The Planet Just Obliterated Another Heat Record

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The Planet Just Obliterated Another Heat Record

February smashed a century of global temperature records by "stunning" margin, according to data released by NASA.

The unprecedented leap led scientists, usually wary of highlighting a single month's temperature, to label the new record a "shocker" and warn of a "climate emergency."

The NASA data shows the average global surface temperature in February was 2.43 degrees Fahrenheit (1.35 degrees Celsius) warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951-1980, a far bigger margin than ever seen before. The previous record, set just one month earlier in January, was 2.07 degrees F (1.15 C) above the long-term average for that month.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/03/february-heat-record-smashed

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I work outdoors with plants, so I feel it! It's MUCH too hot for it only to be March, already we have hit 80. I would love to be able to bury my head in the sand and pretend it's a "fluke year" but really, I'm scared.

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Get used to it. This is just the warm-up to the big meltdown. Interesting after all this time the topic is just about dead in the MSM and the debates - including the Dem debates. Only Bernie & the Fracking promoter - Hillary, have any kind of plan. And those plans are just a joke, not even remotely close to being able to address the problem.

The essential fact that stands above all else: There is just so much money in fossil fuels that the elites will not allow any serious action against their energy hegemony. What the fossil fuel barons do promote is Hype & Spin (Obama is the champion spin doctor of all time) -- luv that, Non-solutions -- give us more of those. Bait-And-Switch -- an excellent strategy. Distractions & Deflection -- that works remarkedly well. Climate Change Denial -- that helps us out.

End result: Burn-Baby-Burn. You might want to write a note to your grandchildren asking forgiveness for what a corrupt bunch of sleazy stooge politicians we have allowed to takeover our nations, and the consequences of that will be left for them to deal with.

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You're right, the only things in the future will be mitigating public works projects putting up sea walls all around FL, no beaches left, New Netherlands come on down! Maybe the koch refineries in TX can be left to submerge and become useless for a bit of karma. 2050 will be the cliff and 2099 will be the end and the US may be the first to have a Venusphere (atmosphere of venus). I wonder if the great lakes will begin boiling first or just steaming with toxic waste fumes choking off the Mistake on the Lake (Cleveland).

I hope the French revolution will begin to be taught again in KS to illustrate what the people did to the leaders that screwed them, royally. Some Caterpillar earth movers could raise the koch estate in less than an hour. Then the retreat where all the donors congregate might get drone bombed, after warning the staff to exit first. Fred koch's favorite countries in 1938 were Italy, Germany, and Japan. Maybe a koch bro could meet a similar end to Mussolini, on youtube of course. Tax thieves used to be boiled in oil, not petroleum but whale blubber. Kochs never pay taxes so an oil bath just to 1st degree burns would be fitting, not boiling, but like the frog in water heating up gradually until it figures out it's too hot to stay.

All the reagan memorials would be blown up too, and reagan street signs torn down. All of this may sound harsh, but it was the documented results when fascism was ended. Franco just died and pinochet escaped with maggie thatcher's help.

Reagan still had Mandela on the terrorist watch list during his rein. TV was not even allowed in South Africa until 1976, about the time reagan was embarking on his dereg moves to introduce propaganda by killing news and journalism with the end of the fairness doctrine. He liked apartheid and it's control of the messaging and restricting news or truth. Propaganda became news in the US as SA began to get news, and education, and truth. Reagan peddled lies, Mandela offered truth, so of course he was a terrorist in reagan's eyes.

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I hear the band is playing Nearer My God to Thee in the club car, may as well go on back and have a cigar and some good whiskey for the rest of the ride. Ain't no stopping this train now guys. Party on. Fare thee well, fare thee well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XFYMjkFYPg

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This is an el nino spike-- later this year into next is set to become la nina and this will show to be an el nino spike and not an upward step change. Perhaps not though. In any case there none of the catastrophic predictions due to warming have occurred and in fact there has been a net benefit so far.

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Over population is the root problem.

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No problem, the one that dies with the most toys wins.

