Weather, or Not category archive
It’s November and we’re running the bleepin’ air conditioning for Pete’s sake.
At the Hartford Courant, Maxwell Warren warns that we have entered a new age.
Many people may not know that we’ve slipped into a new era: the Anthropocene Age. This new geologic age marks when humans began to permanently change the planet. This age offers the promise and wonders of our creative genius yet also the seeds of civilization’s complete destruction. And we are about to find out which path will prevail.
Our intellect, technology, ambition and desire for a better life have propelled us forward with rapid changes. And for the last 70 years, our unsustainable lifestyle fed on increasingly greater amounts of fossil fuels.
Follow the link for more.
Thom talks with Dr. Michael Mann about how the climate seems to be warming more quickly than predicted a decade ago.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that the Mohave desert is becoming uninhabitable for Joshua trees. (Follow the link for the full story.)
The demise of the tree would “represent the collapse of the higher-elevation Mojave Desert ecosystem,” said Patrick Donnelly, the state director for the Center for Biological Diversity. The tree provides food and shelter for many desert animals, he said.
Anyone who denies the reality of climate change is not paying attention, too stupid for words, or on the take (or some combination thereof).
(Grammar error correx.)
Thom and his guest discuss whether the COVID-19 “shutdown” has any implications for reducing carbon emissions and climate change. (Hint: Don’t get happy.)
Paul Krugman remarks on the apathy which has greeted the burning of Australia. A snippet:
But the world isn’t rational. In fact, Australia’s anti-environmentalist government seems utterly unmoved as the nightmares of environmentalists become reality. And the anti-environmentalist media, the Murdoch empire in particular, has gone all-out on disinformation, trying to place the blame on arsonists and “greenies” who won’t let fire services get rid of enough trees.
These political reactions are more terrifying than the fires themselves.
Unlike Ripley, science doesn’t care whether you believe it or not. Science just is–and will be–regardless of whether anyone believes it.
And so are the tactics to keep anything from being done about it.
Not to mention that we no longer have spring or fall in these parts. We just go right from summer into winter into summer again.
I fear we are well past the tipping point.
At the Bangor Daily News, Gwynne Dyer reveals industry’s latest tactic to avoid action on carbon emissions. A snippet:
There is now no government in the world — except the United States — that still goes along with the denialism (that man’s use of fossil fuels is primary cause of climate change–ed.). Every major international body has accepted the evidence that climate change is actually happening and that we are the cause.
Time for another change of strategy by the fossil fuel industries and their allies. If they can no longer hope to discredit the science or confuse the public about the evidence, maybe they can at least deflect and divert the pressure for effective action on climate change on to targets that do not directly threaten the sales of their products.
Follow the link for the evidence.
Siberia is thawing out, and it’s not pleasant. Here’s a bit from the story:
Andrey Danilov eased his motorboat onto the gravel riverbank, where the bones of a woolly mammoth lay scattered on the beach. A putrid odor filled the air — the stench of ancient plants and animals decomposing after millennia entombed in a frozen purgatory.
“It smells like dead bodies,” Danilov said.
The low last night was in the low 70 Fahenheits, today’s high is forecast for the 80s. That’s the forecast for the rest of the week. On the last weekend of September and the first week of October.
I grew up in these parts. Back then, by this time of year, I’d be wearing at least a windbreaker to go outside, not shorts and a tee shirt
This is not normal, or perhaps it’s the new abnormal . . . .