Midwest Flooding – Major and ‘Historic’

Everybody with a television should know by now about the historic flooding occurring in the Midwest. Pretty normal, right?

No, not really. In fact, it’s really abnormal. Here’s why:

a) There has been no spring rains;

b) There has been no snow melt that occurs with the usual flooding of rivers;

c) It’s December. Absolutely not Spring or the “rainy season”.

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More Happy Hopium

No mention of deep water ports being lost to rising sea levels in this article – Who pays the enormous cost of moving all our stuff?

But you will read a happy note:

“Not anything within a year or two, but within a decade or so we could see very interesting stuff,” says Rodrigue. “A lot of vehicles will be self-driving, dropping stuff automatically at some specific, pre-set points, and the loading and unloading will be somehow automated, and people will just need to pick up their stuff.” The reduced energy costs of automated vehicles and optimized routing and deliveries could mean we’ll need fewer energy-sucking vehicles on the road to get all the stuff we need.

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It’s Raining In the Arctic – Right Now

This may be far away and out of sight / out of mind, but it has serious implications.

Warm Storm Brings Rain Over Arctic Sea Ice in Winter

In the dark no less, in an area that hasn’t seen the sun for two months. Where it should be bone-chilling cold.

So… maybe the idiotic denialisphere will wake up? Nah… there’s been plenty of opportunity for that. Ok then, never mind, they’re the walking dead anyway.

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Too Little, Too Late (and a “I told you so”)

This has already been posted elsewhere – but it’s a great read and deserving of a posting here.

Too Little, Too Late

Last week, after a great deal of debate, the passengers aboard the Titanic voted to impose modest limits sometime soon on the rate at which water is pouring into the doomed ship’s hull. Despite the torrents of self-congratulatory rhetoric currently flooding into the media from the White House and an assortment of groups on the domesticated end of the environmental movement, that’s the sum of what happened at the COP-21 conference in Paris. It’s a spectacle worth observing, and not only for those of us who are connoisseurs of irony; the factors that drove COP-21 to the latest round of nonsolutions are among the most potent forces shoving industrial civilization on its one-way trip to history’s compost bin.

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2016 Will Smash, Destroy and Devastate

Right now, this is what is happening: Freak storm in North Atlantic to lash UK, may push temperatures over 50 degrees above normal at North Pole

Computer model simulations show the storm, sweeping across the north central Atlantic today, rapidly intensifying along a jet stream ripping above the ocean at 230 mph.

People do not seem to realize exactly how much heat is being pumped into the Arctic – but it is absolutely GIGANTIC.

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Network News Faults and Lies

Battered, bruised and jumpy — the whole world is on edge

It’s not a surprise, not to this writer anyway, that the media continues to completely fail to grasp the significance of climate change and how this is driving the majority of issues plaguing the world.

Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY knows that something is amiss. The world of yesteryear is gone. Some of us recognize that it is gone forever – it’s actually extinct, never to return. The reason is obvious, but you still won’t find it in print on the popular websites and news outlets.

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Hansens Carbon Tax Concept – why it won’t work

I suggest anyone interested in learning more about one of the carbon tax ideas watch these videos.

I have listened to this series by James Hansen a couple of times. I have never been a supporter of the carbon tax concept because I do not believe it will solve anything. But I have no doubts about it being tried for many years by most of the countries around the world.

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Daffodils in December

Paul Beckwith (University of Ottawa) gets it:

Door A: If we carry on business-as-usual and continue to burn fossil fuels, the chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans will continue to change, trapping more heat in the former and destroying the marine food chain in the latter.

The enormous Arctic warming has already disrupted Earth’s heat balance from the equator to the poles causing global circulation patterns in the atmosphere to go haywire, and now recently the ocean currents and surface heat patterns are completely changing. Extreme weather events around the planet are wreaking havoc on our cities and infrastructure and global food sources. If continued, with abrupt climate change, first cities will drop like dominoes cascading to nation state failure and even societal collapse.

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News Links – December 2015

Isn’t it strange that so many of us humans can now foresee our imminent demise – and yet do nothing about it?

Isn’t it strange that we can intelligently discuss this topic and still, despite all of the meetings, conferences, scientific papers and research, and do nothing to stop it?

Isn’t it strange that with collapse now spreading like ripples in a pond rising into a tidal wave, eliminating species, homes, farms and crops, we’re still strangely fascinated by all of it?

