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Extreme Climate Change Has Already Arrived

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As I record this radio show the temperature in San Jose is already over 100 degrees. So this week’s show is not just about the future hazards of global warming, but the fact that extreme climate change has already arrived.

I know that a hot day in San Jose is just a reflection of the weather — not proof of climate change. Weather is what you see outside on any particular day. Climate is the average of the weather over a period of time. When we talk about global warming, we are talking about changes in long term averages of daily weather. So a cold streak in March does not negate the fact that global warming is happening, no more than a hot day in San Jose is definitive proof that the planet is heating up.

Some people have reasons to believe that the earth is really not warming, that this warming is not caused by CO2, or that this CO2 is not caused by humans. Nevertheless, both short term and long term worldwide average temperatures have increased, and 97% of climate scientists believe that this warming is caused by CO2 in the atmosphere.

These temperature changes are not just academic; many locations around the U.S. have already exceeded a 2 degree C temperature rise. The Washington Post analyzed more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data in the lower 48 states. They found that more than 1 in 10 Americans — 34 million people — are living in rapidly heating regions. 71 counties have already hit the 2 degree C mark. In LA County the average temperature rise was 2.3 C, Silicon Valley was 2 C, NYC was 2.2 C, and my home town in New Jersey was 2 C.

Although a few good things will come from higher temperatures (more farming in Alaska, etc.), the overall impact will drastically affect our society. Sea levels are rising, cities will have to move inland, warmer and more acidic sea water will reduce fishing, hot areas will become uninhabitable, weather will become more severe … the list goes on.

Once we acknowledge this problem, there are only two sensible actions: ADAPT to these global warming changes and MITIGATE the causes of worldwide warming. Please join us on this week’s Energy Show Podcast for details of the global warming and the extreme climate change we are already experiencing, as well as the actions that we can take.

 



20 Comments on "Extreme Climate Change Has Already Arrived"

  1. Sissyfuss on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 12:31 pm 

    The tragedy of modern mans inability to make substantial lifestyle changes to protect the the living world that sustains him is his inability to understand the exponential function per professor Bartlett. The 20 to 30 year lag time of the maximum heating ability of the gases intertwines with the exacerbating condition that the majority of the gases have been emitted in the last 30 years. This creates the exponential nightmare of runaway warming unleashed, causing the inhabitants of Hell Earth to start dropping like dinosaurs. End Times or evolutionary flaw, I don’t know but what is coming will be Earth changing.

  2. Robert Inget on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 2:40 pm 

    Not at all pleased to add the single word,
    ‘Effects’ to the title of this thread.

    https://www.voanews.com/usa/25-million-californians-under-fire-warning

    as many as 2 million under evacuation orders.
    Mind you. November, next week.

    Besides global warming ‘effects’ we see strong arguments for LOCAL electrical generation.
    IOW’s wind and solar in or near where consumed.

    Advantages;
    No downtime due to ‘outside’ events.
    (fires, windstorms, earthquakes, EMT events etc.)

    Forget about gasoline powered generators. Fuel
    will go bad over extended storage. Propane keeps forever. So called solar ‘powerwalls’ are a better standby. (YouTube has dozens of DIY plans)

    Living on the West Coast we know at some point
    in our children’s lives, we will experience “the BIG One”a subduction earthquake. ALL pipelines, power lines, interstate and state highways will become blocked. The sun won’t…

    Without power we might survive for a few weeks
    or months with stored food.

    President trump promised to send aid if we give him dirt on Senator Warren.

  3. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 3:22 pm 

    supertard rock’s death blades extract a lot of energy from the atmosphere so it wouldn’t push cloud far inland or where it usually goes.
    that’s the climate change.

  4. makati1 on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 5:41 pm 

    Robert, solar/wind will never be significant nor even possible in a dying economy in which California is leading the way.

    When the “big one” occurs, it will likely set off some of those West Coast volcanoes and clouds will fill the skies, not to mention the smoke from the cities burning. Electric will be the least of their worries. Potable water and food will be, for the survivors.

