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Is it just me, or is does it seem like the temperature's setting in to get warmer, or like the weather all over the world is going crazy, while Congress' response has been tepid? Right. Just me, then. And on that note, I bring you the latest updates on our species' ongoing attempt to commit suicide by mass starvation, flooding, droughts, and disease, as well as the ongoing attempts by others to prevent that from happening.

Prominent climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, says no more new coal, please, as he travels to Iowa to raise grassroots awareness of the seriousness of our climate crisis.

A ski resort installs its own wind turbine, which should generate 60% of its electricity needs and pay for itself in seven years.

Youth climate activists consider drawing a line in the sand and refusing to support proposed solutions to climate change that are going to continue damaging the environment.

Al Gore double dog dared people to protest for climate sanity, but there are those who've gone so far as to get themselves arrested for it, or glue themselves to buildings over it, and others are fresh from holding regional climate convergence conferences to coordinate strategies and challenge the energy companies. Some of us, Mr. Gore, are paying attention, I swear.

Cities could fight the climate crisis by supporting privately operated, low-cost bike rental stations to cut the need for cars. Don't say it too loudly, but they're trying it in Europe. Where, for example, Switzerland is losing GDP, and will be every year hereafter, over climate changes that are hitting the high altitude nation harder than their lowland counterparts.

Is the environmental movement succumbing to testosterone poisoning?

Global warming is spreading flesh-eating disease. Umm, ewwwww.

Leonardo DiCaprio's new film, The 11th Hour, covers the perilous situation in which we find ourselves.

Climate change is devastating East African wildlife, killing off Scottish birds and expanding favorable mosquito conditions. Yay, malaria!

Climate change is a social justice issue, with the poor in developing nations bearing the brunt of the bad effects, and facing severe hunger as their crop yields are projected to drop due to weather disruption faster than even genetic modification could improve them.

George Bush wants to be taken seriously as an 'honest broker' for climate change strategies. That can't be right, though. As superficial gigs go, it has no compelling costume for our intrepid Commander Codpiece to parade around in. His advisors will never convince him to do it.

Originally posted to natasha on Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 01:46 PM PDT.

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  •  Arctic Sea ice melting at record levels (4+ / 0-)

    From MSNBC

    The summer sea ice in the Arctic is melting at a rate never before seen by experts, setting a record low the last two days that's likely to continue through September, top sea ice experts said in two new reports that suggest mankind's emissions of greenhouse gases are at least partly responsible.

    Guess Al Gore knows what he is talking about; is anybody listening????

    •  sea ice is disappearing much faster than forecast (2+ / 0-)
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      Phil S 33, Fredly

      with profound implications for polar bears and other species that rely on ice for food.

      It will also have profound affects on the climate of the Arctic and Europe. Overall, the positive feedback  of losing summer sea ice will amplify global warming.

      "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 01:54:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Warming is threatening species in the southwest (2+ / 0-)
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    Fredly, Runs With Scissors

    that live on isolated mountains with extinction. The mountaintops are warming and drying, leaving cool wet weather loving species with nowhere to go but extinct.

    "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 01:51:31 PM PDT

    •  Mountaintop squeeze simulation (0+ / 0-)

      I just had a paper published about that in the White Inyo Range - see Earth Interactions for the abstract (need subscription or university library access to get the whole article).  We can actually see the advance of timberline and shrublines over the past few decades, and can project them forward.

  •  Codpiece. We must be in tune today (2+ / 0-)
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    Barcelona, Fredly

    I hope you can forgive a long comment, originally posted as diary entries at T&P:

    Emergency preparedness down under

    In September Sydney, Australia will host this years meeting of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Its member states account for 60% of the world's economy.

    Bush and his codpiece will arrive four days before the meeting and do god knows what. Perhaps discover that "Australia is a big country," a penetrating observation he has already made about Brazil, Russia, and China.

