This is what Climate Change looks like

Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power around the nation’s capital – and left to deal with a record breaking heat wave alone. Fueled by all-time temperature highs on Friday, a massive freak storm ripped across the Mid-Atlantic Friday night – killing at least 15 people and knocking out power to more than three million. West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington, DC have all declared states of emergency.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the nation – a wildfire continues to scorch Colorado – where tens of thousands of people have been evacuated out of harm’s way and more than 350 homes destroyed. On the heels of this freak weather is a new report from climate scientists around the world warning that when it comes to rising sea levels, the tipping point has already been passed.

Scientists with U.S. research group Climate Central warned that even with drastic cuts in CO2 emissions, rising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next few hundred years – threatening roughly a tenth of the world’s population that lives in low-lying areas. So here we have massive wildfires, catastrophic storms, and rising oceans – welcome to the new normal – brought to us by transnational oil barons and the politicians they own.


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Steve.I.Am 10 years 30 weeks ago

Colorado's wildfires are most definitely a Climate Change event.

The mild winters over the last decade has lead to a Pine bark beetle infestation (the beetles would normally get killed off in the winter). In some parts of the Colorado high country all of the "lodge pole pines" are dead for as far as the eye can see. Those dead forests then get set on fire by a lightning strike, or a casually tossed cigarette, and the whole tinder dry, dead, forest goes up in smoke.

We've had more than a dozen wild fires already this year, and "fire season" just started, today!

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Robindell 10 years 30 weeks ago

In response to a caller on today's show, Dick Cheney did not as you thought undergo a heart transplate operaton at Bethesda Naval Hospital, which is in Maryland. Reports indicated that his surgery took place at a hospital in Virginia, which did not seem to be a military hospital, probably in Northern Virginia, or suburban Washington. I just wanted to point this out.

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historywriter 10 years 30 weeks ago

I think we should round up all the climate change deniers, starting with the most comfortable ones who spent small fortunes proclaiming it was a hoax, and make each of them go help one household as it tries to recover from damage to houses, loss of food in refrigerator, and all the other consequences that flow from climate change. In addition, we can send one each to every older person without AC to help them through these weeks--run errands, find a fan or two, or whatever needs to be done to help these people recover from the immediate climate change disasters.They could be assigned to help clean up in Duluth and some other towns in Minnesota who have suffered a once in a lifetime flood disaster. Or go help put out fires in the west. If people vote in ignorance, and fail all compassion tests that affecct others, they need to fully experience its consequences.

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East Side Joe 10 years 30 weeks ago

Eighty degree days in early March. Ninety degrees in spans of 5 to 7 days in a row, the average temperture is 83 degrees this time of year. Last summer and this summer back to back the hottest in my life. I live South Bend, In.

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PhilipHenderson 10 years 30 weeks ago

Corporate puppets in Washington DC has their message clear. They deny all factual information about the effects of climate change and they keep getting million dollar contributions for their re-election. They know who butters their bread and care nothing about the public they were elected to serve. Soon we will be experiencing more drought in California. Last year farmers in the Central Valley uprooted their orchards because they were not going to have enough water to keep them alive. I live in Orange County California, we are as dry as can be in the last ten years. Water will be an issue. When we do get rain the ground is so hard the water does not soak into the ground instead it rolls into the streams and then into the ocean. We have limited ability to capture infrequent rain water.

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leighmf 10 years 30 weeks ago

Climate changes are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to death and destruction wrought by poo-poo barons. South Florida is in a super pickle due to salt water intrusion from phony canal fronts, coupled with a rise in sea level which has been anticipated by biologists here for ever so long. Coastal development has accelerated erosion and destroyed natural dune barriers, inland development of golf courses and artificial waterfronts has invaded the acquifer by dynamiting and deep well injection of who knows what. With fertilizer run-off, badly sited agricultural areas have changed the nutrient composition of the everglades ecosystem into the fate of an eutrophic slime pit, crawling with pythons and assorted abandoned pets.

Most of all, dredging, bad forestry, and wanton mining of minerals, rock, and soil have both polluted and destabilized the geological integrity of the state. We have a very few names to thank for this, very akin to some which were once known as Nazi industrialists, Robert Fleming & Co., as well as the house of Windsor which changed its name under the same conditions as The German American National Bank with the Straus Commercial Bank (UBS correspondent) changed its name to Lincoln National.

