What catastrophic climate change looks like.
Posted: 09 August 2017 08:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Despite what the paid for professional climate change deniers keep trying to convince us, climate change is not an academic issue restricted to the lab or think tank. Climate change is playing out in the real world with devastating effects. Here in the west it has come in the form of very hot dry summers that turn our forests into massive bonfires with growing frequency.

This is the current map of wildfires in BC, keep in mind that many fires have been put out already.

http://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a1e7b1ecb1514974a9ca00bdbfffa3b1

In 2009 there were also massive wildfires that covered much of the province, at that time I was living in central Alberta. One summer morning leaving my home I was greeted with smoke so dense it was like dirty fog, it was hard to see 50 feet ahead. I assumed that it was due to brush and grass fires that sometimes occur in the area. It turned out that the fires were in BC and the smoke eventually reached 3,000 miles to cover much of Quebec on the east coast of Canada.

Later that year we could see the high altitude smoke from wildfires in Siberia, this is also a bad year for fire there.

https://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-images-capture-worst-siberian-wildfires-in-10-000-years

Australia has also experienced catastrophic wildfires in recent years.

https://phys.org/news/2016-01-climate-fuels-bushfire-australia.html

This is a global issue, the conditions leading to these massive fires are not limited to one region.

Even if climate change was a purely academic issue the evidence is still overwhelming in support of catastrophic climate change as almost all climate scientists doing valid peer-reviewed research agreeing that it is in fact underway, will continue to worsen and is largely the result of massive fossil fuel use that is continuing unabated despite yet another international agreement to stop emitting billions of tons of carbon dioxide a year.

https://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-scientific-consensus.htm

All this consensus does is confirm what millions of us are experiencing already, whether it’s increases in the frequency and extent of devastating wildfires. Flash flooding, rising sea levels, droughts, massive super-cell systems that spawn unprecedented numbers of tornadoes and more.

It’s all in agreement, the only people who don’t get it are sitting in a boardroom somewhere at Koch Inc. or ExxonMobil and calling up any of a 100 or more front PR firms they’ve set up to discuss the next tactic in how to delay taking any responsibility for what is already a catastrophe for many of us.

We’re being told to get used to having huge parts of this province on fire every summer as the hot dry summers become the norm and get even more extreme as the entire globe continues to heat up.

And the amount of heat being added every second to the Earth’s surface due to the radiative imbalance created by increasing the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide so much so rapidly is huge. It’s equivalent to the heat from 4 Hiroshima sized nuclear bombs. That’s every second of every day until the balance is re-established. The longer we put off phasing out fossil fuels the longer the globe will continue to heat up and the more catastrophic the consequences will be. Impacts that are already catastrophic for millions of people around the Earth.

https://www.skepticalscience.com/4-Hiroshima-bombs-worth-of-heat-per-second.html

This isn’t a game, real lives are being destroyed already along with crucial parts of the Earth’s biosphere like coral reef systems. People aren’t disposable and neither is the planet. Despite what the people running the fossil fuel corporations might think and what their paid for mouthpieces might claim.

Anytime someone is trying to claim that climate change isn’t real, it isn’t serious or it isn’t us, think of it as code for, “you are all disposable garbage”. Because that is exactly how we are all being treated by some of the most cynical, self-centered and sociopathic individuals in human history.

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Posted: 10 August 2017 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 11 August 2017 07:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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DougC - 09 August 2017 08:45 PM

This is the current map of wildfires in BC, keep in mind that many fires have been put out already.

http://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a1e7b1ecb1514974a9ca00bdbfffa3b1

In 2009 there were also massive wildfires that covered much of the province, at that time I was living in central Alberta. One summer morning leaving my home I was greeted with smoke so dense it was like dirty fog, it was hard to see 50 feet ahead. I assumed that it was due to brush and grass fires that sometimes occur in the area. It turned out that the fires were in BC and the smoke eventually reached 3,000 miles to cover much of Quebec on the east coast of Canada.

Later that year we could see the high altitude smoke from wildfires in Siberia, this is also a bad year for fire there.

https://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-images-capture-worst-siberian-wildfires-in-10-000-years

Australia has also experienced catastrophic wildfires in recent years.

https://phys.org/news/2016-01-climate-fuels-bushfire-australia.html

This is a global issue, the conditions leading to these massive fires are not limited to one region.