  5. Sissyfuss on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 6:14 pm 

    Robt, he will hold aid back until you do him a little favor. The Don will make you an offer you can’t refuse.

  6. Davy on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:44 am 

    “Global Authorities Brace For A Worldwide Protein Shortage As “One-Quarter Of Earth’s Pigs Have Been Wiped Out”
    https://tinyurl.com/y4gcdwx8 the economic collapse blog

    “African Swine Fever is killing millions upon millions of pigs all over the world, and this threatens to create a crippling global shortage of protein as we head into 2020. This epidemic began in China last year, and it is now also running wild in North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines. But this crisis is certainly not limited to Asia. According to the Washington Post, so far in 2019 there have also been outbreaks “in Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.” Overall, cases of African Swine Fever have been documented “in nearly 50 nations”, and U.S. pork producers are extremely concerned that it could start spreading here too… As this virus continues to rapidly spread all over the planet, the supply crunch is only going to get worse. Global prices are going to continue to escalate, and those on the bottom of the global economic food chain are going to have an increasingly difficult time being able to afford to buy any pork, beef or chicken at all. And nobody should expect things to turn around in a year or two. In fact, one expert is projecting that “it will be another 4 to 6 years before China will be able to rebuild its herd”… The highly contagious and deadly African swine fever virus has spread to two more provinces in the Philippines, the world’s 10th-largest pork consumer, officials said on Friday. Cases of infections were detected in some areas in Cavite, south of the nation’s capital Manila, and in Nueva Ecija on Luzon island.”

  7. Zeke Putnam on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 10:02 am 

    I’ve been watching climate change for 3 decades. Went through my “activist” stage in which the only thing accomplished was frustration. Frankly, I still get the same reaction today as 30 yrs ago. I think my new answer is: nothing. Just sit there and die. I still find it frustrating but the reality is, I don’t think there’s anything to be done. That point was crossed couple of hundred yrs ago with the beginning of the industrial revolution. My problem is learning how to just sit here and die.

  8. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 10:26 am 

    N. hemisphere: +1.1C over average
    Arctic +3.4C Antarctic +2.2

  9. jawagord on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 11:04 am 

    Most of the comments here are the irrational fears of First World Doomers that every imaginable negative thing will come to pass and knock their ‘by world historical standards” high lifestyles down. The world average living conditions continue to get better and better, despite FWD fears.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2017/11/30/why-the-world-is-getting-better-why-hardly-anyone-knows-it/#3fc88dcd7826

  10. Davy on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 11:44 am 

    “The world average living conditions continue to get better and better, despite FWD fears.”

    LOL, yea by a market based capital yardstick that ignores destruction of the planetary system of which the web of life and climate stick out. More stuff does not equate to better conditions when conditions are being made ever so much more precarious for everyone. IOW, we are increasing overshoot conditions by making living conditions better for more people as more people are added to the global population. This shit does not add up and all will pay somewhere down the road.

  11. Robert Inget on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 12:01 pm 

    The Fed prints money, Forbes prints Trompian
    propaganda.

  12. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 3:17 pm 

    Wow, 5 GW solar project in Dubai desert under construction:

    https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/mbr-solar-park-dubai-desert-intl/index.html

    Price tag $13.5B

    Largest in the world (so far)

  13. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 3:18 pm 

    correct: planned, not under construction.

  14. Robert Inget on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 4:00 pm 

    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/great-powers-invest-infrastructure-west-was-prime-example-united-states-europe-china-belt-road

    The Frustrations of Aging Infrastructure

    Almost everyone in the West has experienced the frustrations of aging infrastructure. As I began writing this column, in fact, I was getting my electricity from a gasoline-powered home generator. With meteorological models predicting that much of Northern California was about to see winds of 40-55 miles per hour (64-88 kilometers per hour) and gusts reaching 60-70 mph, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), California’s main electricity provider, turned off the power.

