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Someday maybe the very real threats of Climate Change will warrant their own days of somber observance?  What it lacks in drama, it makes up for in "punch" ...


Shocking:  Tornado death rates in 2011 return to pre-1925 levels
by Jason Samenow, washingtonpost.com -- 06/15/2011

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In a briefing delivered by NOAA officials Wednesday afternoon about this past spring’s extreme weather, the stunning slide above was displayed. It shows that the number of tornado deaths per million people in 2011 has shot up to levels not seen in the era of modern weather forecasting.

In fact, this year’s death rate has not been matched since the 1950s and is most comparable to rates pre-1925, before effective mass communication, doppler radar and tornado warnings. Through June 7, 525 tornado deaths have occurred -- the sixth most on record in a single year.
[...]


Of course, Climate Change is a stealth killer ... unlike Al Qaeda ... (Hmmm?)


It's a very real "security threat" -- one that is already taking its silent toll ...


Climate-change death toll put at 300,000 a year
Think-tank releases findings before talks to discuss global emissions treaty

Associated Press, msnbc.msn.com -- 5/29/2009

LONDON — Climate-change disasters kill around 300,000 people a year and cause about $125 billion in economic losses, mainly from agriculture, a think-tank led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan reported Friday.

The Global Humanitarian Forum also estimated that 325 million people are seriously affected by climate change — a number it says will double by 2030, as more people are hit by natural disasters or suffer environmental degradation caused by climate change.

"Climate change is a silent human crisis," Annan said in a statement. "Yet it is the greatest emerging humanitarian challenge of our time."
[...]


Sometimes all you have to do, is look around, and open your eyes.  And see the human fallout.


Climate Report:  Crazy, Extreme Weather in 2011 Linked to Global Warming
by IB Times Staff Reporter, International Business Times -- Sept 9, 2011

A new climate report suggests that the extreme weather patterns seen in the U.S. this year -- flooding, heat waves, drought, heavy rain -- may have been partly caused by global warming.

The "Current Extreme Weather & Climate Change" report was released on Friday by Climate Communication, a non-profit science and outreach project.

The project involved researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Weather Underground, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

"Greenhouse gases are the steroids of weather," Jerry Meehl of the NCAR said at a news conference.

And it doesn't take much for a big change to happen.


Sometimes all you have to do is comprehend some basic Science pictures ... that shows you the changes happening right before our eyes.  Trend-lines that don't bode well for anyone ...


Current Extreme Weather and Climate Change Report
September 7, 2011

Climate Communication Science & Outreach -- Assist Journalists


Some selected trend-lines, from that just released report:






Perhaps we should be commemorating an important "half-way point" this week, too?

It's been 5 years, give or take a few days, since we were given one very sober warning ... from one very serious NASA Scientist.


World has 10-Year Window to Act on Climate Warming - NASA Expert
by Reuters, by Mary Milliken, commondreams -- Thursday, September 14, 2006

SACRAMENTO, California - A leading U.S. climate researcher said on Wednesday the world has a 10-year window of opportunity to take decisive action on global warming and avert a weather catastrophe.

NASA scientist James Hansen, widely considered the doyen of American climate researchers, said governments must adopt an alternative scenario to keep carbon dioxide emission growth in check and limit the increase in global temperatures to 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

"I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change ... no longer than a decade, at the most," Hansen said at the Climate Change Research Conference in California's state capital.

If the world continues with a "business as usual" scenario, Hansen said temperatures will rise by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 7.2 degrees F) and "we will be producing a different planet".


We're at the "half-way point" people, in that 10-year Window, to decrease our dependence on Fossil Fuels, and begin to dial back our 25% Carbon Footprint for the US.

How's that war-front been faring people?  This is a Milestone time.  Have we made any progress?


Not very much, by the looks of those climate trend charts.


Not very much progress, by the hundreds, and thousands of people, already dying each year due to our National Inaction towards that very real Security Threat, otherwise known as Climate Change.  


It's a terrible force -- without any flags or banners.  It is the force of our own procrastination and near-sightedness. As we continue squeeze the Planet for all she's worth, rarely taking the time to give anything back ... that will make this battle better ...


