SYNOPSIS


    In 2017, the heat waves, extreme wild fires, and flooding around the world
    confirmed beyond doubt that climate disruption is now a full-blown emergency.

    We have entered Churchill’s “period of consequences”, yet governments have
    simply watched the disasters magnify, while rushing ahead with new pipelines
    and annual trillions in fossil fuel subsidies.

    Governments simply cannot say they did not know. The events we are seeing
    today have been consistently forecast ever since the First Assessment by the
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was signed by all
    governments back in 1990, which The Lancet has described as the best research
    project ever designed.

    Unprecedented Crime first lays out the culpability of governmental, political and
    religious bodies, corporations, and the media through their failure to report or
    act on the climate emergency. No emergency response has even been
    contemplated by wealthy high-emitting national governments. Extreme weather
    reporting never even hints at the need to address climate change.

    It then reports how independently of governments, scores of proven zero-
    carbon game changers have been coming online all over the world. These
    exciting technologies, described in the book, are now able to power both
    household electricity and energy-dense heavy industry.

    We already have the technical solutions to the CO2 problem. With these
    solutions we can act in time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero
    within 20 years.

    These willful crimes against life itself by negligent governments, oblivious media
    and an insouciant civil society are crimes that everyday citizens can nonetheless
    readily grasp  – and then take to the streets and to the courts to protest on
    behalf of their children and grand-children.

    This thoroughly researched and highly-documented book will show them how.

    Co-author Dr. Peter Carter is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel
    on Climate Change (IPCC).

    EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION:

    Given this availability of solutions (which are largely absent from the North
    American media), we authors concur that the political, media, and moral failures
    to act decisively have now become willful crimes against life itself.  

    This conscious refusal to act with purpose helps to answer the questions,
    “Where is the human outcry for earth’s life-support?  Why have we failed to
    seize control of our survival? ”

    Trappist monk Thomas Merton explored a similar mystery in the 1960’s. During
    the nuclear madness of the Cold War, he coined the term “the unspeakable” to
    describe a vacuum that can be utterly void of compassion and responsibility.

    This moral abyss is still very much alive within the deep military-industrial state
    that Eisenhower warned about in 1961. The public needs to acknowledge and
    understand this nihilistic mind-set, which will be discussed in a brief section,
    “Confronting the Unspeakable.”

    Pope Francis, in his 2015 Encyclical Letter – which was backed by all the major
    world faiths – referred to climate change as “a sin against God.”  

    Following the Pope’s declaration, the UN Paris climate summit was signed by 195
    countries – yet astonishingly our North American national governments persist
    in activities of deep  denial, as they rush ahead with new pipelines.

    And incredibly, against decades of IMF and World Bank pressure to phase them
    out, governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels to the globally suicidal
    extent of trillions of dollars worldwide, as if our political leaders wished to
    destroy our future.  

    Simply stopping these subsidies would be an instant game changer.

    Another powerful strategy is legal action against governments for the crime of
    omission to protect the right to life of their populations – a public trust duty that
    dates back to Roman times and early British common law.

    This book is presented in two parts:  Crimes Against Life and Humanity, and
    Game Changers for Survival.  It will present:

    1)        the escalating emergency caused by rapidly increasing CO2, methane, and
    nitrous oxide;

    2)        the ongoing political and media efforts to suppress climate change as a
    crisis:  by denial, by under-reporting solutions to it, and by fixating on adaptation
    to daily extreme weather events while failing to urge radical emissions
    reduction; and

    3)        the emerging and largely unreported opportunities for major sectors of
    the economy to transition to renewable energy, while increasing jobs and profits.

    4)        A special chapter called “Mission Impossible,”  introduces entirely new
    thinking on how powerful and transformative action can begin immediately.

    In spite of all obstacles, we are encouraged to see powerful game changers on
    the horizon:  for one, the markets are forging ahead to bring wind and solar
    energy into mainstream dominance over fossil fuels.

