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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 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."?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2013 at 4:44pm

Thanks for the Wiley cartoon, Grinning Cat. Here's some from Tom Toles.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 27, 2013 at 5:04pm

"Ha ha only serious" from Cheezburger:

Imagine if trees gave off Wifi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we'd probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 4, 2013 at 10:16am

Here's a Wiley cartoon that Ian Mason shared in Hang With Friends:

Arctic Chess(We need political leaders who won't play games!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 11:49pm

New tool capturing forest change over decades. Red shows dying forest, yellow shows insect infestation. Sorry for the link, embed refused to work.

Historical Climate Map Reveals Impact of Warming World

 

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