Future Generations, will NOT thank us for this ... for ignoring those insidious enemies ...  those very real national planetary threats, who's impacts will last for generations, if not longer.  

No, I imagine their commemorations will curse our callous inaction, not celebrate it.  Don't you think?  

Only Five years left to do something ... SO, what's the point?  (we said.)

The Five Year Fade ... that's what they'll call it.  Those future generations, our kids, and our grand-kids ...  they'll, find some scarce shade, and even scarcer scraps of food, and once again ask ... Why?



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  •  We employed a command economy against the (9+ / 0-)

    existential threat of WWII.

    We should do the same against the even more existential threat of climate change.

    "Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes begging." - Luther

    by Cartoon Messiah on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 05:58:55 AM PDT

    •  Nobody's Running a Country Today. They're Running (15+ / 0-)

      markets.  The markets oppose that idea.

      We're not a "we." We're a location.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 06:10:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  We a Clean Energy Apollo Project (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      damfino, JanL, gulfgal98


      A War on CO2, perhaps.


      Occasionally someone mentions such rallying cries,

      only to have them fall into the dust bin, of we'll get to that later.


      Afterall when was the last time Climate Change,

      knocked down a Building?  

      {Tornadoes, Floods, Hurricanes, Wild-fires}


      We got more immediate threats on our hands.

      Terrorism, is like Greed, it never sleeps ...


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:46:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We need more than rallying cries, the other side (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, gulfgal98

        has those too. We need a real plan, with real actions. We can't keep waiting for people to agree with us when they clearly won't--at least not in time.

        Maybe I'm too impatient, but it feels like someone has to be. It's too easy to accept the status quo or wait for others to fix things.

        Very few of the people I encounter are "on the fence" about climate change, they either accept the science or they don't. So continuing to seek fuller support feels like a waste of time.

        Like smokers whose friends and family members begin to suffer consequences of that habit, some who now deny global climate change most vociferously will change their tune--just not in time.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:38:45 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Well most people now know (2+ / 0-)


          Smoking can kill you too,

          even if you choose to do so anyways.


          Great analogy, Had Enough Right Wing BS


          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:54:12 AM PDT

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          •  Jamess (3+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Roger Fox, jamess, gulfgal98

            Yes, CO2 has increased global temps, and thus ocean temps.  but there is more to it than meets the average eye.

            Look for me on youtube:  waronerrordkos

            There is more going on that the public isn't being clued in on.

            Perhaps we need to attend

            Weather Modification Association's

            The 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

            The meeting will take place April 25-27, 2012. More information about the meeting will be posted soon!

            Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for the upcoming annual WMA meeting in Las Vegas? Visit the WMA meetings page for more information!

            Here's the corporate roster on their webpage

            I have been researching and archiving weather anomalies, etc since nearly 300 people died in tornadoes in one night.

            BTW, that weather began where you see the weather mod sites in Texas/Oklahoma on the interactive map.   While looking at the map, see the cloud seeding just west of ND and think about the flooding of the Missouri river this year.

            Disaster Capitalism is big business.  Just saying.....
             

            It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

            by War on Error on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 10:55:05 AM PDT

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      •  I'm beginning to think (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, gulfgal98

        Its better to accentuate the positive. In the sense that once a problem has been Identified, the public needs to be offered the path out of the woods.

        I've been examining gridlock in energy policy since TMI in 1978. anti nukes now embrace solar and wind, though they rail against nukes as the end all of evil. Basically the same on the other side. Pro nukes mostly seem to reject renewables.

        Both sides dig in, and refuse to budge.

        We're now seeing that with climate change. This is bad. Very bad. Because it reinforces the gridlock on energy policy. Without a huge paradigm change on energy, there will be no real progress on Co2 emissions.

        I saw a diary you did maybe a year ago, where you mentioned the advantages of HVDC, so I know you realize how important HVDC is.

        Lets say we use HVDC to transmit 200 gigawatts of 500 gigs, with HVDC instead of HVAC, just that change alone can save up to nearly 60 million tons of Co2.

        Now you and I and most reading your diary will remark, Oh WOW, thats awesome...

        But for the masses, its a yawn.

        Thats why I like using the term "supergrid" or "smartgrid". HVDC is more efficient, can transmit long distance, and until superconductors are practical, HVDC is the way to go.

