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21-03-2017, 12:06 PM
RE: Climate Change - General Discussion
(21-03-2017 11:58 AM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  Humans have a long history of leaving their shit behind for others to find. Archaeologists depend on it.


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22-03-2017, 01:04 PM
RE: Climate Change - General Discussion
“While the data show an ever increasing impact of human activities on the climate system, the Trump administration and senior Republicans in Congress continue to bury their heads in the sand,” said Prof Sir Robert Watson, a distinguished climate scientist at the UK’s University of East Anglia and a former head of the UN’s climate science panel. “Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy,” Watson said.

From https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...ign=buffer
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22-03-2017, 09:57 PM
RE: Climate Change - General Discussion
(19-03-2017 03:29 PM)Rahn127 Wrote:  
(19-03-2017 02:33 PM)Jay Vogelsong Wrote:  I read one science fiction book on the future of climate change which imagined that India and Pakistan might come to nuclear blows over dwindling water supplies caused by glaciers disappearing in the Himalayas. That doesn't seem too far-fetched.

I saw a TED talk about that.
That's probably going to be the canary in the coal mine.

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23-03-2017, 06:54 AM
RE: Climate Change - General Discussion
It turns out that the vegan diet is not the best for feeding the most people with the available land.

"When applied to an entire global population, the vegan diet wastes available land that could otherwise feed more people. That’s because we use different kinds of land to produce different types of food, and not all diets exploit these land types equally."

https://qz.com/749443/being-vegan-isnt-a...urce=parSA
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23-03-2017, 07:02 AM
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American farming insurance policies could lead to dust bowl type conditions since they are not geared for climate change.

"Federal crop insurance coverage is based on the average yields of a particular crop in a particular area, through a calculation known as the Actual Production History. Farmers pay for coverage and premiums based on this history and are guaranteed a payment level if their crops sell for less than the expected average. Under the 2014 law, farmers are allowed to throw out bad years in their calculations, which means they receive coverage based on good crop years only. That ignores the impacts of weather extremes aggravated by climate change."

This mismatch can lead farmers to continue to plant crops on compromised land, leading to land degradation over time.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21032...ign=buffer
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23-03-2017, 07:54 AM
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"The House Science Committee will hear testimony March 29 that will question whether climate change is a human induced phenomenon. The hearing, Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications and the Scientific Method, is a just another prong in the current effort to undo the environmental progress made during the Obama years. It coincides with the efforts of the Trump administration, which has proposed to strip the federal budget of any monies that would be targeted to cutting carbon dioxide emissions. To that end, the president has signed executive orders to weaken Obama's Clean Power Plan, which would cut CO2 emissions by 32 percent by 2030, and eliminate rules to cut methane emissions from natural gas drilling."

http://www.ecowatch.com/house-committee-...56164.html
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23-03-2017, 12:27 PM (This post was last modified: 23-03-2017 06:12 PM by Kaneda.)
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^^^Good. At least we'll know who to point the finger to when the worldwide famines finally start.


Has anyone here heard of The Dark Mountain Project? It's an organization formed to help people put the insanity of their current civilization into perspective, and learn to live with life's impermanence in a time of financial, ecological, and cultural collapse.

You won't find much in the way of saving the environment here, but it goes a long way toward helping people cope with the things they can't change. It's done me quite a bit of good.

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23-03-2017, 12:51 PM
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(23-03-2017 12:27 PM)Kaneda Wrote:  ^^^Good. At least we'll know who to point the finger to when the worldwide famines finally start.


Has anyone here heard of The Dark Mountain Project? It's an organization formed to help people understand the inanities of their time, and learn to live with life's impermanence in this insane civilization.

You won't find much in the way of saving the environment here, but it goes a long way toward helping people cope with the things they can't change. It's done me quite a bit of good.

No. That's the first I've heard of it but what I just read blew my mind. It appears to be perfectly in tune with reality. Incredible. Coolest thing I've learned about in a long time.
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24-03-2017, 03:48 AM
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"Coal power projects under development around the world saw a precipitous drop in 2016, according to a new report, bringing with it a dose of good news for climate change. With this slowdown, the authors found, the possibility of constraining global warming below 2 degrees Celsius remains in reach—though there is still work to be done."

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22032...ign=buffer

In other words, although many of us in America may dispair of our politicians, other countries are taking action in a way that may still prevent the worst of climate change.

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24-03-2017, 07:56 PM
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"Changing weather patterns linked to rising global temperatures have resulted in a dearth of wind across northern China, according to several recent studies, exacerbating a wave of severe pollution that has been blamed for millions of premature deaths. Wind usually helps blow away smog, but changes in weather patterns in recent decades have left many of China’s most populous cities poorly ventilated, scientists say."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/world....html?_r=2
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