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Sandy a Galvanizing Moment for Climate Change?


Environment  (tags: environment, climate-change, globalwarming, Hurricane Sandy, weather, climate )

Cal
- 622 days ago - latimes.com
Hurricane Sandy images and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of Obama based on his climate change policies could bring attention to the issue of global warming, political observers say.



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Diane B. (275)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:24 am
noted an shared thanks Cal
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:38 am
Sadly noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

John S. (297)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:39 am
Thanks, noted.
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 7:03 am
"Hurricane Sandy images and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of Obama based on his climate change policies could bring attention to the issue of global warming, political observers say."

Observers say do they? Well any observer who thinks Sandy an aberration is in for a very rude awakening because as we continue to pump CO2 into the atmosphere, as the Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets continue to melt at rates never before seen, as mountain glaciers all but disappear, this is not the ending, it is barely the beginning of what this planet will do to cleanse itself of the plague spread across its surface. Us. This is the coming to pass moment of what climatologists have been warning of for decades. And they now believe it too far gone to stop. If that is the case, and it likely is because the world has yet to a single thing in response but talk and disagree, then storms like Sandy are going to be coming at us all over the globe with increasing ferocity and ever more frequently, until the ecosystem can balance itself once again - that will happen without us because the cleansing process will involve an ice age greater than that of 640,000 years ago, snowball earth. No oxygen based creatures will survive an ice encased planet for thousands upon thousands of years. We already have higher rates of CO2 in the atmosphere than was present 640,000 years ago. Observers best understand we are witnessing the beginning of the end. The only way to escape it is to move off the planet while it heals. And we can't do that. Not yet. There will come a time when life does have to leave this planet as the sun nears the end of its life but we aren't even close to prepared to leave now. It will be a slow process and storms like Sandy will bankrupt us before they wipe us out physically. We ooh and ahh now, we fiddle while Rome burns, only this time the destruction will not be confined to a city, it will take the planet by storm, pun intended.
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 8:57 am
"There's more interest in improving safety in the face of extreme weather," said Kenneth Green, resident scholar on energy and environmental issues at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank."

Improving safety is good, but restoring the Balance is key.

Noted, Thank you Cal.
 

John B. (215)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 11:18 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Bettina Boxall and Neela Banerjee. About time it should be noticed as it has an impact on national security and on providing more jobs, not to mention saving this planet. Gene J. can't send you a green star yet but you deserve one for you excellent comment.Read and noted.
 

jan b. (3)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 12:58 pm
This kind of storm--- was featured on IT COULD HAPPEN TOMORROW. And it could happen tomorrow again. We were warned a couple years ago the hurricanes were going to be bigger. I don't know there is much we can do about climate change now......Some people ignore things which will involve some cost or inconvenience. And then, most don't know CO2 Never Goes Away (At Least Not for 100 Years). I had to look up the details that I forgot i.e. England no longer burns the soft sulfuric coal that poisoned the lungs of Londoners in the Great Smog of the 1950's which killed around 4,000 people in five days . Though the toxins may be gone, the carbon dioxide emitted in Britain and everywhere else in the 1950s remains in our atmosphere today.


 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:05 pm
Obama entered the White House with climate change on his environmental agenda. In the course of his presidency, he has ignored this issue, to the point where he has approved Shell to drill in the Arctic.
The Key Stone pipeline will prove to be yet another fiasco from this administration.
 

Jane H. (127)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:13 pm
i sure do hope it is a galvinizing moment for climate change....there have been quite a few for me---mainly the scorching summers of late
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:14 pm
EARTH CRY

 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:17 pm

 

Brian M. (145)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 2:07 pm
Good article, but overly optimistic. It would appear unlikely that the corporate government of the United States plans on doing anything in response to climate change for at least another decade. Climate change's impact on this planet and on human civilization can only be expected to grow increasingly severe.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 3:50 pm
Allan....how much did you expect the President to accomplish, being constantly under attack by Republicans willing to derail the nation, just to make him look bad?

I sense you might be part of that effort.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:16 pm
Let's hope.

It's not just about coping with extreme weather, but mitigating climate change so weather/climate does not become too extreme. Need to cut carbon emissions and leave carbon in the ground.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 5:39 pm
I visited a man in the hospital who told me, Mother Nature will only take so much. Then she'll strike back.

 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 6:00 pm
Noted, thanks Cal. The "Frankenstorm" has brought out some people who previously denied climate change, and they are now changing their minds. It's Science---and I guess we'll never get people who don't believe in Science to believe or understand the facts. "An Inconvenient Truth" was a great explanation of these facts, and for those still on the fence, I highly recommend this movie.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 8:35 pm
Ending animals as human food will save Mother Earth.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 12:03 am
Climate change is a very real and serious issue that needs to be thoroughly addressed.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 11:33 am
We're way overdue on taking this issue seriously. Geez, for Wall Street's #1 priority of making money. How much did they lose for being shuttered for two days due to Sandy and how much do they stand to lose from future global warming disasters? DUH!
 

Stella Gamboni (17)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:44 pm
One could only hope that people regard Sandy as a warning of far more significant consequences. However, I suspect it is going to take something far more drastic -- such as a withering and extensive drought across the farm belt, which significantly affects our food supply -- before enough people will sit up and take action.
 
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