Climate change: Two articles.

Here are excerpts from two recent articles about climate change, presented without comment, as no comment is necessary:

‘It’s happening, it’s now,’ says U.S. government report on climate change
Nov 23, 2018 6:50 PM EST

On Friday, the federal government released its most dramatic report yet on the effects of climate change.

According to scientists, the country is already experiencing serious consequences from rising global temperatures, including more frequent and severe storms, fires and flooding. John Yang talks to Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University.

The government issued its most dramatic report yet about climate change today, and it came with a dire warning.

Scientists said the country is already reeling — feeling major effects of climate change and it has already cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars.

The report, which was issued by 13 federal agencies, also highlights how climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the future of the economy.

The report links extreme events like Hurricanes Maria and Harvey and longer, more intense, more frequent wildfire seasons.

And scientists say there’s more to come. The continental United States is already 1.8 degrees warmer than it was a century ago, and the temperature may rise by another 2.3 degrees by 2050.

Unless more is done, the risks and impact of climate change are expected to shrink the U.S. economy 10 percent by century’s end.

And then came this:

Trump’s EPA Plans To Ease Carbon Emissions Rule For New Coal Plants
December 6, 20184:22 PM ET

President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency plans to reverse a 2015 Obama administration requirement that new coal-fired power plants have expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, announced Thursday.

Wheeler said the Trump administration was removing “unfair burdens” on energy providers to “keep energy prices affordable and encourage new investments in cutting-edge technology that can then be exported around the world.”

Environmentalists criticized the move, which came as leaders from 200 countries meet in Poland to discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said the administration was trying to push its “backwards and false narrative about reviving coal at the expense of science, public safety, and reality.”

Note to Trump followers:  The rich want profits today. They don’t give a damn about your children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

So just keep on voting for stupid. Why worry about tomorrow.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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6 thoughts on “Climate change: Two articles.

  1. We have already ‘hit the iceberg’, so all the rearranging of the deckchairs, which is all we are really achieving today, is futile. Today’s climate is from emissions 20 years ago. and in 20 year’s we’ll be feeling todays emissions.
    We would have to stop dead, and only a total collapse of the world economy can do that. So it hardly matters which road you choose, the end is pretty horrific. We left it too late and now we are ordained to reap the consequences.

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    1. It’s never too late to make it worse, so it’s never too late to make it less worse.
      Trump wants you to believe there is nothing that can be done, so drill, baby, drill.
      But Trump is a lying fool. Don’t believe there is nothing we can do other than to make it worse.

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      1. It’s really just a feel good exercise. It will make it less worse. It’s the same with monetary sovereignty. Why bother correcting all the economic misinformation if we are done already? My take is – it is worth it because we can better manage the events that we will face if we are on the right track. So I am in favour of renewables, just realistic about how much good it will do in the longer term. It may give us some time is the best we can hope for.

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        1. It will continue to worsen. That is certain. But the pace of worsening is important. Given a slower pace, we can evolve and cope. Given a faster pace, we die. That is how evolution works. So we need to do whatever we can to slow the pace and give ourselves time to evolve.

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  2. More bad news that Trumpies don’t believe:

    Greenland ice sheet melt ‘off the charts
    Ice core data indicate huge increase, with worse predicted. Nick Carne reports.

    Surface melting across Greenland’s ice sheet has gone dangerously into overdrive and shows no sign of abating, according to new US research.

    “From a historical perspective, today’s melt rates are off the charts and this study provides the evidence to prove this,” says glaciologist Sarah Das from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

    “We found a 50% increase in total ice sheet meltwater runoff versus the start of the industrial era, and a 30% increase since the twentieth century alone.”

    The study’s findings, which are reported in a paper published in the journal Nature, suggest that if the melting continues at these unprecedented rates – which the researchers attribute to warmer summers – it could further accelerate the pace of sea level rises.

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