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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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Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 68 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

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Coral Reef Doom

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 10. 0 Replies

 ... the global coral bleaching and die off that began in 2014 may now be a practically permanent ocean feature of the presently destabilized world climate system.  [emphasis mine]…Continue

Tags: the end of coral reefs, global coral reef destruction

Missile Launchers Deployed against Water Keeper Protest

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 24. 1 Reply

5 Disturbing DAPL Developments You Need to KnowAvenger missile launchers are NOT equipment for…Continue

Tags: missile launchers to observe peaceful protest

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Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

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!...”

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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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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2017 at 1:58pm
... over the past three weeks, the White House and its new political appointees have begun to roll out a comprehensive environmental and energy policy. It is broad, creative, and industry-backed. To those who accept the mainstream consensus on climate change, there can only be one conclusion: The Trump administration has begun a sustained assault on Earth’s climate. [emphasis mine]

Trump’s Climate Agenda: Do Less, With Less

Comment by John Elder on March 12, 2017 at 6:47am

No alarm intended Donald. At least not climatic. Regardless of how one feels about global warming I don't think any of us are well served by political appointees who refuse to do their jobs or reject their responsibilities and obligations because of personal opinions or rejection of the public's wishes. It is very scary when current politicians "reject science" in favor of personal opinion.  Human caused or not the science behind CO2 being a green house gas and the main contributor to warming is irrefutable. That's the science. The human politics, level of human contribution debate, or scope of the warming problem is a whole different thing. This guy should be run out of office because of his bias and incompetent behavior and opinions irrespective of global warming. His comments demonstrate a breach of the public trust  in his capacity within the EPA, a position that doesn't expect or allow him (at least it didn't until the Trump came along) to "not accept the science". Cheers, John

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 12, 2017 at 12:51am

Sorry John, I'm not alarmed.  I detest Trump as much as anyone, but I agree that "man-made" global warming is a sham.  It is the only subject on which I agree with him.

Comment by John Elder on March 11, 2017 at 4:28am

Washington post is the source for that last addition.

Comment by John Elder on March 11, 2017 at 4:27am

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record pace for the second straight year, reaching 401.5 parts per million. The two-year surge in carbon concentrations that took place in 2015 and 2016 has no precedent in the 59 years in which the agency has been tracking the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Spicer downplays EPA chief's carbon dioxide emissions denial

 
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer downplayed EPA head Scott Pruitt's comments on March 9 that carbon dioxide isn't a primary contributor to global warming. (The Washington Post)

There is no immediate evidence that any environmental organizations organized the deluge of calls to the new EPA administrator, but a single comment on Reddit may have helped spur the outpouring of criticism. The post outlined how Pruitt’s opponents could contact his office, writing:

“Here’s the number to call his office (EPA Office of the Administrator) to offer your feelings about Pruitt’s comments: (202) 564-4700. Script: Hi, my name is _________. I’m calling because I’m seriously concerned about Scott Pruitt’s claim that CO2 is not a major driver of climate change. The role of CO2 and humans as drivers of climate change is widely accepted among the scientific community, and I’m deeply concerned that Mr. Pruitt, as the head of the EPA, rejects scientific evidence.”

 

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