Weather, or Not category archive
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.
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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).
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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.