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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 Jul 6. 38 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

Marshall Islands' Runit Dome

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 4. 1 Reply

Marshall Islands aren't just islands being drowned by rising sea level. Runit Dome is a plutonium disaster waiting to be unleashed by sea level rise.…Continue

Tags: US culpability, Marshall Islands, sea level rise, plutonium

Next Up, Super El Niño

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 8 Replies

Monster El Nino…Continue

Tags: food security, Super El Nino

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2014 at 11:36am

A good definition of the Anthropocene.

The anthropocene is the age where human influences are determining the development of the planet's ecosystems and thus the bio-physical basis of future human civilisations.

Dr. Joachim H. Spangenberg from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research puts our choice starkly.

...the study suggests a new growth model for the Chinese economy where de-growth will happen by design in a socially and environmentally benign way, rather than by environmentally triggered disaster.

China today: Culprit, victim or last best hope for a global ecologi...

Those who cannot imagine a future without economic growth need to face this as our actual choice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2014 at 10:00am

Ruth, your cartoon offers a perfect example of people who give opinion, not based on fact but on belief. Just one more way that delusion and denial becomes imbedded in our political and economic challenges. Global warming deniers are part of the problem, offering nothing to the solution. 

We face a problem that is far greater than any we have faced before. The need to solve it, and quickly, means intelligence must be employed in order to reach our desired ends. 

Use evidence to define the problem. 

Use health of flora, fauna and Earth's needs to create goals. 

Explore all options, looking at pros and cons of each idea. 

Develop action plans using diverse methods. There is no one way to get past the global warming dilemma. 

Keep track of progress, using evaluation techniques that are based on raw data. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2014 at 2:59pm

full size cartoon

I especially like what the climate change denier shouts in the fourth pane. "Whatever! The main thing is, during a continent-wide firenado storm what we need most is lower taxes and less regulation."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2014 at 6:21pm
Experts that GlobalPost spoke with believe forest fires are likely now burning at record levels — at least since human beings first began walking the Earth.

Climate Change 911

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2014 at 7:48pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 19, 2014 at 11:56am

Imagine ... if Conservatives actually wanted to conserve.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2014 at 2:02am

Hi Ruth - just changed to my old bookcross name.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2014 at 11:19pm

One can't live in the US without having a high carbon footprint, unless perhaps you're homeless or living entirely off of an organic farm somewhere rural. Just getting food and avoiding hypothermia in the usual ways gives us a higher footprint than most residents of Africa or India. So yes, I see the parallel, ??Plinius?? What happened to your name?

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:22am

Feels almost like religion, Ruth: we're guilty because we're alive.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:51pm

I'm shocked to learn that!

"nearly two-thirds [of all human-generated carbon emissions] have been emitted since the first warnings were sounded about what was then called “global warming”..."

The article's analogy to 9/11 is a vivid one:

"Amazingly, the vast majority of people below the levels of the impacts made it out of both buildings -- largely despite the advice of the building's management, not because of it.

[...] you can think of the way we’re living as an office tower and the fossil fuel economy as a plane crashing into it in very, very, very slow motion. [...]

Next comes the hard part: getting universities, cities, states, pension funds, and other financial entities to actually divest [from fossil fuel corporations...]

Once upon a time, similar entities swore that it was inconceivable to end the institution of slavery [...] once upon another time, you couldn’t possibly give women the vote and change the whole face of democracy and public life, or require seatbelts and other extravagant safety devices, or limit the industrial processes that produce acid rain [....] Except that this country did all of that, over the gradually declining protests that it was too radical and burdensome. When radical shifts become the status quo, most forget how and why it happened and come to see that status quo as inevitable and even eternal, though many of its best aspects were the fruit of activism and change."

(emphases mine)

Read the whole thing!

 

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