        This disconnects HVDC from Co2 emissions and makes HVDC more accessible to the masses.

        Last year I was driving this right winger home from the airport, we talked about renewables. He said - but what happens when the wind isnt blowing? I said Thats right, you have to build out 3 to1.

        Oh, ok, thats the capacity?

        Yes, and we need HVDC to move the power to where its needed. HVDC is great for long distance.

        But thats not baseload...

        Right, there would have to be storage systems liked pumped hydro that generate over night....

        Hmmm...

        I call it non traditional baseload

        And that would give you 24/7 generation...

        Right.

        That could work.....

        The right winger and I had a great talk, he tipped extra, and I never said anything about all the Co2 we just saved on paper. I offered him a path out of the woods I showed him how Wind would be cheaper, good for US business's and how with storage renewables can be reliable.

        TnR BTW

        FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:28:27 AM PDT

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        •  HVDC is the key (2+ / 0-)
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          Roger Fox, gulfgal98

          I've written about it several times,

          usually to a cascade of yawns.


          I wrote this piece today as a "counter point"

          to the 9/11 war on terror memorials.


          My main goal today, was to highlight that Hansen's 10-Year Window,

          is half-way closed,  while we continue to chase phantoms in an ideological war.


          thanks for the suggestions and the feedback Roger Fox,

          important ideas there, indeed.


          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:35:14 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  some highlights ... (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Roger Fox, gulfgal98

            Advantages of HVDC over AC transmission
            From Wikipedia

            The advantage of HVDC is the ability to transmit large amounts of power over long distances with lower capital costs and with lower losses than AC. Depending on voltage level and construction details, losses are quoted as about 3% per 1,000 km.[13] High-voltage direct current transmission allows efficient use of energy sources remote from load centers.

            In a number of applications HVDC is more effective than AC transmission. Examples include:

             -- Undersea cables, where high capacitance causes additional AC losses.

             -- Endpoint-to-endpoint long-haul bulk power transmission without intermediate 'taps', for example, in remote areas

             -- Increasing the capacity of an existing power grid in situations where additional wires are difficult or expensive to install

             -- Power transmission and stabilization between unsynchronised AC distribution systems

             -- Connecting a remote generating plant to the distribution grid

             -- Stabilizing a predominantly AC power-grid, without increasing prospective short circuit current

             -- Reducing line cost. HVDC needs fewer conductors as there is no need to support multiple phases.

             -- Facilitate power transmission between different countries that use AC at differing voltages and/or frequencies

             -- Synchronize AC produced by renewable energy sources


            America could learn something from those Green Europeans
            by jamess -- Nov 14, 2008

            Imagine a 350 World -- It IS Possible!
            by jamess -- Oct 24, 2009


            HVDC has definite Cost Lowering Benefits in other ways too.   $$$

            The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) systems are used for energy transmission world-wide. They are a useful supplement or in some cases the only alternative for traditional High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) systems.

            These HVDC transmission systems are specifically used to:  

              -- economically transmit electrical energy over long distances via overhead lines or cable,

              -- connect asynchronous grids or grids with different frequencies.

            Siemens has been one of the leading companies in the HVDC business for more than 25 years.

            http://www.energy.siemens.com/...


            ZZzzzzzz!


            What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
            -- Maslow ...... my list.

            by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:39:42 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Imagine a 350 World, that was the one (2+ / 0-)
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              I remember that one, a goodie.

              There are so many things that can be done just from a savings, efficiency or business/dollars standpoint, that, oh , yeah, in addition to all that good stuff.....that just saved x amount of Co2.

              Of course here @ D-Kos we dont really do that, but outside of Kos, having broad based selling points will work big time.

              People in general have to be offered  path out of the woods. Show them the solution. Most folks are conscious of GW, less so of the path out of the woods.

              ..and Jamess thats a good dairy and good discussion for a Sunday, nice work.

              FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

              by Roger Fox on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:56:54 AM PDT

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  •  Since most of us are already convinced of the (5+ / 0-)

    reality of climate change, I'm eager for more about this.

