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Posted: 08 October 2018 at 8:41am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

And not in a good way.

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Posted: 08 October 2018 at 9:54am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Not with a president and Congress who pull out of the Paris accords and aren't smart enough to know that Global Warming and Climate Change are the same damned thing. We're screwed.
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Posted: 08 October 2018 at 10:08am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

What doesn't help are here today, gone tomorrow politicians.

Off the top of my head, I can't tell you who our Climate Secretary is. He/she will be replaced next time there's an election. That's a position that certainly could do with a committed person for life.
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 2:07am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Lifetime appointments are not necessarily a good idea.  For anything.

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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 3:28am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Lifetime appointments are not necessarily a good idea.  For anything.
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Absolutely agree. Poland got in trouble for introducing retirement age for their supreme court judges, though. Critics argued that it was an attempt by the government to replace judges with THEIR people. Which it probably was, but I still think it beats lifetime appointments. 
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 4:25am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

As it was explained to me, us humans are biological weirdos as our metabolism can tolerate wide fluctuations in temperature. Not so for many animals. A few degrees off in the climate and entire species can go extinct, because they can't handle the heat (or cold).   
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 6:37am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I'm not concerned. Jesus and his dad have got this covered. The Bible describes the End Time and the coming of a spaghetti-haired prophet who will "...deliver his message to us as if by birdsong" (a reference to Twitter), speaking in Tongues which we will not understand, and ultimately lead us to the Kingdom of Heaven (presumably a new Trump Casino in Las Vegas).
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 6:55am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

As it was explained to me, us humans are biological weirdos as our metabolism can tolerate wide fluctuations in temperature. Not so for many animals. A few degrees off in the climate and entire species can go extinct, because they can't handle the heat (or cold).   

As far as humans, that's a bit broad. Only about 2% of the Earth's surface accommodates us in our natural state. Adapting the environment to suit our needs its what's gotten us in this trouble!

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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 4:31pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

As Agent Smith said, we're like a virus...
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 5:22pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply


When I was in high school in the 90s, they hit is over the head with dire predictions about global warming and *none* of them have come true.  That's why these scare reports are meaningless to me.  The person teaching our AP Biology class said that by the year 2010, Crater Lake (in Oregon) would be nothing more than a mudhole, she said the arctic passages would be easy sailing year round, she said snow would be a distant memory in our hemisphere, she said polar bears would die out. 

None of these things have happened.

Furthermore, when the UN comes out with these scare reports, the "solution" is always massive redistribution of wealth for some reason.  I suppose you could say that the UN has always been goal oriented.

Michael Crichton had a book about this whole thing (State of Fear), and even testified to congress about climate models, talking about how Michael Mann's computer model created a hockey stick graph even if fed random data.  There was also climategate where leaked emails proved that climate scientists were cooking the data in order to hide their own inconvenient truths.  (eg. "Hide the decline" in temps). 

We will be fine. 




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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 5:48pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply


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Michael Crichton had a book about this whole thing (State of Fear), and even testified to congress about climate models, talking about how Michael Mann's computer model created a hockey stick graph even if fed random data.

Michael Crichton was an enjoyable sci-go writer and a well-educated guy, but I dont know why hed be considered an authority on climate science. 


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There was also climategate where leaked emails proved that climate scientists were cooking the data in order to hide their own inconvenient truths.  (eg. "Hide the decline" in temps).

This is an incorrect statement. Multiple investigations turned up no wrongdoing. What had happened is a bunch of non-scientists with an agenda took comments out of context. 
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 6:33pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I think Jozef's reply pretty much nails why JB's thread title is a 100% accurate prediction of the state of affairs. That's why my initial reply in this thread was so flippant.

If we're being serious, the fact of the matter is that there's simply no way we can convince a largely uneducated and/or willfully ignorant, self-centered, global population that we are destroying our own planet. Especially when there are people in positions of authority who reinforce the self-serving message that climate change scientists are wrong, but they, as politicians, are right.

The human race will continue to breed like locusts and abuse our resources until a major correction wipes out or significantly diminishes the number of humans on this planet. Nature, unlike the kind old man in the sky, does not pretend to be particularly forgiving or kind.
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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 7:22pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

We will be fine.

I rest my case.

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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 10:15pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

For the interested, here is an interactive map showing sea level rise and the number of people that would be displaced by it in a given country.


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If completely melted,
The Greenland Ice Sheet by itself would add 7 meters of sea level rise.
The West Antarctic Ice sheet about 3 meters, and the East Antarctic Ice sheet about 60 meters.  



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Posted: 09 October 2018 at 10:35pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I used to always think that one of the more unrealistic points in Superman's origin (y'know, beside the whole, "he's an alien from another planet" scenario in the first place) was that a highly advanced civilization like Krypton could blatantly ignore the signs of their planet's destruction until it was too late.

I get it now.
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 2:17am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Michael Crichton had a book about this whole thing (State of Fear), and even testified to congress about climate models, talking about how Michael Mann's computer model created a hockey stick graph even if fed random data.  There was also climategate where leaked emails proved that climate scientists were cooking the data in order to hide their own inconvenient truths.  (eg. "Hide the decline" in temps). 

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I read "State of Fear", and just took it like Michael Crichton's other novels, he was giving a sense of verisimilitude to the book as he had done with others to make the whole scenario seem plausible.

It has been a while since I read it, but Crichton in his afterword talked about environmental and wilderness protection, and stated that the reader could review his sources and draw their own conclusions. I don't think he put himself forward as an authority as he finished along the lines of "...this is a work of fiction".
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 12:08pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

We're not going to be "fine"-- and even the next few generations will be royally screwed-- if we don't take action as quickly and decisively as possible.
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 12:26pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

My Dad was writing about environmental pollution in a town planning magazine he edited when I was around 15. For those keeping track, that was more than 50 years ago.

Many of the dire conditions predicted then did NOT, in fact, come to pass -- at least, not to the extent feared. But others, even more dire, then beyond our ability to predict, have made their presence felt.

According to recent stone cold sober reports, if all emissions of greenhouse gases were cut to ZERO starting TODAY, the Earth would continue to warm for 200 years.

Surely nobody's definition of "fine".

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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 1:04pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Our world view is not built to comprehend the ongoing effect of something as large as climate change. But we can use the intellect evolution built into us to push past those biological limitations.

It's true. The impact of so much carbon pushed into the atmosphere will not be mitigated by itself for decades to come, at best. There MIGHT be technology to help, but who's going to pony up billions now to save future generations? That's not good business, you see.

Some will say, "But it hasn't happened yet!"

By the time it is undeniable, even to the most thick-headed denier, it will be far too late. By the time a car has gone through the rails and off the edge of a cliff, it's too late to steer to safety-- and how far are we from the edge right now?
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Posted: 10 October 2018 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Just move along, nothing to see here, everything's normal...
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Posted: 11 October 2018 at 12:11am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Hard to believe that some folks are still in denial about climate change when you can actually see major changes in weather and temperature happening.
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Posted: 11 October 2018 at 8:40am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

The common argument is that any climate changes that happen are just "natural" changes in the planet's weather that occur on their own, and that humans have zero effect on it.
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Posted: 11 October 2018 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

For a long time I was not convinced that humans were directly affecting climate change. After all, the Earth has experienced wild swings in climate without humans even being here.

However, the weight of evidence has simply become too great.

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