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The US has had one of the hottest years in history and southern Europe is no experiencing the same heat wave.

97% of Greenland's ice cap has recently undergone a melting spree.

Corn and wheat are at an all time high on the commodities market.

The world's climate is shifting so quickly and dramatically that this year our planet will have reached record breaking temperatures on every continent.  Yet there are still people who are totally dismissing climate change as a problem.

I'd really like to know what has happened to America's belief in Science.

The amount of information that is discrediting climate change isn't decreasing during this year's record breaking heat waves throughout our world.  In fact they seem to be increasing in proportion to the problems that are occurring.

I think it is time for everyone who cares about our planet, cares about our children, and cares about our future to confront the people we know who are actively and aggressively denying climate change and ask them why they are behaving the way they are.

Tonight I was reading comments from people who obviously don't understand the affects of climate change.

I became frightened that there are so many people who don't understand what climate change means.  These people honestly believe that climate change won't negatively affect their world.

It's obvious that these people have never been told exactly what could happen if our world warms up, even by a few degrees.

They don't know that ocean currents will change and with that change comes a change in the weather of the land surrounding those currents.  England rarely receives snow, but last year they were no different than their latitudinal neighbors.  They don't understand that precipitation is dependent upon the meeting of two opposing temperatures.  They have no idea that just a few degrees can open or close pathways for that water rich atmosphere to go elsewhere.  Areas that have never been previously been cultivated for farming may become the new harvest belt and it may take years for humans to adjust.

One example of how our world is accustom to regularity is how we have become accustom to the presence of Jupiter's Red spot.  We believe that Jupiter's Red spot is a earth size storm that is maintained by internal forces we don't yet understand.  What we do know is that the phenomenon of Jupiter's Red spot hasn't changed greatly since its first detection, over 300 years ago.  We are baffled by the continuance of this phenomenon, but we aren't overly concerned by it.  Humans have come to depend on the consistency and regularity of Jupiter's storm just as humans have come to depend on the consistency and regularity of our own climate and seasons.

All life on earth is dependent upon the very same regularity that we see in Jupiter's Red spot.

Our lives are dependent upon what we know as "our growing season".  We depend on the regularity of precipitation to grow our food.  We depend on the regularity of our seasons to grow and harvest our crops.  We depend on the regularity of the life cycle in our oceans to feed our planet.  These cycles are themselves dependent upon the regularity of the temperature and composition of our atmosphere to allow for the growth cycles that occur which produce the abundance of life all life depends upon.

Nearly every multicellular life form on this planet lives and dies according to their adaption to their climate.  When that climate changes too quickly for a species to adapt, that species dies.  This will be no different for us.  Humans have the ability to adapt like no other species on our planet.  We no longer bend to the forces of nature, we force nature to bend to us.  But even we can't grow food if food doesn't grow.

This idea isn't difficult to understand.  It isn't even difficult to explain.  So why are there so many people who don't get it?

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Comment Preferences

  •  Because they don't want to feel guilty (3+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, Smoh, luckylizard

    For destroying the planet.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 10:21:06 PM PDT

  •  it isn't information (3+ / 0-)
    The amount of information that is discrediting climate change
    it's disinformation. and it isn't discrediting climate change, it is discrediting anyone who promotes it or believes it.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 10:27:14 PM PDT

  •  Uh, money talks, and most people are too busy (1+ / 0-)
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    Smoh

    to listen to anything else.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 10:39:57 PM PDT

    •  I'd substitute "distracted" for "busy" (1+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love

      I'm no different than anyone else. I often feel too busy. Then something big happens in my world (like TS Irene wiping out all the roads in my area last August, or a death in the family) and I realize I have been more distracted and caught up in $hit than actually busy. Things can be put off if my priorities shift. But I have to make my priorities shift on my own. i.e. initiative, discipline, effort.

      If most Americans can find the time to watch their favorite ten TV shows every week, they have time to educate themselves about a lot of things, including the not-very-difficult cornerstones of climate change science.

      I think "I'm too busy" is the new catch-all excuse for lots of failings, and the advertising industry has been explicitly hitting this endorphin button for years, ever since "you deserve a break today" at the very least.

      Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

      by kamarvt on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 04:44:07 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  because (3+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, Margd, luckylizard

    it's easier to disbelieve, than to accept the logical and behavioral consequences of believing.

    Medic Alert: Do not resuscitate under a Republican administration.

    by happymisanthropy on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 11:12:25 PM PDT

  •  As the truth of climate change begins to sink in, (1+ / 0-)
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    Margd

    people deny because of fear, conscious or unconscious.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 04:12:42 AM PDT

  •  Individuals don't think (0+ / 0-)

    that they can make a difference on their own, so it's easier to go with the deniers.  We need courageous leadership that will move forward with necessary measures, regardless of the political consequences.  Unfortunately, even if the Congress weren't quite so dysfunctional, that would take way more guts in lots more people than this country can seem to muster now.  Sad...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 09:50:44 AM PDT

  •  Excellent piece. (0+ / 0-)

    We are a dumb species, and that is our weakness.

  •  If you want science, then read scientific papers (0+ / 0-)

    rather than journalistic hyperbole.  Some references here:

    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    I don't think Revkin is usually thought of as a "denier".

    http://www.summitcamp.org/...

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 04:52:41 PM PDT

  •  Location, location, location: (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.bom.gov.au/...

    "Averaged over Australia, maximum temperatures were somewhat below average for June, with a national anomaly of −0.27 °C. The NT and Queensland recorded the coolest June maximum anomalies, with −0.85 °C and −0.81 °C, respectively. For Australia as a whole, June minimum temperatures well below average; at 0.94 °C below average it was the 12th-coolest year on record. Queensland and SA recorded minima 0.91 °C and 0.88 °C below average, respectively. For the NT it was the second-coolest June on record, with an anomaly of −2.31 °C. Tasmania was the only State to record a positive minimum temperature anomaly, with +0.37 °C. "

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 04:58:51 PM PDT

    •  Great suggestion. Thank you Frank for augmenting (0+ / 0-)

      my argument.

      I read the article you linked to and June 2012 is the 12th coolest June on record for Australia.

      Many people don't realize that global warming and climate change will cause shifts in what is considered 'Normal' for the area.  Exactly as my diary suggests.

      June is autumn in Australia and it is normally warmer in June than it was this year so the fact that the northern hemisphere has been experiencing June heat waves like never before seen it isn't really odd that Australia is experiencing an especially cool autumn.

      It's most likely due to a change in the ocean temperatures or currents surrounding Australia exactly like climate change scientists have been predicting.

      Thanks for your links to scientific research supporting the existence of global warming.

      Global warming is real and you have provided one more link to prove it.

      Cheers

      •  Of course global warming is real. What is also (0+ / 0-)

        real is the hazard involved in attributing an episodic drought and heatwave in North America entirely to global warming.  What happens if the ocean and atmosphere configuration changes next year and we have an unusually cool summer season?  Live and die by the same logic.  To use current conditions as a polemical weapon just invites the same tactic from those who try to impede the energy and environmental policies we need to deal with the real problems of a warming world.  

        Where are we, now that we need us most?

        by Frank Knarf on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:41:56 AM PDT

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        •  What hazard are you referring to? (0+ / 0-)

          I can't think how the awareness of global warning constitutes a hazard.  The only hazard I can predict is if nothing is done, and soon, about global warming.

          North America isn't the only continent experiencing a heat wave.  If it was that localized, I wouldn't be so vociferous.

          The denial of global warming is what lacks logic and may end up harming us globally.

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