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We're Already Topping Dust Bowl Temperatures -- Imagine What Will Happen If We Fail to Stop 10°F Warming


Environment  (tags: climate-change, CO2emissions, conservation, destruction, dust bowl, ecosystems, endangered, energy, environment, globalwarming, habitat, habitatdestruction, humans, nature, oceans, politics, pollution, protection, science, Sustainabililty )

Kit
- 770 days ago - alternet.org
The Earth has warmed only a bit more than 1°F since the catastrophic Dust Bowl, and we are poised to warm an astounding 9-11°F this century.



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. (0)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 12:21 pm
I've been watching reports of the unusual weather and the problems that are resulting from it on the TV. From what I understand this is being caused by the Jet Stream (a fast flowing airstream) that is in a different position to where it normally is at this time of year. It is causing the extreme heat in the US and has brought very heavy rain, floods and cool temperatures to much of the UK (apparently it is starting to move so maybe things will change). What is not so apparent is what caused the Jet Stream to rest in an unusual position for so long. There is little doubt that there will be those who will deny that it has anything at all to do with climate change and there will be those who will swear that it does. The far more important question is what, if anything, we can do to ensure that things return to normal.
 

Barb Mann (12)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 1:35 pm
Now do people believe global warming is true! I know quite a few people that don't agree! Let's keep publicizing it so more people will listen!
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 1:49 pm
The future world going to diffident for there kids then it is for us
 

Yvonne White (231)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 2:09 pm
Maybe all that extra money the Pentagon wants is so we can invade Canada? It will be a balmy change from the dusty, dry, shriveled up Corn Belt..;)
 

Terry King (108)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 3:36 pm
The only positive aspect of the increasingly destructive results of global warming is that the climate change deniers in the red states will suffer disproportionately!
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 3:42 pm
Everything that Al Gore said on An Inconvenient Truth in 2005 is coming true. All of it. Soon there'll be no sand to bury our heads in, we'll have to dig holes in the hard pan for that.
 

Robert B. (57)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 7:07 pm
Anyone who believes that global warming is a hoax has to be a total fool. There is just too much evidence for it staring us in the face.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 9:47 pm
It's only going to get worse. There is too much in control of the greedy selfish ignorant1%
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 11:10 pm
Climate change is here. Industrial humans should be drastically cutting fossil fuel burning, cutting industrial and ag CO2 emissions, and caring for the planet. Should be a huge wake-up for politicians etc. But alas - things go so slowly, and corporations are too greedy.
 

Virginia Esquer (8)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:46 am
is all about the global warming that the factories ceo don't control their emissions, to make a better air quality i don't know what is going to happened in the next decade, don't want to know i am sure is just going to get worse.
 

Riley Anderson (46)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 5:26 am
thanks
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 6:41 am
thx for the info!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 7:48 am
is there a temperature where human fat will melt that we have to look forward to? Is this the GOP strategy to address the obesity epidemic?
 

Dana B. (133)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 10:19 am
thank you for the article
 

Dave C. (214)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:12 pm
my poor children.....
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:24 pm
Perhaps that famous old conservative actor, Charlton Heston (not Ronald Reagan), was giving us a look at our future when he starred in that old classic, "Soylent Green." It described an overheated earth depleted of its resources, shrinking oceans, food and water shortages, and severe overpopulation. We appear to be reaching that point. Unfortunately, when I think of the words, "Love they neighbor," I think of loving them as people, not as my next meal, wondering when my head would be held to the butcher block.

The scenario is becoming more and more realistic. How WILL we deal with it? Kit is right (to no one's surprise!): change begins with each and every one of us, and we all need to become activists within our own communities!

Thanks, Kit, for a great article and for the great advice!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:40 pm
all the knowledge & no action
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:10 pm
Im so frightened for the future! Im also mad as hell, why arent our Governments doing anything about this, of course i know the ansewr is money, but whats the good of money if your not alive to spend it and with the way things are going i cant see the earth lasting much longer or us on it at least! Thanks for another great article Kit, you always have the best facts and science as well as opinions i LOVE reading your articles theyre so informative!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 2:10 pm
Deforestation and land/water theft caused by humans eating animals is responsible for this. Trees moisten and cool the air, and the planet! End this DOMINO EFFECT BY GOING ORGANIC VEG'N IMMEDIATELY. Land mass for feeding and raising animals aas food is the size of ASIA, and growing! Water waste and pollution, ocean acidification, warming of all elements is caused by animal production. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE.
 

Angel Campbell (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 3:32 pm
Plant more trees.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 6:23 pm
Noted , thanks , we better be very careful using water !
 

Pepe Pops (7)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 7:15 pm
I was talking with my mom the other day,she lives in Athens,she told me that in many parts of Attica the temp,
reached 48 degrees celcius,wich is 118.4 farenheit..(used the google thingie to do it)
If this is not hell on earth,what the hell is it???????
 

John Gregoire (255)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 5:35 am
Angel, you have a great idea as long as we also stop harvesting so many trees.. We've not kept up with the green depletion through planting. The next war will be fought over water and by the looks of water abuse in the USA it may be a civil conflict.
 
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