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So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because the Japan Meteorological Agency reported Monday that June was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping. That follows the hottest May and hottest April on record. It seems all but certain more records will be broken in the coming months, thanks to global warming.
100 degrees here today, first time since 1960.
This map maps out the areas that were killed by the pine bark beetle from 1980 to 2008. With sixty odd fires burning across the Oregon High Desert, six of them “major” fires, we would all do well to remember that we are just one spark away from a fire that burns from Mount Shasta to Southern Alaska.
You can always go back where you came from. You’re not welcome here.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots of CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because today the State Water Resources Control Board in California established statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time.
All of California is in some type of drought and reservoirs are precariously low in many places. The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead in Nevada, recently reached an all-time low. So now the impact of the enduring drought has extended beyond warning.
“Many urban Californians don’t realize how bad a drought the state is in,” board chair Felicia Marcus said last week. “It is a mistake to think that they are not at risk. What these regulations propose is not that everyone kill off their lawns, but that at a minimum, people don’t over-water.”
The restrictions would ban wasteful outdoor watering, such as sprinkler water that runs onto the sidewalk or street. Hosing down sidewalks and driveways would also be banned and washing a car would require a shut-off nozzle on the hose. Maximum penalties could reach up to $500, enforceable by any public employee empowered to enforce laws, including local water agencies. Warnings and escalating fines would likely be the more moderated approach. If the restrictions prove ineffective or the drought worsens, tougher restrictions could be considered.
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildrens’ survival.
Too many people have decided to go all-in on natural gas, despite the obvious risk to the atmosphere: Many concerned about climate change, including President Obama, have embraced hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. In a recent climate speech, the president went so far as to lump gas with renewables as “clean energy.”
As a longtime oil and gas engineer who helped develop shale fracking techniques for the Energy Department, I can assure you that this gas is not “clean.” Because of leaks of methane, the main component of natural gas, the gas extracted from shale deposits is not a “bridge” to a renewable energy future — it’s a gangplank to more warming and away from clean energy investments.
Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, though it doesn’t last nearly as long in the atmosphere. Still, over a 20-year period, one pound of it traps as much heat as at least 72 pounds of carbon dioxide. Its potency declines, but even after a century, it is at least 25 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. When burned, natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal, but methane leakage eviscerates this advantage because of its heat-trapping power.
It’s nice to see that those who actually care about future generations are actually doing something about that.
Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.
The projected lake level of about 1,080 feet above sea level will be below the level of about 1,082 feet recorded in November 2010 and the 1,083-foot mark measured in April 1956 during another sustained drought.
And, Miami is drowning:
It is an unedifying experience but an illuminating one – for this once glamorous thoroughfare, a few blocks from Miami Beach’s art deco waterfront and its white beaches, has taken on an unexpected role. It now lies on the front line of America’s battle against climate change and the rise in sea levels that it has triggered.
“Climate change is no longer viewed as a future threat round here,” says atmosphere expert Professor Ben Kirtman, of the University of Miami. “It is something that we are having to deal with today.”
While I tend to view the mass of “humanity” as maggots – a few will evolve and escape, the vast majority will consume the host and then die – I do have a real concern for my grandchildrens’ future. A generation ago Nancy Reagan told Americans to “just say no” to drugs. Now, it’s time for Americans to tell Washington to “just say no” to fracking, to tar sands, to power that pollutes. Our addiction to fossil fuels has to end before we’re found lying in the gutter of history. Before we kill our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren, off.
- Politico delivered its must-read analysis, “Barack Obama becomes mocker-in-chief on climate change skeptics.” Yes, you knew President Obama spoke Wednesday night at a League of Conservation Voters gala. But only Politico has the bombshell scoop from White House political director David Simas, who said “Humor is a very, very good thing— especially in a place where voters just don’t understand why folks in Washington don’t get what they get.” CP could not agree more with Simas.
- The New Yorker’s satirical piece somehow connecting “Mad Men” to global warming: “Prestige TV in the time of climate change.” It opens:
Marci was watching television in her fourth-floor walk-up on West Twenty-first Street on the day the water reached the base of the streetlights. She stood up from her couch and let her carton of chocolate coconut Bliss fall to the floor. “Holy shit,” she said. “Don and Peggy do hook up. I knew it. I mean, I didn’t know it. But, on some level, I knew it.”
- The award-winning sketch comedy team Temple Horses skewers the media with their report, “In Depth: Climate Change”:
- The Guardian takes on the clown car that is the denialist camp, with “Global warming conspiracy theorist zombies devour Telegraph and Fox News brains.” Environmental scientist Dana Nuccitelli re-debunks “the long-debunked conspiracy theorist myth that scientists are falsifying temperature data to conjure global warming and frighten the masses.”The piece ends with some great advice for journalists who want to avoid being suckered by the umpteenth pie in the face from the deniers:
Some advice for journalists — the next time you hear a global warming myth that sounds too good to be true, before letting the zombie snack on your brains, check SkepticalScience.com first to see if it’s riddled with scientific debunking bullet wounds.
- Tamino dismantles the deniers’ phony attacks on leading climatologist Michael Mann, with “Anthony Watts and the Bottom of the Barrel.” Bottom line: “What’s the take-home message here? That Anthony Watts and his crew are so eager to criticize global warming that they can’t be bothered to get the facts straight first. Even when it’s easy to do so. Even when there are multiple ways to do so.”Who takes these guys seriously anymore?
