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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1545 on: November 11, 2018, 07:52:46 pm »


Caravans From Hell

By Tom Lewis | October 29, 2018 | Climate

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A significant part of the population of the United States is alarmed about what it thinks is an enemy army approaching our southern border — a collection of rapists, MS-13 gang members, middle eastern terrorists and zombies intent on forcing their way into the country in order to destroy our society and culture. One of our citizens became so anxious about this invasion, which, he had it on good authority, was being financed by Jews, that on Saturday he went into a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people.

The information about the content and intentions of this caravan, as it is being called, first came to public attention almost exclusively through fulminations on Fox News and subsequent tweets from the Tweeter in Chief of the United States. (Except the part about the zombies, I made that up. But there are still a few days until the midterm elections. Watch that space.) The entire FoxTrump Tango has been a pathetically transparent attempt to scare the bejesus out of American voters so they will gallop out and vote for the wall, or whatever.

But the debunkers of this fairy tale have not done their job. Yes, they have shown us — those of us who will look at contrary evidence, such as, you know, photographs — that this is no army, but a ragtag procession of families, many women and small children among them, stumbling 30 miles a day through blistering tropical heat in the hope of asylum in the United States — protection for which they are entitled to apply under the laws of this country.

But the bunkers and debunkers of this story all seem equally oblivious to the root cause of the migration, the reason so many parents have undertaken this arduous, thousand-mile trek toward uncertainty. Spoiler alert: It’s not, as the perpetrators of this fantasy would have you believe, because they are lazy and want to get on welfare; or because they are criminals in search of new victims; or terrorists who hate us because we’re free. Nor is it sufficient to assume, as the mainstream media do, that they are intent on moving away from crime-and-poverty, like so many yuppies who have read the Chamber of Commerce brochures and are making a career move.

I hold the view — a minority opinion, apparently — that understanding why people act as they do is a prerequisite for influencing what people do. But comprehending motivation requires empathy and intelligence, both of which seem to be in scant supply in our political life. A corollary notion is that understanding the forces acting on these people might prepare us for dealing with those forces when they get around to acting on us.

Here’s what no one wants to tell you, or hear: the thousands of people who have left their homes in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to risk their lives and their childrens’ lives in search of a better life are fleeing the longest and most vicious drought in the history of the region.

They are climate refugees, and they are only the vanguard.

For at least five years, drought in Central America’s Dry Corridor has been intensifying, causing ever worsening crop failures, food shortages, water insecurity, unemployment and migration. Guatemala ranks as one of the ten countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change. Last year the UN’s World Food Programme asked a sampling of migrants why they had left their homes in the Dry Corridor. By overwhelming majorities, they cited not crime-and-violence, but the drought and its many offspring. Nearly half cited hunger.

Our society and culture will be destroyed not by desperate families seeking a better life, but by our ignorance and greed and refusal to understand what is happening here, not just to unfortunate brown people from other countries, but to all of us on this planet.

There will be many more caravans, larger ones, from Central America, and then they will be trudging out of our own America — from uninhabitable zones in Arizona, Nevada, central California, and from the inundated coasts of Florida and the Carolinas.

The caravans are coming, and hell’s to pay.

UPDATE: The Guardian of England, frequently the best source of American news, agrees: “The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change

http://www.dailyimpact.net/2018/10/29/caravans-from-hell/#more-4056


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« Reply #1546 on: November 11, 2018, 10:56:31 pm »

2018 Environment Report With Dr. Guy McPherson and Gary Null

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Dr. Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He has specialized in forest resources, energy decline and climate change and its economic consequences. In the past he has also taught at Texas A&M and University of California at Berkeley. Having become disillusioned with the American university environment and academia, and after attempts by university officials to silence his outspokenness about the human causes of climate change, Guy abandoned his tenured position as a full professor for ethical reasons of conscience. He is the author of several books, the latest co-written with Carolyn Baker entitled “Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind.”  He is also the co-host of the radio program Nature Bats Last heard every Tuesday evening at 3 pm Eastern time on the Progressive Radio Network.  His website is  GuyMcpherson.com

An internationally renowned expert in the field of health and nutrition, Gary Null, Ph.D is the author of over 70 best-selling books on healthy living and the director of over 100 critically acclaimed full-feature documentary films on natural health, self-empowerment and the environment. He is the host of ‘The Progressive Commentary Hour” and “The Gary Null Show”, the country’s longest running nationally syndicated health radio talk show which can be heard daily on here on the Progressive Radio Network.

