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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:18 PM

South Carolina climate report buried, kept secret since 2011 by SC Dept of Natural Resources.


Secret climate report calls for action

A team of state scientists has outlined serious concerns about the damage South Carolina will suffer from climate change – threats that include invading eels, dying salt marshes, flooded homes and increased diseases in the state’s wildlife.

But few people have seen the team’s study. The findings are outlined in a report on global warming that has been kept secret by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for more than a year because agency officials say their “priorities have changed.”

DNR board members never put the study out for public review as planned. The State newspaper recently obtained a copy.

Authors of the November 2011 draft said global warming is a reality and the DNR should take a lead role in educating the public about climate change while also increasing scientific research.

The study addresses the politically charged issue of global warming in one of the nation’s most conservative states. One scientist involved in the study said the group that wrote the report realized global warming is more than a scientific issue to some people.


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/02/24/2645515/secret-climate-report-calls-for.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to blm (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. 9 degree increase in 70 years

That's pretty much catastrophic isn't it?

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Response to MountainLaurel (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:40 PM

4. Yep - I doubt Carolinians are prepared for an Amazonian lifestyle.

How many pythons did they finally manage to kill in Florida? Less than 1%?

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Response to blm (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:42 PM

2. Recommend

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Response to blm (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:13 PM

3. ssshhh

If the people aren't told, they won't notice that the beachfront is gone and wildlife is extinct. Burying this report is almost as bad as when NC tried to outlaw the Coastal Commission to factor in the sea level rising due to climate change in relation to new coastal developement.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:23 AM

5. This is what happens when fascists dominate government in the states.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:53 AM

7. They have passed it in NC I believe

This is why:

"A projection map showing land along the coast underwater would place the permits of many planned development projects in jeopardy. Numerous new flood zone areas would have to be drawn, new waste treatment plants would have to be built, and roads would have to be elevated. The endeavor would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, Thompson said."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/north-carolina-bans-latest-science-rising-sea-level/story?id=16913782

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Another attempt to drag the state of NC backwards by the current RethugliCon government

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 11:29 AM

11. backwards?

That legislation will put a good chunk of NC under water.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:53 PM

15. It will be under water

but nobody is supposed to know about it.



Develop away, I say...make sure to build on stilts and pilings...

These people are insane. And the future generations will agree with me.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:34 AM

6. Once again our wonderful politicians and bureaucrats rise to the occasion NOT.


thanks for posting.


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Response to blm (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:57 AM

8. They were about 8 years behind the "secret" Pentagon study on climate change.....

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security October 2003

QUOTES:

In this report, as an alternative to the scenarios of gradual climatic warming that are
so common, we outline an abrupt climate change scenario patterned after the 100-
year event that occurred about 8,200 years ago. This abrupt change scenario is
characterized by the following conditions:

· Annual average temperatures drop by up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit over Asia
and North America and 6 degrees Fahrenheit in northern Europe
· Annual average temperatures increase by up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit in key
areas throughout Australia, South America, and southern Africa.
· Drought persists for most of the decade in critical agricultural regions and in
the water resource regions for major population centers in Europe and eastern
North America.
· Winter storms and winds intensify, amplifying the impacts of the changes.
Western Europe and the North Pacific experience enhanced winds.

The report explores how such an abrupt climate change scenario could potentially
de-stabilize the geo-political environment, leading to skirmishes, battles, and even
war due to resource constraints such as:

1) Food shortages due to decreases in net global agricultural production
2) Decreased availability and quality of fresh water in key regions due to shifted
precipitation patters, causing more frequent floods and droughts
3) Disrupted access to energy supplies due to extensive sea ice and storminess

As global and local carrying capacities are reduced, tensions could mount around the
world, leading to two fundamental strategies: defensive and offensive. Nations with
the resources to do so may build virtual fortresses around their countries, preserving
resources for themselves. Less fortunate nations especially those with ancient
enmities with their neighbors, may initiate in struggles for access to food, clean
water, or energy. Unlikely alliances could be formed as defense priorities shift and
the goal is resources for survival rather than religion, ideology, or national honor.


....and....

Conclusion
It is quite plausible that within a decade the evidence of an imminent abrupt climate
shift may become clear and reliable. It is also possible that our models will better
enable us to predict the consequences. In that event the United States will need to
take urgent action to prevent and mitigate some of the most significant impacts.
Diplomatic action will be needed to minimize the likelihood of conflict in the most
impacted areas, especially in the Caribbean and Asia. However, large population
movements in this scenario are inevitable. Learning how to manage those
populations, border tensions that arise and the resulting refugees will be critical.
New forms of security agreements dealing specifically with energy, food and water
will also be needed. In short, while the US itself will be relatively better off and with
more adaptive capacity, it will find itself in a world where Europe will be struggling
internally, large number so refugees washing up on its shores and Asia in serious
crisis over food and water. Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.


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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:14 AM

10. The REALITY of climate change IS the biggest security threat to this nation and the world.

Countries will NOT be peaceful when it becomes clear they will need to FIGHT like hell for access to water to survive.

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Response to blm (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:01 PM

12. If there are ten years of famine in China and we also suffer diminished agricultural capabilties

in the same time frame, and this country forbids food exports under law as a national security matter because they are desperately needed for domestic consumption...


What action will China take to feed a starving population?

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Response to blm (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:04 AM

9. Republican darkside OCCULTISM. As usual.

Republican's do every damn thing then can to keep the truth occulted. It is their principal modus operandi.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:04 PM

13. “priorities have changed.”

that says it all!

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Response to blm (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:56 PM

14. Might give someone who devotes their lives to corporate ends a sad face. Can't have that! nt

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