate change. Their chief concern: maintaining power, control and profits at all costs.

The plan is well underway and it sure ain’t the Green New Deal. Just imagine a more extreme version of the world that already exists: where healthcare is rationed; where wealth inequality strangles democracy; where austerity is a weapon of class warfare; where millions die prematurely from toxins in air and water; where war and incarceration is the solution of choice; where people are rounded up in concentration camps; where corporations rule unchallenged; where extreme weather wrecks havoc in an expanding circle of misery. The only new thing about their solution is the stench of fascism that grows ever stronger and more odious.

The Bosses Want More of the Same

When Trump and the Republicans deny climate change, when Pelosi, Pallone, Perez, Biden and Obama join with Trump in sabotaging the Green New Deal or dismissing climate action as too expensive, too dreamy, not practical or too pure — they are all bold-faced liars and frauds.

The Republicans know full well that their partners in crime — oil companies, bankers and the military brass have known about climate change for decades. And, the corporate Democrats know that these same powerful players they too represent already have a risky plan to deal with climate change. From their shared perspective, even the Democrat’s Green New Deal, despite its weaknesses, must be marginalized since it competes with the establishment’s plans for our future.

Framing Climate Change

To maintain power they need to limit our thinking. The two most important narratives imposed on us are climate change as a “threat to national security” and as a “business opportunity” — the twin rationales for military and corporate power. They want to focus us on how to manage the crisis, profit from it, or adapt to it, instead of opposing it.

The Pentagon released a short report this week detailing how a changing climate is a national security threat and makes the military’s job around the world harder.—Trump likely won’t care about Pentagon report on climate change threat—Vox

Once framed in this way the very institutions responsible for climate change can benefit from disaster while hiding their responsibility for creating the crisis. But the military-corporate management of the crisis will undoubtedly follow the same principles that created the crisis: the costs of pollution, adaptation, endless growth and war won’t appear in the corporate ledger. Military budgets will only grow larger. The costs will be “externalized” and paid by the suffering of everyday people.…—Richard Moser, “Doubling Down: The Military, Big Bankers and Big Oil Are Not In Climate Denial, They Are in Control and Plan to Keep It That Way.Counterpunch, 7/5/19

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French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs

French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs

Environmental activists mount a passive protest targeting the Amazon headquarters building in Paris, France, Tuesday July 2, 2019, accusing the online distribution company of destroying jobs and hurting the planet. Several dozen demonstrators climbed a fence and forced their way into the Amazon offices in northern Paris, where they spoke with employees and staged a sit-in at the security entrance. (AP Photo)

CLICHY, France (AP) — Environmental activists chained themselves to gates and turnstiles Tuesday as they occupied an Amazon building near Paris, accusing the online company of destroying jobs and hurting the planet.

Protesters also disrupted Amazon sites in the southern city of Toulouse and northern city of Lille, hoping to inspire similar action in other countries.

Amazon France said in a statement that “we respect everyone’s right to express opinions,” but defended its climate and employment practices. The company has come under pressure elsewhere over its environmental impact, including from its own employees in the U.S.

Several dozen demonstrators climbed a fence and forced their way into Amazon offices on Paris’ northern edge, staging a day sit-in in the courtyard and entry hall of the premises. Employees were allowed to leave the building, but weren’t allowed back inside.

The activists, mostly student volunteers in their 20s, said they chained themselves to the gates and the turnstiles inside. Outside, some played football, listened to music — and said they were gearing up to spend the night if needed.

Some wore yellow vests. One activist read a magazine titled “Are you radical enough?”…—Oleg Cetinic, Alex Turnbull, “French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs,” Associated Press, 7/2/19

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Pacific Gas and Electric is a company that was just bankrupted
by climate change. It won’t be the last.

Analysis | Pacific Gas and Electric is a company that was just bankrupted by climate change. It won’t be the last.

Business has hardly begun thinking about the costs of climate change.

On Tuesday, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) — California’s largest utility and one of the United States’ largest investor-owned electric utilities — filed for bankruptcy. It claimed that bankruptcy was its “only viable option” because of liabilities arising from numerous California wildfires that some, including a federal judge, have traced to the company’s power lines.

