It's getting hot in here...

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 was hotter than any other year in their 120 years of record keeping. Here in the U.S., NOAA and NASA are expected to make similar announcements in the coming weeks. And, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that if we stay on this path, the result will be dangerous and irreversible.

Although some of our lawmakers here at home continue to deny the obvious, just about every scientific agency on Earth is calling for immediate action on climate change. Science-denying legislators may be able to fool their constituents in most of our country, where temperatures were not particularly hot last year. But, try that with someone living in California or Alaska, or anyone who traveled over seas, and you'll find that they aren't easily fooled.

These extreme temperatures have contributed to California's intense heat and severe drought, and Alaska's average temperature in 2014 was more than three degrees higher than the previous year. In Australia, temperatures spiked over 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and Europe was hotter than it's been for 500 years.

If ever there was a sign that we need to act, last year was it, and we need to act now if we want to save our species. These rising temperatures bring bigger super storms, more widespread droughts, and more overall destruction. The fight against global warming isn't just about hotter summers, it's about saving our planet and our future, and it's not too late to take action.

According to the IPCC, “The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”

In other words, there is a lot we can do to prevent the following years from being even hotter than 2014, but all of it starts with the belief that we can, and must, do more to stop global warming.


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rocklinjohn 8 years 20 weeks ago

What exactly does 'hotter than any other year on record' mean? Average surface temperature? Hottest brief spike? I just reaaad a piece in the Sacramento Bee that this is the hottest year on record... for Jan. through Nov. EXCLUDING December - one of the coldest on record.

Personally I am experiencing bumper crops on my fruit trees, am using less fuel and burning less to warm the house, and my kids are comlaining about the cold in record low numbers.

"To save the species"... just heard the NY Times front page prediction from the 80's of mass starvation from the global cooling. By 2015.

LOVE this 'settled science.'

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JohnLemessurier 8 years 20 weeks ago


Nobody knows the trouble we'll see... Nobody but JESUS.

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JohnLemessurier 8 years 20 weeks ago

In truth, there is a not a lot we can do to prevent the following years from being even hotter than 2014. In fact, there is NOTHING we can do to prevent the following years from being even hotter than 2014.

All of it starts with the belief that we can, and must, do more to stop global warming, but we can't!!!. WAKE UP!

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jamesfittz 8 years 20 weeks ago

We are now--and have been for more than a decade--beyond the tipping point. An acquaintance of mine who was the Chief Ccientist (now retired) for the Core Research Center of the U S Geological Survey here in Denver told me that there is no turning back. All we can do is slow the inevitable at this point. We are told so many lies. The truths don't win elections and provide power to those who push us to our doom. One wonders how long it will take our planet to recover, if ever. As a grandfather and soon to be great-grandfather, this keeps me awake at night!

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bobbler 8 years 20 weeks ago

Not a surprise the flat earthers would chime in immediately, not in the least embarrassed by their ignorance. Conservatives already do the opposite of everything Jesus stood for when they vote republican. So its a small jump to believe talking heads like Limbaugh and Donald trump, over the consensus of 97-percent of the worlds scientists; So this is correctly compared to flat earthers; its about the same; except this time possible extinction of the human race hangs in the balance (as we humans are perched precariously on top of the food chain).

PaulScott 8 years 20 weeks ago

If anyone is concerned about climate change, and all of you should be, there are two things you can do to have a significant impact on your own contribution to the problem.

1. Change your home's electricity to renewable. If you have the roof for it, install a solar PV system. If you can't do that, switch to your utility's renewable energy program.

2. If you must drive a car, switch to one that runs on electricity.

Doing these two things reduces the average American's pollution footprint by over 90%. The other benefit is that you stop giving the oil, coal, and NG companies any of your money. This is big. We give these three industries over a trillion dollars every year. That's why they have so much money with which to fight us.

As more people do this, the money starts to make a difference. The average household will save over $2,000 per year. This money can then be spent on local goods and services creating millions of new jobs over time. And if a small percentage of this savings is given to politicians who support our causes, we can begin to counter the financial imbalance that exists today.