    PG&E had good reasons for doing this. In November 2018, a poorly maintained steel hook holding up one of its high-voltage cables failed. When the cable fell to the tinder-dry forest floor, sparks ignited the Camp wildfire, killing at least 85 people and largely destroying the town of Paradise. The transmission line that started the fire was 98 years old (typically, such lines are expected to last about 50 years), and, according to internal PG&E documents dating to 2013, 49 of the steel towers supporting it required replacement. Nothing, however, was done. Lawsuits filed in the wake of the disaster have left PG&E — now caught up in acrimonious bankruptcy hearings — with more than $30 billion in liabilities.

    PG&E is responsible for about 20,000 miles of power lines. So far as the company knows, its transmission towers are on average 68 years old (they were meant to last 65 years). The oldest tower dates to 1911, and the company simply has no idea of the age of roughly one-third of its towers. Hotter summers and declining winter rainfall are making California’s fire seasons longer, and the state’s drought from 2013 to 2017 left millions of dead trees surrounding many of PG&E’s cables. So, there is a lot to worry about. Consequently, with high winds once again threatening to bring down cables, PG&E pulled the plug on Oct. 9. Unlike some smaller utilities, the company does not have the technology to localize shutoffs, so, despite living in one of the richest places on earth, some 700,000 separate accounts — representing perhaps as many as 2 million individuals — were affected. To make matters worse, PG&E’s website crashed repeatedly as millions of people logged on trying to find out whether, or when, they would lose electricity (although I got a quick and accurate response by telephone on the third day of the cuts). The shutoff probably cost PG&E a further $2.6 billion.

    From a California investor. One of a million Calif. residents w/o power.

  15. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 4:18 pm 

    “Almost everyone in the West has experienced the frustrations of aging infrastructure.”

    Oh dear, Friedman Intelligence Agency aka Stratfor…

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/02/stratfor-is-a-joke-and-so-is-wikileaks-for-taking-it-seriously/253681/

    “Stratfor Is a Joke”

    …that Stratfor… has farted again and opines that the West’s infrastructure is aging, where he should have said US infrastructure.

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/janetheactuary/2016/07/why-are-americas-roads-so-much-worse-than-europes.html

    “Why are America’s roads so much worse than Europe’s?”

    https://www.businessinsider.com/countries-with-better-infrastructure-2013-3?international=true&r=US&IR=T#2-singapore-23

    “24 Countries With Better Infrastructure Than America”

    (mostly European)

  16. More juanpee garbage on Mon, 28th Oct 2019 12:34 am 

    Davy on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 11:44 am

    “LOL, yea by a market based capital yar….”

    fucknut

  17. Nightly JuanP garbage on Mon, 28th Oct 2019 5:38 am 

    ID theft and mindless socks from stupid:

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    More Lonely Insane Old man Davy ID Fraud said makati1 on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 8:48 pm

    Go Fuck youself Juan said JuanP stupidity on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 4:40 pm

    60 mil Russians Died in WW2 said There needs to be more books written on the Holoca…

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  18. Davy on Tue, 29th Oct 2019 12:57 am 

    If I had even a lick of common sense, I would claim this accurate and intelligent comment, but there’s no fixin’ stupid:

    Davy on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 11:44 am

    “The world average living conditions continue to get better and better, despite FWD fears.”

    LOL, yea by a market based capital yardstick that ignores destruction of the planetary system of which the web of life and climate stick out. More stuff does not equate to better conditions when conditions are being made ever so much more precarious for everyone. IOW, we are increasing overshoot conditions by making living conditions better for more people as more people are added to the global population. This shit does not add up and all will pay somewhere down the road.

  19. atari breakout on Tue, 29th Oct 2019 3:33 am 

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  20. JuanP garbage on Tue, 29th Oct 2019 5:33 am 

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    Davy said “when the gig is up, whether it be 2021 or 2025, w…

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