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Thu Aug 27, 2015, 11:59 AM

The Fires this time........

The most ominous thing about these fires is that they are not merely an effect of climate change, they are a cause.
The burning of the forests and tundra is releasing astounding quantities of carbon, stored for centuries in the wood and the permanently frozen subsoil.
Melting permafrost releases methane, a greenhouse gas many times more destructive of the world’s climate than carbon dioxide.
The fires are in fact a feedback mechanism, accelerating climate change as climate change accelerates them.

In one of Ray Bradbury’s searing, never-to-be-unread short stories, an astronaut in a space suit is floating languidly in space, musing on his existence and the wonderful perspective he has on the blue planet Earth below him. Shortly we learn that these are the musings of a doomed man, as he is in fact hurtling toward that earth and will die a fiery death when he hits the atmosphere. Just before that happens, we leave him, and join a mother and small child taking an evening walk as the child looks up in wonder and says, “Look, Mom! A shooting star!”

Somewhere in the northern hemisphere tonight, a small child will look up in wonder and say, “Look, Mom! What a pretty sunset!”


Excellent website, and writer.
http://www.dailyimpact.net/2015/07/22/the-fires-this-time/#more-2993

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dixiegrrrrl Aug 2015 OP
ananda Aug 2015 #1
niyad Aug 2015 #2
n2doc Aug 2015 #3
me b zola Aug 2015 #4
countryjake Aug 2015 #5
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2015 #6
countryjake Aug 2015 #7
countryjake Aug 2015 #8
Name removed Aug 2015 #9
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2015 #10

Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 12:09 PM

1. Both result and cause at the same time.

Geez

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 12:13 PM

2. k and r and thank you!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 12:15 PM

3. Positive Feedback n/t

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 12:25 PM

4. K&R

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Response to countryjake (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:18 PM

6. Looks as if we have reached the 2070 rate already. n/t

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:33 PM

7. That's what I thought when I saw the graphic (note it's from 2012)

For the Pacific Northwest, the second image definitely looks like this year's fire season.

Washington burns.

And we can't breath. And the Evergreens, Rivers, and Fish are dying.

The Future is coming faster and faster, now.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 04:49 PM

8. kickety!

A really great read!

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Thu Aug 27, 2015, 05:51 PM

10. I was watching KING 5 on line, and reading the PNW sites...

pictures were ghastly.

There are some smoke maps that show smoke air as far down as South Ala. but they are inaccurate...we have had clear blue skies all month.

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