At this Point in Time, To Deny Climate Change is Unforgivable

by S. Tom Bond on August 20, 2019

The quality of life for future generations is in OUR HANDS

Global warming is already here. Denying it is unforgivable.

From the Editorial Board, Washington Post, August 19, 2019

GLOBAL WARMING is already here, striking substantial regions of the United States with increasing severity. That is the upshot of an exhaustive Post investigation in which Steven Mufson, Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin and John Muyskens analyzed decades of local temperature records and identified a variety of hot spots where warming has proceeded more quickly.

“A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data across the Lower 48 states and 3,107 counties has found that major areas are nearing or have already crossed the 2-degree Celsius mark,” The Washington Post has found. An increase of 2 degrees Celsius — 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit — is a temperature threshold that scientists warn the world, on average, should not surpass. “Today, more than 1 in 10 Americans — 34 million people — are living in rapidly heating regions, including New York City and Los Angeles. Seventy-one counties have already hit the 2-degree Celsius mark.”

Surpassing 2 degrees locally means different things in different places. If the average world temperature were to breach the 2-degree threshold, that would mean some places would have warmed far more than 2 degrees, bringing massive changes, and some places less. But in many of the regions The Washington Post examined, substantial negative effects were clear. Global warming’s consequences are various, pervasive and not always obvious when people consider how their lives will be directly affected — until they are.

The lobster catch around Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay is down 75 percent because of warmer waters. Toxic algae blooms are making a New Jersey lake off-limits to swimmers and boaters. The lake does not freeze like it used to, deterring ice fishermen. Spurred by warmer temperatures, southern pine beetles are invading northern forests. The restless ocean is washing beach homes out to sea. People who now find that their homes and businesses are far closer to the shore than when they bought them are moving them farther back — but fear they will have to move again.

Scientists offer various reasons for the temperature hot spots that have emerged across the United States. Alaska’s breakneck heating aligns with their prediction that human greenhouse-gas-driven warming strikes higher latitudes particularly hard. In the Northeast, a shifting Gulf Stream — a massive flow of water that runs from the Gulf of Mexico, up the Atlantic coast of the United States and then toward Europe, its path influenced by melting Arctic ice — seems to explain some of the temperature anomalies.

The underlying cause, though, is human-caused global warming.

The warming will continue. Humanity has steadily shifted the chemistry of the atmosphere, in ways that could not be reversed quickly even if rational policy were being implemented. The carbon dioxide that emerges from smokestacks and tailpipes lingers in the air for decades. All the more reason to change behavior now. Yet, whether for political advantage or out of sheer pigheadedness or both, President Trump continues to deny and ignore reality. It is beyond unforgivable.

NOTE: It is hard for people to accept global warming when they live in places that are heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer. Particularly when they make money from burning carbon compounds or use huge amounts of energy generated by burning carbon. If you work out of doors, and particularly if you observe the growth of plants, its rather obvious. If you read about whats going on in other parts of the world it is obvious. Where I live, people had ice houses, filled with ice taken from streams over a century ago. Now streams hardly freeze over. Tom Bond, Lewis County, WV


See also: Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable | Tim Winton | Environment | The Guardian, April 20, 2019

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Mary Wildfire August 21, 2019 at 8:05 am

What’s wrong with this picture? Several reporters from a major newspaper spent a long time analyzing data to determine whether the US is already experiencing warming … do we not have scientists doing that job? Are they bound as well as gagged? This is the sort of crazy you get in collapsing empires.

I do like the word used in the other headline: criminal. Technically, it may not be criminal in the US to deny climate change when in a powerful position — and in fact, you can sign laws that make doing anything about it criminal.

In Canada they are trying to make talking about it “partisan” and therefore something 501 (c) 3 org’s can’t do — they are going crazy up there even faster somehow.

Mary Wildfire, Roane County, WV


Angie Rosser August 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

It’s Time to get Serious about Climate Change

By Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, August 28, 2019

Climate change is no laughing matter. That’s the title of a column published in the Beckely Register-Herald by our executive director, Angie Rosser. West Virginia is already feeling the effects of climate change. We’re experiencing more intense weather patterns, historic flooding, extreme storms, and warming temperatures. Our state’s fish, the brook trout, is one of the species most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Brook trout depend on coldwater to survive and if waters keep warming, we could lose brook trout within a generation. Learn more about climate change in West Virginia here.

As a state and as a nation we need to act now on solutions to keep our environment stable. Join Angie, and the rest of the WV Rivers team, and call on Senator Manchin to protect vulnerable species, like the brook trout, from climate change! Sign our petition here.

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