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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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2015 Summer heat

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 1 Reply

It's only May, but 500 have already died from the heat in India. Does this foreshadow the 2015 El Niño…Continue

Tags: Climate Destabilization, heat wave, El Nino

Fact-Resistant Humans

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Gerald Payne May 14. 6 Replies

ROFLClimate Denial humor.Scientists: Earth Endangered by…Continue

Tags: fact-resistant humans

Permamelt in southern Siberia

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 18. 3 Replies

The southern boundary of Siberian permafrost permamelt in Khakassia had a massive wildfire outbreak  April 12th. Some call this an early start of the permaburn season.…Continue

Tags: Siberian permafrost fires

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Comment by Gerald Payne on May 16, 2015 at 6:09am

Support the Mayor of Seattle 'NO TO SHELL'

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 20, 2015 at 7:43pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 15, 2015 at 7:24pm

Here's another iconic image of Eaarth today:

Mexico City landscape, 20 million inhabitants

This seriously looks like a dystopic sci-fi landscape.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 15, 2015 at 7:21pm

Welcome to the Anthropocene: iconic image.

Landscape full of trash in Bangladesh

It' so surreal, my first impression was that it was of art created to communicate the "meaning" of the Anthropocene.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 6, 2015 at 3:28pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2015 at 9:56pm

It Was Warmer in Antarctica Than in New York City Last Week — and T...

By Meredith Hoffman, March 30, 2015

"Part of Antarctica hit a record high of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit last Tuesday, the hottest ever reported, according to the climate monitor OGIMET.

"By comparison, Washington DC was 46 degrees, New York City reached 45 degrees, and the temperature in London topped 50 degrees.

"While scientists warn not to draw conclusions from a single weather event, the temperature record hues closely to more alarming, long-term trends in the southern continent.

"Antarctica's floating ice shelves have recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in some spots over the last 18 years, says a new study, published in the journal Science. As the oceans have warmed, they've spurred more of the frozen mass to become water, researcher Fernando Paolo told VICE News."


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2015 at 2:53pm

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 8, 2015 at 11:02pm

I didn't know this forum was here when I started a new one on the same subject.  I'll see if i can copy it and put it here where it belongs.  It has to do with denial of man-made (anthropogenic) CO2 being the cause of global warming. We are close to being at the end of a cyclic warming period that occurs about every 120 thousand years.  We still aren't as warm as the last four warming periods.  In fact, we aren't as warm as the Roman and Medieval warming periods.

I'll see if I can transfer the info here.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 8, 2015 at 10:45pm

Ruth wrote about educated people's vulnerability to science denial. From one of the articles she highlights:

“We’re all in high school. We’ve never left high school,” says [former USGS head, and editor of Science] Marcia McNutt. “People still have a need to fit in, and that need to fit in is so strong that local values and local opinions are always trumping science.

And specifically about climate change:

Americans fall into two basic camps, [Dan] Kahan [of Yale University] says. Those with a more “egalitarian” and “communitarian” mind-set are generally suspicious of industry [...] they’re likely to see the risks of climate change. In contrast, people with a “hierarchical” and “individualistic” mind-set respect leaders of industry [...] they’re apt to reject warnings about climate change, because they know what accepting them could lead to—some kind of tax or regulation to limit emissions.

I see a connection with liberals' core values (such as fairness and reducing harm) vs. conservatives' core values (such as loyalty and authority). Philosopher Rebecca Goldstein argues that those conflicting values are objectively not "equally good".

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2014 at 3:18am

Fall of ancient civilization offers climate warning

"In the last two years, researchers have linked both the dissolution of the Minoan empire in the ancient Mediterranean and the collapse of Levantine civilizations of the near East and the Harappan civilization of the Indus Valley to sustained drought.

"Others have identified seasons of plentiful rainfall as the impetus for the conquest of Russia, China and Persia by the Mongol horsemen of Genghis Khan.

"The connections with modern conflict, too, have been made before. In 21 studies of upheaval and conflict in modern societies, researchers have found clear links with rises in temperatures."

Relief carving from a palace in Nineveh, show Assyrian corpses floating on a river


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