Climate change part 2

Cover of "Forty Signs of Rain"

Cover of Forty Signs of Rain

Kim Stanley Robinson, a favorite writer of science fiction, wrote a trilogy on climate changeForty Signs of RainFifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting. A portion of the series is set in northern San Diego county while the majority is set in the Washington, D. C., metropolitan area. With higher temperatures in the summer, colder winters and fiercer storms, his vision of the future closely resembles the results of hurricane Sandy and the recent nor’easter. Storm follows storm and the intervals between are not long to allow for complete repairs. High winds, not necessarily of hurricane strength, wreak havoc in people’s lives by knocking down trees and thereby cutting power for prolonged periods. If you are interested in reading what one author has to say about our near future, I suggest you consider reading Robinson’s trilogy.

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Mitt believes in climate change

Mitt for a third world America

Mitt for a third world America (Photo credit: JonMartinTravelPhotography)

Mitt Romney believes in climate change and that the oceans will rise. That is why he has moved his money from sea level in the Cayman Islands to the mountain heights of Switzerland. People living in low-lying areas are at risk, but Mitt’s money is safe. That’s what matters to Mitt.

Energy conservation

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Rather than drill, baby, drill, our mantra should be conserve, baby, conserve. I found this interesting paragraph in Physics for Future Presidents, The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller. He has a new book out, Energy for Future Presidents, in which he admits that global warming is mostly human caused. This is significant because he was a sceptic and because his work was partially funded by the Koch brothers. I am very much looking forward to reading that book.

“Past conservation efforts have been far more successful than many people appreciate. That’s because they have been so comfortable that people didn’t notice. Rosenfeld points out that it was conservation that liberated us from the control of the oil cartel in the 1970s. When the oil embargo began, the 4% yearly improvement in conservation in the United States allowed our economy to grow with no increase in energy use. But the members of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, suffered from their reduced income brought about by the embargo. OPEC was more addicted to US dollars than the United States was to foreign oil. A little bit of extra conservation on our part drove down their income and forced them to increase production. That is a very important point for future presidents to know. OPEC was defeated by US conservation efforts, largely during a period when the general public was unaware that conservation progress was taking place.”

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Extinction

Dinosaur

Dinosaur (Photo credit: shvmoz)

Will humanity follow the dinosaurs off the world’s stage?  Some scientists believe that the dinosaurs died off due to climate change. That climate change could have been caused by a global winter induced by an asteroid striking the earth in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Other scientists believe that the dinosaurs brought on the climate change by emitting green house gases from their bowels, methane etc.

It is speculation on my part, but the dinosaurs were probably divided into those who believed that climate change was a natural phenomenon and those who believed that climate change was dinosaur-induced. They argued about the causes of climate change and what to do about it until it was too late. We know that the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth relatively quickly. Will humanity follow their example?

Global warming

The global warming icon for the ubx.

The global warming icon for the ubx. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Weather news used to be part of the local news; now it is a feature of the national news. As it is reported in the US, the weather starts on one US border and stops on another. Why do you suppose it is called global warming? Because it is or will affect the entire planet. The recent heavy rains and flooding causing loss of life in Russia were probably connected to global warming, but we will never know because our media does not give us the big picture. I think that it is time to demand that global weather patterns be included with our national weather to further our understanding of what is happening. Understanding is the first step to action.

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