'We're All Sitting Ducks': The impact of climate change is likely to be "irreversible" and could lead to wars as extreme weather and poverty cause social unrest, a major UN report has found.The health, homes, food supply and safety of people in rich and poor countries alike will be affected by global warming, according to a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report said the impact was already being felt and would increase with every additional degree that temperatures rose. The world is in "an era of man-made climate change" and has already seen impacts of global warming on every continent and across the oceans, the report said. No kidding! It's about time someone of import starts listening though it is to late to change things.
They just do not listen! Saturday, November 03, 2007
Experts rightly say the climate is our biggest security threat, we all know it as we watch the world prepare to make it irreperable!Experts rightly say the Climate is our biggest security threat: we all know it as we watch the world prepare to worsen it Exponentially!
It really bothers me that any idiot knows this as we watch the environment deteriorate around the world and what we see beginning right here in America is occurring on an even worse scale as the world ignores the reality of our situation and because of Bush, is racing towards world war three. Attacking Iran will be the trigger. we just do not know what the excuse to pull that trigger will be?
First, knowing what many of us fear is going to happen right here as you are I am sure I am very concerned over Musharraf setting the example and Declaring Martial Law so he could stay in power. We know what this will mean to this so called war on terror but I have environmental concerns so here it is If you want to read about it Here is another look at the power grabbing Pakistani state of emergency
Anyway, as we watch the world race to war over Iran we hear the truth spoken but of course ignored so Bush can find his excuse to attack Iran. I know it is worthless but I thought it pretty funny when President Carter called Bush a fool over Iran. Watch the Video
Iran will be attacked and that will set off world war three but I want to talk about our deteriorating environment that we are preparing to essentially destroy. Just in America we watch every day as one part of the country or the other is experiencing the dire consequences of our worsening environment. We have been watching the developing water wars between Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.not to speak of the continuing wildfires in California, and most of the country experiencing floods, numerous tornadoes,hurricanes, and severe heat.
This all adds up to just one more reason for Bush to have to declare martial order himself as many of us suspect. It is very telling that every single time in the chief idiots Presidency that Bush speaks against something as he did in this case, he is guilty of doing it himself or preparing too. I don't know any exception do you?
There is so much to discuss today in regard to Bush's Duplicity but I have to discuss the Southeast's water situation as it is worse than I thought and we haven't heard anything officially on it. I haven't even heard it acknowledge or spoken about from the White House.
I know it is just one small town so I am sure it is of no concern to Bush but this is related to the larger problem in the area, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia: ORME, Tenn. (AP) — As twilight falls over this Tennessee town, Mayor Tony Reames drives up a dusty dirt road to the community's towering water tank and begins his nightly ritual in front of a rusty metal valve. With a twist of the wrist, he releases the tank's meager water supply, and suddenly this sleepy town is alive with activity. Washing machines whir, kitchen sinks fill and showers run. About three hours later, Reames will return and reverse the process, cutting off water to the town's 145 residents.
The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.
The mighty waterfall that fed the mountain hamlet has been reduced to a trickle, and now the creek running through the center of town is dry. Three days a week, the volunteer fire chief hops in a 1961 fire truck at 5:30 a.m. — before the school bus blocks the narrow road — and drives a few miles to an Alabama fire hydrant. He meets with another truck from nearby New Hope, Ala. The two drivers make about a dozen runs back and forth, hauling about 20,000 gallons of water from the hydrant to Orme's tank. Please read A town out of water
I am surprised nothing can be done but am concerned about the Atlanta area and some of the things I am learning as to how bad it is and still nothing from the White House. Persistent droughts continue to dry up water supplies throughout the southeast, causing widespread restrictions on usage that, in some cases, are pitting neighbors - and states - against one another. With no end in sight, the U.S. Weather Service reported Thursday, parts of the region could to run out of water in less than 90 days.
Georgia, Alabama and Florida all derive most of their water supplies from the same two reservoirs, managed by the federal Army Corps of Engineers. While more people in Florida and Alabama tend to use more water for farms, power plants and industry, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is working to make sure that residents in his state don't wind up high and dry.
I am hearing for the first time about lake Allatoona in Georgia, Atlanta's secondary water supply and how important it is not only to Georgia but Alabama, and Florida. As a result of going to Washington to look for help as water is running out in Lake Lanier there main water supply, Governor Perdue arrived home to more water Problems. It seems to ne as a reward for complaining Georgia was now going to lose some water rights to Lake Allatoona.
Maybe I am naive but this absolutely blew me away. I was stupefied to hear that Cobb County returns 15 million gallons of treated sewage to the Lake every single day. That sounds pretty bad to me. Is this standard procedure? I was amazed to find this out. It seems to me that that area must already have a severe problem if they are doing that. Anyway as Alabama relies on Lake Allatoona as its main water supply they were allotted more water and Georgia's allotment of the treated seage was cut. I mean, this all just blows me away!
Cobb's water authority got pulled into the temporary agreement because Allatoona is especially valuable to Alabama. The state takes much of its drinking and industrial water from the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin, which feeds the lake. The basin starts in northwest Georgia and flows to the Mobile Bay in Alabama. The problem is worsening
I want to close with a Link to the experts saying what we already know and that is that the climate, our environment, is our biggest security threat and not the so called terrorists that Bush is using for his excuse to start world war three and worse the planets condition beyond any hopes of repair. Please read the think tanks dire assertions
Climate change makes a variety of extreme weather events more likely and more intense, including heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and superstorms. A growing body of science makes that clear. That literature — coupled with the astonishing number of off-the-charts extreme weather events of the past few years — is why more and more climate scientists and meteorologists and others are making the connection.