    Beyond not making the situation worse we may be able to do things which will prepare us for extreme weather which will be caused by our slow reaction to the evidence.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 05:59:09 AM PDT

    •  well I'm hoping that Science (4+ / 0-)

      will one day make THE difference,

      CO2 Scrubbers, Ocean Seeding, Cloud Reflection, etc.

      because it doesn't appear likely "Political Will"  or "Humanitarian Vision" will.

      We have no call for a Carbon Apollo project, only excuses for the "Status Quote".


      Once the Ice Caps melt to the point where they start sliding into the sea, it's Game Over.

      Imagine Texas Summers without A/C,
      that is what the Planet will become,
      without its "A/C" at the poles.


      HD: Arctic Melt Time Lapse - Nature's Great Events: The Great Melt - BBC One

      http://www.youtube.com/...


      Everest's Melting Glaciers
      SolveClimate

      http://www.youtube.com/...


      Global Glacier Retreat
      http://www.youtube.com/...


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:24:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yep, I think the time to act was yesterday, (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, Roger Fox

        we're spending a lot of time and energy trying to persuade people who (based on the amount of evidence they ignore/deny) will not come around in time.

        Not that I think we should give up on people who may be gullible or engaging in wishful thinking. Some of the steps we could take might help change minds, to the extent they are open to evidence, anyway.

        Since many corporations oppose us and the government seems unable to get any momentum, perhaps it's up to us. Probably working through non profits. We may discover supporters we might not have expected--as disruptive as climate change is (and it will become even more so) a lot of peoples' interests coincide with ours, even if they don't know or can't admit it yet.

        I wish I had expertise to add to the project. Alas, I have plenty of enthusiasm, but only an understanding of the basic science.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:10:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  well I know what you mean (2+ / 0-)

          Here's what I do:

          in my day-to-day life,

          I don't hesitate to mention Climate Change,

          nor the well established Science.


          Many ex-supporters now look at it as a passing fad,
          or an controversial debatable issue.


          I tell them, that it's not. That it's still very serious.


          Big Oil and Koch may have one the Talking Point war on FOX

          -- but they have won it, in the Science Labs, around the world.


          Casual Listeners, need to hear that counter argument.

          Strongly. Clearly.

          The Problem of Climate Change, has not gone away

          -- it has only gotten worse, by ignoring it.


          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:19:47 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Here's something else we can do ... (3+ / 0-)


          Exclusive: Al Gore On His 'Climate Reality Project' Launch:  

          "It's Urgent To Rendezvous With Reality To Save The Future Of Civilization As We Know It."

          by Joe Romm, Climate Progress, thinkprogress.org --- Jul 12, 2011

          Today, Former Vice President Gore launched The Climate Reality Project  "to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis and mobilize citizens to help solve it." [This Sept 14th]

          Al Gore:

          [...] This crisis is very threatening, very urgent.  We know the solutions require broad changes and we know it's a fight that won'™t be won overnight.  And the politics, the campaigns, the media cycle, will all ebb and flow on this issue.  But the reality of the crisis marches on.  If we keep focusing on that reality, it is only a matter of time before we reach a tipping point with the public, beyond which inaction is no longer an option.


          24 Hours of Reality
          ClimateReality

          http://www.youtube.com/...

          [Al Gore:]

          It's been called the 'New Normal' -- but there's nothing 'Normal' about.  
          [...]

          Big Oil and Big Coal are spending Big Money -- to spread Doubt about Climate Change, they've been able to do so quietly.  But not anymore [...]

          Together we have something they don't -- Reality.



          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:26:05 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  This was really interesting (2+ / 0-)
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            The link led to an article which described a two part program: The first part, the now familiar slide show demonstrating the reality of and evidence for climate change. The second part focusing on solutions.

            I think the second part doesn't get enough attention.

            We may not be able to get it down to a bumper sticker sized slogan or phrase, but most people can handle a top ten list (thank you David Letterman), so I think we should be emphasizing the top ten or dozen things people can do to deal with the disruptions of the "normal" weather patterns.

            I'm starting to feel like Johnny One Note here, but I think this is vitally important.

            It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

            by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:20:08 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I think you're right. (2+ / 0-)


              Human-kind will need to learn to adapt,

              and fast.


              The thing that worries me is massive crop failures,

              and Killer Droughts, which effect the poor, without AC the worst.