    Then he will go back home, skipping the last half of the conference. That would be where they get into all that boring policy stuff. This year, global warming is expected to be the hot topic.

    Oz PM John Howard, cooperative as always, is even moving up the official photo shoot to accomodate Bush's schedule. And they will spend some quality time alone like they did during last year's London Fashion Week (photo right).

    Sydney's City Council has been urging all residents to carry a "Go Bag" on their persons at all times, in case of terrorist attack. The bag is supposed to include first aid supplies, a portable radio, emergency contact information, all the stuff you will toss aside as you flee in terror or kiss your ass goodbye.

    The antiwar group Resistance, which is organizing protests and a student strike against Bush and the Iraq war during the APEC meeting, has responded with its own Stop Bags.

    Paint, banners, chant sheets and whistles are being sorted into survival kits for protesters preparing to rally against the Sydney arrival of US President George W Bush.

    The bags also contain chalk, stickers, leaflets, umbrellas, water and a know your rights handbook.

    And, according to Radio Australia, permission slips for parents (or someone) to sign, authorizing their children to skip school for the day.

    "We're saying the real terror threat and one that we urgently need to take action (against) is the war on terror."

    "We are being clear that we have the right to protest and we have the right to march on the streets and we will be defending that right during APEC through peaceful protests."

    Go Oz!

    Busy George! The official reason he has to scurry back home is that he must prepare (?) for the anniversary of September 11th.

    In other words, another photo shoot.


    Leaked: Bush/Howard climate policy for APEC - No binding targets, no targets, nothing

    It is being reported all over the Australian press that a leaked document outlines the Bush/Howard climate change policy to be foisted off on APEC at its meeting in September.

    The draft declaration urges that cutting greenhouse gases be an "aspirational" goal for the next round of UN climate talks.

    No hard goals for reductions in emissions. In fact no goals at all. Just vague aspirations and a Hail Mary that technology will fix everything.

    This in preparation for the climate talks in Bali in December. If this is all they have to offer, they should just stay home and let the adults hash it out.

    Ben Pearson of Greenpeace Australia, which has also seen the report:

    This is a 'Made in the USA' declaration, covered in Australian coal dust. It's Bush and Howard trying to look good for elections but actually doing nothing.

    Here's hoping this leak energizers both protesters and any APEC members with a spine.

    What's so hard about Peace, Love, and Truth and Progress?

    by melvin on Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 01:56:00 PM PDT

  •  Voles (0+ / 0-)

    Swarming over and destroying farms in Spain and heading for their premier wine growing region.

    "What did you say to the reporter?" "I don't know, but I'll find out and get back to you." Schumer/Gonzales

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 02:27:30 PM PDT

  •  forests are already changing here... (0+ / 0-)

    Even though last winter we nearly made it down to our average winter low for a week (for the first time in ten years).

    It bought trees like our black maple a few years time before fungal diseases kill them off (though it's now very tough to find them growing wild - when I told a local forest preserve worker about the leaf anthracnose it had last year, he said he was amazed there were any left, he hadn't seen any recently, the ones in the forest preserves were all dead.
    But it didn't hurt more southerly species - sycamores and black walnuts are quickly becoming dominant tree species here, and aspen and white pines are becoming increasingly rare (White Pines State forest, the most southern place in Illinois that white pines grow naturally, has about half the white pines it did three years ago, and chinkapin oaks are becoming fairly dominant in places there).

    It's kind of disturbing to look out into your neighborhood and realize about half the trees are unlikely to survive ten years (when many are 50+ year old trees, planted when these houses were new). But last year, a number of ash trees died (and many more will when the ash tree borer beetles get here), most of the fir trees and a few spruces have died (though there are still quite a few spruces left in the yards here, and 2-3 fir trees left on our block), and most of the maples, even most of the norway maples, which are resistant, had maple leaf anthracnose last year (and it'll be back after 2 or 3 more mild winters).

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