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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1755 on: May 10, 2019, 08:12:06 pm »
 
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Pompeo’s Ridiculous Arctic Optimism Illustrates Final Stage In Denial: Disaster Capitalism

This week, Koch Congressman turned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did his job and denied the reality of the impacts of climate change. In reference to the melting Arctic, Pompeo recognized that old fashioned “nu uh!” denial wasn’t going to cut it. Instead, he suggested that the melt would be beneficial because it would open up new trade routes and cut down on shipping times.

Given that this happened concurrently with a new UN report warning that human activity puts a million species at risk of extinction, the comments were an easy target for late night comedy. Seth Meyers, for example, spent a few minutes ridiculing Pompeo’s position, saying it’s like “being excited your house burned down, because now you can see your pool from the driveway” and that making money off of a disaster is literally the plot of The Producers. (“It’s spring time, for everyone, all of the time!”)

Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, went a little more risque, using the extinction report and Pompeo’s comments to set up a mock-PSA featuring George Clooney fundraising for a new organization: United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation and Support Science, or, UDUMASS. Showing clips of Trump’s “windmills cause cancer” nonsense and James Inhofe’s snowball stunt, Clooney warns of how “rampant dumbfuckery now threatens our health, our security, and our planet.”

In the Twittersphere, Dr. Michael Mann pointed out that Pompeo’s suggestion that maybe there’s an upside to climate change is just one of the many permutations of denial. And it’s hardly unique to climate change.

A paper on denial back in 1993 lays out a sort of spectrum of denial. Though focused on cancer patients who refuse to accept their diagnosis, the parallels are straightforward. There’s complete denial, where a patient simply refuses to accept the cancer diagnosis, akin to deniers who refuse to accept that scientists have diagnosed the cause of climate change as human activity. Then there’s the denial of the implications of the diagnosis, where they accept that they have cancer but reject the idea that it’s serious and life-threatening. We see this in arguments that admit the climate is changing, but reject calls to reduce fossil fuel use.

The next step, one closer to reality, is denial of the effects, where patients “minimize the extent to which they are distressed” by the knowledge of their diagnosis. Patients in this stage of denial mostly avoid the issue, and are “focused on suppressing anxieties.” In other words, this is representative of folks who recognize that climate change is a problem, but consider it too daunting to deal with. Finally, there’s acceptance, when patients finally reckon with the reality, and “might see cancer as a problem that has to be dealt with.”

For decades, fossil fuel defenders have been able to stay in the “complete denial” phase because symptoms of climate change were hard to see. But now, with the Arctic actively melting, denial is becoming untenable.

Obviously, the 🦕🦖 Kochs aren’t going to just up and allow their network to embrace calls to transition off of fossil fuels. Deniers are instead turning to arguments like Pompeo’s, embracing a term Naomi Klein popularized: “disaster capitalism.”

This is really where the comparison between psychological denial, like in cancer patients, and professional denial, like Pompeo’s, ends. While cancer patients’ denial is an emotional defense, those who rely on the 😈 fossil ☠️ fuel industry are motivated by money, and therefore are capable of accepting that fossil fuels cause climate change without also accepting the implication that we should eliminate fossil fuel use.


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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1756 on: May 11, 2019, 04:38:53 pm »



SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

As Capitalism Fails, We Need a Roadmap to Survive Climate Change

C.J. POLYCHRONIOU, TRUTHOUT

In the wake of capitalism's colossal failure, how should the world economy change in order to tackle the interlinked challenges of catastrophic climate change and rapidly rising inequality? Finnish biophysical economist Paavo Järvensivu, discusses a new framework his interdisciplinary research team of scientists has outlined in a forthcoming report for the transformation of our political, economic and cultural systems toward mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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« Reply #1757 on: May 13, 2019, 09:32:45 pm »


MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019


CO2 Levels Hit 415 Parts Per Million for First Time in Over 3 Million Years
JON QUEALLY, COMMON DREAMS

The measurement taken at the Mauno Loa Observatory in Hawaii by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows the continuing upward trend of atmospheric carbon concentration that lies at the heart of the global warming and climate crisis. While scientists have stated that much of the future warming is already "locked in," humanity's main focus must be to reverse the emissions trend.

