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Jan. 16th, 2019


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Australia is cooking!

It has been about a week so far; if not longer, where it has been hot enough to kill a person.

Temperatures have climbed above 45deg celsius during the day. At night there has been little relief below 30 degrees. Making it very concerning as we now have broken the hottest day on record in many areas. With the record high temperatures being broken almost every day for a week.

The hot air blowing in from the desert will remain until a weather system takes over and provides relief. However, it certainly seems a lot hotter than ever before.


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Dec. 5th, 2018

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madman101

'Save millions of lives by tackling climate change'

Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

Global warming and fossil fuel pollution already killing many, UN climate summit told

Tackling climate change would save at least a million lives a year, the World Health Organization has told the UN climate summit in Poland, making it a moral imperative.

Cutting fossil fuel burning not only slows global warming but slashes air pollution, which causes millions of early deaths a year, the WHO says. In a report requested by UN climate summit leaders, the WHO outlines the economic benefits of improved health are more than double the costs of cutting emissions, and even higher in India and China, which are plagued by toxic air.

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Dec. 4th, 2018

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madman101

Can Venus Teach Us to Take Climate Change Seriously?

Nov. 27th, 2018

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madman101

Bill Foster and Climate Denialism

Bill Foster, Democrat from Illinois, is a physicist, and a decided climate-denier DENIER...

Watch this law professor try to convince a physicist that Greenland’s melt will cause seas to fall


In this July 19, 2011 photo, rows of pressure ridges stack up, foreground, before tumbling over the ever-collapsing calving 4-mile-wide front of Jakobshavn Glacier and into the Ilulissat ice fjord, background, in Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)     [CLICK PIC]


MORE from Bill Foster, the Climate Guy...Collapse )

And, you can hear Bill Foster on an Illinois Public talk show which was aired today: http://www.nprillinois.org/programs/21st or https://will.illinois.edu/index.php/21stshow/rss

NOTE: I watched, "Farenheit 9/11", the other night. It exposed the Nth degree to which the Bu$h administration lied, denied, and complicated Americans into the great web of death across Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Needless to say, these wars, and the burning of the Kuwait oil fields, and 9/11 itself, (an inside job), all interfered significantly with global climate - (Who knows, maybe they were even responsible for the temporary lull in warming some years back). Well, the obfuscation was thicker than the smoke itslef - thicker than blood and thicker than mud. One person being intervied said, "I don't know what it is about the Republicans, but they act in a very deceptive fashion!"

By now, I have seen that 'the Democrats' have been equally deceptive, now that they have become the polarising party of the elite-versus-the-disenfranchised. (In my estimation, the Bush's and their GOP cohorts and minions are now intricately ALLIED with the Clinton's and their DNC cohorts and minions, especially when it comes to issues of GUNS, PRIVACY and PROFIT). So, let's not forget the Democrats. However, it is well known that the Republicans have always had a problem when it came to the truth. If they couldn't steal it, privatise it, re-brand it, or blame it, they would try to hide it, kill it and/or bury it - just as so many of them have been trying to do with the fact of global warming, for so, so many frittered-away years.

We have the example above of a republican exclaiming that melting Greenland ice would be a GOOD thing, esp. for Nordic countries (?!), because Greenland would suddenly rise higher out of the sea after the ice melts. So, this is what Republicans call, "Good Science," somehow disproving the, "Bad Science." on global warming, done over many decades, from evidence extending over centuries, by a vast majority of climate scientists and scientists from other diciplines? A little man mouthing off nonsense because he's paid to lie by big oil and its handful of atmospheric whores? That's the good science? No - that is the game plan of many a Republican, (and establishment Dems, on some issues): To overpower the opponant, be he or she a conveyor of truth, by slander and bombast - because grade-school politics continues to be seen as the way to rule the world, and so get one's never-ending American Dream. And it is another of their habits to actually seek out aand attack those who walk free, (set free by the the actual truth), out of sheer, desperate ENVY. These are people who insist upon controlling, even the truth, because this is the evidence of how they 'care so much'. And, so many of them turn out to be good Christian abusers, molesters, or such, caught with their pants down. Because they cared so much.

So, these are the same people, shouting that climate change is a lie of BAD SCIENCE, who turn around and snarkilly announce that global warming doesn't exist because cold snow has suddenly fallen on their city! What kind of science is that? It's not science, it is superstition, and arrogance. They do this every winter - and it is pathetic - that brief, ignorant human lives should pronounce so authoritatively their truth-for-all, whilst, meanwhile, global warming indeed extends its reign, gradually, and then with great shocks, over the course of centuries. It is like a frog going to a warm beach one year, then another year, and another - and each year the water boils more and rises higher, but each year the frog announces, "Weather is wonderful, wish you were here," right up until the day he becomes cooked cuisine for the Frenchies.

