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Climate Concerns

The "CLIMATE CONCERNS" group is dedicated to discussion regarding the topic of the ever present and serious issue of changes to our climate due to the introduction into the atmosphere of human induced effects which prove harmful to the environment and which eventually may prove destructive to our planet. 

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Temperature Anomaly Chart

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Aug 8. 1 Reply

From Climate Central, Temperature anomalies arranged by country from 1900 - 2016:Continue

Tags: Temperature Anomalies by Country

Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 2. 69 Replies

Take an amusing quiz to learn about unexpected effects of Climate Change. After each multiple choice question, you see if you were right (and the right answer if you weren't).…Continue

Tags: odd effects of Climate Change

Cascading Failure Foreshadow

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 21. 3 Replies

At the end of May, the media reported 300 fire hydrants were damaged across France, as locals tried to beat record high temperatures there.On June 3rd, in Iran’s Eastern Sistan region, …Continue

Tags: water and power fail during heat wave, cascading failures, electricity, water, Climate Destabilization

Flooding away your house or favorite vacation spot

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Thomas Murray Jun 13. 3 Replies

In 33 years, San Diego and Key West will be getting a 100 year flood every month while places in Hawaii will experience them every 2-3 days. …Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2017 at 10:56am

On Thursday Mitribah, Kuwait  hit 129.2°F (54°C) and on Friday so did neighboring Basrah, Iraq. This isn't even an  El Niño year.

Scorching Temperatures Just Set the Middle East's Heat Records on Fire

The author Sara Emerson cautions, "... this could be the start of an atmospheric feedback loop that charts us on a destructive path toward accelerated global warming."

It's true that hot El Niño years caused faster increase in CO2, because forests were dryer, etc. If we're approaching that level of heat between  El Niño ....?

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 13, 2017 at 7:28pm

“1 in 4 Americans are skeptical on climate change. Who gives a shit? That doesn’t matter. You don’t need people’s opinions on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking which number is bigger, 5 or 15? Or do owls exist? Or are there hats?” -John Oliver

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 21, 2017 at 8:13pm

Good one, Grinning Cat!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 21, 2017 at 3:27pm

Does this belong here, or in Politics, Economics, and Religion, or in LGBTQI Atheists? (Yes.)HOW TO SOLVE GLOBAL WARMING [affectionate young male couple on a bus] CONVINCE REPUBLICANS THAT RISING TEMPERATURES ARE TURNING PEOPLE GAYFrom Occupy Democrats, who have been criticized for publishing sensationalistic crap that plays fast and loose with the facts; but with the Republican Party in bed with the Christian Right, this idea rings true!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2017 at 12:24pm

Now that tRump has rejected the Paris climate accord:

As the NYT wrote (quoted widely around the web):

"But he will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and most of the world has already ratified. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election."

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 19, 2017 at 9:05am

Donald Trump as a tornado, spewing polluted hot air as it grabs lots of people (including Lady Justice with her scales, and a witch riding a broomstick) and a black cat, and destroys history books, top secret and other classified papers, a satellite dish, a federal “Dept. of” something-or-other, and the Constitution of the United States. A newscaster, her hair blowing in the strong winds, announces, “We’ve found another source of climate change!...”

(click to embiggen)

If only 45* himself were a hoax!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 5, 2017 at 6:10pm

The oceans are losing oxygen much faster than expected.

The trend of oxygen falling is about two to three times faster than what we predicted from the decrease of solubility associated with the ocean warming,” Ito said. “This is most likely due to the changes in ocean circulation and mixing associated with the heating of the near-surface waters and melting of polar ice.” [emphasis mine]

Decades of data on world's oceans reveal a troubling oxygen decline

Comment by John Elder on May 4, 2017 at 4:07am

An important study just released in Nature- must read for anyone interested in climate change:

TY  - JOUR
AU  - Medhaug, Iselin
AU  - Stolpe, Martin B.
AU  - Fischer, Erich M.
AU  - Knutti, Reto
TI  - Reconciling controversies about the ‘global warming hiatus’
JA  - Nature
PY  - 2017/05/04/print
VL  - 545
IS  - 7652
SP  - 41
EP  - 47
PB  - Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.
SN  - 0028-0836
UR  - http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature22315
L3  - 10.1038/nature22315
M3  - Analysis
AB  - Between about 1998 and 2012, a time that coincided with political negotiations for preventing climate change, the surface of Earth seemed hardly to warm. This phenomenon, often termed the ‘global warming hiatus’, caused doubt in the public mind about how well anthropogenic climate change and natural variability are understood. Here we show that apparently contradictory conclusions stem from different definitions of ‘hiatus’ and from different datasets. A combination of changes in forcing, uptake of heat by the oceans, natural variability and incomplete observational coverage reconciles models and data. Combined with stronger recent warming trends in newer datasets, we are now more confident than ever that human influence is dominant in long-term warming.
ER  - 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 21, 2017 at 10:45am

Know Your Enemy: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis explains that global warming is a national security issue. (Man with stars-and-stripes suspenders reads paper with headlines, TRUMP - MORE ARMS - BOMBS - PLANES [etc.], a general explaining over his shoulder; we see four hooded Grim Reaper figures, labeled FLOODING AND DESERTIFICATION WHICH LEADS TO... POVERTY AND DESTABILIZATION WHICH LEADS TO... STARVATION AND WANT WHICH LEADS TO... WAR.)(click to enlarge)

Related: PETM Extinction Foreshadow for Century's End

"...parts of the tropical zone could be rendered basically uninhabitable to human beings by mid Century as the Earth heats up due to fossil fuel burning...  a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scope could emerge as... entire regions become too hot to live in. And as major swaths of global farmland become non-productive..."

"Most people imagine we could just farm in Siberia and Alaska, but boreal soils are quite different from presently cultivated soils. Human habitability and crop production across vast areas of the planet are under threat this Century."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2017 at 7:57pm

Climate Denial Crock of the Week March 14, 2017

* Gallop reported Two-Thirds of Americans now worry “a great deal”, or “a fair amount” about climate change, 

Forty-five percent of Americans now say they worry “a great deal” about global warming,

* 21% currently say they worry “a fair amount” about global warming, 

* 18% worry “only a little” and

* 16% worry “not at all.”

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