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ARMAGEDDON - The consequences of failing to act when you have the opportunity, is that it is too late when the roasting escalates. What you can hope for is that the politicians who allowed the situation to go unchecked, are the ones the public roast first when the crops fail - and we are forced to consider other sources of protein.



Japan is sweltering under the hottest day yet of its worst heatwave since records began in 1875.

The blistering heat has drawn official warnings of a looming power shortage, and led to calls for people to conserve energy where possible.

But the government is still advising people to use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke as cases of hospitalisation rise with the heat.

Weather officials warn the heat is likely to continue in the coming days.

Heatwaves have become more frequent, more intense, and last longer because of human-induced climate change.

The world has already warmed by about 1.1C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.

Tokyo charted temperatures above 35C on Wednesday for a fifth straight day, marking the worst documented streak of hot weather in June since records started in 1875.

Meanwhile, the city of Isesaki, north-west of the capital, saw a record 40.2C - the highest temperature ever recorded in June for Japan.

Social media users took to Twitter to lament the soaring temperatures.

"It's too hot outside and just being out ... means I'm in a self-sauna. I want to bathe in the water," remarked one user.

"I've been outside since morning, and almost melting from this extreme heat," tweeted another.

A third user wrote "So hot that the fire alarm at our workplace got short-circuited," with a clip of what appeared to be water sprinklers going off at a plant nursery. 

June is usually considered the rainy season for Japan, but the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) declared an end to the season for Tokyo and its surrounding areas on Monday.

The announcement - which came 22 days earlier than normal - marks the earliest end to the rainy season since 1951.

Cases of heatstroke have also spiked amidst the sweltering heat, with emergency services saying on Wednesday at least 76 people had been taken to hospital. 

On Tuesday, local officials issued calls for people to reduce their energy consumption amidst warnings of a power crunch.

But it advised to do so in moderation to lower the risk of heatstroke, especially amongst the country's elderly. 


Map of the heatwave in Europe 17 July 2022



ARSONIST POLICIES - According to the UN, the world is on course for a catastrophic temperature rise of 2.7°C (4.9°F) if we don't change our habits fast. Despite targets to reduce our collective carbon footprint by 2030, many countries are still polluting the planet through fossil fuels and deforestation.




Meanwhile London sizzled at 37.4C, Bordeaux had to be evacuated, Barcelona, Oporto and Landiras blazed away.


Canada had a similar experience in July 2021, in Lytton, British Columbia.


It's not as if politicians did not know about the consequences of failing to act from at least 30 years ago. Their sloth is leading us to extinction, with the 1.5 degrees Celsius target now impossible to achieve.


So brace yourselves. This is just the beginning. Unless, policies change tomorrow - and that is not going to happen with the so-called United Nations unable to agree on anything - the epitome of a dysfunctional do-good organization, bereft of teeth. All they can do is give the G20s conscience a gentle suck. They used to get more of a kicking from dear old Greta Thunberg, when she was young enough to make a difference. But even the Swedish dynamo could not sway them during FLOP 25 and FLOP 26. Brace yourself for FLOP 27. More talk and obfuscation.


The Conservatives might as well offer you matches and a blowtorch for your home. That is what their policies amount to, if you are stupid enough to vote for Liz Truss or Rishi Sunack. The Arsonist Party; crematorium earth. There is little mention of how they will tackle rising temperatures, just how they will pour more fuel on the fire. Why? Because they won't get elected by telling the truth.


The problem is those in power have too much invested in coal, gas and oil, for rapid change - roughly $2.8 billion dollars a day to be precise. That's like asking you to hand over your wallet and the codes to your bank accounts. It's not going to happen. Politicians are greedy for money and power. They will not change until it's either their houses on fire, or they cannot get elected without immediate zero carbon policies.


Council's like Wealden are the same, leading us down the path to damnation, as they refuse to build sustainable housing, in favour of expensive palaces, allowing them to charge more Tax. Yup, and what is that for? Their retirement fund of course - it's all about the money. Will these climate geriatrics have anything to retire to! They still don't get it. It is not about growth, it is about reductions to 1990 levels. It is about a phased shrinking of the economy. One the planet can afford.


They really are a bunch of fossil fools. You cannot have grow, if you have already exceeded the natural limits of your living space.


