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Drought, Blistering Temperatures and Raging Fires: Are We Screwed?

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Bad news is never fun to read, but putting our heads in the sand on this issue only makes the potential impacts that much worse. So, here are five facts about the state of our planet that you should know. If we combine our knowledge with action we may->

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Cher C (1429)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:12 pm

Thnx sweetie!


Angela N (0)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:18 pm

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:21 pm
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In 2007, as a drought-stricken Georgia watched its drinking water reserves dwindle, then-governor Sonny Purdue took action -- he organized a prayer service for rain. In similar fashion in 2011 as fires raged across Texas in one of the state's worst droughts, Governor Rick Perry designated Easter weekend "official days of prayer for rain," according to the Texas Tribune.

And now as the country endures fires, drought and record-high temperatures, our leaders are on bended knee yet again. Earlier this month Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters he was saying an extra prayer for rain. But the latest science shows that the country's leaders are going to need a whole lot more than prayer. Vilsack for one, may be feeling the pressure. A backlash is growing against the Agriculture Secretary for comments he made in a recent press conference when asked about whether or not climate change may be playing a role in this summer's torturous weather.

Vilsack responded:

I'm not a scientist so I'm not going to opine as to the cause of this. All we know is that right now there are a lot of farmers and ranchers who are struggling. And it's important and necessary for them to know, rather than trying to focus on what's causing this, what can we do to help them.

Farmers don't want to know if there is a potential link between droughts affecting their livelihood and climate change? I'm pretty sure farmers like to plan ahead and knowing what may be coming down the road is extremely helpful. And Vilsack doesn't have to worry about "opining" on climate change, as Brad Johnson points out, the USDA -- the department Vilsack heads -- has a Climate Change Program Office that's staffed with top scientists.

In case you were worried that our government is not thinking long-term enough about our problems, Vilsack can reassure you. As he said:

Long term, we obviously are engaged in research projects; we're obviously working with seed companies. Don't discount the capacity of the seed companies. These technologies do make a difference.

On the off-chance that in fact Monsanto isn't able to save us from the effects of climate change, we are going to need another strategy because the news lately has not been good. Bad news is never fun to read, but putting our heads in the sand on this issue only makes the potential impacts that much worse. So, here are five facts about the state of our planet that you should know. If we combine our knowledge with action we may have a fighting chance.

1. This is a record year for heat.

2. Over half the country is in drought.

3. It's a disaster

4. Greenland has experienced unprecedented melting

5. Get used to fires -- bigger, hotter, longer fires

By Tara Lohan | alternate |

Another short little ole article, presented on one page that anyone from this planet should read. Those who have another home beyond planet Earth, need not worry about such trifling things.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:21 pm
This is really scary stuff. When will we wake up?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:50 pm

I don't know Dan and Tina but I just hope that wake-up comes very soon. We can not wait for the government to save us. Every one must take some responsibility in their own communities.

MmAway M (506)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 5:51 pm
Are #!#!#!#! Yes! Careless Humans!

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 6:09 pm

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:17 am
Yep, we are. No "?"

Ben O (154)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:58 am
Yes indeed, we are screwed!!!

Arielle S (313)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:21 am
My first thought about the prayer is that God helps those who help themselves - we can't keep raping and pillaging the land and then covering it with chemicals and pesticides and expecting it to produce. Saw a show where Warren Buffet's son went to third world countries and taught them how to farm inexpensively but rightly - perhaps we can get him to do the same here.
The best thing I can say about GA is that nobody wastes water on lawns - and rain barrels are fairly popular here (we have three).

David C (129)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:44 am
.....Yes, it is getting more likely we are....but as a parent, Polar Bear lover, Penguin lover, tree hugger, etc....I can't give up and will continue to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, offset carbon, plant trees, educate and care2....thanks....

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:45 am
Cause and effect - we are reaping what we have sowed. Most not living in the effected areas will not get it until they find their weekly grocery costs sky-rocketing. It's upsetting also to see how many believe that technology will ride to the rescue when what is really needed is a rethinking of our priorities and expectations. We need to live a simpler, low-impact lifestyle.

JL A (281)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:53 am
can't leaders do more than rain dances and prayers for rain to fulfill their duties?

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 9:50 am
Noted, thanks.

Valerie H (133)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 9:59 am
Thank you for sharing.......

Patricia Ces (8)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 10:08 am

. (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:15 pm
I guess that too many people fall in to one of three groups. Firstly, those who deny climate change - surely even the most die hard member of this group must be begining to find their position hard to defend. Secondly, those who say 'okay, but there is nothing I can do about, that's down to someone else' - it is down to everyone, if you start doing something to help maybe others will follow your lead. Finally those who just give up and say 'oh well, its' too late now, what's the point of me doing anything?'. It is never too late to make a start - we haven't managed to destroy the world yet but if we don't start doing something then one day it will be too late, the problem for this group is that if this happens there will not be anyone left to say 'oh yes, you were right all along!'.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:37 pm
Now that God has our attention - he promises to destroy those that destroy the earth.

Christeen A (371)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:23 pm
Yes, pretty much.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 3:41 pm
Primary cause: animal-based human diet. Deforestation creates dry and hot air, allows more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Land mass the size of ASIA is devoted to raising animals as food for people!!!! When will we admit that the choices we, as individuals, make three time daily (I eat once or twice daily, as I do not need more food) contributes to the worst devastation to Mother Earth ever seen? The ORGANIC VEG'N DIET IS HEALTHY for BODY, MIND, SPIRIT, all life on this Earth. See this info graphic:

DORIS L (61)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:12 pm
Shared on facebook. knowledge is power.