See it like a native.

Next time you're on Lincoln Road, going up in a Thyssen-Krupp elevator, think BeBe Rebozo, Zapata Oil, and Opie Richie Buckingham Drugs.

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fatfax 10 years 30 weeks ago

No more sunny days in the Pacific Northwest.. cloudy most of the year.

Water evaporation due to higher water/air temps have lead to more significant cloud cover in the Pacific Northwest...You wait out 9 months of winter cloudy skies just to have a few sun breaks in the 3 summer months..It wasn't like this when I was a kid here in the 70's and 80's and early 90's.

It's really Awful not haveing the sunshine anymore...getting worse every year.....and alot more rain too....

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ken ware 10 years 30 weeks ago

It is ironic how everyone seems to dismiss the fact that the people have demanded more power, not just the big corporations or the politicians in Washington, the people have to start taking the blame for our current situation as well. I live in Southern California, in what is called the South bay. The weather has never been better with cool ocean breezes and nice sunny days. And everyone has their air conditioners on ever afternoon! Consumption is part of the problem as well. And let us not forget we have over populated the area we call the Southwestern United States and we have to get much of the water from the Colorado Rive. Nearby states such as Arizona and Colorado are debating over the fact that we are using too much water to keep Southern California and the Central Valley going. The Central Valley has been told for decades that they need to conserve water for the crops and use new ways of watering the crops; little has been done to do so. Southern California is virtually a desert region and we have over populated the region. Yes the corporations need to do more about global warming and yes the politicians have done a terrible job in regulating the pollution they produce. But the fact still exists that we will run out of our natural supply of water, if you want to call importing a vast majority from outside of the state natural and still the population continues to grow out of control, here in S. Cal. . So it is time we started to do something about over populating an area that nature did not supply an abundance of water too and an area that does not have enough water to continue to grow the crops we once did, especially since the scientists say we have hit a tipping point with little chance of stopping what is happening in nature due to the human over expansion and pollution due to over consumption. We have to do something more than just point fingers and complain. If the population does not do more than complain this part of the United States will again be a desert waste land and it will be our legacy to the following generations not yet born.....

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Palindromedary 10 years 30 weeks ago

So, how do the wobble-headed sheeple, who refuse to believe the scientists when they say that there is ample evidence of global warming, compare to the wobble-headed sheeple, who refuse to believe in the scientists who say that there is ample evidence to refute the "official 911 conspiracy theory"? The evidence that all three WTC buildings were brought down by demolition is very ample, indeed. And it is irrefutable that the government committed a big crime when it covered up the evidence by immediately shipping all the steel beams off to China for melt-down and processing. It looks like many people are too afraid to see the "elephant in the room" and are in denial of what very wealthy and powerful people in high positions in our government, military, and corporate infrastructure have done to cow people into accepting their eventual destruction.

9/11 - Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out, Full-length

eyeballfarmer 10 years 30 weeks ago

What Climate Change Looks Like

I take issue with your characterization of what Climate Change looks like. That we build homes in fire zones and suspend our power supply on poles is a testament to our compound stupidity. Our core stupidity is that we have percipitated a tectonic change in our ecosphere that will last thousands or millions of years. That we have overlaid our stupidity with what we think of as the amenities of civilized life is inconsequential.

The message has been the same since the 70's: too many people, too many poisons. Now we know more about the process. 'Climate Change' is the name de jour, and we are just now beginning to see catastrophic results, but NOTHING has changed our behavior.

There has been and will always be a small cadre of activists who toot their horns and make their own little lifestyle changes (I am one of those), but I am confident that we will not stop pumping CO2 into the atmosphere or pouring thousands of poisons into our soils, water, and food untill all the fossil fuels have been consumed or until there is no longer a civilization to consume them. How stupid is that!

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MontanaMuleGal 10 years 30 weeks ago

Hooray for EyeBallFarmer

Finally someone who brings up OVERPOPULATION of the human being! This is the planet's biggest problem -- humans are the vermin of the Earth.

Somebody answer the mystery: Why is the human so destructive? Why is the human so greedy? Why is the human so cruel? Why are only some human beings so despicable, and others not?

