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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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Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 3. 73 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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Temperature Anomaly Chart

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Aug 8. 1 Reply

From Climate Central, Temperature anomalies arranged by country from 1900 - 2016:Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2016 at 2:41pm

Fairbanks has relatively low temperatures in winter and relatively high temps in summers. When we took R & R in Fairbanks in 1960, we thought we would die from the heat. It might have been a relative thing because we had spent the past year near Kenai, Alaska at Wildwood Army Station and wore thick coats or light sweaters through the seasons.

"May 2016 marks the eighth month in a row with temperatures above average. "

~ The Alaska Climate Research Center

"Fairbanks, Alaska has some of the most extreme weather in the world. The summers are usually warm, with temperatures often reaching 90°. The winters are very cold and dry, with temperatures sometimes dipping down to -60°."

During WW II, my Dad was sent to Fairbanks just after Pearl Harbor to build airfields for the duration of the war. He reported temperatures as low as -70 ° F. during the winter. I don't remember the summer temps. He wore a parka and mittens made of fur and mukluks made with seal skin. He was not an armed serviceman, but a carpenter contracted by Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2016 at 2:12pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 21, 2016 at 2:04pm

Concise, thanks Joan! Too bad one can't "like" a comment.

BTW, yesterday an extreme heat warning was issued in Toronto. I never imagined I'd hear that in my lifetime. Temperatures were expected to be over 93°F. You think we'll live to hear extreme heat warnings in Fairbanks, or even Yellow Knife? No, Yellow Knife is more likely to burn like Fort McMurray.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2016 at 1:58pm

AG Lynch: DOJ Has Discussed Whether to Pursue Civil Action Against ...

I am old enough to remember the fights over DDT, the Ozone hole, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and presently, global warming. At the same time, a small and powerful subset of society denies these dangers. 

Merchants of Doubt, historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway explain how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades.”

“ the ideology of free market fundamentalism, aided by a too-compliant media, has skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.” 

“It's an organized effort to undermine 30+ years of scientific evidence and study and make a "debate" where none is warranted. There are no scientists debating this because the evidence is clear - as clear as it was for cigarettes in the '90s.”

~ Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 21, 2016 at 1:24pm

Just a reminder to our friends inside the heat dome, playgrounds are often asphalt covered too.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 21, 2016 at 1:20pm

I suffer from Republican "representation" too, due to the area in which I live (and probably gerrymandering and voter restriction too).

For those who don't care so much about the extinction of one obscure mammal, remember that heat and sea level rise are also affecting global food production. You eat, right?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2016 at 12:38pm

CALL OUT THE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS

THE DENIERS:

My Representative stated, 

"3. We believe Al Gore deserves an ‘F’ in science and an ‘A’ in creative writing. "

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington State

Comment by Alexandra Rodriguez on June 20, 2016 at 8:01pm

Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he scares the crap out of me. . . 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2016 at 11:52am

Even the folks (not on AN!) on the fringe who distrust science, and prefer Natural!!! remedies (as if everything is wonderful except for human activity -- shades of "original sin"?), should be concerned about losing biodiversity! There's plenty we can learn from how various living things have adapted to meet their challenges, and plenty of undiscovered chemicals that might be extremely useful if not lifesaving.

Comment by Daniel W on June 20, 2016 at 11:23am
Don, apparrently this little darlin' was a rat-like creature that lived only on a few isolated, low lying islands that have flooded more with the sea level change. I wont take the bait about anthropogenic, regardless of cause, climate is changing. to be honesy, I cant get worked up about some little rat - like rodent dying off, on some obscure island. Maybe we can regard it as a canary in a coal mine, but I suspect it still wont be missed.
 

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