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Climate Change: How the media has fallen down

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    The jury's not out, and there is no real debate about if it is happening. Climate change is coming, and it is (at least largely) man-made. The problem isn't that there isn't enough scientific data, it's that the data collected isn't good news for virtually any industry in the United States, or the world.
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    Climate change is a fact, it has happened before and in all probability will occur again, so rather than engage in endless debate and conversation on the causation of the matter why not conceive of a idea on how to minimize the effects of longer droughts, more intense wild fires, more destructive wind storms of all types and of course more bitter cold winters with increasing amounts of snowfalls that this change is bringing. Besides if China, India, and the European community don't get on board with helping to downsize the effects, what would be the point of any of the debates.
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    Sadly, you might be right. The United States is far more forward-thinking, environmentally, than China, and even we aren't taking the thing seriously enough to affect industrial standards. Instead, we opted for "green-washing." On my more cynical days I wonder if we'll only go down the right path once the natural disasters start getting even more serious, but the fight is still worthwhile. The simplest solution would be for these countries to do the right thing, and we can influence change in our government. It will just take a radically different approach. Namely, being more aggressive: middle-of-the-road liberals, while thoughtful and usually our best chance at stability, are more or less useless in times of crisis.

    New strategy is needed. People should be angry about this kind of worldwide inaction.
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    Another incident occurring on our planet's polar ice regions as "Breaking News" on A large ice shelf has broken free and extends twenty miles deep into the Antarctica. The report shows where ice has been melting underneath to a point where it breaks off at the top. The report continues to show that this incident is at a point of "No Return", which means Earth is going to have a rise in sea water around the world. This exhibits the climate change issue as going to get worse. Because of the rise in water, which will be cool for many years before it gets it gets warmer. Cooler waters streaming off our coasts will contribute to storms, tornados, more snow in the winters, and just poor weather heading our way.

    The worst things that people should be worrying about especially those on the coasts with just a few inches or feet above sea level...........your going to see more sea level encroachment. I remember performing work at New Orleans International Airport and performing GPS surveys on airport facilities. A Localizer at the end of a runway and "Touchdown point", measured 1 foot "below" sea level. Accuracy was within inches, however, what was surprising it was below sea level. So, how long will New Orleans be able to hold the water back if the sea level increases inches each year. This report from indicated water increasing 3 feet by 2100. Additional, sea level will increase 15 feet between 200 to 1000 years from now as the polar ice caps continue their melt.

    It has been stated by some that the polar ice caps are increasing. This Antarctica shelf that broke is an example of, yes the ice area increased, but the ice was shallow because it melted below, which weakened the area allowing a break point. As this shelf flows to warmer water it melts and the sea level increases or rises around the world.
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    Rather than start another thread on global warming, I'll just add to this thread.

    Moyers and Company, August 26, 2914: The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet

    The New York Times and Bloomberg News have both seen the draft of the latest IPCC report to be released shortly. Moyers quotes the NYT:

    "Runaway growth on the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report.

    "Global warming is already cutting grain production by several percentage points, the report found, and that could grow much worse if emissions continue unchecked. Higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are also being felt around the world as a result of human emissions, the draft report said, and those problems are likely to intensify unless the gases are brought under control."

    "But one of the central points of the IPCC report is that some of what we’ve wrought is already irreversible, and more of it soon will be. The world’s existing power plants are already slated to pump over 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — a figure that’s growing by billions of tons each year, speeding up the changes that are already underway. Governments’ efforts to do something are a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed."

    You know it's easy to get exasperated with the Climate Change deniers, but I also have to slam the media for how little is mentioned in the narratives linking climate change to civil unrest. Syria is seen as a Muslim civil war, but many people do not realize that seeds for all that turmoil lie in the prolonged drought affecting that entire region. The drought forced people off the lands into the bigger cities, but there just wasn't enough resources or jobs to support them. Various factions started finger pointing giving rise to all the Islamist groups shooting and killing. ISIS is right there with them.

    Climate Desk, March 6, 2013: How Climate Change Worsened Violence in Syria

    "The possibility that climate change could affect security is nothing new: The US Department of Defense has proven to be surprisingly progressive on planning for global warming. But Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, co-founders of the Washington-based Center for Climate and Security, argue that if you want to see the connection between climate and conflict in action today, look no further than Syria. The pair contributed to a series of essays released last week by the Center for American Progress, all arguing that the Arab Spring is a textbook example of the link between climate change and social instability."

    There is much more to read at the above link. Note this article was written in March 2013. Since then we have gone from bad to worse.