Here's a fine way to toast the receding bend as you look out the back window and toast what was; I recommend Montenegro Vecchia Romagna 35 and a red and gold banded (nope no writing) Havana.

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Soo how is the California salad basket doing?? y'a know, California supplies most of the veggies/salad to Amerika.

You say green is for wabbits but oh noo, hay may be scarce for livestocks. Oh that's right no worry there cause they'll be chewing on feedcorn made from corn grown with Bt GMO, Roundup Ready strain with added drought tolerant gene from some desert plant. Corn is tasting bit like cacti? you don't say...

My planting schedule is out of whack thanks to the crazy weather.

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Of course a lower population means proportionately lower emissions, and certainly we should strive to achieve zero population growth, which is happening, but not until circa 2050. Meanwhile analysis shows efforts on population control are not going to be effective for climate change mitigation.

Hans Rosling. The overpopulation Myth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5BM7CE5-8

Hans Rosling, Ted Talk, World population growth, box by box:

https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growth/trans...

Barry Brook, Why population policy will not solve climate change:

http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/09/19/population-no-cc-fix-p1/

Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems, Corey J. A. Bradshaw1 and Barry W. Brook:

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/46/16610.abstract

The American Scholar: The World has reached Peak Kid - Population stability for future, Gaia Vince:

https://theamericanscholar.org/peak-kid/

So the fact remains, the obvious and indeed only climate change mitigation solution is the rapid replacement of fossil fuels with nuclear energy. The fossil fuel people know that very well, so their #1 priority is to kneecap nuclear energy and they make great efforts to achieve that. As long as nuclear is constrained they know they have no worries. Know-nothings flapping their gums a-mile-a-minute will not change the reality that there is no conceivable alternative to nuclear energy if you intend to replace our fossil fuel driven economy.

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"...the US may be the first to have a Venusphere (atmosphere of venus). I wonder if the great lakes will begin boiling first or just steaming with toxic waste fumes choking off the Mistake on the Lake (Cleveland)..."

That is a bit of an exaggeration. But it is going to be rough by end of this century - at the latest. Antartica will be suffering a major meltdown, not much left of Arctic permanent ice, mainly the Central Greenland ice cap - which will be rapidly shrinking.

Interesting though that the Earth is in line to have the worst runaway global warming ever in about 500 million years. Much worse than Venus. As the sun heats up the vast water reserves on Earth will precipitate a massive runaway global warming resulting in the surface temperature on Earth of some 3500 degF, much hotter than Venus, a surface of molten rock and an atmospheric pressure 3X that of Venus or 300X present. Earth will become the hell-hole of the solar system. What a terrible fate! Humans have the power to prevent that or at least move living ecosystems to other worlds. Our solemn duty. Protectors of the Earth's Biota.

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Not a cigar and brandy fancier Smiling? Then you should open a bottle of last years dandelion wine while sitting in the cooling shade of your back porch. Rise a glass to all the yesterdays.

https://archive.org/stream/RayBradburyDandelionWine/Ray_Bradbury_-_Dandelion_wine_djvu.txt

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Quote smilingcat:My planting schedule is out of whack thanks to the crazy weather.
As has been the bane of all farmers for all time.

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Over population is the root problem.

Bingo, you hit the nail on the head here. 250,000 humans are added to the earth every day. That is going to continue to put a strain on the environment anyway you look at it.

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Nope, you're dead wrong. World population growth rate is only 1.0%. China has already undertaken a draconian population control program with the enforced one child policy since 1978. China population growth rate has been at 0.5% whereas growth in energy consumption is over 8%. That's 16X higher. You won't get much from population control, needs to be done with reasonable efforts but to solve the climate change conundrum requires a massive switch from fossil fuels to nuclear energy. There is no other way.

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instant mouth run off is a good name for you,

watch the numbers for yourself:

http://www.worldometers.info 

I don't know what time they reset their clock each day (maybe gmt ?) but by the time I finish this the net world growth in population so far TODAY will be over 90,000.

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Okay mouth,

here we are with 1 hour past and appox. 10,000 (actually over) more people later x 24 = 240,000 net growth before the clock resets.