But wait, there’s more

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Yeah Greenland

The real fire and fury is in Greenland right now, and it’s super scary
JOE ROMM - AUG 9, 2017

https://thinkprogress.org/a-rare-and-unusual-wildfire-has-hit-greenland-heres-why-thats-terrifying-2de794570798/
Thousands of acres of permafrost are burning in what appears to be Greenland’s biggest fire on record. And climate scientists are freaking out not just because the massive fires are unusual, but because they release large amounts of greenhouse gases and speed up the melt of the ice sheet and the carbon-rich permafrost.

Greenland is almost entirely covered in an enormous ice sheet, but grassy, carbon-rich peatlands along the coast are heating up and drying out. “These fires appear to be peatland fires,” wildfire expert Prof. Jessica L. McCarty told Wildfire Today. “They are likely occurring in areas of degraded permafrost, which are predicted to have high thaw rates between now and 2050.”

Peatlands, also known as bogs and moors, are the earliest stage in the formation of coal. A 2015 study noted, “Globally, the amount of carbon stored in peats exceeds that stored in vegetation and is similar in size to the current atmospheric carbon pool.”

Peat fires are difficult to stop, often burning until all the organic matter has turned to ash. A coauthor of the 2015 study noted, “Smouldering peat fires already are the largest fires on Earth in terms of their carbon footprint.” ...

(https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stef_Lhermitte)

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Posted: 11 August 2017 09:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Climate change is global in extent and totally scary because conditions that were mostly stable are now becoming more and more extreme all the time.

Instead of wildfires, storms, tornado outbreaks, killer heat waves, massive flooding and anything that used to be a 1 in 50 or 100 year occurrence now starts to happen with greater and greater frequency and of a greater magnitude.

We can look at the devastating wildfire season here that is still fully underway and that is costing us all huge amounts of money while destroying valuable forests, burning many homes and businesses and is coming closer and closer to destroying entire cities and know for a fact these catastrophes aren’t going to abate in the future. Due to ever increasingly extreme conditions from climate change they are going to get worse.

Some of our largest centers like Vancouver are going to get hit hard in the future.

At some point climate change in this region is going to make the supply of fresh water a critical issue as the very glaciers that supply most of our fresh water systems melt away into nothing. In a bad drought year many of our rivers will have reduced flow or stop almost completely.

All this has been enabled by those that started decades ago claiming it wasn’t happening and wasn’t real not because they had definite evidence that told them so, but because someone at ExxonMobil or some other fossil fuel company was paying them to lie for corporate interests not overall social and ecological interests.

We’re rapidly being left with a world that is less and less livable for more and more people and many other life forms because the facts don’t fit conveniently onto someone’s balance sheet.

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Posted: 14 August 2017 08:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Jennifer Francis: A New Arctic Feedback
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Published on Jan 16, 2017
A key idea in climate science is that the system contains multiple feedback loops, that can make warming worse.
For instance, as white, reflective ice is replaced by Dark, absorbing water - more of the sun’s warmth is absorbed -
a positive feedback.
Here, Arctic expert Jennifer Francis describes a new, emerging feedback process, as the arctic warms and affects jet stream flow.

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Posted: 17 August 2017 07:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Citizenschallenge-v.3 - 14 August 2017 08:32 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_EzF4k9_QY&t=6s
Jennifer Francis: A New Arctic Feedback
greenmanbucket

Published on Jan 16, 2017
A key idea in climate science is that the system contains multiple feedback loops, that can make warming worse.
For instance, as white, reflective ice is replaced by Dark, absorbing water - more of the sun’s warmth is absorbed -
a positive feedback.
Here, Arctic expert Jennifer Francis describes a new, emerging feedback process, as the arctic warms and affects jet stream flow.

Here is another, more subtle feedback occurring in the oceans.

Giant larvaceans could be ferrying ocean plastic to the seafloor.
POLLUTED POOP Giant larvaceans (Bathochordaeus stygius) appear to eat microplastics when exposed to them in underwater experiments. The sea creatures could play a role in how plastic pollution cycles through ocean ecosystems.

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https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/giant-larvaceans-could-be-ferrying-ocean-plastic-seafloor

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Posted: 18 August 2017 06:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yup, the first critters that figure out how to turn plastics into body building food, will take over the new world order, when silly petty narcissistic humans leave the stage and the Earth returns to a more realistic pace of living and creation.

God be praised.  (sarc warning, for the feeble minded.)

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