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Friday, April 04, 2008

Climate destabilization (was Global Warming)

A member of my college listserv put together a page of links to cute (if you can imagine such a thing) videos on global warming - he's put them all in one place, in a logical order, easy to follow. - you can find it here. He says, This might well be the most important issue of our time. Please, at least see the first video.

At one point in the video, the cheerful narrator/science teacher who produced the series shuffles tin cans labeled
hurricane
floods
drought
hurricanes
wildfires
dustbowls
famines
epidemics
refugees
resource wars
economic collapse
and muses:

...even though it's not likely, if the worst of global warming does happen we'll be so busy dealing with the fallout that most all other human concerns may seem like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. After all, who cares if some protestor wants to burn a flag on the courthouse lawn when the whole city is flooded?

But why all the hysteria? What's the big deal about a degree or two?

It turns out it's not the warming that gets you, it's the way such a quick change throws a monkey wrench in the whole system. That's why "global warming" is such a misleading name and "global climate change" is only a little better. Really what we're talking about is "global climate destabilization."

It gets worse because just in the last five years we've learned that this may happen very abruptly, within the span of a decade, so it may turn out to be like pushing on a light switch. Small pushes in the past have produced small results. Until you hit an unexpected tipping point...

What can you do? Spread the word, because the only way we really get [progress toward change] is by policy changes, and those only happen if enough people demand it.


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2 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Sheila said...

I really agree with your blog. I stumbled across it while I was researching the drastic demise of so many of the native plant species.

The climate changes have changed many things. The soaring cases of breathing problems. New viral diseases from mold etc.

The climate change is producing the rapid growth of fungus that carry diseases.

Did you see the story on the news the other day about the fungus that is killing our bats. With out bats and the lose of so many of our birds. We are going to have an epidemic of diseases that
mosquitoes carry.

The beneficial insects do not carry disease. But fungus is growing and changing its genetic code rapidly. We can not foresee the possible out come.


It is hard to understand why well educated people will spend thousands of dollars to beautify a city with hybrid flowers and bulbs that are just like our hybrid tomatoes.

These hybrids have no nutritional value to the butterflies and other beneficial insects. We are feeding our birds and butterflies junk food.

And just like us when we do not get the nutritional foods that we need we get sick and die.

Plant a Tree Sow a Seed

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In just the last 5 years we've seen temperatures cooling.

 

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