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« Reply #1547 on: November 12, 2018, 02:48:10 pm »
California declares state of emergency 🔥; entire city of Malibu 🔥 evacuated

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The Woolsey fire 🔥 is not contained at all, and conditions are not expected to improve anytime soon.

 



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« Reply #1548 on: November 12, 2018, 05:33:01 pm »
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« Reply #1549 on: November 12, 2018, 11:22:59 pm »
November 12th, 2018 by Kyle Field

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If Tesla can help people in California wildfire, please let us know. Model S & X have hospital grade HEPA filters . Maybe helpful for transporting people.

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« Reply #1550 on: November 13, 2018, 02:01:19 pm »
 
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Wildfires 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Latest Example Of How Burning Fossil Fuels Leads To Burning California

With dozens of lives lost and thousands of acres burned, the fires currently raging across California are an unpleasant reminder of what’s at stake in the climate fight.

Those who are opposed to the clean energy solutions that, while obviously wouldn’t put out  the flames but would at least quit fanning them, haven’t let this moment go without their own commentary.

For example, we heard that Dr. Jane Orient 🦕 of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)  sent out a press release on Sunday with two broad claims. One was that since warming has paused and more acres were burned in the 1930s, CO2 emissions aren’t the cause of increased wildfires. Orient also says that if the US adopted “California-like renewable energy mandates” that fight climate change, it still wouldn’t prevent forest fires. The claims link to two year-old page on a Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) website, one on wildfires, the other California energy policy.

Now before one dives into the veracity of these claims, one should consider their source. One association of doctors linking to another group of doctors certainly sounds respectable... But are they?

No. Not at all. Not even the slightest little bit.  

As we’ve covered before, Dr. Jane Orient is the Breitbart-beloved anti-vaxxer who once compared a tobacco tax to “Third Reich measures” and more recently was the source of some of the conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health on the campaign trail. The AAPS🦕 , which she 🦕 runs, along with DDP, considers Medicare and Medicaid “evil,” publishes pseudo-scientific claims with starkly conservative bents (like denying the existence of HIV and claiming abortions cause breast cancer) and once suggested President Obama was not actually “a brilliant orator,” but instead uses “neuro linguistic programing (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis.”

So while the organizations may appear legitimate at first glance, even a cursory search reveals their bald partisanship and outright insanity. Woe to the reporter who takes the press release seriously at face value.

However, since even a stopped clock is right twice a day, we’ll take a look at their actual claims.

On whether rising CO2 levels are making wildfires worse, Orient and the AAPS use a graph going back to 1926 to claim that since more acres were burnt then, it must be poor forest management causing fires now. They use the National Interagency Fire Center’s data to prove this point, despite the fact that the Center says explicitly that data prior to 1983 is unreliable, and “should not be compared to later data.” (Exactly why is complicated, but include the fact that pre-’83 fires may be double or triple-counted.)

Not only is Orient guilty of the classic logical fallacy of “people die naturally therefore murder’s a hoax,” but she’s also using unreliable data to do so.

In reality, the connections between fires and climate are varied and well-established. Temperatures were exceptionally high this season where the fires started, and have risen twice the global average in the west since 1970, while the wildfire season has grown from five to seven months, on average. This corresponds to a fourfold increase in large fires between 1980 and 2010. Further, warming has contributed to the drying-out of the west: one study shows that over half the increase in aridity (a key driver of fires) is because of climate change.

We can make similarly quick work of the second claim that a California-like renewable energy standard wouldn’t prevent forest fires. While obviously investing in renewables won’t completely stop wildfires, as the above links between warming and fires demonstrate, fossil fuel emissions make things warmer and dryer, which are the conditions necessary for fires like these.

By phrasing her question as though people are saying “Only YOU can prevent forest fires, by putting up solar panels,” Dr. Orient is just tossing a strawman onto the fires.

