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So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox/GOP_TV Kool-Aid, turn off the television and pull your head out of your ass, because sea levels across the Northeast coast of the United States rose nearly 3.9 inches between 2009 and 2010, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The waters near Portland, Maine, saw an even greater rise — 5 inches — over the two-year period.
While scientists have been observing higher sea levels across the globe in recent decades, the study found a much more extreme rise than previous averages. Such an event is “unprecedented” in the history of the tide gauge record, according to the researchers, and represents a 1-in-850 year event.
“Unlike storm surge, this event caused persistent and widespread coastal flooding even without apparent weather processes,” the study’s authors wrote. “In terms of beach erosion, the impact of the 2009-2010 [sea level rise] event is almost as significant as some hurricane events.”
You are a clear and present danger to my grnad-children’s future.
By way of the Rude One: Australia is in the midst of another heat wave season. Some areas got some relief this week, but that’s only because they were hit by a pair of tropical cyclones. Of course, they didn’t hit where the massive bushfires are, but that’s because Nature is a tricky bitch. The smoke from those fires in Western Australia has almost reached Antarctica.
An independent, crowd-funded group, the Climate Council, released a report this month detailing how fucked beyond fucked Australia is by global warming. Some of its findings, reached by synthesizing existing information, include:
“The number of heatwave days has increased over much of Australia, particularly the eastern half.”
“Heatwaves are occurring more frequently in terms of the number of heatwave events per summer.”
“The duration of the longest yearly heatwave is increasing.”
“The first heatwave in the season is occurring earlier over almost all of Australia.”
“The hottest day in a heatwave – its peak – is becoming even hotter over almost all of Australia below the tropics.”
Even more particularly: In Sydney, heatwaves now start 19 days earlier than they did in 1950. In Adelaide, heatwaves are 4.3C degrees hotter, and there’s double the number of heat wave days. “Heat wave” here means it reaches 40C, easily. Oh, that’s 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Often it’s 116 or pushing 120.
Yes, it’s cold out east… it’s winter. Not abnormally so. The cold, the snow, is not abnormal weather for the northeastern states, they’ve been getting cold and snow for at least as long as we have been around. The weather is extremely normal – extremely cold, extremely snowy – normal in the extreme. What is abnormal is they haven’t seen this kind of weather since the seventies.
If you don’t think the climate is changing, if you actively deny and obstruct progress, you are a clear and present danger to my grandchildrens’ future.
Think afrensis, and fear me.
Obama will veto Keystone XL Pipeline bill today without fanfare.
Noted Climate Change Denialist Secretly Took Oil Co. Payouts
By Nadia Prupis | (Commondreams.org)
A prominent climate change denier and researcher quietly took more than $1.2 million in payouts from the energy industry, including the Koch brothers and other oil lobbyists, for the past 14 years, newly released documents have shown.
Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, accumulated a total of $1.25 million from ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, Southern Company, and a Koch brothers foundation, according to documents obtained by Greenpeace through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings.
For years, Soon’s work has been a go-to source for politicians angling to block climate change legislation, such as Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who has called climate change a hoax. Soon has also testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared on numerous conservative news shows to claim that greenhouse gases are not harmful and that recent global warming trends are not caused by human activity, but by variations in the sun’s energy.
Our grandchildren are going to wonder why we didn’t execute dog-shit like this.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because it is fifty-seven degrees on the Oregon High Desert at ten-thirty on the mid-winter morning of the eleventh of February, at four thousand feet in elevation just miles from what were once prolific High Cascade glaciers close enough to the forty-fifth parallel to call it half way to the North pole, and grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park are rising out of hibernation weeks earlier than usual this year due to mild winter weather.
According to the Yellowstone National Park Service, the first confirmed grizzly bear sighting happened on February 9th when a bear was spotted scavenging a bison carcass. On Tuesday, park spokesman Al Nash said that “the arrival of spring-like weather, with warmer-than-usual temperatures and rain instead of snow” was causing grizzlies to emerge roughly a month earlier than in recent years.
The bears start looking for food shortly after coming out of hibernation, and they are especially drawn to elk and bison carcasses. Visitors to the park are advised to stay in groups of at least three, make noise on the trail, and carry bear spray, according to park officials.