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« Reply #1758 on: May 13, 2019, 11:45:49 pm »
Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate. How much will sea levels rise?  ???
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The frozen continent of Antarctica contains the vast majority of all freshwater on Earth. Now that ice is melting at an accelerating rate, in part because of climate change. What does this transformation mean for coastal communities across the globe? William Brangham reports from Antarctica on the troubling trend of ice loss and how glaciers can serve as a climate record from the past.

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Do you know how many endangered species there are?

Friday, May 17, is Endangered Species Day. Now more than ever, plants and animals are threatened by a combination of habitat loss and climate change. Below are a few quick facts about endangered species in the United States and around the world.



Help save endangered species. Make a donation now to The Wilderness Society so we can protect critical wildlife habitat.
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« Reply #1761 on: May 16, 2019, 07:39:36 am »
‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica
New research shows affected areas are losing ice five times faster than in the 1990s, with more than 100m of thickness gone in some places



The Antarctic’s Thwaites glacier. More than 50% of the Pine Island and Thwaites glacier basins have been affected by thinning in the past 25 years. Photograph: PA

Ice losses are rapidly spreading deep into the interior of the Antarctic, new analysis of satellite data shows.

The warming of the Southern Ocean is resulting in glaciers sliding into the sea increasingly rapidly, with ice now being lost five times faster than in the 1990s. The West Antarctic ice sheet was stable in 1992 but up to a quarter of its expanse is now thinning. More than 100 metres of ice thickness has been lost in the worst-hit places.

A complete loss of the West Antarctic ice sheet would drive global sea levels up by about five metres, drowning coastal cities around the world. The current losses are doubling every decade, the scientists said, and sea level rise are now running at the extreme end of projections made just a few years ago.

The research, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, compared 800m satellite measurements of ice sheet height from 1992 to 2017 with weather information. This distinguished short-term changes owing to varying snowfall from long-term changes owing to climate.

“From a standing start in the 1990s, thinning has spread inland progressively over the past 25 years – that is rapid in glaciological terms,” said Prof Andy Shepherd, of Leeds University in the UK, who led the study. “The speed of drawing down ice from an ice sheet used to be spoken of in geological timescales, but that has now been replaced by people’s lifetimes.”

He said the thinning of some ice streams had extended 300 miles inland along their 600-mile length. “More than 50% of the Pine Island and Thwaites glacier basins have been affected by thinning in the past 25 years. We are past halfway and that is a worry.”

Researchers already knew that ice was being lost from West Antarctica, but the new work pinpoints where it is happening and how rapidly. This will enable more accurate projections to be made of sea level rises and may aid preparations for these rises.

In the recent past, snow falling on to Antarctica’s glaciers balanced the ice lost as icebergs calved off into the ocean. But now the glaciers are flowing faster than snow can replenish them.

“Along a 3,000km [1,850-mile] stretch of West Antarctica, the water in front of the glaciers is too hot,” he said. This causes melting of the underside of the glaciers where they grind against the seabed. The melting lessens the friction and allows the glaciers then to slide more quickly into the ocean and therefore become thinner.

“In parts of Antarctica, the ice sheet has thinned by extraordinary amounts,” Shepherd said.

Separate research published in January found that ice loss from the entire Antarctic continent had increased six-fold since the 1980s, with the biggest losses in the west. The new study indicates West Antarctica has caused 5mm of sea level rise since 1992, consistent with the January study’s findings.

The expansion of the oceans as they warm and the vast melting in Greenland are the main current causes of the rising oceans, but Antarctica is the biggest store of ice. The East Antarctic ice sheet contains enough ice to raise sea levels by about 60 metres. It had been considered stable, but research in December found even this stronghold was showing signs of melting.

Without rapid cuts in the carbon emissions driving global warming, the melting and rising sea level will continue for thousands of years.

“Before we had useful satellite measurements from space, most glaciologists thought the polar ice sheets were pretty isolated from climate change and didn’t change rapidly at all,” Shepherd said. “Now we know that is not true.”