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Yes moron, are you capable of any math? Do you know what a percentage is? So as I said population growth is around 1% per year = ~200k per day. China energy growth is 8X that and after the most serious population control effort in modern history still has 16X their population growth rate in energy growth. The difference 1% growth per year over 50 yrs = 64% increase wherease 8% growth per year over 50 yrs = 4700% increase. Obvious which is the most serious issue by far.

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Yes jerk off I am somewhat capable in math but then again I'm not the one that posted, and I quote; "Nope, you're dead wrong. World population growth rate is only 1.0%." So don't give me that moron bs as YOU completely glossed over the fact of a quarter million people daily added and the impact on the WORLD they present as only a mere 1% and claiming the 250,000 figure was a lie.

Go sit on one of those waste piles you're so proud of.

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The only liar here is obviously you claiming I claimed the 250k figure is a lie, which i didn't. And 1% or 0.5% is much smaller than 8% China energy growth so that pretty much nails it doesn't it.

And you can go back and listen to Hans Rosling explain the facts to you - he is regarded as one of the World's foremost authorities on the subject:

The Overpopulation Myth by Hans Rosling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5BM7CE5-8

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Nope, you're dead wrong. World population growth rate is only 1.0%.

HOW MUCH PLAINER CAN IT BE if not by your own words mr.mouth? You said 1% as if it doesn't add up to a quarter of a million daily to absorb..........and no I don't care where they happen to be born because in the end they all will be taking their piece of whatever bits of the pie are left to sustain all life forms on this small island of ours in the universe. That you want a radioactive waste pile left behind in our wake is an entirely different issue than what the population growth IS.

ps. I just check the clock for today.........171,000 and still counting. For this 24 hour period 1% ain't too far away now mr.mouth.

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I said "nope, you're dead wrong" in response to the previous, quoted claim of " Overpopulation is the root problem. Bingo". I never did claim the 250k/day figure is wrong. The UN posted rate is currently 1.18% of 7.35B (2015) so that is 237k per day.

That is a lot of extra mouths to feed, and no doubt is a significant factor in energy growth, but it is not the root problem and it is a problem that is slowly being resolved. And pipe dreams of somehow (how do you propose to achieve that?) fast-tracking that still haven't been nearly as significant in China, which did do that, as energy source is.

That being said, I've always been a proponent of Zero Population growth, I'm just telling you it is not going to solve the climate change conundrum and it is an ineffective solution, as studies prove to be true.

And your "radioactive waste pile" is just utter nonsense from someone who has zero knowledge of the subject. It is obvious you could care less about climate change, you just like to whine about humanity, not interested in solving anything.

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You could build all the power plants of any type you want and it still wouldn't tackle the core problem facing all life forms on earth. Namely humanity. Talk about a misdefined and misunderstood word theres one for you, humanity. Look around and see what is done in the name of humanity. You think I'm a whiner? Don't make me laugh I could care less about humanity they've gotten what they asked for, complete domination of heaven and earth so now what the fuck are they going to do with it? Because they ain't gonna have any other life forms to support them any longer, ei. to mine. Personally I could care less about the stupidity of humanity, we had our chance and we blew it.

You can play mouth piece for atomic energy all you want but to me it will always mean just more of the same old same old.........the carrying on of the same madness that put 'humanity' where we are now. So build away mr.mouth piece. I ain't gonna whine about it......I'm just laughing at the blind short sighted stupidity in the constant drum beat of more, more and yet more again. So build away mr. mouth piece carry on with the proud mantle of 'humanity'.

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No it ain't that bad. Humans have all and all done a good thing by averting another Ice age, which has been a curse for life on this Earth the past 3 million years. Mainly due to the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. Extremely destructive. With a little bit of political change humans can limit our population and live in reasonable harmony with life on this Earth and both the Earth's biota as well as human civilization will be all the better for it. The #1 problem by far remains the corruption of our political systems by the self-serving, greed crazed, globalist elites. Criminal Banksters being at the top of that pyramid. Solve that problem, i.e. elect Bernie is a good step, and the world will be on the road to recovery.