Most scientists agree that global warming worsened the effects of the decade-long drought in California, making it more likely that each errant spark could cause unprecedented damage. PG&E did too little too late to manage this growing risk, and it is far from alone. As we explain below [See link to full article in attribution line.—Editor], PG&E’s crisis is just one example of how climate change is creating massive risks for U.S. corporations.

Corporations haven’t taken proper account of global warming

PG&E’s bankruptcy is a symptom of a more general problem: Corporations haven’t priced in the consequences of global warming. A recent study [December, 2018.—Editor] in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that corporate expectations for current and future spending on the management of physical risks from climate change are off by two orders of magnitude. Companies and investors are still drastically underestimating the risk that climate change poses to both their infrastructure and their underlying assumptions about economic prosperity.…—Ian Gray, Gretchen Bakke, “PG&E has gone into bankruptcy because corporations haven’t priced in the cost of global warming,” The Washington Post, 1/30/19

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The Age of Stupid (10th Anniversary Mini-Sequel)

The Age of Stupid (10th Anniversary Mini-Sequel)

“Why didn’t we save ourselves when we had the chance?” is The Archivist’s question. He is one of the last few humans alive the a post-climate change, devastated world of 2055. And this is the direction we are headed folks.

Further reading: The Making of “The Age of Stupid” – YouTube

If you did not see The Age of Stupid when it came out (2010) then you are really missing the best movie on climate change we’ve seen. It’s available on YouTube at no cost, and on several other movie streaming platforms. See it. This tongue-in-cheek ‘mini-sequel’ will make much more sense. Granted that this one is shorter. So if you watch it first, perhaps it will whet your appetite for the ‘real deal’ (which was more ‘kick in the pants’ than ‘tongue in cheek’).—”The Age of Stupid (10th Anniversary Mini-Sequel),” UPFSI|YouTube, 7/3/19

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Advances in risk assessment for climate change adaptation policy

Advances in risk assessment for climate change adaptation policy

Climate change risk assessment involves formal analysis of the consequences, likelihoods and responses to the impacts of climate change and the options for addressing these under societal constraints. Conventional approaches to risk assessment are challenged by the significant temporal and spatial dynamics of climate change; by the amplification of risks through societal preferences and values; and through the interaction of multiple risk factors. This paper introduces the theme issue by reviewing the current practice and frontiers of climate change risk assessment, with specific emphasis on the development of adaptation policy that aims to manage those risks. These frontiers include integrated assessments, dealing with climate risks across borders and scales, addressing systemic risks, and innovative co-production methods to prioritize solutions to climate challenges with decision-makers. By reviewing recent developments in the use of large-scale risk assessment for adaptation policy-making, we suggest a forward-looking research agenda to meet ongoing strategic policy requirements in local, national and international contexts.

This article is part of the theme issue ‘Advances in risk assessment for climate change adaptation policy’.

1. Climate change challenges and the role of risk assessment

Climate change is a major challenge to society and to the ability of individual and collective decision-making to enact meaningful responses. In many senses, it is unlike other environmental problems facing humanity in its temporal scale and in its complex relationship between human agency, embedded social structures and emerging environmental system interactions [1]. In economic terms, climate change represents what Nick Stern [2] refers to as the greatest market failure the world has ever seen. Ross Garnaut suggested that failing to adequately deal with the consequences of climate change ‘would haunt humanity till the end of time’ [3, p. 597].

Climate change creates cascading risks in physical systems, ecosystems, economy and society, often inter-related and creating the circumstances for irreversible and undesirable crossing of thresholds at multiple scales. To assess climate risks across domains, and in a manner meaningful to decision-makers, is therefore a major scientific challenge.…—W. Neil Adger, Iain Brown, Swenja Surminski, “Advances in risk assessment for climate change adaptation policy,” National Institutes of Health|Royal Society Publishing, 1/13/18

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GE ‘badly’ misjudged the clean energy transition,
costing investors almost $193B

GE ‘badly’ misjudged the clean energy transition, costing investors almost $193B: IEFFA

The company is now working to grow its renewables business after a big bet on natural gas failed with the turbine market crash of 2015.

While GE led the world in gas turbine manufacturing in 2015, the company shed 74% of its market capitalization between 2016 and 2018, as demand for new turbines cratered.

