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  •  this will sound dickish (3+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, jayden, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    This will sound extremely dickish, but ya know…

    back in the early 1990s I was a canvasser for Greenpeace and we were warning people about this back then.  The 1990s/early 2000s were the "make it or break it" decade, meaning "you have about ten years to cut back on emissions or global warming/climate change will be irreversible."

    So now I get to watch everyone run around with their hair on fire, scrambling to deal with shit that should've been dealt with TWENTY FUCKING YEARS AGO, when there was still time.

    Game over, kids.  We had our chance, and now it's too late.  It really is.  Even if we miraculously cut our emissions to zero tomorrow, it would be TOO FUCKING LATE.

    And if you think the coastal loss is a problem, wait til it starts impacting the food supply. That's when shit gets REALLY hairy.  And it's gonna happen.  Guaranteed.

    •  no .. what you are saying is .. (3+ / 0-)

      well, it's simply the truth. We now have to prepare for disasters that we could avoided for the most part.

      There are so many variables involved with climate change, rising sea levels will be only one part of a whole series of catastrophic events that will impact everyone on this planet to some degree.

      You are correct about food - increases in starvation and lack of water are already evident in places where people barely survive now. But this will begin to impact everyone, affecting food and water quality and availability globally.

      Changes in disease vectors, migration habits of destructive insects, molds, certain types plant and animal life that will disrupt local habitats is already well documented, but the knock effects of so many changes happening at once will be impossible to predict.

      The massive eruption of CO2, methane and all sorts of biological elements frozen in tundra will create myriads of combinations that can't even be planned for, just in the local Arctic habitats alone.

      Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

      by shpilk on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:56:35 PM PST

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    •  Thirty-five years ago... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I was just starting work at the Solar Energy Research Institute, where we were, until Ronzo cut out budget, working on clean energy innovations that, had the funding continued, be several decades more advanced than they are now.

      In 1982, I did the first-ever newspaper interview with Steven Schneider at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He was already on his way to becoming one of the most famous climate scientists in the nation. At the time he was immersed in the study of spread of desertification but soon go on to write Global Warming in 1989. I still have my signed copy. That was the same year my friend Bill McKibben's book The End of Nature appeared, which spurred me to get my bosses to syndicate original environmental articles by leading figures to newspapers and magazines around the world. Many of them cried the alarm.

      So, I have a little experience with "hair on fire."

      In my view, arguing that nothing can done is the language of nothing-we-can-do-will-make-any-difference-so-why-even-try is the language of despair. That doesn't work for me.  

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:34:14 AM PST

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