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« Reply #1551 on: November 13, 2018, 04:24:27 pm »
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Ice Sheets in Greenland, Antarctica Could Reach Catastrophic 'Tipping Points' if We Don't Limit Warming

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 13, 2018 07:41AM EST

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Scientists just gave us another terrifying reason to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels: If temperatures push much beyond that point, both Greenland and Antarctica's ice sheets could reach a point where nothing can stop them from melting.

An international team of researchers published this chilling finding in Nature Climate Change Monday. The researchers set out to study how the ice sheets would fare in a warming world, and the results were urgent.

"A big take-away is that the ice sheets, like many components of the climate system, likely have tipping points. Once they reach a certain amount of warming (~1.5 - 2.0°C), positive feedbacks kick in and commit us to long-term ice sheet mass loss and sea level rise," study author and Rowan University School of Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Luke Trusel explained on Twitter.

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« Reply #1552 on: November 13, 2018, 07:12:40 pm »
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« Reply #1553 on: November 13, 2018, 07:31:45 pm »

 



November 13, 2018
   
Dear Anthony,

Our efforts to pressure fossil fuel companies is really having an effect. Earlier this year, ExxonMobil and Chevron finally releasing climate risk disclosure reports and ConocoPhillips agreed to disclose its lobbying efforts. And now, a prominent corporate responsibility group is securing responses from major fossil fuel companies in response to our recent Climate Accountability Scorecard. Our work to hold these corporations accountable for years of deception and climate impacts is working—unfortunately, it’s not enough. Just last month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their latest report showing that every fraction of a degree of warming we can avoid matters. The report calls for ‘rapid and far-reaching’ action. And we needn’t look farther than the fires currently rampaging through Californian communities to understand how urgent the situation is. We need to keep the pressure on fossil fuel corporations to make real change and take responsibility for the impacts of their business.  —Katy

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« Reply #1554 on: November 13, 2018, 08:12:57 pm »
 

California 🔥🔥🔥 Wildfires Hit Grim Record ☠️Amid Trump's Clueless Tweets

BY Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

PUBLISHED November 13, 2018

The statewide death toll from the wildfires blazing in California hit 44 ☠️ as firefighters on Monday continued to battle the flames that have already destroyed thousands of structures and displaced thousands of humans and animals alike. The increased death toll comes as scientists rip President Trump's recent tweet about the fires avoiding any climate crisis connection to the destruction.

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« Reply #1555 on: November 13, 2018, 08:24:30 pm »

BY John Feffer, TomDispatch

PUBLISHED November 13, 2018

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« Reply #1556 on: November 13, 2018, 09:02:24 pm »


📢 California Wildfires Are Part of a Climate-Driven Global Trend

Once again, record wildfires are ravaging California. But America’s Golden State isn’t the only place to suffer an unusually fiery year. Around the world, hotter, drier weather due to climate change is driving bigger and more destructive blazes 🔥.


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https://www.wri.org/blog/2018/08/5-graphs-show-just-how-unusual-years-wildfires-are

Agelbert NOTE: Fossil Fuel 🦕🦖 Fascist RESPONSE by their BOUGHT AND PAID FOR POTUS TOOL to the irrefutably accurate, scientifcally determined FACTS in the above article:


 
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« Reply #1557 on: November 14, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »
The Speech That Saved The Planet

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Tuesday November 13, 2018 · 7:24 PM EST

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What We're Fighting For

My Fellow Americans:

I stand before you tonight, not only as your President, but also as a father, and as a grandfather to nine beautiful grandchildren.  It is on their behalf, and on behalf of all the children and grandchildren of the world, that I ask for your attention, for it is their future that now hangs in the balance. 

One month ago, I received a report from the world’s leading climate scientists.  The report states that we have only twelve years to drastically curtail our emissions of greenhouse gasses or risk calamities ranging from drought and crop failures, wildfires, water shortages, the death of ocean ecosystems, and sea level rise that would inundate our coastal cities.  This nightmare will unfold, not in thousands or hundreds of years, but in the lifetime of our own children and grandchildren.  Some of it is happening now.  Indeed, it may already be too late to prevent this catastrophe.  But there may still be time.  My fellow Americans, we must take this last, best chance to preserve a habitable planet for children and theirs.  We must act boldly.  We must act selflessly.  But above all, we must act now.