We should be thinking about re-wilding and planting trees. Wealden want exactly the opposite. Staggering stupidity comes from fat wallets. The fatter your wallet, the more blind, deaf & dumb you become.


There are none so blind as those who will not see. The arson of the planet continues.






HEAR NO, SEE NO, SPEAK NO EVIL - Jeremy Clarkson has been promoting petrol and diesel vehicles for years. Unapologetically. He still does not seem to get it. But then he has raked in the cash from helping to sell fast fossil fueled vehicles over many years. With such incentives, it is no wonder his moral compass is bewildering to many on twitter, etc. Tweet, tweet! He even had a go at Greta Thunberg. That is how far climate deniers will go for their jollies. In our view this man should not be allowed on television, to tell everyone that everything is okay - when that is blatantly untrue. Don't you agree that he is a fossil fool.





Five countries declare states of emergency or issue red alerts as temperatures break records across northern Europe

A deadly heatwave spreading across Europe is breaking temperature records, fuelling wildfires, and disrupting transportation, as the continent faces the impact of climate change.

Temperatures in the UK are forecast to climb even higher on Tuesday, as an unusual atmospheric pattern carries hot air from southern Europe further north.

At least five European countries have declared states of emergency or issued red alerts, and governments are racing to care for tens of thousands of people who have been displaced by the fires..

Just a year after flooding killed more than 200 people in Germany and Belgium, this week’s record-breaking heatwave is bringing home the urgency of climate change, including in some countries that have been relatively sheltered from it until now.

“It is so extreme, so incredible,” said Carlo Buontempo, director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, referring to the heatwave. “There are recording-breaking events throughout Europe at this stage,” he added, pointing to the high temperatures in northern Europe in particular.

The heat disaster comes as Europe is also in the grip of an energy crisis, with several countries planning to burn more coal this winter, which will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are almost reaching a point where Mother Earth is going to shed humanity as an old skin, rid itself of all of us,” Frans Timmermans, the EU’s top climate official, said. Calling for more action to stop the climate crisis he added: “This is not about saving the planet. It is about saving humanity.”

In the UK, trains were severely disrupted due to the risk of rails buckling in the heat, and some schools closed early due to heating concerns. Wales sent a new temperature record of 37.1C, and temperatures in some parts of England were forecast to reach 41C on Tuesday.

Croatia was also affected this past week with a major wildfire erupting near the town of Zaton, close to the holiday centre Zadar. The heatwave is expected to rise in the second half of the week across the Balkans, making further fires likely.

Kai Kornhuber, research scientist at Columbia University, said that Europe is becoming a heatwave “hotspot”, with such abnormally hot weather episodes increasing three to four times faster than at other mid-latitudes.

“Western Europe is seeing its third intense heatwave this summer, and it is still early [in the summer],” he said. The changing behaviour of the jet stream, which governs the weather in Europe, is contributing to the increase in heatwaves.

“Breaking records is the new normal,” Kornhuber added, saying that temperatures will keep rising as long as greenhouse gas emissions continue. “In 10 years or so, this will definitely be superseded by another temperature record.”


We are not sure the world will have to wait that long, as temperature rises are almost exponential, from the cumulative effects of population growth and economic expansion. All of which need to burn fuel. Coal being the choice for Australia, China and India. Even Japan is building more coal power stations. And we thought they were intelligent.







Fire services battle while Australia burns






Barcelona & Madrid, Spain

Bordeaux & Brest France

Brazil & Amazon rainforest
British Columbia on the 1st of July 2021

China, Beijing

India, Delhi

London had a similar experience in July 2022

Porto, Portugal

Tokyo & Osaka, Japan June 2022












British Columbian

Canadian - Saskatchewan




Europe heat wave 17 July 2022










USA - California, Yosemite

       - Montana

       - Georgia

       - Sacramento

UK   - Saddleworth Moor

       - Moray

       - Dartmoor









Timber grown for wood is only good if part of a replanting scheme, with at least 2 trees planted for every one felled, though we would suggest up to 10 trees should be planted to offset the loss of carbon absorption during growth.


We need to plant more trees - a whole lot more trees, not clear them, and especially not waste timber that is a vital renewable resource for zero carbon house building. Forest fires that cause deforestation are raising the temperature of Planet Earth and there is no Planet B.















SOIL EROSION - The more land that we lose to grow crops the greater the food security issue. As the ice caps melt, desertification spreads to make Earth more uninhabitable.



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