The human is God's biggest evolutionary mistake!

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mcevoybarry 10 years 30 weeks ago

I am very frustrated at the climate change debate - I attended an event in Dublin, Ireland in 2006 and Economist and Nobel Prize winner Joesph Stiglitz explained that he was a member of Clintons INter Governmental panel of climate change and he said the evidence then was incontrivertable and even more supported by 2006. I was astounded as a broadsheet reader how il-informed I was on the issue the power of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph right wing newspapers in Britain that muddy the waters on the issue is frightening. I heard a debate on UK Question Time prog one liberal panelist said even if you do not support the arguement for climate change the policies that are needed for a sustainable economy are senisble and effective regardless.

I watched the Gaslandmovie from USA recently and it scares us in the North of Ireland our politicans in power have granted 5 licenses across the statelet. The green party is opposing and I am doing my best to get the message out but there is powerful forces at play in favour for profits. The jobs creating in the area one really bothers me: I thought concentration camps would create jobs that doesnt mean we should build them :-(

Oh by the way the Daily Mail paper ran a story this week that UK will face 'US mid-west' type weather till December: they have no concerns about running with negative emotion stories either when their climate change stance is destroyed,

Read Last of Ancient Sunlight from Echart Tolle recommends at back of Power of Now. Love the site G_d bless all here!

Barry McEvoy

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JTaylor 10 years 30 weeks ago

Overpopulation has led to the overconsumption of fossil fuels for energy, and coupled with continued deforestation has led to an excess of CO2 in the atmosphere, melting the polar ice caps and raising global sea levels while huge amounts of anonymous cash - legalized bribery because of Citizens United - retain our politicians so that they do not work to stop the problem in our public interest, and seven large conglomerates control roughly 80% of American media so that whatever message the super-rich want the super-poor to hear can be broadcast simultaneously on 1,000 different channels. Messages like, "The Environmental Protection Agency is the reason that you can't find a job."

The solution is easy: LEGALIZE MARIJUANA! It sounds preposterous, doesn't it? Does it sound any more preposterous than the scenario just described? Cannabis Sativa, also commonly known as hemp or marijuana, is drought-resistant, can be grown from Hawaii to Alaska to Florida thus negating the need for wars over foreign resources, is inexpensive to process into food, fabric, plastic, paper, medicine, and fuel, and helps clean the air, soil and water as it is growing.

The US Federal government legalized "Marihuana" to support our military during World War II. Watch the 1942 USDA film, HEMP FOR VICTORY. If the US legalizes Marijuana again - perhaps to support our troops in the War on Drugs, for example - we can then use this resource for everything that Nature intended, leaving fossil fuels in the ground where they belong and leaving petroleum company CEOs with nothing.

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humanitys team 10 years 30 weeks ago

I have just spent the last two years researching HEMP and what our friend JTaylor said above is of so importance to Humanity right now .

The enormity of this cannot be over looked ,it's time for ordinary people to take the resonsibility to build a sustainable planet and use nature not abuse nature ,our friend is nature this is not the enemy.

Hemp has been placed on this planet for our use ,stop cutting down trees ,they provide so much of our oxygen and balance much of the ecosystem hemp could provide us with all the paper we need.

Everything that can be made with petroleum you can make with Hemp it is natures no 1 PLANT.

It can grow any where requires no pesticides and little rain.

Google hemps cousin a great little video on YouTube for more info.

Thanks JTaylor welcome to humanity,s team.

BARBARA NECKER 10 years 30 weeks ago

Yes, we have only ourselves to blame for the damage being done to our planet. When scientists warned us what was about to happen, we did nothing, & mocked President Jimmy Carter for trying to persuade us to cut back on consumption. President Obama is being mocked & vilified for trying to find green energy solutions to these horrendous problems, but it's probably too late.

The oil barons, meanwhile continue to "drill, baby, drill" and we continue to heedlessly lap up every drop of what comes out of the ground. Now we're moving our depradations to the fragile arctic & will end up reaping an ever increasing amount of whirlwind.

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TP.Wood 10 years 30 weeks ago

Hey wait. You should be happy that no one in the North east has AC. Isn't that a part of our Climate detriment. . . .

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