              Of course there are a multitude of other effects of Climate Change,

              that will be equally chaotic, and merciless.


              That is what Adapting is all about,

              avoiding becoming just another Statistic.


              What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
              -- Maslow ...... my list.

              by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:33:53 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Well, I think we'll have to adapt--since so many (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                jamess

                have been too slow to recognize the danger. Beyond adapting, which I read as being accepting in a way, I think we need to take concrete steps to adjust our behavior and to better understand the changes which are likeliest.

                Some are working to create hybrid crops which may be hardier, while many are at least considering the impact construction (and material selection) may have. The list is long. We don't need a silver bullet. We do need to translate our understanding of the reality of climate change into actions which may help to mitigate it. To the extent that we won't be able to avoid the consequences of damage which has already occurred we need to learn how to deal with it as well as we can.

                I think some may worry that planing for climate change is the same as accepting it as "okay." That's not what I'm about at all. Maybe we haven't reached a tipping point where the weather cycles get wilder and more extreme--I think we have to plan as if we have though. The evidence seems clear enough to me, but I'd rather focus more on solutions which help us avoid the worst outcomes.

                I'm going to try to write up the kind of list I have in mind. Next diary on this topic I'll add it as a comment and maybe others will help improve it.

                It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

                by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:57:11 AM PDT

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                •  It's almost too easy to find steps we can all (1+ / 0-)
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                  choose to take to reduce our CO² footprint. In less than a minute I was on a web page that is actually called "Ten Personal Solutions." Not the end of my search, to be sure.

                  Part of my problem is that I expect an effective government would take a leadership role on issues like this. The other side has done everything they can to avoid that of course.

                  Without the collective actions which we might achieve via government we still have a responsibility as individuals. The results may be smaller, but still important.

                  In a way it might even be a good thing that so many who should be leading this effort are stuck in the 1950's, or thereabouts. At least some of us can focus on the things we can do as individuals, maybe later those actions will serve as a template for the larger culture.

                  It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

                  by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 10:57:04 AM PDT

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              •  NEw areas will be seeing more rain (1+ / 0-)
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                jamess

                Previously semi arid areas will see enough rain to growth soy corn etc.

                Areas capable of good ag production will move location, not that its not going to be a bitch, it will.

                FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

                by Roger Fox on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:34:01 AM PDT

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  •  Jesus is in charge of the weather, (6+ / 0-)

    and He won't allow anything bad to happen to us. And if He does, He has his reasons.
          -- Excerpted from Republican Party Platform

    Don't tell me what I can't do! I'll tread on you if I feel like it...

    by doc2 on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 06:02:33 AM PDT

  •  Since We Can't Cut the Military Budget, Retask (9+ / 0-)

    them to climate and alt energy. Same companies, let 'em go buy the expertise.

    Inefficient as hell, but at least SOMETHING could be gotten done.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 06:09:46 AM PDT

    •  we send Armies and Psy-Ops, and drones, (5+ / 0-)

      and who knows what else ...

      to combat mad men, and ghosts, and fear.

      Spending Borrowing Trillions to do so.


      But combat long-term threats that most Scientist agree are
      very real, and ultimately devastating

      --well we just can't afford, that nonsense!


      Climate Change is their Ghost -- but Terror, is very real. (and profitable too)

      They don't need no stinking science, when they got Fear,
      as a simple organizing/motivating principle.


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:36:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is exactly what I have been saying (1+ / 0-)
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      jamess

      Here for some time.  Bring some the military and use them to jump start smart energy projects and the smart grid.  At least all those billions of dollars are being spent in our own country on projects that have long term benefit.

      The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It's losing its soul.--Bob Herbert. gulfgal98's corollary- Our soul is gone.

      by gulfgal98 on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 01:36:05 PM PDT

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  •  I'm just amazed that we didn't have more fires in (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, Had Enough Right Wing BS

    the S.E. this year. It was so incredibly dry and hot that I feel like we dodged a bullet. If this is the future here, we are in real trouble. I somehow thought that the forecasts for G.W. were going to make it more rainy here, but it would appear that that is not the case.