There are those who continue to cynically or ignorantly deny this crisis.  For decades we have indulged their stubborn intransigence even as the evidence has become incontrovertible.  But the luxury of time is no longer ours.  The time for talk is over.  We must act.

There are those who still cling to the fantasy that technology will save us; that we can avoid personal sacrifice and rely on our scientists’ and engineers’ ingenuity to forestall catastrophe.  But the stark truth is that no such technology exists today.  Nor will it exist this year, or this decade.  And twelve years is all we have to prevent the worst effects of global warming from becoming our children’s reality.  We must act.

There are those nihilists among us who suggest that all is lost, that action is futile, that we may as well succumb to the inevitable.  But science tells us that we still have a fighting chance to save this planet, and if there is even a chance, I say we must seize it with all our might and all our determination and all our resources and fight until the bitter end.   We must act now.

Finally, there are those defeatists who say that America is too divided, too distracted, too apathetic and self-absorbed to mobilize for such a massive undertaking.  Yet throughout our history, America has shown time and again that we can rise to meet the occasion; that we do not shy from a fight when the cause is just – and what cause could be more just than the preservation of the very Earth that sustains us?  We must act now! 

What will it take?  Nothing less than a transformation of our energy, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, which is to say our way of life.  As we did in World War II, we must mobilize every man, woman, and child; every factory and corporation; every school and place of worship – every resource in our possession – to achieve our ends. 

Sacrifice will be required from all our citizens.  Yet this transformation will also yield great benefits. Millions will be put to work across the country building and maintaining the new clean-energy economy and infrastructure.  Millions of lives will be saved and improved by the cleaner air we will breathe.  Millions will be spared the scourge of infectious disease now forecast to afflict us.  We may be able to save our great coastal cities from destruction by the sea; our fertile plains from destruction by drought; our forests from destruction by infestation and blight; and our coral reefs and ocean life from destruction by acidification and temperature rise.   Plants and animals now doomed to extinction may recover and thrive.  We may, indeed, be able to pass on to our progeny a world more healthy, clean, and beautiful than the one we inherited.

If we can do this – and I believe we can – then we must.  And so today, I say that we will.  Together, we will save this planet we share and love.  And when we do, we will take our rightful place among those generations before us who rose to meet the challenge of their time. 

In the coming weeks, I will lay out a comprehensive plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 through a combination of greenhouse gas regulation, carbon pricing, energy-efficiency initiatives, and a “Manhattan Project” initiative to rapidly develop and deploy new clean energy and carbon capture technologies.  These plans will require Congressional action, which I hope will be swift, and judicial review, which I expect will be favorable.  Above all, they will require the united support of the American people, which I hope and pray will be overwhelming.  And to those who would resist our efforts, let me be clear:  I am sworn to protect and defend this nation against ALL threats.  No threat could be greater than that posed by climate change, and I intend to use all the power at my disposal to protect our country.

Of course, we cannot win this battle alone; we must immediately engage the world in intensive diplomacy to ensure that our efforts are matched by the other major polluting nations.  But America has a special obligation as both the world’s leading per capita emitter of greenhouse gas, and, more importantly, as leader of the free world.  It is up to us to set the example. 

For fifty years, we have watched this enemy approach, relentlessly and remorselessly, and we have done little to prepare or to defend ourselves.  Now, the enemy is at our shores.  Will we rise to the occasion, as we have so often before in our history?  Or will we succumb to denial and defeatism as the world burns?   I would like to say that we will be judged by the actions we take today, and should we succeed in this great endeavor, I believe this is true.  But the hard truth is that, should we fail, there may be none remaining to judge.  Therefore, for the sake of our children, our democracy, and our planet, let us do everything in our power to succeed – starting now.   

God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.

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« Reply #1558 on: November 14, 2018, 04:47:21 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Pelosi is a BLUE DOG 🐩 Democrat who accepts "contributions" from the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Fossil Fuel Fascists 🐉🦕🦖. I hope Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez ✨ is successful in shaming Pelosi into supporting a Green New Deal. 

 
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Demands For Green New Deal on The Hill

 
   

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined more than 200 youth protesters in a climate-sit in outside House Minority Leader Nancy 🐩 Pelosi's 🦕 office Tuesday.

