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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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Framing Climate Destabilization

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 12 Replies

The words we use and the images they evoke shape public comprehension of Catastrophic Climate Destabilization's immanence. Here are a few terms from the past few days. It's a tiny…Continue

Tags: communicating climate science, Climate Destabilization, framing

Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 29. 57 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

Bomb Cyclone Coming

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 29, 2015. 0 Replies

A bomb cyclone is a weather system so severe it causes damage similar to a bomb blast. Anthropocene Era weather keeps teaching us new terms, to label unprecedented weather events. The same weather…Continue

Tags: weird weather, bomb cyclone, climate destabilization

Arctic Death Spiral

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 10, 2015. 7 Replies

Considering that the volume of Arctic Summer sea ice in 2012 is 75% lower than in 1979, some scientists are calling the Arctic melt a death spiral. If you only look at surface area decline, as …Continue

Tags: Arctic ice melt, Arctic Sea Ice volume, Arctic Death Spiral

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 25, 2013 at 12:20pm

Thanks for the helpful chart and link, Joan. I didn't realize that the greatest volume of Arctic ice happened in April.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 25, 2013 at 12:17pm

This map show how fast Winters are warming in the US.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2013 at 2:10pm

It is almost certainly too late to save the Arctic’s summer sea ice

"It is almost certainly too late to save the Arctic’s summer sea ice from near-total destruction. Let’s hope the same isn’t true for the biosphere. The time to act is now if we don’t want to betray our children and future generations."

Comment by Dr. Allan H. Clark on February 13, 2013 at 6:14pm

It is not surprising that the public finds it difficult to understand the issue of climate change. To begin with consider the enormous difficulty of defining and measuring GMT—global mean temperature. The immediate obstacle is measuring and combining temperature measurements from around the world taken over land and sea. This must be done with great care since the variations that indicate global warming are in fractions of a degree over long periods and accurate historical measurements exist only for recent history. And this is merely the first in a long series of difficulties you must pass through before definite conclusions can be drawn. Nevertheless the issue is crucial and must be addressed.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2013 at 11:10am

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 6, 2013 at 12:21am

Methane levels rising from 2009 to 2013. See the measurement maps.

The increase is visually dramatic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2013 at 2:22pm

Alan Perlman

"This intellectual achievement by humanity centers on a fundamentally political failure that pits things like mainstream monotheistic religious beliefs and economic hegemony, - and against science." 

Alan Perlman

I agree with you. I think religion has become our enemy. It sounds simplistic and sophomoric, but that makes it even more feasible. 

If one believes the Earth is created for man, and if Earth is to be exploited at the pleasure of man, the basic underlying principle creates the kind of thinking that allows misuse and overuse of Earth's rich resources. Male dominance is a real issue, but not the entire story. 

If one starts at the individual level, the belief that man, male, is supreme over everything else, the distortion begins. Years ago, 36 years ago, I attended a workshop in which Elizabeth Dodson Gray, author of "Green Paradise Lost" and "Patriarchy As a Conceptual Trap", spelled out these  ideas for me the first time. 

"Elizabeth Dodson Gray, in her book "Green Paradise Lost", suggests that much of the reason has to do with our hierarchical model for the spiritual and physical world. She draws a pyramid depicting the following categories, in descending order: God, men, women, children, animals, plants, and nature. Each category has dominion over the ones below.

"Whether we realize it or not, most of us are still operating by this worldview. We fail to recognize that it is outmoded, dangerous, and fundamentally incorrect. Men continue to exploit women, expecting unlimited fertility and obedience. Men also continue to treat their children as personal property, to be used for whatever ends fit their desires. Men raise animals for food under unspeakably inhumane conditions, and nonchalantly murder their wild cousins in the name of sport. Men have even learned to manipulate plants, first by hybridization and monoculture, and now with biotechnology. Nature itself forms the ignominious base of this pyramid: the most contemptible and defenseless of all."

~ Customer reviewer Gregory C. Wilcox

I don't agree with the reviewer that Earth is the most defenseless of all; Earth has the upper hand; she will wipe human life and even all living forms off the planet because of natural forces that have nothing to do with what humans want. 

Books by Elizabeth Dodson Gray I highly recommend her books. She is a theologian who "worked out for herself a feminist critique of our male-dominated culture." She started me on my journey of understanding patriarchy, ecofeminism, women's interpretation of religious matters. I, however, have come to the decision that there is no evidence of god. 

 

 

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