And speaking of heat — Dr. Christopher Keating, a physicist who has taught at the University of South Dakota and the U.S. Naval Academy, has offered $10,000 of his own money to anyone who can disprove climate change.
A kind of back-slap to asshole deniers: “They are even free to find proof on the Internet and cut and paste it,” he said.
(Illustration found here).
According to Keating, author of ‘Undeniable: Dialogues on Global Warming,’ the whole denial bullshit is similar to the old cigarettes ain’t bad for you routine: “I am certain my money is safe,” he says. “They are in the business of denial and deception, not science. But, if someone could give me a scientific proof global warming isn’t real, it would be worth the money.”
Climate change denial is nearly-pure money talking — only the self-centered rich could afford such stupidity.
Even Hank Paulson, former Treasury honcho, has finally understood the earth’s environment is quickly wasting away in a New York Times opinion piece, and concludes with a throw-back from his wonder years: Climate change is the challenge of our time. Each of us must recognize that the risks are personal. We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble.
One up-close-and-personal climate change report came out yesterday, and the approaching heat puts a total damper on life — via Reuters:
“As temperatures rise, toward the end of the century, less than an hour of activity outdoors in the shade could cause a moderately fit individual to suffer heat stroke,” said climatologist Robert Kopp of Rutgers University, lead scientific author of the report.
“That’s something that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world today.”
That result emerges from the heat-and-humidity analysis in “Risky Business,” the report on the economic consequences of climate change released on Tuesday.
The analysis goes beyond other studies, which have focused on rising temperatures, to incorporate growing medical understanding of the physiological effects of heat and humidity, as well as research on how and where humidity levels will likely rise as the climate changes.
The body’s capacity to cool down in hot weather depends on the evaporation of sweat.
That keeps skin temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius).
Above that, core temperature rises past 98.6F.
But if humidity is also high, sweat cannot evaporate, and core temperature can increase until the person collapses from heat stroke.
“If it’s humid you can’t sweat, and if you can’t sweat you can’t maintain core body temperature in the heat, and you die,” said Dr Al Sommer, dean emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and author of a chapter on health effects in the new report.
If climate change continues on its current trajectory, the report concluded, Midwesterners could see deadly heat-and-humidity pairings (which meteorologists call “wet-bulb temperature”) two days every year by later this century.
“It will be functionally impossible to be outside, including for things like construction work and farming, as well as recreation,” said climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University.
Even without killer humidity, heat waves are expected to take a larger and larger toll.
The Southeast is expected to be hit with an additional 17 to 52 extremely hot days per year by mid-century and an additional 48 to 130 days by 2100.
That could prove deadly for thousands: “Risky Business” projects an additional 15 to 21 deaths per 100,000 people every year from the heat, or 11,000 to 36,000 additional deaths at current population levels.
The big nookie of this report is time — “toward the end of the century” — as studies indicate this hot shit is coming faster than earlier predicted, and the clock waits for no man.
(Illustration out front found here).