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Climate Concerns

The "CLIMATE CONCERNS" group is dedicated to discussion regarding the topic of the ever present and serious issue of changes to our climate due to the introduction into the atmosphere of human induced effects which prove harmful to the environment and which eventually may prove destructive to our planet. 

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Purile and Nasty, "Rollin' Coal"

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 19 hours ago. 4 Replies

“Rollin’ Coal” Is Pollution Porn for Dudes With Pickup TrucksDiesel drivers in rural America…Continue

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Sustainable Rural Housing

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 13. 1 Reply

Textile House is remarkable. They don't mention cost, however.I was especially impressed by the emphasis on passive energy conservation first.Continue

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Odd results of Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 7. 28 Replies

Take an amusing quiz to learn about unexpected effects of Climate Change. After each multiple choice question, you see if you were right (and the right answer if you weren't).…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2014 at 2:02am

Hi Ruth - just changed to my old bookcross name.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2014 at 11:19pm

One can't live in the US without having a high carbon footprint, unless perhaps you're homeless or living entirely off of an organic farm somewhere rural. Just getting food and avoiding hypothermia in the usual ways gives us a higher footprint than most residents of Africa or India. So yes, I see the parallel, ??Plinius?? What happened to your name?

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:22am

Feels almost like religion, Ruth: we're guilty because we're alive.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:51pm

I'm shocked to learn that!

"nearly two-thirds [of all human-generated carbon emissions] have been emitted since the first warnings were sounded about what was then called “global warming”..."

The article's analogy to 9/11 is a vivid one:

"Amazingly, the vast majority of people below the levels of the impacts made it out of both buildings -- largely despite the advice of the building's management, not because of it.

[...] you can think of the way we’re living as an office tower and the fossil fuel economy as a plane crashing into it in very, very, very slow motion. [...]

Next comes the hard part: getting universities, cities, states, pension funds, and other financial entities to actually divest [from fossil fuel corporations...]

Once upon a time, similar entities swore that it was inconceivable to end the institution of slavery [...] once upon another time, you couldn’t possibly give women the vote and change the whole face of democracy and public life, or require seatbelts and other extravagant safety devices, or limit the industrial processes that produce acid rain [....] Except that this country did all of that, over the gradually declining protests that it was too radical and burdensome. When radical shifts become the status quo, most forget how and why it happened and come to see that status quo as inevitable and even eternal, though many of its best aspects were the fruit of activism and change."

(emphases mine)

Read the whole thing!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2014 at 9:51pm

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Evacuate the Economy

Rebecca Solonit makes a good case for bureaucrats and politicians responding to today's unprecedented crises as if they were yesterday's crises.

Sometimes the right thing to do in ordinary times is exactly the wrong thing to do in extraordinary times.

Also, I also didn't realize that

63% of all human-generated carbon emissions have been produced in the past 25 years; that is, nearly two-thirds have been emitted since the first warnings were sounded about what was then called “global warming” … We on Earth now, we who have been adults for at least 25 years, are the ones who have done more than all earlier human beings combined to unbalance the atmosphere of the planet, and thus its weather systems, oceans, and so much more. [emphasis mine]


Sigh, Grinning Cat I wish coal were dead. I don't see that happening globally or even here in the US.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 28, 2014 at 12:54pm

A brave Senate candidate in Montana: Dirk Adams declares that "Coal is Dead."

“Coal is no longer viable as a long term source of energy, or a reliable source of jobs in Montana … The 700 million tons of coal in Montana will be left in the ground … We must both mitigate climate disruption and build new infrastructure.

... Adams said he talks about climate change “in every conversation” with voters. “It’s one of my two campaign points. I talk about women’s issues and I talk about the environment and climate change.” ...

“I will not be dishonest about this for political gain. Lying isn’t going to help those [coal industry] workers. Instead, I have a plan for retraining and job growth. I’m going to serve the impacted citizens by dealing with reality, rather than serving myself by hustling concerned workers for votes with promises no candidate will keep.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 19, 2014 at 9:56pm

Thanks for posting that, Grinning Cat. Joan, your cartoon is a perfect symbol of the silly corrupt ignorant Republican House appointment.

It's time to stop climate destabilization.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 17, 2014 at 10:47pm

Grinning Cat, a senseless appointment, based on faulty reasoning. I wonder what it will take to have climate deniers look deeper into the facts and come up with policy that meets the changing needs. This is as important, if not more critical than the economic plunge that is coming. I don't want to be "I told you so" to deniers after the climate crashes, I want to see them recognize it before it happens. 

Climate change is something real, it is measurable, it will have consequences that will cost lives and huge amounts of money. It is human made and it does not have to happen. A foolish lump of politicians who care more about profits than people or property, restrict the ability of the nation to meet this challenge. 

Foolish, silly men and women bring about the revolution. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 17, 2014 at 1:36pm

On U.S. House Republicans choosing climate denier Rep. David Schweikert to head the increasingly misnamed Science Committee's environment subcommittee:

"Every time we think congressional Republicans have proven they’re completely out of touch with reality, they go and outdo themselves. By putting a climate change denier in charge of a subcommittee on the environment, congressional Republicans are further cementing the fact that their only real priority is protecting special interests and their big oil backers."

(Josh Schwerin, press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)

More details and video at HuffPost.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 1, 2013 at 11:24am

 

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