Terri Hughes (416)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:32 pm
Thanks Kit.....this is VERY scary. We had all better do everything we can to slow global warming down. The biggest problem is logging, we need to STOP these people from destroying the forest. So many things could be done to turn things around, but man is too full of GREED. When everything is destroyed, what good is all that money going to benefit these people?

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:37 am

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:44 am
Screwed yep.

. (0)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:20 pm
March is always blustery, with tons of snow. Winter's last hurrah. This year we experienced a heatwave. Summer has served up unending, scorching heat and little rain. The leaves are turning brown and falling off the Maples. The river is lower than it has ever been, with areas to be walked across. Most definitely, we are in trouble.

Michela M (3964)
Friday August 3, 2012, 6:18 pm

Thanks! Even if I’m not in Rome, but in U.K.,
I Posted it in: ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: CLIMATE CHANGE: Several Petitions VERY URGENT New!!!
Please Join and Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!!  Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

Jelica R (144)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:15 pm
Vilsack is praying. Looking for a long-term solution. Monsanto as a savior.

Read heat temperature all over the world, wildfires, droughts and floods - is it possible that those distinguished gentlemen are not praying enough?

"Technology will save us", they say. Bullshit! Until we could download some watter, food or gasoline from Internet (this will happen like never!), we will need the material base to support our survival, we need Mother Earth to be accurate.

Jelica R (144)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:21 pm
After 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations fell I was playing with the idea to write a book for deniers* titled "Global Warming for Dummies". I gave up after I realized the deniers* never read anything, they inhale opinions from a particular TV channel. Thus, with such a book, I would preach to the choir (figuratively, not literally).
*deniers - people who intentialy overlook everything that imperils the comfort of their ignorance.

Sceptics is a flattering term for deniers. Sceptics learn from each party to the dispute and make their own conclusions. Deniers pick their side and never listen to the other side arguments.

Jelica R (144)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:47 pm
Ups; "intentialy" correct is "intentionally". Yup, I am very upset about the sad state of media coverage of this important issue. Who said: "Don't pit the ignorant against the educated and call it a debate."?


Kit B (276)
Friday August 3, 2012, 8:04 pm

Who said: "Don't pit the ignorant against the educated and call it a debate."?

I tried to find out about that quote and could not find it on Google. I don't know who said it, but it sure is true.

Americans are often guilty of "Ostrich Syndrome" we are too expectant of a someone who save us from ourselves. This situation is one that neither Americans nor anyone can hide from, expect a sudden new technology or quick answers that can only be long term solutions. The United States has known about this problem for too many years, has willfully ignored the problems of growing pollution and toxins in our air, water and soil and now must reap what we have sewn.

To make matters even worse, the US has a growing population, and that will become even more of a problem as the decades pass.

Nations can pray for guidance, but if no one is willing to change the way we live those prayers will not be answered. It is the "Eve of Destruction" and the "End of Time" as we have known it, only each person being active can hope to change this.

Does the increased solar activity cause the increase in global temperatures?

"Over the last 30 years of global warming, the sun has shown a slight cooling trend. Sun and climate are going in opposite directions. This has led a number of scientists independently concluding that the sun cannot be the cause of recent global warming.

One of the most common and persistent climate myths is that the sun is the cause. This argument is made by cherry picking the data - showing past periods when sun and climate move together but ignoring the last few decades when the two diverge."


Jelica R (144)
Friday August 3, 2012, 9:08 pm
Sun has 11-year cycle, yet in the last decade (during which Sun made almost one full cycle) we had 9 warmest years in record. I guess we will hear more about "we-can't-do-anything" or "CO2-is-good-for-plants", "we-will-adapt" or whatever new mantra for the day is going to be.

We won't get a call for action from our next-mandate-limited-vision politicians (or 'leaders' as they grace themselves, LOL). We are on our own, this will have to be a grassroot movement, friends, families, neighbours, comunities... Many groups all over the world are working together to minimize the harsh landing we are starting to feel. Google to see what they are doing, they have sites, blogs, FB groups... and are willing to share their experience and learn from others. BTW, don't buy the lie about Agenda 21 and United Nations as one world government. Another Big Business well-oiled propaganda.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 9:20 am
Not to worry, Monsanto will come to our rescue. We will soon be eatting GMO dirt that will be tasty and digestable, although it will cause us to shit flames. Porcelain toilets are built to take the heat.
We could request those waiting in line at Chic-full of it to pray away the gay, and while they are at it, pray for rain.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 3:01 pm
Thank you, Kit

Vallee R (280)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 11:56 am
Yes we are screwed and not in a good way - am glad I have a large garden this yes so can can it even though I am always exhausted - won't do too much next year - don't know how much water there will be.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:48 pm
Current U.S. Drought Monitor

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 2:39 pm

Thanks Jelica - I closely follow the Texas Drought Project which is not limited to Texas but covers the entire US.

Reggie Thomas (5)
Monday August 6, 2012, 6:57 am
Drought, Blistering Temperatures also has an effect on these 105 Nuclear power Plants when it comes to needing water,without water, these plants might run HOT which can cause some concern.Maybe we need to think about closing some of them down. (O_O)

Maria S (95)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 8:08 am
Sadly noted. This is terrifying unfortunately. Thanks Kit, for informing us.
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