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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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Beijing air like 2 packs-a-day habit

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alan Perlman yesterday. 1 Reply

... breathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day and calculates that air pollution causes 1.6m deaths a year in China, or 17% of the total.Almost half the…Continue

Tags: air pollution, China

On the ground in East Washington State

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 1 Reply

Ed Souminen, a land owner in Eastern Washington, shares a personal account of what it's like to live in dried-out fire-prone forest.…Continue

Tags: dying forests, climate change, Washington wildfires

Permamelt in southern Siberia

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday. 4 Replies

The southern boundary of Siberian permafrost permamelt in Khakassia had a massive wildfire outbreak  April 12th. Some call this an early start of the permaburn season.…Continue

Tags: Siberian permafrost fires

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2014 at 9:51pm

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Evacuate the Economy

Rebecca Solonit makes a good case for bureaucrats and politicians responding to today's unprecedented crises as if they were yesterday's crises.

Sometimes the right thing to do in ordinary times is exactly the wrong thing to do in extraordinary times.

Also, I also didn't realize that

63% of all human-generated carbon emissions have been produced in the past 25 years; that is, nearly two-thirds have been emitted since the first warnings were sounded about what was then called “global warming” … We on Earth now, we who have been adults for at least 25 years, are the ones who have done more than all earlier human beings combined to unbalance the atmosphere of the planet, and thus its weather systems, oceans, and so much more. [emphasis mine]


Sigh, Grinning Cat I wish coal were dead. I don't see that happening globally or even here in the US.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 28, 2014 at 12:54pm

A brave Senate candidate in Montana: Dirk Adams declares that "Coal is Dead."

“Coal is no longer viable as a long term source of energy, or a reliable source of jobs in Montana … The 700 million tons of coal in Montana will be left in the ground … We must both mitigate climate disruption and build new infrastructure.

... Adams said he talks about climate change “in every conversation” with voters. “It’s one of my two campaign points. I talk about women’s issues and I talk about the environment and climate change.” ...

“I will not be dishonest about this for political gain. Lying isn’t going to help those [coal industry] workers. Instead, I have a plan for retraining and job growth. I’m going to serve the impacted citizens by dealing with reality, rather than serving myself by hustling concerned workers for votes with promises no candidate will keep.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 19, 2014 at 9:56pm

Thanks for posting that, Grinning Cat. Joan, your cartoon is a perfect symbol of the silly corrupt ignorant Republican House appointment.

It's time to stop climate destabilization.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 17, 2014 at 10:47pm

Grinning Cat, a senseless appointment, based on faulty reasoning. I wonder what it will take to have climate deniers look deeper into the facts and come up with policy that meets the changing needs. This is as important, if not more critical than the economic plunge that is coming. I don't want to be "I told you so" to deniers after the climate crashes, I want to see them recognize it before it happens. 

Climate change is something real, it is measurable, it will have consequences that will cost lives and huge amounts of money. It is human made and it does not have to happen. A foolish lump of politicians who care more about profits than people or property, restrict the ability of the nation to meet this challenge. 

Foolish, silly men and women bring about the revolution. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 17, 2014 at 1:36pm

On U.S. House Republicans choosing climate denier Rep. David Schweikert to head the increasingly misnamed Science Committee's environment subcommittee:

"Every time we think congressional Republicans have proven they’re completely out of touch with reality, they go and outdo themselves. By putting a climate change denier in charge of a subcommittee on the environment, congressional Republicans are further cementing the fact that their only real priority is protecting special interests and their big oil backers."

(Josh Schwerin, press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)

More details and video at HuffPost.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 1, 2013 at 11:24am

Comment by Steph S. on November 22, 2013 at 11:35am

Enjoying all the posts and pictures here. Thank you all.

Comment by Bobbi Cadence on October 30, 2013 at 8:57pm

Greetings!  - Seeing documentaries about Peak Oil makes me weep for the earth and the beings within.
The transition will be hard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2013 at 10:53pm

Ruth, important research report. 

"people attach greater value to an immediate material reward than to investing in future quality of life." 

Sounds like a lecture I heard in highschool economics class. 

"Therefore, cooperative behaviour in climate protection must be more strongly associated with short-term incentives such as rewards or being held in high esteem." 

If people can't figure out the benefit of working and doing things now to protect the Earth so that there will be an Earth for our great-grandchildren, and that our generation and the next must perform the tasks to make that happen, then I wonder what short term reward will motivate them? Would a reward of high self-esteem be enough? I seriously doubt it.

Living things on Earth exist at serious risk and so many do not see it.  Those who do see it can't make up for those who can't recognize the probability of future events. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 24, 2013 at 8:58pm

Conclusion of recent research:

These results make it clear that if people are to invest in climate protection, they must have short-term incentives to do so.

People don't put a high value on climate protection

So our justification for destroying the liveability of Earth for 100,000 years is "Nobody is paying me to stop it."?

 

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