- Finally, I’m pretty sure you missed the latest NOAA-led study on the dangerously high methane leakage rates of natural gas drilling — because NOAA doesn’t seem to have put out a press release on it. I guess they think this once-controversial finding is now old news. Scientific American (via Climate Wire) is one of the few outlets with the story, “Leaky Methane Makes Natural Gas Bad for Global Warming” :
Natural gas fields globally may be leaking enough methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to make the fuel as polluting as coal for the climate over the next few decades, according to a pair of studies published last week.
An even worse finding for the United States in terms of greenhouse gases is that some of its oil and gas fields are emitting more methane than the industry does, on average, in the rest of the world, the research suggests.
Climate change is happening, fool, so put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because you are a clear and present danger to our species’ survival.
We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television because one city will soon be drinking its own toilet water, and I don’t mean perfume.
When the lakes dip below 25 percent—and they will soon—the city will move from Stage 4 Drought Disaster water restrictions to Stage 5, the precise details of which were a matter of conjecture until April, when the city government decided upon them. Among other things, the city’s outdoor swimming pools won’t be filled from the municipal supply and the car washes around town will be forbidden to use city water two days a week—or seven days a week if levels dip below 20 percent.
It’s a set of restrictions that, like this drought, are without precedent in Wichita Falls. The residents have been asked to change the way they live—to leave behind the days of plenty and adapt to a new reality. A city may survive for a time without electricity or natural gas, but water is the lifeblood of civilization. We need it to drink, cook, and flush away excrement, the public health hazard that bedeviled our ancestors for millennia and continues to kill millions every year in the undeveloped world. The extremity of need in this part of Texas is so profound that Wichita Falls plans to turn this ancient relationship with human waste on its head—by drinking treated toilet water. [emphasis in the original]
… If there’s any squeamishness about drinking treated toilet water, the city isn’t hearing about it. “My first response was ‘Oh no, I won’t be drinking it. We’ll use bottled water,’ ” says Mike Mason, who services water pumps around Wichita County. “But assuming it passes all the state tests, we’re at a point now where we have no other options.”
“They understand they’re running out of water,” says Daniel Nix, Schreiber’s utilities operations manager. “We don’t have anybody standing up in council meetings and saying, ‘No way.’ What we are hearing is ‘Why isn’t this done already?’ ”
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren’s survival.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because ocean acidification is threatening the extinction of creatures that supply half the world’s oxygen.
Working in carbon saturated waters off the West Coast, a living laboratory to study the effects of chemical changes in the ocean brought on by increased atmospheric carbon dioxide, a team of scientists from NOAA’s Fisheries Science Center and Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, along with teams from universities in Maine, Hawaii and Canada focused on the unique “upwelled” zones of California, Oregon and Washington. In these zones, strong winds encourage mixing, which pushes deep, centuries-old CO2 to the ocean surface. Their findings could reveal what oceans of the future will look like. The picture is not rosy.
Scientists already know that ocean acidification, the term used to describe seas soured by high concentrations of carbon, causes problems for organisms that make shells. “What we don’t know is the exact effects ocean acidification will have on marine phytoplankton communities,” says Dr. Bill Cochlan, the biological oceanographer from San Francisco State University oceanographer who was the project’s lead investigator. “Our hypothesis is that ocean acidification will affect the quantity and quality of certain metabolities within the phytoplankton, specifically lipids and essential fatty acids.”
Acidic waters appear to make it harder for phytoplankton to absorb nutrients. Without nutrients they’re more likely to succumb to disease and toxins. Those toxins then concentrate in the zooplankton, shellfish and other marine species that graze on phytoplankton.
If the interaction between CO2, ocean acidity and nutrient supply to phytoplankton and other ocean-going creatures isn’t something you can wrap your head around, try this: Every second breath you take is due to phytoplankton. Those single cells generate the lion’s share of the world’s O2. “If they’re out of balance,” says Trainer, “the rest of life on earth is going to be out of balance.”
Eerily, observes [Dr. Vera] Trainer, an oceanographer with NOAA’s Fisheries Marine Biotoxins Program, scientists like her who are carefully documenting what’s happening with the world’s phytoplankton populations are “in some ways documenting our demise.”
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren’s survival.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because even the dead are affected:
Rising sea levels have washed the remains of at least 26 Japanese World War Two soldiers from their graves on a low-lying Pacific archipelago, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands said on Friday.
“There are coffins and dead people being washed away from graves. It’s that serious,” Tony de Brum told reporters on the sidelines of U.N. climate change talks in Germany.
Putting the blame on climate change, which threatens the existence of the islands that are only 2 meters (6 ft) above sea level at their highest, de Brum said: “Even the dead are affected.”
Twenty-six skeletons have been found on Santo Island after high tides battered the archipelago from February to April, he said, adding that more may be found.
You are a clear and present threat to my grandchildren’s survival.
That is the message stressed by First Nations communities who say that even if Canada’s Prime Minister Harper gives the federal OK to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, First Nations law and their “responsibilities to future generations” will stop the project dead in its tracks.
In all our deliberations we must consider the consequences of our actions even unto the seventh generation. Red Sticks, of the Five Nations of the Iroquois
The opposition is not limited to First Nations.
“But then, why did the dinosaurs go extinct?” Miller shot back in frustration. “Were there cars running around at that point that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since Earth was created.”
Dinosaurs didn’t have cars. I shit you not, dinosaurs did not have cars.
Yes, it is a “christian”. Yes, “it”. It isn’t human. It is less than human.
Animals, less than sufficiently evolved, less than human, bow down to gods.
Human Beings, do not.