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A few days ago the Boston Globe published this:

As temperatures are projected to climb, polar ice to melt, and oceans to swell over the coming decades, Boston is likely to bear a disproportionate impact of rising sea levels, government scientists report in a new study.

The seas along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England are rising three to four times faster than the global average, and coastal cities, utilities, beaches, and wetlands are increasingly vulnerable to flooding, especially from storm surges, according to the US Geological Survey study published Sunday.

“Cities in the hot spot, like Norfolk, New York, and Boston, already experience damaging floods during relatively low-intensity storms,” said Asbury Sallenger, a Geological Survey oceanographer and lead author of the study in the journal Nature Climate Change. “Accelerated sea-level rise,” he said, will add to “the height that storm surges and breaking waves reach on the coast.”

For some reason it seemed appropriate to invoke Prophet Bob.  The following letter was sent June 25, but was just published a few days ago:

The times they are indeed a'changin'.  Climate-change denialists must be finding it difficult to cling to their bizarre conspiracy theories in the face of the latest reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, predicting that rising ocean levels will radically alter the East coast of the United States over the next few decades, a forecast entirely congruent with other scientific analyses of the effects from a melting Arctic ice cap.

The insurance industry's changing its coverage model to account for damages caused by climate change; the American military's developing new strategic protocols for a post-greenhouse-effect world; US intelligence agencies are trying to anticipate the geopolitical impact of global warming.  These bastions of liberalism are all following Bob Dylan's advice to "...admit that the waters around you have grown, and accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone."  

When will our Senators and Congressmen "please heed the call"?

Warren Senders


My local "Metro-West" paper ran a piece by Rick Holmes, who's clearly just another DFH:

Mountain pine beetles are tiny critters, the size of a grain of rice. They bore under the bark of Western pine trees, infecting them with a fatal fungus that turns their trunks blue, dries their needles to a rusty red, and then they fall.

Cold winters kill off the beetle larvae and keep populations in check, but over the last 20 years, cold winters have become fewer and farther between. The beetles have taken full advantage of changes in the climate. They are thriving at higher altitudes and have expanded their range. They now reproduce twice a year instead of once.

In the last few years, the beetles have ravaged Rocky Mountain forests from upper Canada to New Mexico. The blight has deadened 3.3 million acres of forest in Colorado alone.

A long-running drought has left those dead pines extra crispy, and Colorado has been seeing record heat. Denver hit 105 degrees this week, and Colorado Springs has had a string of 100 degree days.

Add a spark and what to you get? Colorado is in flames. The Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, having burned thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes, is the most destructive fire in state history. It broke the record set the week before by the High Park fire outside Fort Collins.

It’s still early in the wildfire season, but everything seems to be coming early this year. Hurricane season is young, but we’re already up to E for named storms. It was a warm winter here in New England as well, and the flowers seem to be blooming about three weeks ahead of schedule.

Watch the mockery begin!  This one was sent July 1, and published shortly thereafter:
For a long time, the word "alarmist" appeared regularly in the arsenal of right-wing pejoratives.  Anyone pointing out some of the consequences of a runaway greenhouse effect would be labeled a "climate alarmist" and mocked for presumed fealty to Al Gore (or, in Rush Limbaugh's vernacular, "algore").  Watch what happens to Rick Holmes, who has the temerity to continue talking about the slow-motion emergency that is global climate change.

Climate scientists are the diagnostic physicians of our planet, and their increasingly urgent emergency signals have been ignored for decades by politicians and the media.  Fortunately, more Americans are gradually accepting reality (even Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who acknowledged climate change recently while blithely asserting that humanity will "adapt" to its new environment).  

As the world sets high-temperature records, as Colorado burns, and the seas rise far faster than experts had anticipated, "climate alarmism" is looking increasingly like simple common sense.

Warren Senders

These and many more letters (one a day since January 1, 2010) can be found at Running Gamak.  Please steal them and make them your own.

And remember: if we fail on climate change, nothing else matters.  

Originally posted to WarrenS' Blog on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks and Letters to the Editor.

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