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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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Global warming is not man made

Started by Donald L. Engel. Last reply by Donald L. Engel on Wednesday. 13 Replies

"people's vunerability to science denial" is not a fair phrase to use with the subject of "man-made global warming".  Or as the climatologists like to say, "anthropogenic CO2" is responsible for…Continue

CO2 maximum impact in 10 years

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 23. 1 Reply

Maximum warmingConsider Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira's paper,…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2013 at 10:53pm

Ruth, important research report. 

"people attach greater value to an immediate material reward than to investing in future quality of life." 

Sounds like a lecture I heard in highschool economics class. 

"Therefore, cooperative behaviour in climate protection must be more strongly associated with short-term incentives such as rewards or being held in high esteem." 

If people can't figure out the benefit of working and doing things now to protect the Earth so that there will be an Earth for our great-grandchildren, and that our generation and the next must perform the tasks to make that happen, then I wonder what short term reward will motivate them? Would a reward of high self-esteem be enough? I seriously doubt it.

Living things on Earth exist at serious risk and so many do not see it.  Those who do see it can't make up for those who can't recognize the probability of future events. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 24, 2013 at 8:58pm

Conclusion of recent research:

These results make it clear that if people are to invest in climate protection, they must have short-term incentives to do so.

People don't put a high value on climate protection

So our justification for destroying the liveability of Earth for 100,000 years is "Nobody is paying me to stop it."?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2013 at 4:44pm

Thanks for the Wiley cartoon, Grinning Cat. Here's some from Tom Toles.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 27, 2013 at 5:04pm

"Ha ha only serious" from Cheezburger:

Imagine if trees gave off Wifi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we'd probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 4, 2013 at 10:16am

Here's a Wiley cartoon that Ian Mason shared in Hang With Friends:

Arctic Chess(We need political leaders who won't play games!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 11:49pm

New tool capturing forest change over decades. Red shows dying forest, yellow shows insect infestation. Sorry for the link, embed refused to work.

Historical Climate Map Reveals Impact of Warming World

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 17, 2013 at 11:18pm

Welcome Bobbi. Here's some new Climate Activist art.

Comment by Bobbi Cadence on May 8, 2013 at 7:59pm

Hi there! I am new to Atheistnexus, and I am not online much.

I am also on FB, Ravelry, and I have a wordpress-blog.
http://Unitesense.wordpress.com
I do not consider myself a "weak" Atheist simply because I am NOT 100% Sure that God-Gods-Goddess Exist or not. I simply say I don't know, but I live my life according to the "natural laws" of this planet, NOT the bible written thousands of years ago when people "knew" the earth was flat.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 30, 2013 at 12:41am

"... MANY people ... think they are the center of the universe."

Surely we can be more intelligent than cats!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 22, 2013 at 12:20pm

Joe Barton is a poster child for Willful ignorance. Thanks Dr. Clark.

In some cases I think public ignorance of climate change reflects our narrow view of our world. Most people don't really grasp that we live on a water planet. When they imagine temperature change, only what their home thermometer reads makes sense to them. If the air isn't getting hot as fast as it had been, they're easily convinced that global warming has stopped. That most of the rising heat occurs in the ocean can be as hard to fathom as invisible dark energy. Here's a nice comparison. source

 

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