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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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At 2°C rise insects will destroy 46% of wheat

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 30. 1 Reply

You've heard that climate change will make crops less nutritious and reduce yields due to drought, wild weather, and flooding. On top of that, insect damage is due to skyrocket."First, warmer…Continue

Tags: agriculture failure, climate destabilization, food insecurity

Your money protects oil companies from climate change they cause

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bergen Woods Aug 25. 1 Reply

US citizens are paying billions to protect oil companies from the consequences their own evil. Does this make your head hurt?…Continue

Tags: corporate welfare, climate destabilization

Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 19. 81 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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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2013 at 1:35pm

My response to Belinda Denoo, Africa, can you spell out the problems, as you see them? By being clear and specific, you may find others who share your thinking.
For example, as I read news from around the world, not commercial news, but health reports, climate experts, labor unions, business news, news from different nations, and different political points of view, I can mesh together what I think is happening and why.
There is a high probability I misinterpret what I read, so I have to keep that in mind, always.
In matters of climate change, I think normal climate change plays a role, but the major role is human caused pollution with particulates from using fossil fuels. What changes we see cause the Earth to adjust, as only Earth can do. Weather becomes unstable, fierce storms occur, rising ocean levels become obvious, even the prediction of 69 foot rise in ocean levels over the next 50 or 100 years.
If that prediction is accurate, than all major ocean front ground will be under six or seven stories of water. Can we lift our buildings that high? Can we build sea walls that high? I don't think so.
It may be too late, however, too late is better than not taking steps to respond to conditions out of our control.

Comment by Alan Perlman on February 4, 2013 at 11:09am

Joan, I found this in the original white paper:

"Generally accepted practices of human culture tend to view the earth from an essentially anthropocentric point of view. This centers on the belief that the earth is here to serve humans rather than humans are actually a part of a complex interdependent ecosystem. This intellectual achievement by humanity centers on a fundamentally political failure that pits things like mainstream monotheistic religious beliefs and economic hegemony, -and against science."

The inescapable conclusion -- something no politician will every say publicly --  is that religious belief is a danger to our future on earth (and that's not even considering the effects of endless religious wars and terrorism).

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 9:07pm

“Climate change is rampaging our planet, our region, and our communities like an unstoppable freight train that has gone off the tracks,” Burney and company wrote in the white paper.  ”We are no longer looking at a ‘predicted’ future of possible highly variable extreme weather conditions and catastrophic events. That future is here now.  “Climate instability has impacts that do and will continue to affect each one of us. Our pocketbooks, food supply, environment and ecology, human health and our social structures will bear the increasingly undisguised and festering scars of this careening train.”

Is climate change ‘rampaging our planet?’

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 1:40am
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/climate-desk-greenla...
Humans Have Already Set in Motion 69 Feet of Sea Level Rise
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 1:04pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2013 at 4:32pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2013 at 5:53pm
Ruth, I agree, an otherwise excellent report lost credibility by using scare tactics. We don't need that. We need accurate information, and reasonable discussion about what we can expect to happen, and how to prepare for the possibility of giant storms.
Use information, not fear, to get the attention of the public.
And for goodness sake, don't rebuild coastal and floodplain damages; move out of the way because we can't build high enough sea walls or levies.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2013 at 5:36pm

This video on 2012 Climate from Joe Romm contrasts climate denier claims to actual events and experts. The only problem I had was the last scene from fiction to represent the future.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2013 at 5:25pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2013 at 2:28pm

Is climate change ‘rampaging our planet?’

“Climate change is rampaging our planet, our region, and our communities like an unstoppable freight train that has gone off the tracks,”  ”We are no longer looking at a ‘predicted’ future of possible highly variable extreme weather conditions and catastrophic events. That future is here now.

“Climate instability has impacts that do and will continue to affect each one of us. Our pocketbooks, food supply, environment and ecology, human health and our social structures will bear the increasingly undisguised and festering scars of this careening train.”

Jay Burney, founder Learning Sustainability Campaign

 

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