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Texas Heat Wave Caused By Global Warming, NASA's Hansen Says


Environment  (tags: animals, climate-change, CO2emissions, conservation, destruction, ecosystems, endangered, globalwarming, habitatdestruction, Heat Wave, healthconditions, pollution, water )

Kit
- 922 days ago - insideclimatenews.org
For three months last summer, temperatures in Texas soared higher than at any time in recorded history, and the state is still coping with the most expensive drought in its history. But can the 2011 Texas heat wave be attributed to global warming?



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Val R. (236)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 2:32 pm
I would like to say the world HAARP - globalists - not global warming.
 

Kit B. (277)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 2:42 pm

Nah, I have it one good authority - straight from the mouth of Santorum, that it's just not possible that humans can cause climate change. Think about nearly 150 years of deforestation, factories belching poison into the air, dumping trash of every toxic element into the water ways, and the massive and continued build up of methane gases. Nah, couldn't be caused by human abuse.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:01 pm
I don't know.

I have found, you can prove anything and disprove that same anything. Each side can have a full list of authorities with convincing facts.

But I think we'd be wise to keep protesting the causes of global warming.
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 4:13 pm
NOBODY can look at the horrendous mess we've made of this planet and not understand it will have consequences! This world did not not evolve with belching smokestacks, chemical pollutants, massive clots of light-blocking plastic debris in the oceans, devastated rain forests, poisonous gases, etc....nor did the millions of animals evolve to deal with it.

Yes, there have been massive climate changes in the past....but not at the speed of this one--a speed accelerated by...guess what? THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION!
 

Dandelion G. (385)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 5:24 pm
More scientist are on the side that this is man made and is indeed global warming. Since I moved to Florida, I was always delighted that the azaleas start to bloom just before my birthday, so all the flowers are in full bloom. Love it, as in the north, March 1st is the in like the lion out like the lamb or vice versa. Mostly it was always just plain cold. Brrrr....So I really noticed the differance when I moved to Florida, each little thing took on a whole new meaning.

This year the azaleas started to bloom last week, towards the beginning of Feb! So I asked others that live down here, even longer than I, has this ever happened before? Thus far none can recall and all said the full bloom isn't till March....not now towards the beginning of Feb. This winter I only had to have my heat on one full day and to take the chill off in the morning. Great on the heat bill but I knew even for Florida we had more cooler days than this. So I see a big change and it worries me, how will this affect the hurricane season?
 

Eternal Gardener (731)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 6:02 pm
Hansen has a seriously tough job!
At the moment I'm reading his "Storms Of My Grandchildren", and the battle he needs to fight to get the facts out there is no mean feat. But I do have hope that he's the right man in the right place!
Come on Hansen, teach those deniers and corporate money makers some real sense! PROMOTE SCIENCE!
 

William K. (328)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 6:58 pm
I've no doubt that Hansen is right.
 

Terry King (108)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 7:46 pm
I believe that a contributing factor must be the collective out-gassibg of hot air from the Tezas legislature!
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 7:49 pm
AND....don't forget all the "Hell fire & damnation" preaching done by the FUNDIES.
 

Kit B. (277)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 8:30 pm

Maybe the gasbags from Perryland are the ones bring the hell fire-wild fires?
 

Deborah Z. (0)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 11:14 pm
In south texas it hasn't even been below freezing more that two nights this "winter".......
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 11:19 pm
Do the naysayers have a better explanation for why these phenomena are occurring? If they did, I'm sure it would have to do with "hellfire" and "the wrath of God." They think they appear to be pious or noble when they hide behind religion. If they admitted what reasonable people believe to be true, they'd have to make some inconvenient changes in their lifestyles, and the wealthiest --the biggest offenders-- would have to make some very expensive changes to their businesses. Kit, I'm sorry you're stuck with Perry. He'll probably designate three more "pray for rain days" sometime soon and then bury his head back in the sand.
 

Jae A. (323)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 11:28 pm
Darn Terry bet me in posting my thoughts ! I mean think of it...Hot Dubya, Perry, and their entire cast of hot air RepubliCons for too many years now, so it was bound to happen soon than later..especially after Duyba and Perry ..