You should realize that 10,000 yrs ago life in North America was devastated by a comet strike and every 50-100 million years most life on Earth is exterminated by coment or asteroid impacts. Humans can easily prevent that.

And Mars is a planet primed and ready to become a living world, a vast incredible ecosystem, teaming with Earth life, the progeny of Mother Earth. Only humans can achieve that - reproduction for Mother Earth. That would overwhelm any damage we have done to the Earth by a factor of a million times.

Going further we know there are likely at least a 100 billion habitable worlds in our Galaxy, for all we know none have life on them. Humans can bring life to the Galaxy, Earth life, how incredible would that be.

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My, what a rosie picture all that is!

Em, there's only a couple three humps in the way, er er actually a couple three very big mountain ranges to climb to reach those goals. First of all, this planet is already strained under the wieght of 7.5 billion. So what do you think it'll look like some 30 years from now when in THEORY zero population growth is realized at 10.5 billion and resources are even more scarce then they are now? Then we have this small matter of climate to face, a problem that has been ignored for far too long to the point of what is (I believe) now too late for stopping the long ago predicted feed back loops that can't be stopped. And there are some respected scientists that predict that this loop will result in another ice age. But whatever is to come life as we know it is dead dead and gone. We've poisoned our air, our water, our oceans and the very grounds we plant our food supplies. We've killed damn near every large creature on earth and now working on all the small while we continue to poison and destroy the very habitate we also need to survive. So yeah go ahead build those reactors if you want, just keep feeding the illusion there are no boundries. That'll help.

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The future is already here and now jeremy-harding/it-migrates-to-them

He notes that the ‘late capitalist triage of humanity’ has ‘already taken place’ and quotes Jan Breman, the Asia specialist and labour anthropologist: ‘A point of no return is reached when a reserve army waiting to be incorporated into the labour process becomes stigmatised as a permanently redundant mass, an excessive burden that cannot be included now or in the future, in economy and society.’ A prospectus of slum ‘resistance’ is offered, from tactical squatting and food riots to the less rhetorical challenge of families and individuals hanging on through thick and thin; and perhaps it’s true that people who ‘stubbornly refuse to let go’ are expressing a kind of dissent, however inchoate.

Finally, Davis picks his way through the publications of the war-planners, noting the strategic fashion, at the Pentagon and the RAND Corporation, for MOUT, or ‘Military Operations on Urbanised Terrain’ – places like Mogadishu or Sadr City. But who are the enemies of the wealthy West, apart from (the wealthy) al-Qaida and the new wave of adversaries we’ve recruited with the invasion of Iraq? For an answer, Davis quotes a 1995 article by the Fort Leavenworth researcher Geoffrey Demarest: potentially the ‘dispossessed’ in general; ‘excluded populations’ everywhere; ‘criminal syndicates’; slum children coming of age (ripe for child soldiering as religious martyrs or warlord cannon fodder). In short, the extremely poor and extremely oppressed, which as this book makes clear means an awful lot of enemies. To Davis, the new strategic thinking is largely demonisation and delusion, yet he can imagine how it will go. ‘Night after night, hornet-like helicopter gunships stalk enigmatic enemies in the narrow streets of the slum districts, pouring hellfire into shanties or fleeing cars. Every morning the slums reply with suicide bombers and eloquent explosions.’

This book about the global future we already inhabit without facing up to the fact is

The French revolution offered guillotine shows staged regularly. The new revolution might revive the heads on pikes to be paraded or just posted for show. Jamie Dimon might meet a Mussolini end.

I was thinking if Dimon, Kochs, and Trump all got their heads posted on pikes an entrepreneur could do a 3d printer replica for swizzle sticks in a set of 4, order now and a Cheney stick will be included, even though he still has his head, for now.

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"...this planet is already strained under the wieght of 7.5 billion. ..."

