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  • Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 05:02am

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    “America… Should Let Climate Change Refugees Resettle Here”

Better watch out. As global economic, environmental, and ethno-religious conflict conditions worsen, pressure from some segments of the world and even from within the United States will increase to make the United States borders more porous, and relax further the paper tigers of this country's immigration enforcement mechanisms.

America is the worst polluter in the history of the world. We should let climate change refugees resettle here. (June 25, 2015)
by Michael B. Gerrard

"Tens or hundreds of millions of people will try very hard to go somewhere they can survive. They will be hungry, thirsty, hot — and desperate. If the search for safety involves piling into perilous boats and enduring miserable and dangerous journeys, they will do it. They will cross borders, regardless of whether they are welcome. And in their desperation, they could become violent: Forced migration can exacerbate ethnic and political tensions. Studies show that more heat tends to increase violence."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/america-is-the-worst-polluter-in-the-history-of-the-world-we-should-let-climate-change-refugees-resettle-here/2015/06/25/28a55238-1a9c-11e5-ab92-c75ae6ab94b5_story.html

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  • Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 05:02am

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    “America… Should Let Climate Change Refugees Resettle Here”

Better watch out. As global economic, environmental, and ethno-religious conflict conditions worsen, pressure from some segments of the world and even from within the United States will increase to make the United States borders more porous, and relax further the paper tigers of this country's immigration enforcement mechanisms.

America is the worst polluter in the history of the world. We should let climate change refugees resettle here. (June 25, 2015)
by Michael B. Gerrard

"Tens or hundreds of millions of people will try very hard to go somewhere they can survive. They will be hungry, thirsty, hot — and desperate. If the search for safety involves piling into perilous boats and enduring miserable and dangerous journeys, they will do it. They will cross borders, regardless of whether they are welcome. And in their desperation, they could become violent: Forced migration can exacerbate ethnic and political tensions. Studies show that more heat tends to increase violence."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/america-is-the-worst-polluter-in-the-history-of-the-world-we-should-let-climate-change-refugees-resettle-here/2015/06/25/28a55238-1a9c-11e5-ab92-c75ae6ab94b5_story.html

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  • Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 07:30am

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    Ellen MacArthur: The Need To Transition To a Circular Economy

Dame Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world (March 2015)

"What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When solo sailor Ellen MacArthur circled the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what's left for tomorrow. She proposes a bold new way to see the world's economic systems: not as linear, but as circular, where everything comes around."
http://www.ted.com/talks/dame_ellen_macarthur_the_surprising_thing_i_learned_sailing_solo_around_the_world

Big problem she neglects to mention: The world's population keeps growing. It is a race of the collective human population growth and demand, versus collective human ability to change course. And one is clearly ahead of the other.

Head Count: Fertilizer, fertility, and the clashes over population growth (October 21, 2013)

"Weisman travels to several countries with moderately to very high fertility rates. When he asks people in these countries what should be done to bring down the numbers, mostly the answer is 'Nothing.' In Niger, in the village of Mailafia, he encounters a mother of eight who laments the lack of milk in her town. 'All we want is food so we can produce children,' she exclaims. Also in Niger, in the city of Maradi, he meets an imam who tells him, 'We know the future is alarming. But man cannot hold back doomsday.' In the Israeli city of Brei Brak, Weisman meets another mother of eight. She tells him she’s not the least bit concerned about the world’s burgeoning population, because 'God made the problem, and He will solve it.' At a clinic in Karachi, Pakistan, he meets a technician who refuses to administer the contraceptive injection that one of the clinic’s patients has just been prescribed. 'I don’t believe we should practice family planning,' the technician says. 'Our community should increase in number.' "

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/10/21/head-count-3

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  • Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 02:38pm

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    thanks

Thanks for posting the link to the New Yorker article.  I had seen some of the quotes from it at some point but never the entire article.

  • Fri, Jul 10, 2015 - 08:30am

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    Among Climate Scientists, Gloom Has Set In. Conditions Worsening

No problem. Glad to share, Dennis. Here's more:

 

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job: Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it. (July 7, 2015)

By John H. Richardson

"For more than thirty years, climate scientists have been living a surreal existence. A vast and ever-growing body of research shows that warming is tracking the rise of greenhouse gases exactly as their models predicted. The physical evidence becomes more dramatic every year: forests retreating, animals moving north, glaciers melting, wildfire seasons getting longer, higher rates of droughts, floods, and storms—five times as many in the 2000s as in the 1970s. In the blunt words of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, conducted by three hundred of America's most distinguished experts at the request of the U. S. government, human-induced climate change is real—U. S. temperatures have gone up between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees, mostly since 1970—and the change is already affecting "agriculture, water, human health, energy, transportation, forests, and ecosystems." But that's not the worst of it. Arctic air temperatures are increasing at twice the rate of the rest of the world—a study by the U. S. Navy says that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice by next year, eighty-four years ahead of the models—and evidence little more than a year old suggests the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is doomed, which will add between twenty and twenty-five feet to ocean levels. The one hundred million people in Bangladesh will need another place to live and coastal cities globally will be forced to relocate, a task complicated by economic crisis and famine—with continental interiors drying out, the chief scientist at the U. S. State Department in 2009 predicted a billion people will suffer famine within twenty or thirty years."

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a36228/ballad-of-the-sad-climatologists-0815/

Also:

Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years (July 88, 2015)

By Suzanne Goldenberg

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/08/exxon-climate-change-1981-climate-denier-funding

 

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  • Fri, Aug 21, 2015 - 03:30pm

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    Every Forest Biome On Earth Is Actively Dying Right Now

Every Forest Biome On Earth Is Actively Dying Right Now
by Becky Ferreira

"…according to the latest issue of Science, which is devoted to forest health, every major forest biome is struggling. While each region suffers from unique pressures, the underlying thread that connects them all is undeniably human activity."
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/every-forest-biome-on-earth-is-actively-dying-right-now

 

  • Fri, Aug 21, 2015 - 05:27pm

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    Earth has long feedback loops

[quote=Arthur Robey]

The Earth has long feedback loops.

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Clunk and smash.

 

  • Mon, Dec 14, 2015 - 07:17am

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    Visual Understanding Of BP Horizon and what 18,000 Feet Means

I came me across this image that really helps explain the highs and lows of mountains and ocean trenches…

Interesting in itself. But also interesting in showing how deep the BP Horizon well really is…

Here is the image on LiveScience.com (but low quality): http://www.livescience.com/images/i/000/037/288/i02/oap-landsea-oceans-130228a-02.jpg

and here is the bottom "half" in higher quality (see link, and then Image below my name): https://i.imgur.com/LNOWQJ1.jpg

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