Don't think so Kit...that was probably the result of so many 'prayer vigels' hapen for rain in the state...those were bound to piss of their God ...after all he knows the truth of why global warming is taking place at such a rapid pace now. Think that God is just preparing those members of the churches in that effort for hell for being such hyprocritc and enviorment, instead of their being the 'care takers' of the earth as I think that god mentions in their bible...but then it talks about a lot of things they ignore..such as lying,stealing,cheating on one spouse,greed and violence and on and on.

On an equally serious note...I believe this man Hanson and the others who have united in this research have it right on...even if he is from or in Texas :-). Not all there , are rightcrazywingers [right kit :-) ], even if far too many are....Certainly enough are to bring a living hell to the people of that state...the nation and the world in the long run ...one possibly worse than that which Dubya brought and that Perry would have loved to follow up on in the Dubya tradition...They and their corporate buds the world over had a huge hand in the promoting of global warming for profits.
 

Virginia Esquer (10)
Friday February 10, 2012, 12:53 am
So sad, global warming is sure destroying mother nature, and the whol ecosystem.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 10, 2012, 2:37 am
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday February 10, 2012, 2:56 am

Yes, Michael as you have said on so many occasions, life does indeed have value. However, such proclamations without the effort to make them a reality are just so many words. We the dominate species are the ones with the choice to begin on vast scale, a cohesive movement to restore as much to life on earth as we can in our life time and then with great hope, pass this continued task on to our progeny.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:04 am

I thank all of you who took the time to read this article and formulate your own ideas. Yes, there must be humor, can we continue to take on the daunting tasks we face without humor? Seems doubtful to me.

Sadly it is the American cultural that continues to insist there is no human element in the reality of rapid climatic change. It is real? Well, consider the droughts, the unexpected floods in areas that do not normally flood, consider that here in Texas, it is now the end of winter and yet I still have not had use for the central heating system. For the Super Bowl ambiance we did build a fire, but then again it was over 40 out doors. Those who continue to be deniers, those who actually believe that god will provide, must also believe they bear no responsibility for the planet that same god gave them to nourish and tend.
 

Barbara DeFratis (21)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:42 am
No, surprise here and no doubt this will be proven all too true. Unfortunately, this sounds like the people of Texas better be ready for yet another bad summer, if not even worse, since I have heard nothing about any true improvements on our climate.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday February 10, 2012, 5:55 am
I believe with all that I am that Hansen is right!
 

John Gregoire (254)
Friday February 10, 2012, 5:56 am
Actually all this weird weather in the US and Eurpe is caused by the polar oscillation. this year it is in a pattern that causes the jet stream to travel far north thus bringing drought to Texas and heavy snows and cold to Europe where the jet dips quite low. Caused by Global warming? the jury is out on this one but warming has caused many other events/problems.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:53 am
Yet the Governor of Texas refuses to acknowledge science and thus plays ostrich and fails to lead Texas to address this issue and chooses instead to lead them into a future of repeating the recent disasters.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday February 10, 2012, 9:12 am

Very good John, now explain to me the last ten years of slowly but steady rises in temperatures both on the land and in the seas.
The jury may be out for you, I have enough climatology and meteorology classes in my background to study the research and there is no doubt that over the past 150, we - HUMANS have used this planet as toilet - trouble is, this is one toilet that will not flush away all the waste. In fact, toilets are a great example...people haven't bothered to transition away from water use to gravity use, so just one more way of constant pollution.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday February 10, 2012, 9:22 am
Right...."the jury is out on on global warming" in the same way that "the jury is out on evolution."

When it's convenient for business or fundamental religious interests....that damn jury just won't rule!
 

Mari 's (1365)
Friday February 10, 2012, 10:06 am
Hansen and all the other scientists out there working are Angels I swear!
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday February 10, 2012, 10:22 am

I can't say I know about their angelic powers but I do know that no scientists should be forced to work in an environment of political pressure like those who endeavor to find and discover only the current truth. Science doesn't ask you to "believe" it asks only that you observe and think. Science is ever changing and ever open to the next development.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday February 10, 2012, 10:26 am
"those who discover only the current truth."

WELL SAID, KIT!
 

Dave C. (213)
Friday February 10, 2012, 12:05 pm
unfortunately, too many will only awaken their minds when it too late or they are the ones being directly injured from environmental destruction....
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Friday February 10, 2012, 1:34 pm
As a Texan I can certainly attest to the extreme heat. Even this winter we have barely been below freezing a few times. We are in water rationing and may never get off it!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday February 10, 2012, 6:13 pm
Noted , thanks !
 
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