    Individual misfortune is indispensible, "for private misfortunes make the public good, so that the more private misfortunes there are, the more everything goes well." Dr. Pangloss.

    by nippersdad on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:45:33 AM PDT

    •  I'd say you did get lucky (3+ / 0-)
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      Here's in the Pacific NW,

      The drier the summer, usually the bigger the wildfires.

      they happen like clockwork, most years.


      All they take is a Spark.   Usually the "dry" Thunderstorms provide plenty of those.


      Even though we get a lot of rain 8-9 months of the year,

      The summer months dry everything out,

      especially in the Rain Shadow of the Cascade Mountains.


      Wildfires, happen like clockwork.  Just give it time.

      We have dedicated crews: "smoke jumpers" and their tech support teams,
      who gear up every year just for the occasion.

      (until their budgets get cut, of course)


      best of luck to you nippersdad

      clear that brush, around your house,
      get flame retardant roofing.


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:57:27 AM PDT

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      •  I went the other way! (1+ / 0-)
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        When we first moved here it was all acres of lawn. Now it is all trees with azaleas, camellias, boxwoods and hydrangeas just as tight as I could get them! Perspective is strange, I see a pretty glade where Mother Nature is seeing dry brush!

        I even mulched out the lawn; wood chips right up to the wooden house with the asphalt shingled roof! Well, at least we are well insured. :)

        I have always wanted to see the rain forests in the PNW! They look gorgeous, but it does sound like the further inland you go the drier it gets. It must be very interesting to have so many different habitats so close together.

        Individual misfortune is indispensible, "for private misfortunes make the public good, so that the more private misfortunes there are, the more everything goes well." Dr. Pangloss.

        by nippersdad on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:11:39 AM PDT

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        •  The hiking here is phenomenal (1+ / 0-)
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          I've literally have gone through 4-5 eco-zones,

          all in one day hike.

          From lush rain forest, to towering timbers, to timberline scrub, to alpine wildflower meadows, to ancient alpine tundra.  Usually with some towering snow capped mountain as a backdrop.

          It's a world of difference, from my home state of Michigan.


          Yes, the east side, is like a whole other country, high chaparral, thin ponderosa forests, semi-desert pinion scrub.


          the "clearing the brush", is the advice they give here.

          Succulent bushes and trees, may work in the SE,

          assuming they stay moist.


          happy hiking, in any event!


          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:47:18 AM PDT

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          •  Exactly! "Assuming they stay moist." (1+ / 0-)
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            The ecosystem is clearly changing here, and I started the landscaping over twenty years ago before GW was a real issue in the public eye. It has largely matured and the mere thought of clearing it away is more than I could handle.

            Frankly I am less impressed with the house than I am with the yard, so clearing the house would be more what I would like to do around here. Something underground, I think; free up some space for more gardenias....I look at those houses on Tattooine in a far different light than I did when Star Wars first came out. :)

            Happy trekking! It sounds like an ideal hobby in a really beautiful place.

            Individual misfortune is indispensible, "for private misfortunes make the public good, so that the more private misfortunes there are, the more everything goes well." Dr. Pangloss.

            by nippersdad on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:12:44 AM PDT

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    •  After long term drought how much fuel is there (2+ / 0-)
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      for wildfires? Maybe if there had been a "wet" year or two to break up the dry seasons the story would be different?

      It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:21:13 AM PDT

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      •  I think we have had one "normal" (2+ / 0-)
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        year in the last ten, so that would make this the new normal? Spring started in February this year and summer was upon us by the end of April. We went for three months of ninety plus degree temps with no rain at all this summer. The trees all have oak decline from years of drought in the summer and unusually heavy rains in the winter. Every storm causes trees to topple now, regardless how strong it is.

        And the woods are now full of dead stuff.

        I don't think that just one rainy year will get it anymore; we are going to need a lot of them. And a lot of controlled burns to get rid of the underbrush before wildfires are less likely around here. :(

        Individual misfortune is indispensible, "for private misfortunes make the public good, so that the more private misfortunes there are, the more everything goes well." Dr. Pangloss.

        by nippersdad on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:27:51 AM PDT

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  •  James this is not like you (2+ / 0-)
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    I am surprised that you opened this Diary with the Tornado Deaths graph. Disturbing as it is, even a casual glance can see that 2011 is an outlier and indicative of little other than the large tornadoes this year happened to hit populated areas .... which is unusual, but the tornadoes are not.