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« Reply #1762 on: May 21, 2019, 02:33:15 pm »
SNIPPETS from Doomstead Diner Daily 5/21 HEADLINES:

Judge rules against Trump in fight over president’s financial records

Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow encouraged him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016

Trump stops ex-White House counsel Don McGahn testifying to Congress

Trump melted down today as questions about his shady financial history intensify

Recent photo of Trump 

Trumplethinskin is getting rather desperate to wag the (i.e. raise the price of OIL for his Hydrocarbon 🦕👹🦖 Hellspawn owners - so they won't help throw him under the impeachment bus - while simultaneously taking the world's attention away from his rather blatant financial crimes history now being discussed here and there publicly) "evil Iran" dog.


It ain't workin' because way too many people are onto this false flag SCAM the US Government has used WAY TOO OFTEN (i.e. sinking the battleship Maine, Gulf of Tonkin, Bush fooling Saddam into invading Kuwait in 1991, 9/11, Shrub Iraq "WMD" lie, etc. SEE: 😈 One EVIL Trick Pony).

This comment I read today says it all:
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DEDA CVETKO

Why should Iran talk to the US government? It was the Trump administration - at the behest and request of the Israelis and their Saudi brethren - that broke the Iran nuclear deal, not the other way around. And the wide consensus of the entire civilized world is that Iran did act honorably and did uphold its share of the deal. No doubt about this. None whatsoever.  Donald Trump's foreign policy is scalp-deep in warmongering guilt, and sinking lower with each passing day. The only excuse Donald Trump has is that Hillary Clinton's administration would have done exactly the same, which is no excuse at all.

You know, your signature on a piece of binding international treaty - even when the signature is that of the preceding president - is not merely an autograph memorabilia. It is a serious, legally binding commitment which ties the entire nation into a very serious, meaningful set of interlocking, mutually reciprocal obligations with the contractual counterparty. An international contract actually obligates the signatory to act in a good-faith manner and to prevent deliberate sabotaging of the contract.  If the word of honor of the great nations were as easily self-violated as the word of honor of dishonest individuals, this planet would be an uninhabitable horror. Which, essentially, is what it is now rapidly becoming.

A horrendous, irreparable damage - and extraordinarily dangerous one - has been done by Donald Trump's wanton and entirely unjustified retreat from the diplomatic deal with Iran. I think I speak for many people worldwide when I say that this may go down as the single worst diplomatic cataclysm in the entire American history replete with blunders, false flags and war provocations of all kinds -  if not the history of the world. After all, from this moment on, the good faith and credit (and the word of honor) of American government ain't worth a pitcher of warm spit.

The only thing that makes Mother Earth habitable is the trust among humans. Even when the trust is involuntary, even when it runs counter to emotions and all reason, even when it is imposed between (presumably honorable) enemies, some trust must persist for our species to survive. Donald Trump just smashed that trust to smithereens.


I have no recommendations for the sitting American government. What, precisely, do you suggest to someone who just declared the war on the entire humanity?

Indeed. My only quibble with this fellow, who is probably an intelligent and perceptive Iranian, and obviously a caring, responsible human being, is the timing of when, precisely, the US Government declared war on ALL humanity.

I think it's been a while.


As long as 🦕 Iran, and all the other 🐉🦕🦖 countries that export oil and gas, keep doing that ☠️ instead of transitioning to 100% Renewable energy, they are on the wrong side of that war against ALL humanity.

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« Reply #1764 on: May 23, 2019, 11:59:08 am »


Written by Neil Katz and Joe McCarthy

SNIPPET:

“Unless you have more aggressive policymaking,” says Bloomberg’s Zindler. “You don’t actually cut CO2 emissions sufficiently from the power sector and from the economy overall to basically have the U.S. make its contributions to reducing CO2 emissions.”

“In the absence of some kind of national program or policy,” agrees energy analyst Van Atten. “We shouldn’t expect to see some dramatic decline in emissions.”


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« Reply #1765 on: May 24, 2019, 09:54:50 am »
Previously thought stable permafrost terrain high in Arctic is melting due to increased summer temperatures


Due to record summer temperatures in recent years, high Arctic polar terrain is changing. Credit: Melissa Ward Jones

Rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada's high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures.