    Another is the signatories to the Subnational Global Climate Leadership (alias
    Under 2°C), which represents 1.2 billion people on six continents, and 37% of the
    global economy.  Its 175 jurisdictions pledge “emission reductions for a
    trajectory of 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.”  

    Completely blacked out by the media since its inception in 2015, this outstanding
    initiative has been called a game changer by former UN Secretary General, Ban
    Ki-moon.

    Predictably, many such survival responses are being downplayed and ignored
    by the corporate media, which, although it now reports incessantly and
    superficially on climate change, is still criminally tied to the profits and
    employment generated by oil, natural gas, and coal.

    It is very late – but not too late – to recognize and address the crime of ecocide
    in the form of business-as-usual.  There is still time for the planet to recuperate,
    but we must start emergency life-saving measures to reduce CO2 emissions to
    near-zero.  (These measures are explored in the chapter “Mission Impossible.”)

    The truth embedded in climate science is unstoppable, and solutions whose
    time has come simply need to be elevated into general consciousness and
    translated into government action, which is a central purpose in writing this book


UNPRECEDENTED
CRIME
Climate Science Denial
and Game Changers for Survival

Dr. Peter D. Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth

Foreword by
Dr. James E. Hansen

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EARTH NOW FACES A PERIOD OF VAST CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES
Elizabeth Woodworth is a
writer on climate change
science and activism
publishing on
Global Research,
co-author of
Unprecedented
Climate Mobilization, and co-
producer of the COP21 video “
A
Climate Revolution For All.”  
She is author of the popular
handbook on nuclear weapons
activism,
“What Can I Do?” and
the novel,
The November Deep.
For 25 years, she served as
head medical librarian for the
BC Government.
.She holds a BA
from Queen's and a Library
Sciences Degree from UBC.
Dr. Peter Carter is founder of
the Climate Emergency
Institute.  He has served as an
expert reviewer for the IPCC's
fifth climate change assessment
in 2014. He has also presented
on climate change issues
(especially the implications of
global climate change on food
security for the world's most
vulnerable regions and
populations) at science and
policy conferences in Canada,
the United States, Europe, Asia
and South America. He is a
former family and emergency
medicine practitioner before
retiring to focus on the climate
crisis for the sake of his sons
and their children.



    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Foreword by Dr. James E. Hansen

    Preface

    Introduction

    PART I:  CRIMES AGAINST LIFE AND HUMANITY       

    Chapter 1:  Extreme Weather Events Long Predicted               

    Chapter 2:  Science Betrayed:  The Crime of Denial

    Chapter 3:  State Crime Against the Global Public Trust                               

    Chapter 4:  Media Collusion   

    Chapter 5:  Corporate and Bank Crime                 

    Chapter 6:  Moral Collapse and Religious Apathy

    PART II:  GAME CHANGERS FOR SURVIVAL

    Chapter 7:  Energy Subsidies and Tax Reform

    Chapter 8:  Human Rights Based Legal Challenges

    Chapter 9:  Game Changers in Technology & Innovation

    Chapter 10:  Market Leadership

    Chapter 11:  Civil Resistance Strategies

    Chapter 12:  Mission Impossible

    SCIENCE APPENDIX:  Evidence of the Climate Emergency



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FORTHCOMING
CONSIDER THIS:

  • NOAA’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index shows that since 1990, the radiative
    heat forcing of the three GHGs combined has increased by 40%.

  • Temperature increase, even when GHG emissions have stopped, will
    continue for over 1000 years due to ocean-stored heat and the very long
    atmospheric lifetime of CO2

  • The Arctic, whose tundra vegetation has been a carbon sink, has now
    switched to being a carbon source due to carbon emissions from thawing
    permafrost.

  • Between January 2011 and December 2014 the Greenland Ice Sheet
    estimated loss was an average of 269  billion tons per year of snow and ice –
    the equivalent of 110 million Olympic-size swimming pools worth of water
    each year