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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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« 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.



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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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