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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Reduce kitchen carbon footprint and save money at the same time.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W yesterday. 3 Replies

Each room of the house has a carbon footprint.  In addition, we live in challenging economic times.  People often don't know how to do things now, so buy products or services that we can do ourselves…Continue

Bans on clotheslines are illegal in many states.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W on Monday. 9 Replies

Many Home Owners Associations ban clotheslines. According to this article, those bans are illegal in many states.There is a "Right to Dry" movement mentioned in this article. If your HOA bans…Continue

More extreme fires

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 8 Replies

Mike Flannigan, wildland fire professor, explains that climate change is making fires such as Fort McMurray, more extreme.…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2014 at 4:02pm

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Good quotes, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2014 at 11:30pm

The Limits of Climate Negotiations

 NEW YORK – If the world is to solve the climate-change crisis, we will need a new approach. Currently, the major powers view climate change as a negotiation over who will reduce their CO2 emissions (mainly from the use of coal, oil, and gas). Each agrees to small “contributions” of emission reduction, trying to nudge the other countries to do more. The United States, for example, will “concede” a little bit of CO2 reduction if China will do the same.

"For two decades, we have been trapped in this minimalist and incremental mindset, which is wrong in two key ways. First, it is not working: CO2 emissions are rising, not falling. The global oil industry is having a field day – fracking, drilling, exploring in the Arctic, gasifying coal, and building new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The world is wrecking the climate and food-supply systems at a breakneck pace.

"Second, “decarbonizing” the energy system is technologically complicated. America’s real problem is not competition from China; it’s the complexity of shifting a $17.5 trillion economy from fossil fuels to low-carbon alternatives. China’s problem is not the US, but how to wean the world’s largest, or second largest economy (depending on which data are used) off its deeply entrenched dependence on coal. These are mainly engineering problems, not negotiating problems.


"Fighting climate change does depend on all countries having confidence that their competitors will follow suit. So, yes, let the upcoming climate negotiations spell out shared actions by the US, China, Europe, and others.

But let’s stop pretending that this is a poker game, rather than a scientific and technological puzzle of the highest order. We need the likes of Musk, Lackner, General Electric, Siemens, Ericsson, Intel, Electricité de France, Huawei, Google, Baidu, Samsung, Apple, and others in laboratories, power plants, and cities around the world to forge the technological breakthroughs that will reduce global CO2 emissions.

"There is even a place at the table for ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Peabody, Koch Industries, and other oil and coal giants. If they expect their products to be used in the future, they had better make them safe through the deployment of advanced CCS technologies. The point is that targeted and deep decarbonization is a job for all stakeholders, including the fossil-fuel industry, and one in which we must all be on the side of human survival and wellbeing."

~ Jeffrey D Sachs, June 24, 2014

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 24, 2014 at 12:15pm

Tim Stevenson sums up the Climate Crisis.

This breakdown -- this gap -- between the planetary emergency that the scientists are telling us we face, and the milquetoast and contradictory responses of our political leaders, is truly alarming.

On Obama's coal plant regulations,

... Kevin Bundy with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute commented, "This is like fighting a wildfire with a garden hose -- we’re glad the president has finally turned the water on, but it’s just not enough to get the job done." [emphasis mine]

What we know

But we also know that, if we’re to survive this calamity, we need to accept the fact that we’re on our own. Ours is not a government of the people, by the people, for the people, but a corporate state that’s the captive of Big Oil which serves the interests of the ruling 1 percent oligarchy.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 22, 2014 at 4:50pm

A Republican financier wants to stop Climate Change.

There is a tendency, particularly in government and politics, to avoid focusing on difficult problems until they balloon into crisis. We would be fools to wait for that to happen to our climate.

Henry Paulson Jr

President George W. Bush's treasury secretary

The Coming Climate Crash

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Joan, I agree.

Many people still think in terms of growth and development as the way to go. More houses, more cars, more production;  I don't hear houses and cars and production that are environmentally healthy.

In my neighborhood, new houses keep going up where there used to be forest, and every one is an energy disaster. No one here seems to build green housing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2014 at 1:08am

Ruth, an excellent study with some realistic efforts to reverse the trends. The questions is, will the public catch on soon enough to be able to make a difference? Obama is making some stronger statements about the need for change, but I don't see the climate change deniers listening to what he has to say. It is far too easy for them to mock him instead of working with him and others to bring about attitude and behavioral changes.

I wonder if the college age generation will be able to out-number the fundamentalist right wing of our nation and make the difference in the next election?

Many people still think in terms of growth and development as the way to go. More houses, more cars, more production;  I don't hear houses and cars and production that are environmentally healthy.

Maybe China will take the lead and USA will wake up. At least, I hope so. 


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2014 at 11:36am

A good definition of the Anthropocene.

The anthropocene is the age where human influences are determining the development of the planet's ecosystems and thus the bio-physical basis of future human civilisations.

Dr. Joachim H. Spangenberg from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research puts our choice starkly.

...the study suggests a new growth model for the Chinese economy where de-growth will happen by design in a socially and environmentally benign way, rather than by environmentally triggered disaster.

China today: Culprit, victim or last best hope for a global ecologi...

Those who cannot imagine a future without economic growth need to face this as our actual choice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2014 at 10:00am

Ruth, your cartoon offers a perfect example of people who give opinion, not based on fact but on belief. Just one more way that delusion and denial becomes imbedded in our political and economic challenges. Global warming deniers are part of the problem, offering nothing to the solution. 

We face a problem that is far greater than any we have faced before. The need to solve it, and quickly, means intelligence must be employed in order to reach our desired ends. 

Use evidence to define the problem. 

Use health of flora, fauna and Earth's needs to create goals. 

Explore all options, looking at pros and cons of each idea. 

Develop action plans using diverse methods. There is no one way to get past the global warming dilemma. 

Keep track of progress, using evaluation techniques that are based on raw data. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2014 at 2:59pm

full size cartoon

I especially like what the climate change denier shouts in the fourth pane. "Whatever! The main thing is, during a continent-wide firenado storm what we need most is lower taxes and less regulation."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2014 at 6:21pm
Experts that GlobalPost spoke with believe forest fires are likely now burning at record levels — at least since human beings first began walking the Earth.

Climate Change 911

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2014 at 7:48pm


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