Extreme heat increasing in both summer and winter

And this is the same way that some people acclimate themselves to THE BIG LIE, weat5her that be: "Global warming does not exist," or, "Bad science!" or, "It is OK for corpocracy to spy on us!" or, "America needs to fight communism everywhere!" or, "Russia collude with Trump!" or, "Iraq caused 9/11" or, "Iran is going to invade us!" or, "animals don't have feelings!" or, "It's OK for our corporations to move to China and createfgtvy7bh global warming from there" - lol - and so on.

The common-sense facts are these: Global warming is affecting the entire planet, especially the colder regions. These regions are becoming warmer faster than the other areas of the globe, (due to an averaging out, as the climate change becomes dominant over previously standard dynamics; and due to ice and snow reflecting more infrared heat back into the trap of greenhouse clouds; and due methane, a most potent greenhouse gas, rapidly escaping from melting permafrost and deep sea ice). This rapid warming is making the Jet Stream weaker and more variable, often looping deeper down south over the USA. What does that mean? Even while the Arctic warms, it is still cold, and this dip of the Jet Stream - now a common occurrence called an 'Arctic Vortex' - is allowing cold Arctic air down into the greater USA more often. THAT is one way global warming is causing extreme drops in temps around winter time, compared to the past. But, the fact is, overall global warming is increasing, and that includes winter temps. The problem with climate deniers is that they are so naive, or ignorant, or selfish that they seem completely incapable of allowing for some bigger picture, beyond the horizons which they so annoyingly survey.

A few good reports on  climate change / denial were aired on WBUR's "Here and Now" yesterday and today.  My computer cannot dig them up for you right now, but you might find them via: Here and Now or  Here and Now or  Here & Now

Should we stop, or keep going? OK. It is called the North Atlantic conveyor belt. It is a massive oceanic 'river' of water, many times larger than the volume of the Amazon. It normally brings up warm water from the south, up into the North Atlantic, so England and much of Europe can experience temperate climes. Now that so much cold fresh water is melting off of Greenland and Canada, this is thwarting the warm salt water of the conveyor, also pushing it deeper because salt water is heavier than fresh water. The result? More cold water on the surface of the North Atlantic - leading to cold snaps in Eurpoe, which we have seen. Not only this, but a complete collapse of the conveyor is still possible, and would be certain should Greenland's ice completely melt. (Deep melting is occurring on a grand scale beneath Greenland's glaciers). A complete collapse would result in a new age of ice in Europe, similar to the end of the Neanderhals' reign there. That is not an exaggeration: It is a conservative prediction.

"Weather is wonderful, wish you were here!"

Keep going? OK. Never mind the possibility of a complete collapse: Slowing of the North Atlantic conveyor belt is occurring, bringing tropical species up the USA eastern seaboard, (including manatees), and helping to kill off crustaceans and fish around New England and Nova Scotia. What does this mean for climate? It means heat is not only building up in the tropical and temporate areas of the ocean directly due to global warming, it means that the slowing conveyor belt is tending to keep that heat from moving northward. Therefore, that building heat, building even further now, is producing bigger and stringer hurricanes. Shall I name only the last 5? I think we all know these hurricanes are becoming more massive than in the known past. Many of us bicker about Donald Trump or Clintons in Haiti or Bush in New Orleans, and so forth. A few of us see how sad this bickering is. And, meanwhile, what more is happening because of all this rising heat?

Moisture. Unimaginable amounts of moisture are lifted up into the atmosphere by these bigger and stronger hurricanes. But more than these outstanding examples - all the oceans are emitting more and more moisture simply as a matte4r of course, with overall rising temperatures. This water turns into more rain, more floods, more flash floods, more hail, more atmospheric electromagnetic disturbances and tornadoes AND, in cold snaps, INTO LOTS AND LOTS OF SNOW. How many more times do we have to explain this? Until the last bastard is clasping his profits from oil, warming, and insurance - and the GDP and stock market reach stratospheric heights because of all the money from clean-up, hospitalisations and WAR - and the country has been overrun by 600 billion warming refugees from South America, Mexico and China?

So, these climate deniers who accuse scientists of bad science, then launch into anecdote, confabulation, superstition, anger and blame as their authoritative snowflake form of 'good science' - these god-loving narcissists - who are in love with the man's manna that Big Oil and Big Coal will bring them - generally also go on tirades over how, "Man did not cause global warming," - and by illogical extension, ergo glabal warming does not exist. Every time they hear about climate chaneg they take it as a personal attack, a tax, a tyranny - because all they see are the petty politics of people blaming people. Since man is a blessed Steward oif all land and animals, then man could not have caused global warming, ergo, "I DID NOT CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING!!!' To identify the cause as man, it means you are blaming them.

But, the funny thing is this: Despite their rants and raves about man not causing global warming, they DO often tend to keep this idea simultaneously in their heads: THE EVIL GOVERNMENT IS GEOENGINEERING OUR WEATHER!

