Climate Letter #1060

A critical view of China’s international agenda.  This was written by a senior Australian professor of environmental research.  The information he provides about how China is helping other nations in the development of their resources is not reassuring.  Road building activity gets special attention—watch the short video about this that was added.  He also describes the voracious nature of the Chinese market for products that have been poached illegally from wildlife and the illegal timber purchases.  It all detracts from China’s ability to effectively serve in a global leadership role on the carbon scene.
An update on mercury pollution.  This is one type of industrial pollution that did not get mentioned in yesterday’s letter but is getting plenty of attention in UN meetings.  A substantial source comes from the burning of coal, placing it right alongside the output of a major source of CO2 emissions.  Note that many of those tested who have the highest levels live in regions that depend on fish for nutritional needs.
Speaking of fish, the Atlantic magazine has published a feature article that is all about jellyfish and how they are taking over the oceans.  Jellies seem to thrive under conditions that are troubling to other kinds of life.
That brings us to a review of Blue Planet 2 and what David Attenborough and other knowledgeable persons have to say about the shocking damage that humans are wreaking on the seas.  Climate change is singled out as a major cause along with several other factors, leading to a crisis that cannot be allowed to continue.
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