American Elephants


Should You Panic About The Planet? If Not, Why Not? by The Elephant's Child

It seems that Google is sponsoring a climate camp for the well-heeled at a resort just out of Palermo, in Sicily. They are flying in in their private jets to the Palermo airport, or arriving in their large motor-yachts to demonstrate their concern for the climate and settle on just how few years we may have left before climate catastrophe. It’s all those dirty fossil fuels, you know. Need clean natural wind, clean natural sun.

Carbon dioxide CO², is not a pollutant!  If one remembers back to high school biology and photosynthesis, CO² is what we exhale. The plants in the world take in CO² and release oxygen, which we use in the air we breathe, and exhale the CO². The slight increase in CO² in the atmosphere means the greening of the earth, crops are growing, trees have more healthy leaves, the change in the greening earth can be seen from space. Hungry people are being fed with more bountiful crops.

NBC News Claim: ‘Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics’ argument – New research shows that the recent rise in global temperatures is unlike anything seen on Earth during the past 2,000 years.

Reality Check: 

‘More than 700 scientists from 400 institutions in 40 countries have contributed peer-reviewed papers providing evidence that the Medieval Warm Period was real, global, & warmer than the present.

2019: Antarctica was warmer one thousand years ago — and life was OK

Something that seems to happen with some regularity is climate panics. Can start with some bad weather of some kind, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, hailstorms, wildfire, things that happen now and then from perfectly ordinary recognized causes, and some people decide it is but a harbinger of more and worse whatever. We just had an example in Northern California with wildfires blamed on climate change instead of the dry undergrowth gone unattended and Power company sparking wires. It is normal human instinct when something bad happens to want to blame it on a bigger trend, or a more dramatic cause. Tonight and tomorrow night, I think I read, we are expected to have a black moon, apparently a normal occurrence if not common. There were bad floods in the Midwest, from the Missouri River, I think. If a flood is a big one that takes out some of your buildings, you’re not likely to write it off as a common occurrence even if you have regularly had floods for years. You will find examples of all kinds of climate panics in the past.

I vaguely remember a story about a whole town of people who went out to the hillsides locally to wait out the night for the end of the world, back in the 1800s. And people on the west coast retreating to the hills for fear of a tsunami that never came.

For those who are fearing the warming of the climate, Minnesota’s 121-year-old  Cold Record has just been toppled.  Coldest July 30 since William McKinley was president. 37°F this morning.

And then we have the young Swedish climate wunderkid Greta Thunberg, who has aroused European kids to skip school to urge climate change because she is quite sure she can see CO² molecules in the air. Well, a university gave her a doctorate degree, and I think I saw that she is sailing to the Google event in Italy.

For the fearful, here is a good brief discussion of global warming from Dr. Roy Spencer who manages the satellites that measure the temperature of the troposphere around the planet.



Obama Went to Alaska to See a Glacier, Make a Speech, And Talk a Lot of Nonsense. by The Elephant's Child

www.usnews.comPresident Obama likes to make a speech or two in appropriate places to give him a little more authenticity for whatever program he is pitching. In this case, there was a Conference on Global Leadership on the Arctic, in Anchorage. As a sign of  the importance the United States placed on the Alaska forum, the president attended.  He used the conference as a platform to urge swifter action to combat climate change.

Our understanding of climate change advances each day.  Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought.  The science is stark.  It is sharpening.  It proves that this once-distant threat is now very much in the present.

In fact, the Arctic is the leading edge of climate change — our leading indicator of what the entire planet faces.  Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average.  Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States.  Last year was Alaska’s warmest year on record — just as it was for the rest of the world.  And the impacts here are very real.

Thawing permafrost destabilizes the earth on which 100,000 Alaskans live, threatening homes, damaging transportation and energy infrastructure, which could cost billions of dollars to fix.

The president is an ideologue, and he knows many things that just aren’t so. The globe is actually cooling. Arctic ice is growing and has been in greater extent this year than last, as has Antarctic ice. There has been no warming at all for the last 18 years. There is no such thing as “carbon pollution.” He referred to our forest fires here in Eastern Washington, and said “even the rainforest is on fire.” Oh?

They had a big signing ceremony affirming “our commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of warming in the Arctic.” But Russia, China and India refused to sign. A bit embarrassing.

Obama added:

“If we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century ”

Climate politics, a religion, is one thing, climate science is something quite different. It’s actually expected to get somewhat colder.

Obama also announced that he is changing the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali, the Inuit name for the mountain. He really has no authority to do so. The name of the mountain was created by an act of Congress, and can be re-named the same way. The president is feeling cocky, and intent on overruling Congress at every opportunity.

 




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