See what I'm saying? There is this continuing contradiction going on in many of these people's skulls, which is adamant in never resolving itself, and which only seems to fuel the denial and the hate on and on. Remember when they said that God created Katrina to punish gay people? Well, how about this one: The incessantly flaming brains of these climate-deniers' hot heads is causing global warming!!! So neener neener, right? And they wonder why a lot of Dems don't want them to vote.

And, even now, they complain that liberals are blaming carbn dioxide for global warming, when carbon dioxide is a wonderful thing that trees like to eat! So how can it be pollution? They don't see that the pollution is their own denial. Or ignorance. Sometimes it's ignorance. And sometimes, it's this:

Donald Trump, on the 4th Assessment on Climate: "Well I read the report, and I don't believe it." Oh, how nice for you. To sit in a bathtub full of bllions, and deny whatever you like, causing more harm to billions upon billions with every second that goes by, and every breath you take. Check the news and you will see that a female Congress person chided Trump, with my own sentiments: "Gravity (like climate change) exists whether you deny it or not."

My definition: Power is the ability to lie and get away with it.

Well, my astute opinion is that Trump is playing for time, until he gets through the next election. That is the plan. So, he is tendering this big lie, in order to get him and his backers, his base, through 2020. Then, he will attack climate change, saying, like Nixon, the evidence is convincing.

Well, some might say that these are ultimately good intentions: Trying to get the whole country behind an agenda unpopular to the climate-deniers, eventually. But this political maneuver is called PUTTING ENDS BEFORE MEANS. Assuming I am correct, Trump is committing unethical behaviour - arguably evil behaviour. This would not be surprising since he, like most politicians, is an amoral, opportunistic money-chasing, attention-seeking bully who never grew up.

Is the World is Run by People Who Are Acting Out Childhood Trauma?

But, if I am incorrect, then Trump is genuinely speaking from ignorance or stupidity, being just another climate-denier. We won't know until it all comes out in the books and memos and so on - could take up to 50 years. mmmm... Do we have 50 years? The issue is climate change, not Trump. Politicians sway when the people shake.

That's about all I have for ya right now.  'Denialism' is a word I penned several years ago but it is now becoming a common word as the reality of our age sinks in, and can be found in articles in the NYT, etc.  In my view, it certainly is a word that is 'bipartisan' if you will.  You can find my journal's tag for denialism HERE.

Nov. 23rd, 2018

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madman101

'Thank the Media in Part for Our Looming Climate Catastrophe'

Thank the Media in Part for Our Looming Climate Catastrophe
https://www.truthdig.com/?post_type=article&p=204821

Climate change took a backseat to other issues in this year’s midterm elections, and humanity may end up paying the price. The majority of climate change-related ballot measures failed, many climate deniers in the Republican party won or kept their seats, and even Democratic winners were not pressed on their commitment to climate change legislation during their campaigns. In their minimal and skewed coverage of climate change issues, the media deserve a share of the blame for these losses.

The biggest failure was the defeat of Initiative I-1631 in Washington state by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent. The ballot measure would have imposed a fee on emitters of greenhouse gasses, reinvesting the projected $1 billion annual revenues into renewable energy solutions, including clean energy projects, green jobs, and transition assistance to communities in “pollution and health action areas” affected by climate change. While I-1631 was derisively called a carbon tax by opponents, it would more accurately be described as a carbon fee—with revenues reserved for the aforementioned programs, rather than going to the general state revenue pot.

The initiative would have accomplished the first step of what many climate scientists and activists say is one of the most effective actions for mitigating climate change: putting a price on carbon dioxide. Prices on carbon ranging from $50–100 per ton have been put forth by the World Bank as reasonable for achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, while a figure of $220 per ton has been found to more accurately represent the actual social costs of carbon. While I-1631 would have priced carbon at only $15 per ton in 2020, with annual increases that would top it out at $55 per ton, it would nonetheless have been the first explicit and substantial statewide carbon pricing initiative in the United States.

Carbon-pricing initiatives are obviously a major threat to profits of big fossil fuel companies, who in the past have helped kill more comprehensive carbon-pricing initiatives in Washington state, like 2016’s I-732 ballot measure and Gov. Jay Inslee’s attempt to push legislation through the state’s Democratic senate earlier this year. To defeat I-1631 in the most recent election, the fossil fuel groups enlisted corporate media that were all too willing to join in their opposition campaign.

Full article here from TRUTHDIG.

Nov. 19th, 2018


commie_gardener

How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters

‘Like a Terror Movie’: How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters

By the end of this century, some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers have concluded.

Nov. 18th, 2018

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madman101

Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot

Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot

Ernesto Araujo has called climate science ‘dogma’ and bemoaned the ‘criminalisation’ of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex

Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen a new foreign minister who believes climate change is part of a plot by “cultural Marxists” to stifle western economies and promote the growth of China.