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 20 weeks ago

Reply to post #6: Great suggestions, Paul, for those who have enough money to buy solar panels and new cars. I'm not one of them.

Let's not forget the role of corporate factory farms in this nightmare scenario. Eating less meat is another way to shrink that "footprint". - AIW

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2950-10K 8 years 20 weeks ago

"Belief that we can"......return to pre-Reagan tax rates and with this increase in revenue install residential solar and community wind farms all across our country. Not only would this create vast economic growth, but citizens also gain a degree of control over the energy sector. If we can spend 700 billion this year on a Fascist war economy, we can damn well spend billions on saving the planet too. It's both social and economic justice that individuals like the Kochs and Waltons fork over revenue to fund this inevitable energy conversion.

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stecoop01 8 years 20 weeks ago

The snowball is already in motion...and not only are we pushing it on, we are also in the way. It will sonn become an avalanche.

When it's finally over, if we're still here, there won't be nearly as many of us as now.

Problem solved.

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Lloyd Lutterman 8 years 20 weeks ago

People have no clue how the Earth is constructed or why oil, coal etc is where it is...and was never meant to be dug up until a particular dumbass species came along that destroys all it encounters! It was Earth's coolant much like the combustion engine needs a coolant so as not to burn itself up. FRaud after fraud after fraud and humans, especially the capitalist cannot see the lies we've been conned into believing all these years. We continue the destruction or our own habitat!

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DAnneMarc 8 years 20 weeks ago
Quote 2950-10K:If we can spend 700 billion this year on a Fascist war economy, we can damn well spend billions on saving the planet too.

Actually I think it's more to the tune of topping $1 Trillion/year. What we call a "War on Terror" is actually a "War for Oil." One must remember, however, that almost all this taxpayer money is going to fund control over oil supplies. We are actually being taxed to death; paying for the demise of the human species. If we add our military spending to our health care costs and the damage done by super storms and conditions caused by climate change we can actually see the REAL cost of a gallon of gas.

One thing that would resolve the problem, reverse climate change, create millions of jobs, and end our dependence on foreign oil is Hemp. It has been estimated that by growing Industrial Hemp on only 6% of our continental soil we could produce almost three times our nation's gasoline needs. The surplus could be used to generate electricity, produce plastic, paper, cloth, medicine, food, building materials, or exported. As a fringe benefit, the "War on Terror" would be over almost immediately. You heard it right--REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE! When a plant grows it produces O2 and removes CO2 from the air. Even solar energy can't do that. Time to get started!

The Daily Kos: Hemp Can Save America

Quote Article:Growing industrial hemp on just 6% of American lands would produce 100% of our energy needs. We don't need one drop of stinking fossil fuels. Heep seed oil is an excellent biodiesel which produces far less harmful pollution into our atmosphere, 80% less carbon dioxide and almost no sulfur emissions. Hemp produces 40% more ethanol than corn per acre and it grows in marginal soils actually improving soil quality when used as a rotation crop. Hemp requires almost no fertilizer and absolutely no pesticides compared to corn which is the top consumer of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in American agriculture. Industrial hemp grows quickly, maturing in as little as 100 days and produces 4 times a year, enough biomass to produce all our electrical generation needs with far less pollution and with industry creating additional beneficial byproducts.
Quote Article:The University of Missouri estimates that an average-size metropolitan area production of 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel could generate $8.34million in personal income and 6000 temporary and permanent jobs. (Ref: National Biodiesel Board)
Quote Article:If our congress critters were actually serious about job creation in the private sector they would remove all the arcane barriers to production of the most valuable commodity which would very easily end our dependence to foreign oil.

