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We Just Passed the Climate's "Grim Milestone"


Environment  (tags: environment, ecosystems, 400ppm, climate-change, carbon scale, greenhouse gases )

Nancy
- 505 days ago - motherjones.com
"Somehow in the last 50 ppm we melted the Arctic," said environmentalist and founder of activist group 350.org Bill McKibben, who called today's news a "grim but predictable milestone" and has long used the symbolic number as a rallying call for climate-



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Sue H. (7)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:28 am
:(...
 

charlotte m. (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:30 am
good article
 

AwayNoMail Plze S. (500)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:35 am
So sad, what are we doing to our world?
Thanks Nancy, very good reporting.
Noted & shared..
 

Susan Clay (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:41 am
This is very scary and it has received very little media attention. We all need to do more to get this information out there and heard above the oil companies greenwashing campaigns.
 

Gene Jacobson (253)
Monday May 13, 2013, 9:02 am
It is a grim milestone. An Inconvenient Truth in 2005 talked about this coming and what happened the last time it got this high, 640,000 years ago, Snowball Earth with ice as deep as a mile even at the equator, no oxygen based life form will survive that. I'd like to hope they are wrong, but the fossil record doesn't lie and neither do real scientists, as opposed to the bought and paid for kind by the Kochs and others who deny it because they are paid to since their owners make their money from fossil fuels. It is a sad day when people, any people, put their pocketbook ahead of life on this planet. Just because it may take a few hundred years to really show up does not mean the intervening time will be easy. They're so focused on their own greed that they don't even care about their own descendants and what they will face as this inexorable march to a new ice age continues.
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 13, 2013, 9:49 am
Says one planet to her neighbour, "How are you?"
"Not well at all" replies the other planet, "I'm all itchy and have many burns and wounds all over, still getting more, and lately quite a fever, too ..."
"Don't worry" comforts the first, "I know about that, had it myself. It's called hu-mans. It's really annoying, but only for a short while, it does not last long. And I'll tell you a few tricks how to get rid of it even faster."
 

Nancy C. (798)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:26 am
On fb, comment on Senator Vitter's blocking the nomination of Gina McCarthy as EPA Director...another stalemate in progress today.
Senator David Vitter
 

Anders Jonsson (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:39 am
An Inconvenient Truth is as true today as it was 7 years ago!
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:25 am
The Siberian Arctic was a Summer Resort spot the last time CO2 was today's 400ppm. Sea levels ranged from 25 feet to 130 feet higher than today's. Got your scuba gear ready? This is a scarey type of experiment the human being is doing, this isn't contained to some lab, it contains everything we are.
 

Isa Villanen (44)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:06 pm
Noted. And FracktheZensors, good story, already in action!
It is the countries using fossil fuel still and even in greater amounts that have caused the 400 PPM. The global warming cannot be stopped. It can only be slowed down, but asap, or there will truly be upheavals in nature within the next decade, because I do not give us more time to add the next 50 to the number. Mother Earth has already started to take the other planet's advice: the tornadoes are bigger, the storms are bigger, the polar ice caps melt fast, and it snows in areas that have been places of very little or no snow. Here in Finland we can see the global warming effecting the endemic plants: the fur trees get more yellow needles and they seem to wither during the summer, and the amount of pests in the forests are hungrier for trees than ever before. We may expect a polar shift, if the tectonic plates, now waking up, as seen in California, start to make a big noise, and that augurs no good news. We are in for a bad and sad times, and the USA president Obama seem to have poorly equipped scientific advisors, because they do not urge him to adopt, and hastily too, the Kyoto Protocol and take the bull by its horns and say NO to all fossil fuel plans and stop the existing ones like fracking. Germany is 2nd the biggest single country, 7,4 %,, but Canada comes quite close, 3,3 %, while Japan takes the lead by 8,5 %. Great Britain does quite badly, too, 4,3%, and USA has not even given its figures to the UN. How apt and admirable. Statistics speak the cold truth, and USA should now take the decisive step and adopt asap the Kyoto Protocol and also force it to entry asap. According to some statistics the USA percentage could be somewhere from 6 to 10 %. That makes you think, doesn't it.
Se cannot stop the global warming, that is a cold fact. We could try and low it down, but for that it would take all the nations in the world together making an effort, and somehow I can''t see that happening. The future is not a walk in the park, but as small droplets make a river and the river runs to the ocean, we can attribute to the CO2 emissions by reducing our own use of carbon based products like gasoline and plastic.

The tectonic plates are beginning to shift, because the molestation of earth has been hard and long: oil drilled where ever it is found, coal mined likewise, now fracking. What happens to the rainwater when it hits the ground? In the wild in is filtered into the water bed, or into the empty oil and coal canals, and we all know what happens when water freezes, it expands. And all the three fossil fuel obtaining methods cause heavy pollution from the start, destroy large ares of wilderness and wildlife habitats, thus causing an unbalance in the scheme of things.

Factory farming is also a threat: it produces about 18% of all methane emissions. The ozone layer can let harmful UV radiation in, but the CO2 and greenhouse gases stop it from getting back to space, and hey presto, we have global warming. The climate will be unpredictable to say the least in the years to come, and it the nations, who have not yet committed to the Kyoto Protocol (like USA), do nothing, we all may need to learn new things like how to ski and how to drive a husky pack or a horse an buggy...

Sounds grim, or what. Yes it does, but this is what the scientists have been saying for years, and very few have listened. It is about time more counties would.
 

Isa Villanen (44)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:30 pm
I forgot to say something:
The Kyoto Protocol expects all partied to drop their CO2 emission to the level they were 1998 or lower. But that is no longer a possibility, unfortunately.
The lobbers for big oil companies have done a bloody good job to undermine the importance of the Kyoto Protocol and the CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. It can be truly be said that money makes the world go around in this case, but normally it the gravitational pull of the sun.

There is a petition targeting President Obama and the senate to adopt the Kyoto Protocol:

https://www.change.org/petitions/presiden-barak-obama-federal-government-of-the-united-states-kyoto-protocol-ratified-adopted-commited-by-binding-emission-reductions

If you feel as passionate about the erath's future as I do, please, sign the petition.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:54 pm
We need to know.

Animals receive no advance notice......or do they?
 

Chelsie H. (19)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:03 pm
Noted; thanks.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:21 pm
If I had the power to do it--I'd remove every human being from the earth and let the planet repair itself for those species left.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Monday May 13, 2013, 9:06 pm
Sad and Grim indeed.
 

Ky Gouen (2)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:04 pm
wow i just lost all hope. but thanks anyway
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:15 pm
Again? I thought we passed the "grim milestone" a couple of years ago, and a couple of years before that ... and once or twice in the 90s. One problem that keeps showing up in these "records in all of human history" is that the daa-resolution is just not good enough for us to have seen a spike in the past.

Besides, does anybody really think that humans are somehow far more fragile than other animals? CO2 levels have been higher in the past, before humans showed up. The world went on just fine. I know there are problems because modern agricultural infrastructure is on fixed locations and cannot easily migrate in hte way that animals did in previous climate changes, but we're still really not talking about "end of the world" stuff here.
 

Monica D. (580)
Monday May 13, 2013, 11:33 pm
Use less oil - go car-free if you can ...
 

Irene S. (62)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 1:29 am
So sad!
 

Yasmeen E. (1)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 6:35 am
horrible, what have we done
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:25 am
We need to heed and change
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 2:33 pm
Thank you! May Mother God and Father God help us! (n, p, t)
 
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