Ernesto Araujo – until now a mid-ranking official who blogs about the “criminalisation” of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex – will become the top diplomat of South America’s biggest nation, representing 200 million people and the greatest and most biodiverse forest on Earth, the Amazon.

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madman101

Is climate change to blame?

California fires: what is happening and is climate change to blame? -  (Nov.12)

NOTE: I am introducing the subject of the consequences of climate change. Until lately, skeptics blocked any considerations that global warming was 'causing' hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, etc. This was based on, if not full denial, then on strict, fundamentalist, reductionist ideas of cause and effect. In psychology, regarding TV violence; or in politics, regarding cigarettes and cancer, etc., we know that causation can be a very complex thing, easilly mistaken for correlation, coincidence, or superstitious things even more distant in reality.

Such mistakes are common to climate deniers, who are invested in at least one of three things: stupidity or arrogance; money from fossil fuels, or a religious belief that God shall continue to provide for man, the appointed steward of all creation - the latter being something of an irony.

Only in recent years Exxon stopped lying about its awareness of global warming. President Trump has reluctantly admitted that climate change is real, (and appears to me to have been of this opinion years before his presidency), but he continues to wave strong red flags which look like climate denial, in order to hold on to big oil and big coal and supporters in associated states. My guess is that he would make progress on climate change accords following a 2020 election win.

Meanwhile, climate denial continues to be a major hobby, obsession or occupation of too many. One complaint of deniers is that a carbon tax system is actually a devious move to CONTROL the masses, and would favour status quo elites, and liberal politicians, like Al Gore. The reality of life is that any attempt to deal with climate change will inherently involve benefits to some elites and politicians, and will inherently require some controls on citizens, which will contradict their own day-to-day, status quo, business as usual. So, deniers should be understood to have a natural grievance at heart: The rich should not be allowed to alter the lives of the poor or middle classes, especially when climate change is seen as some distant, abstract concept - a rationalisation for political power. Never mind that such deniers who oppose such possibilities of injustice may be greatly persuaded by the big oil, big coal, big religion, etc., powers that be. It's a big conundrum.

I wanted to get to this one point I was thinking about today: Even now, deniers are all-too-eager to latch on to announcements in the news that the study and proof of climate change, its causes and its consequences, have been, "bad science." In the scientific and pragmatist communities, it is appropriate to question and re-question and test and retest results and methods. On the other hand, it can be just as irresponsible to latch on to claims of bad science as it may be to latch on to bad science itself - or even onto science without doubt. In other words, these deniers may be committing the very crime they project upon the evil scientists. Just to shout, "bad science," is not science, is not proof, and is not an answer. And focusing on one or two errors in ongoing science, such as errors in warming speed, etc., and then to generalise those into saying that all climate science is bad, is, I think, and affront to thought itself - again, usually bought and paid for by dinosaur corporations.

Well, hopefully, I will be able to do a few posts on whether or not global warming is leading to hurricanes, etc. Any of you is certainly invited to post anything relevant to this, as well. Indeed these areas of research are interesting and exciting in their own right, whether or not they are connected to mass extinction and all that. The whole study of causality, correlation, chaos, etc., is all very wonderful.

At some point, we must declare causation, after this hurricane here, and that cyclone there, and this drought here, and that melt there, and these wildfires, and those bleachings, etc., etc., etc., etc., are each, "made more intense by climate change." Dudes. That means that ALL of this is CAUSED by global warming.

If a drop of rain falls from the sky and hits you on the head, then that is weather. And whene it rains for 40 days and forty nights, yes, that may be an extension of weather, but something ABNORMAL NOW IS CAUSING THAT EXTENSION. Am I wrong?!

Nov. 17th, 2018

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madman101

Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change

Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds

Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming

China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries.

The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature rise dangerously over 4C above pre-industrial levels says the paper, while even the EU, which is usually seen as a climate leader, is on course to more than double the 1.5C that scientists say is a moderately safe level of heating.

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NOTE: Australia is worse than India?!

Check this map -

Nov. 14th, 2018

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madman101

Climate change led to demise of ancient Indus valley civilisation

Climate change led to the demise of the ancient Indus valley civilisation that flourished in the Himalayan foothills 4,000 years ago


The mystery surrounding what killed off the ancient Indus valley civilisation may finally have been solved.

Scientists say that climate change led to the advanced people's demise by driving them out of their cities, which were among the earliest ever built.

As seasonal rainfall dried up due to global warming, the Indus were forced into villages in the Himalayan foothills 4,000 years ago.

Within the next millennium these isolated village groups died off as their water supply diminished, researchers said.

They warned the find spells trouble for modern groups in the Middle East and Africa forced from their land by climate change.

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