For those wanting links and more information on the 6% claim.
United States Fact Sheet: US agriculture
Total Land Area in the Continental United States is 2,263,994,361 acres [3,536,294 square miles] 6% of this total land area is 135,659,662 acres. Hemp yields about 10 tons per acre every 100 days to 4 months or 1,356,596,620 tons of total hemp biomass at least twice a year, 3 times a year in southern climates.
Hemp biomass conversions
There are several ways to convert biomass into usable energy including direct combustion to create steam. Assuming that most of the biomass is converted to cleaner fuels first and we subtract the weight from the total biomass for all the other uses before converting we are still talking close to a trillion and a half tons of hemp for fuel conversion. Ethanol conversion rates vary from low of 25 gallons a ton to as much as 100 gallons a ton with modern conversion techniques. Lets use 50 gallon a ton as an educated estimate, that's around 750 trillion gallons of ethanol a year which is more than all the gasoline used in 2010 which was just over 125 trillion gallons. Ethanol is not as energy concentrated as gasoline so the ethanol would require reforming and concentrating to yield fuel mileage rates like gasoline. Still enough hemp fuel could be created and still have enough hemp biomass left to produce methane for electrical generation.

We in the US use about 20 million barrels of oil a day. One barrel of oil is about 42 gallons. That in turn produces 19 gallons of fuel. Therefore 20 million barrels produces 380 million gallons of gasoline per day.

6% of American land can produce 750 trillion gallons of gas per year. That is just over 2 trillion gallons of gasoline per day. Far more than enough to meet the 380 million gallon habit we have. The rest can be burned to produce electricity, used to make plastics, paper and consumer goods, or export.

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Aliceinwonderland 8 years 20 weeks ago

Thank you Marc! Great article. No one can claim that viable -- even superior! -- alternatives don't exist.

LaurieBethKay 8 years 20 weeks ago

It's ALL a C O W S P I R A C Y !!!

cccccttttt 8 years 20 weeks ago

Rant about the causes of global warming as you will, the

weather will be more violent and the seas will rise.

Rather lets focus the discussion on disaster scenarios:

--what are the logistics of moving coastal cities inland?

--is underground housing the answer to heat and high winds?

--what would it take to create floating cities?

--can NASA aeroponic gardening methods be scaled?

--how to organize communities to work with the military?

Pleading for international cooperation on CO2 treaties

has its place right beside standing in line for a lottery ticket.


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BMetcalfe 8 years 20 weeks ago

Probably no one out there really cares what this old woman has heard, has read, and remembers from more than 40 years ago. But I'm stubborn, and I'm going to share a bit of it with you, anyway.

When I was taking adult classes at a local college in the early 1970s, one of my classes was on weather and probable changes for the next 50 years. Pollution was the primary problem at that time in L.A. We had just begun to alter the horrible inversion layer that plagued L.A. after the Red Cars were taken out and there was at least one car for every family, and predictions that families with two or more 16+ age drivers would be at least 3 cars by the end of the decade. With more wives and teens driving, I could see that by the mid-70s the middle class had already surpassed this prediction. We would need more than just higher prices for special additives during the months when the inversion layer was prevalent. We would need ride-sharing and better mass transportation.

The science books showed that pollution, whether from the clouds dropping acid rain or increased cars on the freeways, pollution could stall the jet stream which would create much hotter Summers and much colder Winters all across North America, by the end of the 20th Century. The West Coast of California could expect more heat, more humidity, more forest fires, less rain and snow fall converted to our water supplies; droughts, colder Winters, and perhaps even necessary migration of farmers and crops towards the Midwest. Mind you, this was in 1971 and 1972...

I didn't notice a huge change in L.A. County until 1987 - when the thunderstorms almost entirely went away. I can remember perhaps 7 good thunderstorms since then (more in the higher altitudes, but practically NONE close around the L.A. Basin). We on rare occasions have drenching rains, but if we see one or 2 flashes of lightning, we're doing well. Now our Summers are shorter with much more humidity when it gets truly hot; few dry, high 80 degree days. And our Winters are much colder on average, and sometimes it's near-freezing at night. That was just after the time the D.O.J. coined the word chemtrails, but none of us heard that word until the early part of the first decade of the 21st Century.

You'd think that if our government and the chemical companies actually could control weather, and if they'd been experimenting with it since the 1970s, they'd have mastered it by now. California's fruit, vegetable and breadbasket of grains would be the most important and protected areas... After all, we've worked the hardest, paid much higher taxes, and should be as protected as the ranchers and the large farmers of the Mid-West.