While Boston and much of New England endures a winter of record snowfall, Western mountain ranges are looking on enviously. With Boston communities dumping snow into the harbor, California snowpack, critical to the state’s water needs, is at about 21 percent of average. In Washington state, the mild winter has left snowpack at around 39 percent of normal, as much of the potential snow ended up falling as rain.An unusually warm, dry January slowed snowpack accumulation across much of the West, according to federal data released this week.
“This is as low a snowpack as I’ve seen across the Sierra Nevada and Cascades for many locations at this time of year,” said National Water and Climate Center Director Mike Strobel.
You are a clear and present danger to my grand-children’s future.
British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough once asked: “Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, Martha, who managed to survive only 14 years in captivity after her species became extinct in the wild. More recently, Angalifu, a 44-year-old northern white rhinoceros, died at the San Diego Zoo, leaving just five other white rhinos worldwide, all in captivity. Chances are our grandchildren will never get to see this remarkable creature.
In fact, the world is losing dozens of species every day in what experts are calling the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history. As many as 30 to 50 percent of all species are movingtoward extinction by mid-century — and the blame sits squarely on our shoulders.
“Habitat destruction, pollution or overfishing either kills off wild creatures and plants or leaves them badly weakened,” said Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge. “The trouble is that in coming decades, the additional threat of worsening climate change will become more and more pronounced and could then kill off these survivors.”
The Earth appears to be in the early stages of the Sixth Extinction, the latest in a series of mass biodiversity losses that have punctuated the history of life on the planet, according to a paper published in Science this week.
The defining characteristic of the current round — the latest since the dinosaurs disappeared about 65 million years ago — seems to be driven mostly by the actions of humankind. We’re steadily encroaching on the habitat of millions of species while fundamentally altering the environment.
More than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct since 1500, according to the researchers at Stanford University. Surviving species have declined in abundance by about 25 percent, particularly devastating the ranks of large animals like elephants, rhinoceroses and polar bears.
And it’s only likely to get worse. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changereport in 2007 predicts that an increase of 3.5 degrees Celsius, within the range of scientistic forecasts for 2100, could wipe out 40 to 70 percent of the species assessed so far.
There have been five mass extinction events in Earth’s history. In the worst one, 250 million years ago, 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species died off. It took millions of years to recover.
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren’s survival.
So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox Kool-Aid and tuen off the television, because by caving to industry pressures, environmental regulatory agencies are failing to uphold their obligation to future generations.
Mary Christina Wood, a University of Oregon law professor who wrote Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (2013; Cambridge University Press), advocating the idea called “atmospheric trust litigation,” which takes the fate of the Earth into the courts, arguing that the planet’s atmosphere—its air, water, land, plants, and animals—are the responsibility of government, held in its trust to insure the survival of all generations to come.
“The heart of the approach is the public trust doctrine,” she told her host, longtime journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers. “And it says that government is a trustee of the resources that support our public welfare and survival. And so a trust means that one entity or person manages a certain wealth, an endowment, so to speak, for the benefit of others. And in the case of the public trust, the beneficiaries are the present and future generations of citizens.”
The theory underpins lawsuits filed by Our Children’s Trust, which ask for the courts to order state and local governments and agencies to act more aggressively to bring down carbon emissions.
“[I]f this nation relies on a stable climate system, and the very habitability of this nation and all of the liberties of young people and their survival interests are at stake the courts need to force the agencies and the legislatures to simply do their job,” Wood explained….
“Climate is not just an environmental issue,” she said. “This is a civilizational issue. This is the biggest case that courts will get in terms of the potential harm in front of them, the population affected by that harm, and in terms of the urgency. Climate is mind-blowing. It can’t be categorized any longer as an environmental issue.”
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren’s survival.
By way of the Rude One himself, Nancy G
As the world heats up,
remember the people who
said it was a hoax.
There is a lot to feel good about as far as the U.S. climate movement and what we did and accomplished in 2014. Without question, we are heading into 2015 with some wind at our back and, to continue the relevant metaphor, the sun to light our way forward. by Ted Glick
6) And still no West Coast coal exports: In the words of climatesolutions.org, “Stopping any new coal export off the West Coast continues to be a major stake in the ground for the climate movement. Our Power Past Coal coalition campaign has made major advances in the past year, with two proposals pulled off the table in Oregon, and the Washington Dept. of Ecology announcing a broad scope of review for the impacts of the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point north of Bellingham, WA. Now with three export proposals off the table, we continue to watchdog the remaining three proposals and partner with community leaders to build a powerful constituency for building a better, more prosperous future in the region.”