  • A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) accuses General Electric of costing investors an “almost unprecedented” $193 billion from 2015 to 2018, when it bet big on natural gas and underestimated the speed of the clean energy transition.
  • GE officials have conceded they missed the transition and misjudged the demand for natural gas. In January, the company estimated the annual market for new gas turbines would be in the 25 GW to 30 GW range “for the foreseeable future,” less than half the amount it once expected.
  • The company is working to restructure itself and grow its renewables business, which it expects will be its fastest-growing segment this year. The company says it has the largest installed base of onshore wind turbines in the country.

General Electric is “a case study in how rapidly and unexpectedly the global energy transition away from fossil fuels travels up the economic chain and destroys value in the power generation sector,” the report says. It points the finger at large shareholders, like Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity, who IEEFA analysts say should be doing more to push companies away from fossil fuels.…—Robert Walton, “GE ‘badly’ misjudged the clean energy transition, costing investors almost $193B: IEFFA,” Utility Dive, 6/7/19

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Amazon Deforestation Has Increased Dramatically This Year

Amazon Deforestation Has Increased Dramatically This Year

In May, an area the size of a soccer field was cleared every minute

Deforestation in the Amazon has ramped up in the first half of 2019 with one hectare, or roughly the area of a professional soccer field, being destroyed every minute according to satellite data. Much of the land is cleared in order to graze cattle or plant crops for export like soy beans.

Since the early 2000s, Brazil has worked to reduce the amount of deforestation. In 2004, reports Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu at Reuters, about 10,400 square miles were lost. Between July 2017 and July 2018, that had dropped to about 3,050 square miles. It’s estimated that between 2008 and 2015 deforestation in the region dropped by 75 percent.

But year-over-year comparisons of satellite data showed that deforestation in May 2019 was twice that of two years before. “If this upward curve continues, we could have a bad year for the Amazon forest,” Claudio Almeida, head of Brazil’s space research institute satellite monitoring program INPE said. “It will depend on how much policing there is in the next two critical months.”

David Shukman at the BBC reports that it’s no coincidence that the land clearing has seen an uptick under the government of Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro. A senior Brazilian environmental official speaking anonymously tells Shukman that the government is actively encouraging the deforestation while failing to enforce environmental regulations or police forest reserves. In the past, Bolsonaro and his ministers have openly criticized the rising penalties for illegal logging and environmental violations in the forest. They believe the Amazon is overprotected and that the vast region should be exploited to help the Brazilian economy. In particular, they support the rights of small farmers to clear the land for agriculture.…—Jason Daley, “Amazon Deforestation Has Increased Dramatically This Year,” Smithsonian Magazine, 7/2/19

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Apocalypse Now: A Moroccan Oasis Struggles with Climate Change

Apocalypse Now: A Moroccan Oasis Struggles with Climate Change – SPIEGEL ONLINE – International

Droughts, sandstorms and flash flooding: In the southern Moroccan oasis M’Hamid El Ghizlane, the effects global warming is likely to have on the Mediterranean region can already be observed today.

A sandstorm moves over the oasis town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, coating buildings and streets with a fine yellowish coating that makes breathing more difficult and burns the eyes. Halim Sbai, 48, looks out at the remnants of the clay walls of his birth home on the edge of the oasis. “Whenever I’m here, the old and the new image of this place are superimposed on each other,” he says. “It’s then that I see the differences.”

Before the rain stopped falling and the sandstorms grew stronger, palm trees used to grow in this oasis in southern Morocco. Date palms reached to the sky while pomegranate trees, wheat and watermelons grew in their shade — so dense that Sbai had to fight his way through jungle-like vegetation when he wanted to swim in the Draa River near his home after it rained.

Today, he stands on a riverbed that the sun has burned to hardpan. Fronds still hang from a few palms, but the trees no longer produce any dates, and some have withered to nothing more than a bare trunk. The oasis is dying along with them.

A Canary in the Coal Mine

Sbai’s ancestors once defended the oasis against French colonial rulers and corrupt officials and Sbai now sees himself playing a similar role. But the enemy has become more diffuse, more threatening — and far more difficult to fight.

Climate change is often said to be too big to grasp, the changes too subtle to be perceived. But the oasis city of M’Hamid El Ghizlane is a kind of canary in the coal mine — an early warning system for the people in this region. It’s already possible to observe here today what will soon threaten millions of people throughout the entire Mediterranean region, including Southern Europe.…—Raphael Thelen, “A Moroccan Oasis Struggles with Climate Change,” Der Spiegel, 6/3/19

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