But that's not true. We're far more vulnerable now than ever, inspite of all the ways we've tried to clean up our air and our streams. Mom & Pop farms have been bought up and consolidated into corporate entities. Instead of rotating crops to keep the fertile land natural and healthy, Monsanto, Dow, Beir, and others whose names are involved in petroleum-based fertilizers, have romanced the corporations into using the "new and improved" methods of farming on a large scale. Hence, we have Frankenfish, Franken-fruits & veggies, Franken-eggs, cheese, milk and Franken-poultry that upsets our digestive systems, requiring us to take more pharamaceuticlas to ward off the affects of far less nuitricious and tasty food, chemtrails that cut the sunlight to our solar power endeavors, and the normal Jetstream has been corrupted, not to mention foul-smelling air that affects our lungs and sinuses, and pollutes the ocean, the forests and all the wildlife when the fall-out from the dreaded chemtrails takes away the sun, stars, and falls to the ground. Not only are we being assaulted, there is not a NATO nation that doesn't now have chemtrails.

What is the point to saying these chemtrails are blocking the dangerous UVA and UVB rays to prevent more cases of skin cancer, when (if that was every a true ambition) we're living longer but suffering far more before we finally die, from new cancers, and old-folks diseases affecting younger people, with new maladies being cited practically every month?!

Climate change is very real to those of us who are old enough to remember how food used to taste and nurture our bodies, and we miss those pristine blue skies from horizon-to-horizon we used to enjoy, between those natural fluffy clouds and beautiful thunderheads from nearly 4 decades ago. I'd wager a guess that 90% of all the clouds, now, are manufactured by the chemtrails, and the ones that still can occasionaly form naturally are corrupted by chemtrail planes flying high above them. I've seen a few of those ventures, myself... right from my deck.

But too many younger people never look up, and when they do, they have no memories of the natural skies. They have no memories of how wonderful natural food used to taste.

But the two things that gall me the most are knowing that the religious want to leave all these problems in the hands of God, and the ones elected who are still old enough to remember how the skies and foods were then - are in bed with their Masters who fund their campaigns - the chemical and pharmaceutical companies whose greed leaves no room to care about people and animals because they already have vaccines to save themselves and those they love, knowledge of other planets and far superior modes of travel that their families and the controlling elite will use to escape this beautiful world when they've sufficiently destroyed it, leaving the rest of us to suffer and die while they populate some other earth-like world - and immediately begin to destroy those new ones, too! My lingering question is, which planet has Mr. Kissinger chosen for his Kingship? (Y'all may need to think for a spell on that one, before it makes sense...)

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chuckle8 8 years 20 weeks ago

rocklinjohn re #1 -- As I have said before on this blog, we need global warming to educate people on what science is. "Settled science" is an oxymoron. Science deals only with probabilities. Commentators and misinformed people like you can not deal with probabilities.

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chuckle8 8 years 20 weeks ago

Lloyd Lutterman re #10 -- The capitalists clearly see the lies that they are feeding us, since they are the ones feeding the lies to us.

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2950-10K 8 years 20 weeks ago

reply to DAnneMarc: Surely industrial hemp could be a big part of the solution...... in the same manner that regulations should have made 100 mpg combustible gasoline engines the norm the last four decades. However you and I both know solutions like these do not enrich the Carbon Barons and thus get nixed by our corpse/billionaire controlled unrepresentative government.

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chuckle8 8 years 20 weeks ago

reply to 2950-10K et al -- Like thet say "amen" in church, we should say "" after each of our blogs.

Legend 8 years 20 weeks ago

Think how much money can be saved by not having to vacation in a warmer climate during the winter. Retires will not have to move from Chicago to Sun City, AZ. It will be just as warm.

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chuckle8 8 years 20 weeks ago

2950-10K -- Please quit saying unrepresentative government. It is the republicans. If we had a super-majority of dems, the labor unions would be sure to have us working on hemp and the infinite number of new jobs it would create.

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chuckle8 8 years 20 weeks ago

Legend -- Global warming means the entrapment of the energy from the sun. What that energy does can be very unpredictable. Based on what we have seen in that extra energy's intoxication of the polar vortex, it could be that global warming would create a glacier on Chicago.

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