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Power Outage

Not that this is of great interest, but in the past 48 hours, we’ve lost power here about 14 times. I’ve got generator backups, but it’s not something I always kick on when the power goes out – unless it’s going to be a while.

Last week, there was no snow here at all. I had green grass on my lawn that was very unusual for December. Now it’s blanketed in 15″ or so of snow. I’ve had to plow out twice already. Winter has finally and belatedly “arrived”.

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Politics & Climate Change – The Theater of the Absurd

Which States are Best Prepared For Climate Change – where are you?

I’m kinda fascinated with what’s going to happen to the climate – thus the intensity of posts about climate on this blog. A while back I’d shared a link with a talk about David Wasdell, who claimed that we would see 8°C or more rise in global temperature. He’s been vindicated: Climate outlook may be worse than feared, global study suggests.

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Paris Followup

Told you so – The Paris Climate Talks and the 1.5C Target: Wartime-Scale Mobilization is Our Only Option Left

Worth reading if anybody cares.

From Paris – a perspective from some scientists:

Paris deal: Epic fail on a planetary scale

Centuries of Melting Already Locked in for Polar Ice, Scientists Say

Post Paris

It’s painfully clear that global leaders remains truly clueless and disconnected from what is really unfolding on the ground – despite the escalating disasters being reported around the world. Lip service and empty promises still rule the day. It’s rather discouraging – but I’m a pessimist and did not expect anything else. Human nature being what it is, we’re poorly suited to respond to something that is threatening our survival “down the road”.

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Newz Watch

I rather dislike “Christmas” (national connedsumer day imo), but leaving my objections aside and why Christmas is such a joke these daze, watch this short clip.

Proof positive that the ‘actors’ that portray the national newz are simply talking heads. They say what they are told to say, verbatim. This is why you cannot rely upon television anymore – it’s extremely scripted right down to the very words being used to continue the next brain-washed ‘segment’ of connedsumer ‘reality’.

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The Hard Road Ahead

From Scribbler’s forum (Jeremy):

You just can’t make this shit up .

“Less than a week since signing the global climate deal in Paris, Japan and South Korea are pressing ahead with plans to open scores of new coal-fired power plants, casting doubt on the strength of their commitment to cutting CO2 emissions.

Even as many of the world’s rich nations seek to phase out the use of coal, Asia’s two most developed economies are burning more than ever and plan to add at least 60 new coal-fired power plants over the next 10 years.”

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Con Job 21 – “Puts us on track for 3°C of warming”

Definitely worth watching –

All the important “stuff” (like fossil fuels) was left OUT of the so-called “agreement” that is being touted as the salvation of mankind.

Hah! It’s shocking to continue to watch the deception, distraction and self-congratulation going on, but I’m not buying it because it really is all bullshit.

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The Madness of the Herd

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” – Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

Well said. The herd reacts, it doesn’t think, learn, assess, decide or advance itself (except in a panic, when it plunges about wildly). It does not perceive the danger of the cliff(s) ahead either.

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200 Hours Towards Unstoppable Extinction

This is bad news… At some point in the very near future, we’re going to be looking at a period of time encompassing as little as 200 hours where the world’s permafrost can potentially melt, dumping gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Where the tipping point lies for runaway permafrost thaw is so uncertain that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doesn’t factor it into its reports. But new research shows we might reach it sooner than we think.

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Con Job 21

Seems like there are more then a few others that feel that once again, we’re being lied to by the same people, failing to fix or even identify the same problems as ever.

From the Automatic Earth, nice expose on the con-job on CON21:

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius just announced, in Paris, a “legally binding agreement” that no-one has agreed the financing for. We can hear a couple thousand lawyers across the globe snicker. But it’s all the COP21 ‘oh-so-important’ climate conference managed to come up with. No surprises there. They couldn’t make the 2ºC former goal stick, so they go for 1.5ºC this time. All on red, double or nothing. Because who really cares among the leadership, just as long as the ‘targets’ are far enough away that they can’t be held accountable.

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I’ve been watching the COP21 reports with interest. I’ve kept my silence while the pretenders garnered the spotlight. Today, I read this piece from Joe Romm –

As part of a concerted effort to avoid catastrophic climate change, the world unanimously committed to an ongoing effort of increasingly deeper emissions reductions aimed at keeping total warming “to well below 2 °C [3.6 °F] above preindustrial levels.” The full text of this Paris Agreement goes even further, with the parties agreeing “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.”

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