This is what humans do. Extinction is nothing new to our species as we prey upon all the other living things that exist (or existed) on this planet. But it does portray the real problem with climate change and our pathetic attempts at how me might solve this. We probably won’t. Because we cannot stop our voracious advance upon the natural world.
The 4th National Climate Assessment Report is out. Released of course “early” and on purpose (Friday) to ensure as few people as possible would be aware of this. No, that is not conjecture, it’s an admitted Trump Administration fact. They don’t want people to be aware of how severe climate change is getting, but you’d have to be asleep or seriously distracted to not realize that things are getting mighty serious for some people (soon – all of us).
The bad news from Paradise, CA keeps getting worse and worse. CNN reports 71 dead and 1,000 people still missing.
This tragedy is among one of the worst tragedies to befall Americans. Hurricane Katrina killed 1833 people, Hurricane Maria killed 1139 people and both displaced hundreds of thousands. But their something about having an entire town completely wiped out and dozens and dozens having burned to death. Both hurricanes offered people an opportunity to relocate in advance, the Camp Fire did not.
This is probably going to get lost in the sheer noise now emanating from the Trump Administration, but the Intercept has published a very interesting piece on the Julian Assange (Wikileaks) indictment that’s just been semi-revealed.
The terrible tragedy that has befallen the town and people of Paradise, CA has created an enormous number of climate refugees in the Golden State. The wildfire was heavily influenced by extended drought conditions and was probably unavoidable. It is these kinds of tragedies that I’ve been warning about over the years. Now the deadliest wildfire in the past 100 years, what happened to Paradise bodes ill-warnings for many other parts of the country gripped by drought.
Well, it’s mostly done. (s)Election 2018. Amidst a lot of turmoil, anguish, elation and the usual gerrymandering. Which is still going on (Florida in particular, and in the same places as before).
This the current results. Kinda interesting. Despite that inept, incompetent and deceitful creep in the White House stumping about the country as if his life depended upon it, Republicans took it in the shorts, big time.
Another important Reuters report on warming oceans: The Great Lobster Rush
Reuters has been publishing some interactive reports on what’s happening to the world, and I highly suggest readers take the time to review these reports.
The flood of lobsters isn’t good news in the long run – not at all. It’s a very strong signal that the ocean environment is rapidly changing for the worse.
This is very bad news – because it means that things are heating up MUCH faster then we thought:
This would also help explain the known problems with fish stocks, and fish migrations now unfolding. And this also means that the “carbon budget” claims are utterly bogus, because they failed to account for what was really happening in the world’s oceans. But I told readers that years ago. We do not have the time or budget that some science reports still claim.
[This is another previously written unpublished post from about two years ago. Still applicable, more then ever – Admin]
The public cannot discern between truth or fiction. The many lies, deceptions, distortions, omissions and outright fabrications being extolled are as unperceived as whatever actual truths are being told. What this means is we’re in a particular point in human history where any kind of narrative (story) can be deemed real. Whatever the truth actually is, has become irrelevant to the narrative being promoted because almost nobody is capable of staying (verbalizing) on the truth. Any kind of narrative is now acceptable communication.
[I wrote this a couple of years ago but never published. It appears as applicable today as it was then – Admin]
A while back, I picked up a book titled “The Worst Case Scenario“, which goes through a variety of situations where you would need to make a life-or-death split second decision, such as how to escape a flooded vehicle, or a burning hotel room.
Two articles to share:
These are topics of great importance and significance for the future survivability of the human race, but they’re also going to be broadly ignored. We cannot seem to bring ourselves to address our faults, and those inherent in the civilization we’ve constructed.
This is actually pretty scary when you consider what could happen. Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil’s election. But he’s a far-right violent hypocritical extremist and if you don’t actually know what he believes and wants, you probably should:
This year’s elections were particularly fraught, marked by dramatic polarization, political violence, and massive disinformation campaigns on social media, in a country that has been roiled by years of social, economic, and political crises. Since 2013, millions of people of all political stripes have repeatedly taken to the streets in protest; Brazil has struggled to climb out of the worst recession in history; massive corruption scandals have destabilized political institutions and major economic players; former president Dilma Rousseff (also from the Workers’ Party) was impeached on dubious grounds; her successor, president Michel Temer (the most despised leader in Brazil’s democratic history), has pushed through a series of unpopular austerity measures; and Lula was jailed, a process which has exposed the judiciary to relentless criticism for perceived partisanship.
Pretty sure I reported this already, but it’s still newsworthy. Bitcoin can push global warming above 2 C in a couple decadesThe team found that if Bitcoin is incorporated, even at the slowest rate at which other technologies have been incorporated, its cumulative emissions will be enough to warm the planet above 2°C in just 22 years. If incorporated at the average rate of other technologies, it is closer to 16 years.
“Currently, the emissions from transportation, housing and food are considered the main contributors to ongoing climate change. This research illustrates that Bitcoin should be added to this list,” said Katie Taladay, a UH Manoa master’s student and coauthor of the paper.
If you want to get a “picture” of the disconnect between climate science (facts / reality) and what the Trump Administration “wants” – then read this article:
I’ll highlight the important points:
a) The Heartland Institute is a well-known climate denial organization representing big oil and corporate interests. They’re not going to be fair, unbiased or informative to the actual facts (as their history has proven, over and over again).
For someone who claims he’s a “genius” but incessantly lies thousands and thousands of times now, we could reasonably expect the man and his Administration to go on lying about the environment and climate change. Which is of course, what they’ve been doing since he took office.
Now they want to drill for oil in the Arctic waters. What could possibly go wrong? More to the point – does anybody even care anymore? Continuing to feed the gusher demand for oil is alleged to be on the pathway to “energy independence” but in reality, it is a crack-like addiction to hell by planet-destroying companies who’s only real motive is profits.
How many people are aware of the latest dire report from the IPCC? If you’re like most people – it won’t make much difference to you. The IPCC hasn’t managed to maintain public attention (or credibility according to more then a few experts), and most policy-makers and government types and industry, won’t pay particular attention to the latest warnings anyway.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has urged the U.S. Federal government to launch a research program to remove carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere.
Incorrectly-termed “clean energy” isn’t coming about fast enough and immediate removal of carbon dioxide is needed to stave off dangerous temperature increases. However, it’s a bad time to make such a request in the anti-science, anti-fact, anti-everything Trump Administration, so don’t hold your breath.
I’ve been dragging my feet on posting a new blog report (sorry). There’s just too much going on right now to add to the mix. I paid very close attention to the Kavanaugh hearings (guilty as charged) and am in shock with at least half the nation that this serial sexual abuser was confirmed to the Supreme Court.
A lot of things did NOT happen as they should have. Only 9 witnesses were ‘interviewed’ by the FBI after the week-long delay on the hearings was requested (and Christine Ford was NOT one of them). Trump directly interfered with the witness list and who the FBI could and could not talk to during this “delay”. In retrospect, that was their plan (the Rape Party) all along, and now we know why. Nearly 50 additional witnesses offered to come forward and testify against Kavanaugh – not a single one of these people were interviewed in the ‘allowed’ period. But several published their statements in the newspapers anyway.
This is what a methane lake looks like:
Up in the Arctic, inland lakes are bubbling up methane directly into the atmosphere. As a greenhouse gas, this is bad bad news.
Scientists have been puzzling over a dramatic spike in atmospheric methane levels, which since 2006 have averaged 25 million tonnes more of the gas per year. Walter Anthony’s study found that Arctic lakes could more than double this increase as well.