    I an firmly in the camp of those who believe that Climate Change is real, it is serious and it is growing.

    This Diary though, makes it's argument based upon figures that don't actually support those conclusions.

    That is a shame, because I usually rely on your input, and look forward to it.

    twigg

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:59:36 AM PDT

    •  I read the graph (2+ / 0-)
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      as a reversal of trend,  right at the end.


      The Death Toll, is beginning to go back up

      despite all technology devoted to protecting people.


      The Tornadoes of recent years, have been just TOO DAMN strong,

      enough so, to make even the earlier warnings, not very effective, anymore.


      If it is an outlier, the downward trend in Tornado Deaths will resume,

      if it's not, well we had better build better storm shelters.


      thx twigg, for the feedback


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:34:28 AM PDT

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    •  It's true, the tornadoes hit more populated areas (1+ / 0-)
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      this year. Since, along with distorting weather pattens, we are also putting more burden on the land due to growing populations it seems like it may become more likely that higher population areas will be hit (since there are more of them and more of us). Maybe I'm generalizing too much.

      It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:49:57 AM PDT

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    •  Global warming brings change (0+ / 0-)

      as weather patterns change. 2005 saw many hurricanes in the Atlantic, 2006 in the Pacific. We see lots of Tornadoes this year, after relatively few the year before.

      Irene was one of the largest storms of its kind to hit the east coast in decades.

      More volatility.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:45:32 AM PDT

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    •  Hadley cells (1+ / 0-)
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      From jamess recently Rescued diary, these weather structures are envisioned to move north 300 miles long term, but short term- we might see these structures oscillate, move back and forth, causing drought in the southern US corn belt one year, and warm humid weather causing fungus attacks on the corn the next year and a 3rd tear with too much rain. Etc.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 12:21:04 PM PDT

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  •  The president has not spoken on the Tar Sands (2+ / 0-)
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    pipeline, not once. I am dreading the day that he does.

    ❧ to thine own self be true ❧

    by Agathena on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:30:41 AM PDT

    •  me too. (2+ / 0-)
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      Often his stances on cut and dry Environmental issues,

      makes it difficult for me to support him enthusiastically.


      He's better than a Republican, yes, usually.

      Sometimes though, in some areas, not so much.


      thx Agathena


      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:38:09 AM PDT

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  •  Moulin's -- they're not just a European concern .. (1+ / 0-)
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    http://youtu.be/...



    global-greenhouse-warming.com

    What Is a Moulin?

    A moulin (French for "mill") is a narrow, tubular chute, hole or crevasse worn in the ice by surface water, which carries water from the surface to the base far below. They can be up to 10 meters wide and are typically found at a flat area of a glacier in a region of transverse crevasses. These holes can go all the way to the bottom of the glacier and can be hundreds of meters deep, or may reach the depth of common crevasse formation (about 10-40m) where the stream flows en-glacially.

    These holes are a part of a glacier's internal "plumbing" system, to carry melt water out to wherever it may go. [...]
    [...]


    Moulin Concerns

    The cascading water through the ice pushes down on the glacier at the same time water seeps through cracks to the underside. In this way, water becomes a lubricating fluid at the base of the glacier, enhancing glacial motion and speeding disintegration of the ice sheet. The melting water encourages further ice loss and accelerates the glacier's flow to the sea, where large chunks break off to form icebergs.


    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:14:04 AM PDT

  •  Meanwhile, up North (1+ / 0-)
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    Scientist helps students adapt to climate change:Toronto school board develops climate-change course with Environment Canada

    When courses like this appear in the Texas curriculum, I'll start to have hope for the future.

  •  Another form of security threat (1+ / 0-)
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    and one that we can sell is that we are rapidly falling behind other industrialized countries in this area.  That means we will eventually become a second tier nation.  When we finally are forced to change our energy policy, the costs are going to be astronomical.

    We have put all our eggs into the fossil fuel/war industry and that is putting us at a huge competitive disadvantage and threatening our national security.

    The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It's losing its soul.--Bob Herbert. gulfgal98's corollary- Our soul is gone.

    by gulfgal98 on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 01:41:33 PM PDT

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