It is, how do you figure that? Japan is a beautiful country, they have great reverence for nature, with vast forests, gardens & wildlife sanctuaries. And only 13% of their land cultivated that supplies 67% of their agricultural consumption and a population density 8X world avg, while being the World's 3rd largest industrial economy. So a world population rising from 7.5 to 10.5B and then actually declining, should be no problem whatsoever.

And the new generation are not as high resource consumers as boomers were. I remember everyone had to have a 2000 sq.ft. home, with a big truck & SUV, big boat & snowmachine & quad and maybe a motor home. And ate meat everyday. And a lot of vehicle mileage. Canada used to be 15 kw avg per capita, now it is 10 kw. Likely energy consumption in Western countries will drop to EU levels around 6-8 kw per capita.

Millenials like tech: computers, cell phones which use little resources, they don't travel much, ain't buying cars, live in small apartments, many are vegetarians, like cafes and use public transport or ride-share. That = reduced resource consumption.

And coming pandemics might actually shorten the time to Zero Population Growth.

"...this small matter of climate to face, .. too long to the point of what is (I believe) now too late for stopping the long ago predicted feed back loops that can't be stopped...."

Well, that will be unfortunate. Technologically it is readily solvable. Problem is our totally corrupted political & economic system, vested interests are not allowing solutions to proceed. However CO2 levels with modest efforts will be well below historical levels, which were ~5X higher for most of the past 250M years. It will mean increasing sea levels, drought in many areas but also increased biota in other areas. It will hardly be the end of the world. That is a grotesque exaggeration. It won't even be remotely close in impact to the last ice ages which comprised some 80-90% of the past 2.5M years. Mainly the fact is it will cost us a whole lot more to adapt to the consequences of climate change than to prevent it in the first place. But that is how our crony capitalist political system works, the rational solution is replaced by what stuffs the most cash into the wealthiest elite's pockets is what counts.

"...predict that this loop will result in another ice age..."

That is nonsense. Increased CO2 means a warmer climate. There may be some temporary regional cooling in some areas, in particular Europe due to a possible shutdown in the Gulfstream, but the trend will be inevitable to icecap shrinkage as is happening rapidly today.

"...life as we know it is dead dead and gone. We've poisoned our air, our water, our oceans and the very grounds we plant our food supplies. We've killed damn near every large creature on earth and now working on all the small while we continue to poison and destroy the very habitate we also need to survive...."

Utter nonsense. I've been around, I don't see any of that destruction you are claiming. Wildlife & forestation have increased in developed nations. Why don't you go on Google Earth and look around, tell us where you see all this vast destruction everywhere you look. There are issues no doubt, easily solvable with rational economic, monetary & political institutions. We need to work on that rather than throw our arms up in despair whining " it's all over, were finished, the world is ended, everyone will die ". You sound like one of those crackpots standing on the city street corner holding a sign "The End is Near".

"...build those reactors if you want, just keep feeding the illusion there are no boundries...."

There are no boundries. Space is essentially unlimited. There are vastly more mineral resources than we need in asteroids and the moon which can be mined ecofriendly and simply dropped onto a desert or shallow sea with a simple ceramic aeroshell. We haven't begun space industrialization yet. And there is enough thorium in the annual waste from one rare earth mine that makes materials for the Wind & Solar industries, to power the entire world for a year, burned in a Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor or LFTR. And with plentiful energy you can recycle virtually all materials endlessly.

And need I remind you that most resource prices have dropped like a stone. So much for these shortages the Club of Rome elites keep predicting for the past 50 yrs.

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Well aren't you a cute little tool. I think I have another just like you hanging off my key ring, it's not much good for anything but it shor are cute.

Politicians. POLITICIANS. POLITICIANS. Why didn't you say that was all that was standing in the way. Golly, what could be easier? Now why didn't I think of that? In fact why hasn't anyone else thought of that? You're brillant! Trump needs a running mate, you should contact him.

As for the rest of your little cherry picking bs, all of it and I mean all of it is demostratively false either by out right lies or lies by omission. So don't expect me to play whack-a-mole with you on any kind of old crap you want to throw out there.

Now then going to a different world really is a very good idea, let me be the first to donate towards your fare.

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