Weather, or Not category archive
The Seattle Times’s David Horsey recalls the film, Independence Day, and the fantasy it presented. He contrasts it with the reality of humans’ response to climate change. A snippet; much more at the link.
Horsey is not sanguine.
Nor, for that matter, am I. I fear that we are well past the tipping point.
Lake Mead, the source of water for many cities and farms in the American west, is wasting away from what scientists have dubbed a “mega-drought.” Here’s a bit from Timothy Egan’s report:
Nobody wants a desiccated West, a place where dying trees outnumber the living ones in many places, where wildfires are not a seasonal siege but a year-round peril, where once-fertile fields are permanently fallowed.
But it’s here now, and a reservoir built to hold enough water to flood all of New York state 1 foot deep appears to be inexorably drying up.
The other day, I walked the floor of Lake Mead, a cracked and sun-baked Martian-scape that was once more than 100 feet underwater. On the horizon, the eerie geologic formations that freaked out early white explorers displayed the latest bathtub rings in the rock.
I find this somewhat disquieting.
H/T to my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck for the link.
In the Austin American-Statesman, Bridget Grumet reports from the storm and makes an observation:
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.