The protest, convened by the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, was meant to put pressure on Pelosi and House Democrats to adopt radical climate action, and Ocasio-Cortez told protesters that should Pelosi become Speaker, "we’ve got her back in showing and pursuing the most progressive energy agenda that this country has ever seen."

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a resolution for a select committee to form a plan for a Green New Deal, and on Tuesday tweeted that Pelosi's proposed reinstated climate committee must not have members appointed who accept fossil fuel 🐉🦕🦖 contributions.

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"The IPCC themselves, they say we have 10 years left and I--not just as an elected member, but as a 29-year-old woman--am thinking not just about what we are going to accomplish in the next two years but the America that we’re going to live in in the next 30 years."

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/416411-youth-protestors-fill-nancy-pelosis-office-demanding-climate-change


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In Not-So-Subtle Nod 👍 to Climate Change, South Park Shows a ManBearPig Denier Eaten by ManBearPig  ;D

''The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks,'' Dr. Wallace S. Broecker 
warned humanity, decades ago. Now it looks like the beast is awakening, and even former critics seem to be coming around to the idea that we should stop poking it.


This reversal is even showing up in what we watch after work. The libertarian-leaning sensibilities of South Park’s creators have been plainly evident on TV for years. Humor like South Park’s fuels the sort of nihilistic “both parties are the same” rhetoric that allows edgy young men to feel superior to both parties, without having to actually make a political choice.

Climate change has come up in the show multiple times, from skewering the over-the-top dramatics with a Day After Tomorrow parody to lampooning the smug self-satisfaction of Prius driving liberals. But the episode that has continued to resonate, particularly in the deniersphere, is the ManBearPig episode. This infamous 2006 bit mocked Al Gore’s pandering to the press and public while promoting his Inconvenient Truth movie.

To be fair, the episode was always more about Gore’s attention-seeking behavior and bitterness at losing the presidency. The titular mythical monster (half man, half bear, half pig) served a stand-in for his public concern for climate change. For deniers obsessed with Gore, though, “ManBearPig” became something of a meme. 

But in last Wednesday’s episode, twelve long years after Gore was mocked mercilessly for warning of ManBearPig’s existence, the cryptid made its first (real world) appearance in the show. And real news like NBC  and Vanity Fair--as well as conservative fake news like Newsbusters, the Washington Times and Fox--all wrote how this new episode could be considered an anthropocene apology to Al Gore.

In the episode, the cartoon’s four young protagonists must seek out Gore after being blamed for the murders committed by ManBearPig (which police mistake for yet another school shooting). They’re determined to make amends so that they can clear their names and take down ManBearPig together. Lest you think the creators are now fans of the former VP, the cartoon Gore is less than gracious, requiring the kids apologize repeatedly and throw him a party at Olive Garden, where he bores them with a slideshow of his career. At the end, he gives them his Nobel prize and tells the kids it’s up to them now. (Presumably, this cliffhanger will be be picked up in tonight’s episode.)

But in one particularly climatic scene, captured by the right-wing “Media Research Center,” ManBearPig slaughters his way through a restaurant, while a glib denier explains that “You can't just go along with what people are saying, Susan, okay? There's no scientific proof, no real evidence of a ManBearPig… everyone wants to use the fear of a ManBearPig to get what they want. They throw around bad science, bad taxidermy… ”

When ManBearPig crashes through the wall behind the man, and begins a violent rampage he continues undaunted, saying “You can't just let people tell you that if you don't believe in ManBearPig, then you don't care about the world.”

When Susan points out that not only is ManBearPig real, but here, right now (and ripping the spine out of the guy behind him) the man shifts to the denier line that it’s too late now: “What can we do that everyone else will also do, Susan? Come on, use your brain. Even if we do something about it...  What about the Chinese? They’re just gonna keep right on--”

But ManBearPig picks him up and begins chomping down on the his skull, cutting off his denial mid-sentence.

While climate change was already plenty real twelve years ago, when ManBearPig was just a figment of Gore’s imagination, a decade of Sandys and Harveys and Marias and Florences, of wildfires and droughts and pests and heat waves, have made the risk of poking Dr. Broecker’s climate beast an obvious, if inconvenient, truth.





Leges         Sine    Moribus     Vanae   
Faith,
if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

 

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