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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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Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 2 hours ago. 67 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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Lethal Wet Bulb Temperature Events Already Starting

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 7 Replies

When temperature and humidity combine to stop your sweat from evaporating, - bang - you're gonna die. That's 35°C wet bulb temperature. An Iranian city, Bandar Mahshahr, reached a wet bulb…Continue

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What causes climate change?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 8. 15 Replies

Causes of climate change ?Natural causes: Continental drift, volcanoes, the earth's tilt, ocean currents,Human…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 21, 2016 at 3:12pm

Daniel, I don't get tired of reposting this:

At a climate summit, a speaker is addressing points on a board behind him: energy independence, preserve rainforests, sustainability, green jobs, livable cities, renewables, clean water and air, healthy children, etc., etc. A heckler at the back of the audience asks, “What if it's a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?”(click to enlarge)

Comment by Daniel W on June 21, 2016 at 2:45pm
On Atty Gen Lynch and investigating climate change deniers - While I think the evidence for anthropogenic climate change is strong, and the scientists are reliable, somehow howing after climate change deniers sounds like thought crime. Maybe there was something that I missed. It does not seem like something that should be considered in a society where there is free exchange of ideas.

Say, for the sake of argument, that climate change is due to vast planetary and solar causes, not anthropogenic. Are there benefits to reducing the squandering of fossil fuels, working on reforestation, and preserving ecosystems that climate changes destroy, separate from the reduction of CO2, fluorocarbons, and methane in the air? Even without climate change, is it good to regard the atmosphere and oceans as waste dumps? If we build on renewable energy, wind, solar, and reduce energy consumption, aren't we helping to nurture subsequent generations, regardeless of how much of climate change is anthropogenic? Or is it just, we take ours, and screw the people who follow?
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. . . 

 

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