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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:15 PM

Climate change set to make America hotter, drier and more disaster-prone

Source: The Guardian

Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100F (38C), with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place.

The National Climate Assessment, released in draft form on Friday , provided the fullest picture to date of the real-time effects of climate change on US life, and the most likely consequences for the future.

The 1,000-page report, the work of the more than 300 government scientists and outside experts, was unequivocal on the human causes of climate change, and on the links between climate change and extreme weather.

"Climate change is already affecting the American people," the draft report said. "Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense including heat waves, heavy downpours and in some regions floods and drought. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/11/climate-change-america-hotter-drier-disaster

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Reply Climate change set to make America hotter, drier and more disaster-prone (Original post)
alp227 Jan 2013 OP
Newsjock Jan 2013 #1
freedom fighter jh Jan 2013 #6
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #2
Canoe52 Jan 2013 #3
olddad56 Jan 2013 #4
Mojorabbit Jan 2013 #5
freedom fighter jh Jan 2013 #7

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:21 PM

1. It's almost enough to make one give up trying

The paralyzed and dysfunctional governments of the world, especially ours, aren't going to do diddlysquat about this until it's beyond too late, if we're not there already. And any individual efforts are likely to be overshadowed by the bubbas (apologies to all kind-hearted bubbas) who will simply buy bigger Escalades and drive them even faster in rural Texas because FREEDOM.

Kind of puts me in the mood to simply quit my job, sell my stuff, hit the road, and see as much of the world as I can until the money -- or the world -- runs out.

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Response to Newsjock (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:56 PM

6. There are degrees of too late.

It's already here; we can't stop it entirely. And there's more in the pipeline that we can't stop. But we continue to put even more into the pipeline. That we can stop.

The temperature and the sea level will continue to rise; coastal people will move inland as climate refugees; interior areas will become dry and less fertile. But we can cut back on CO2 emissions to keep things from getting even worse decades from now. And we can plan a way to adjust to the new environment. A planned adjustment will leave us in much better shape than an unplanned one.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:46 PM

2. Having the highest CO2 / capita of all developed nations don't really help.

Its what you've made so deal with it.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:40 PM

3. Too little too late

In most every interview with climate scientists that I've watched this past year, they were asked if they think it is already too late to do anything. They pause and then respond with "I think it might be". It looks like they really want to say yes but then back it down a notch.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:44 PM

4. Okay everyone, move on, nothing to see here, just keep drinking the purple kool-aid.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:51 PM

5. It is frightening

I wish we could get a good discussion going on this board but it never seems to happen. If we don't do something about this nothing else matters.

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Response to Mojorabbit (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:01 PM

7. Yes. This is the most important issue of our time. Action planned:

In Washington DC on 2/17 there will be a rally to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which (if it goes online) will transport Canadian tarsands, a fossil fuel that would become a huge contributor to atmospheric CO2.

You can learn more and sign up at http://act.350.org/signup/presidentsday .

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