The normally reliable Science magazine, however, seems to be stuck in the last decade. They have run a muddled piece on the subject, “In the Hot Seat.” It opens:Many climate scientists winced earlier this year when a well-meaning nonscientist tried to use extreme weather to argue that global warming is real.
Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now By Rebecca Leber and Ellie Sandmeyer
First let me expound on only 1 of the 10 because for some reason we seem to focus on it and seem resigned to simply have to live with the rest.
Sea Level Rise: It Could Be Worse Than We Think: A new analysis released Thursday in the journal Science implies that the seas could rise dramatically higher over the next few centuries than scientists previously thought — somewhere between 18-to-29 feet above current levels, rather than the 13-to-20 feet they were talking about just a few years ago.
The increase in sea level would largely come from the partial melting of giant ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, which have remained largely intact since the end of the last ice age, nearly 20,000 years ago. But rising global temperatures, thanks to human greenhouse-gas emissions, have already begun to melt that ancient ice, sending sea level up 8 inches since 1880 alone, with as much as 6 feet or so of additional increase projected by 2100.
Seriously, are we supposed to worry about that or look for a new way to live in an ever aquatic world or increase the search for a new planet to live on where a select few can migrate too and start over.
The Himalayan glaciers that feed major south Asian rivers like the Indus, the Brahmaputra and the Ganges are melting more rapidly, reveals a major new study which says that soaring global temperatures are not the only reason.
The study, led by Yao Tandong, director of the Institute of Tibetan Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and eminent glaciologist and paleo-climatologist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University, is the most comprehensive examination so far of the region’s glaciers. "The status of the glaciers had been a bone of contention," reported the weekly science journal, Nature, whose sister publication, the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Climate Change, published the study. Having Asia's water source dry up we should worry about! Think about the repercussions.
Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now: The onslaught of extreme weather and record temperatures this year have had an impact on people globally, directly through drought and temperature, and more indirectly impacting food prices and public transportation.
Here are 10 impacts we’re seeing right now that climate change is very likely worsening, in some cases playing a major role:
Rising Food Prices
Over half of the Continental U.S. is now facing severe drought–the worst in fifty years. As a result of extreme temperatures and little rain, corn production suffers although analysts predicted record production at the start of the year. In coming months, record-high food prices will continue to rise, affecting thousands of supermarket products. See also “Story of the Year: Warming-Driven Drought and Extreme Weather Emerge as Key Threat to Global Food Security.”
Goodbye Glaciers, Sea Ice
This week, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan tore itself off of one of the largest glaciers in North Greenland, following another break of comparable size in 2010. Scientists say that such dramatic change is unprecedented, and report that “the Arctic had the largest sea ice loss on record for June.” [ClimateProgress]
A recent landslide on an Alaskan glacier was massive enough to register as a 3.4-magnitude earthquake, even recorded in Canada. “We are seeing an increase in rock slides in mountain areas throughout the world because of permafrost degradation,” a scientist said. [Huffington Post]
Massive Dust Storms
In addition to dangerous wildfires and drought, the current heat wave is helping to create massive dust storms in Arizona. These walls of dust and strong wind can be thousands of feet high, destroying property, setting of a chain of further environmental damage and killing an average of five people per year. [New York Times]
Toxic Algae Pollute Drinking Supply, Lakes: Spurred by warmer winters that prevent seasonal a die-off, Lake Zurich in Switzerland is seeing an increase in a toxic species of algae known as Burgandy blood algae. “Research on Lake Zurich in Switzerland reveals that Burgundy blood algae, a toxic cyanobacteria species, has become more dense in the last 40 years as warm winters prevent seasonal die-off.” [CBS News]
$1.5 Billion Hail Damage: In a striking example of current dramatically unpredictable weather patterns, some cities now experiencing record-breaking temperature highs are also dealing with the after-effects of extreme hail damage. Estimates suggest that total damage in places like Dallas, St. Louis and Norfolk, Nebraska could exceed $1.5 billion. [Inside Climate News]
Wildfire Causes $450 Million Damage In Colorado
States like Colorado and New Mexico have experienced their worst wildfire season on record, and the damage totaled an estimated $450 million in Colorado alone. However, there are additional costs of the fire. “Water quality, for example, is being compromised up to 100 miles from burn sites,” and air quality has been damaged, even indoors. [Washington Post]
Greater Terrors For Mountain Climbers: “Sharper seasonal variations of ice and snow and temperature are being repeated all across the world from the Himalayas to the Andes, which scientists say are driven by a higher level of energy in the atmosphere from global warming.” Veteran climbers “say today’s conditions are combining to create a volatile highball of risk.” [NY Times]
More Drilling In The Arctic, Taxpayers Pay For Risks: Ironically, oil companies are capitalizing on ice melt in the Arctic caused by global warming. “Royal Dutch Shell has spent $4.5 billion since 2005 preparing to explore for oil off Alaska’s north coast in the Arctic. U.S. taxpayers may end up paying almost as much to supervise future operations in the region.” [Bloomberg]
Extreme temperatures stress the power grid, and Con Edison recently took action to lower power voltage, known as a “brown out” in NYC, to prevent mass black outs. Of course, millions suffered from blackouts during brutal heat after a rare, heat-fueled derecho impacted the Washington area. [Reuters
This is really sick! The oil companies are largely responsible for Global warming and the melting of the Glaciers that were protecting the Arctic and all they are focused on is spending Billions of dollars to go into the Arctic to capitalize on the damage they did. Even sicker! Taxpayers "you and I" will end up footing the bill once again and as usual for our own demise! *Throw increasing planet destroying wars into the mix and you have a recipe for unavoidable self destruction.