Lethal Heat Hits the Planet

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      ZimInSeattle
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      Photograph Source: Bill Smith – CC BY 2.0

      The news does not get much worse than a recent scientific report that the planet is trapping twice as much heat as it did only 14 years ago.

      If this one report does not turn heads and create a sense of panic to get off fossil fuels, as soon as yesterday, then nothing will ever move the needle to fix the planet’s broken climate system. (Source: Norman G. Loeb, et al, Satellite and Ocean Data Reveal Marked Increase in Earth’s Heating Rate, Geophysical Research Letters – Advanced Earth and Space Science, June 15, 2021)

      Scientists have been warning about the consequences of human-generated greenhouse gases ever since James Hansen testified before a Congressional committee 33 years ago: “The greenhouse effect has been detected, and it is changing our climate now.”

      ~snip~

      Thirty-three years after James Hansen testified to Congress, global carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 70% and have never gone down in any given year, always up, never down. When Hansen testified, fossil fuels were 79% of the world’s energy. It’s 84% today in the face of every wind turbine and solar panel that’s been installed over the past decades ever since Hansen spoke out about the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions.

      More: https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/06/28/lethal-heat-hits-the-planet/

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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      ZimInSeattle
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      🙁

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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        jbnw
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        It was 86 at 4 AM – that’s a hot HIGH temperature.

        Band rehearsal was cancelled with that high temperature forecast – even though it’s in a horse arena for social distancing, it’s a bit much without air conditioning.

        Thankfully, no major fires so far.

      • #431913
        Punxsutawney
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        But yeah…

        My son is in Seattle and doesn’t have air conditioning. His SO and him have been putting ice packs on their necks to keep cool.

        In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

        Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

        “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

        • #431915
          jbnw
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          It shouldn’t be a real surprise – Portland didn’t used to have or need air conditioning.

        • #432011
          Earthartist
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          Wow that is crazy! We got to 72 at least. My poor girls planned a trip to Stevens where it will be 115 for the next day or 2 then 90. They were very excited for the hot tub. We went to the beach yesterday it was nice 80 on the lake and 70 at the beach. I have never seen so many people in Florence ever. Luckily the Traffic was not bad. They had to change the trials for the athletes finishing the last of them late last night and early this morning.

          Earthartist

    • #431928
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Central air is a wonderful thing. Window units help, and are a lot more energy-efficient than they were in the 70s and 80s. Air-conditioning is now a necessity in the West. Get used to it. It will only get worse.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #431958
      ZimInSeattle
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      If you buy stocks, I’d highly recommend Ingersol Rand (IR) that owns Trane and Lennox (LII). Might as well make some money off this as it’s not going away.

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

    • #432010
      Average Gazoo
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      It means we have definitely passed the tipping point.  The planet will now exterminate us rather quickly — crop failures, pandemics, wet bulb temp combos, sea level rise.

      >Even heat-adapted people cannot carry out normal outdoor activities past a wet-bulb temperature of 32 °C (90 °F), equivalent to a heat index of 55 °C (130 °F). The theoretical limit to human survival for more than a few hours in the shade, even with unlimited water, is 35 °C (95 °F) <

      https://www.democracynow.org/2021/6/16/headlines/arctic_scientists_say_we_may_have_already_passed_climate_tipping_point

      Be the Change

    • #432039
      ArtfromArk
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      Here in southeastern Japan, the summer monsoon rains have arrived on schedule, and the temperatures in the hinterlands usually don’t stray much from lows of 66º and highs of 76º.

       

      Checking the forecast for my hometown area in Arkansas, the lows for the week are predicted to be a few degrees lower and the highs will be about 10º higher than here.

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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