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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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Future Sea Level Rise: Top 10 Countries In Danger

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 27. 6 Replies

"Published on Jul 30, 2015These are the top 10 countries threatened by the 6-meter sea level rise we are almost guaranteed to see in the not-too-distant future, according to the projected pace of…Continue

Tags: warming, ice, melt, global, rise

Arctic Death Spiral

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 23. 9 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

Human Rise Depended on Reliable Seasons

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 12. 3 Replies

In "What people get wrong about climate change" we learn that the crucial circumstance necessary for homo sapiens to abandon a nomadic existence and "take control of food" was 10,000 years of of…Continue

Tags: ascending from nomadism, climate stability, Save the Earth

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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

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 19, 2014 at 11:56am

Imagine ... if Conservatives actually wanted to conserve.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2014 at 2:02am

Hi Ruth - just changed to my old bookcross name.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2014 at 11:19pm

One can't live in the US without having a high carbon footprint, unless perhaps you're homeless or living entirely off of an organic farm somewhere rural. Just getting food and avoiding hypothermia in the usual ways gives us a higher footprint than most residents of Africa or India. So yes, I see the parallel, ??Plinius?? What happened to your name?

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:22am

Feels almost like religion, Ruth: we're guilty because we're alive.

 

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