A McGill-led study published recently in Environmental Research Letters presents close to 30 years of aerial surveys and extensive ground mapping of the Eureka Sound Lowlands area of Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands located at approximately 80 °N. The research focuses on a particular landform (known as a retrogressive thaw slump) that develops as the ice within the melts and the land slips down in a horseshoe-shaped feature. The presence of these landforms is well documented in the low Arctic. But due to the extremely in high Arctic polar deserts (where average annual ground and air temperatures are -16.5 °C/2.3 °F, and -19.7 °C /-3.46 °F, respectively), and the fact that the permafrost is over 500 metres (or about 1/3 of a mile) thick, it had been assumed this landscape was stable. But the McGill-led research team found that this has not been the case.

"Our study suggests that the warming climate in the high Arctic, and more specifically the increases in summer air temperatures that we have seen in recent years, are initiating widespread changes in the landscape," says Melissa Ward Jones, the study's lead author and a Ph.D. candidate in McGill's Department of Geography.

Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain

The research team noted that:

  • There has been a widespread development of retrogressive thaw slumps in high Arctic polar deserts over a short period, particularly during the unusually of 2011, 2012 and 2015;
  • That the absence of vegetation and layers of organic soil in these polar deserts make permafrost in the area particularly vulnerable to increases in summer air temperatures;
  • Despite its relatively short duration, the thaw season (which lasts for just 3-6 weeks a year) initially drives the development of slumps and their later expansion in size, as their headwall retreats; and
  • Over a period of a few years after the initiation of slumps, study results suggest various factors related to terrain (e.g. slope) become more important than air in maintaining active slumps.
In recent years, high summer temperatures have started melting the ice in the permafrost. As a result, land forms are changing unexpectedly. Credit: McGill University

"Despite the cold polar conditions that characterize much of the high Arctic, this research clearly demonstrates the complex nature of ice-rich permafrost systems and climate-permafrost interaction," adds Wayne Pollard, a professor in McGill's Department of Geography and co-author on the study. "Furthermore, it raises concerns about the over simplification of some studies that generalize about the links between global warming and permafrost degradation."

More information: Melissa K Ward Jones et al, Rapid initialization of retrogressive thaw slumps in the Canadian high Arctic and their response to climate and terrain factors, Environmental Research Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab12fd

Journal information:Environmental Research Letters

Provided byMcGill University


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« Reply #1766 on: May 25, 2019, 06:18:21 pm »

Due to record summer temperatures in recent years, high Arctic polar terrain is changing. Credit: Melissa Ward Jones

Yep. This is only the beginning of devastating sorrows to come...




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« Reply #1767 on: June 01, 2019, 07:03:54 pm »
May 31, 2019

SNIPPETS:

► Only 58 percent of the US corn crop had been planted as of May 28, the USDA reported Wednesday, compared to the five-year average of 90 percent by the same date, one of the slowest rates since USDA began collecting data.

Puffin Die-Off Shows Ocean is 'Screaming': Climate change played a key role in a recent massive die-off of thousands of tufted puffins in the Bering Sea, new research shows. A study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE examines a mass mortality event for the birds between October 2016 and January 2017, when hundreds of emaciated puffin carcasses washed ashore on St. Paul Island in Alaska. The study, which estimates that between 3,000 and 8,000 birds ultimately died in this period, suggests that warmer sea surface temperatures made zooplankton in the Bering Sea scarce, causing the fish that form the puffins' main diet staple to also disappear. "There's no way to avoid that something is going on here," study author Julia Parrish told InsideClimate News. "The ocean is screaming."

► There's a war on clean air and our children will suffer the consequences

► New Study Puts a Price Tag on Climate Inaction

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« Reply #1768 on: June 01, 2019, 07:15:16 pm »
May 30, 2019

SNIPPETS:

Pruitt's Present to Foxconn: Trump administration officials, including Scott Pruitt, overruled career EPA scientists to exempt a county building one of President Trump's favored manufacturing plants from air pollution standards, newly-released documents show.

Oil Giant Enlists Retirees in Anti-EV Push: A Chevron lobbyist is pushing retirees of the company living in Arizona to participate in a letter-writing campaign against new electric vehicle policies, the Arizona Republic reports.

► The Department of Energy 😈 is now calling fossil fuels “molecules of freedom” and “freedom gas”

“Freedom Gas” : Trump DOE Promotes Nat Gas On Par With Defeating Nazis


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