Finally, a lifting of a tedious marine-layer this late afternoon Tuesday on California’s north coast, allowing some faded-yellow sunshine to drive away the gray.
We continue our fog-bound trek to summer — officially, just over three weeks away.
Although our environmental situation is fairly normal for the time, the world as a whole-wide ecosystem isn’t so ‘normal,’ in fact, pretty abnormal — compounding the problem, weather has become politics.
Unfortunately, humanity has a clog in the wheel of survival — the T-Rump. He’s in the way-recent past blubbered climate change is a “hoax,” perpetrated by the Chinese, and supposedly the cretaceous-cretin has turned the Paris Agreement on climate change into theater. The big question — will the turd remove the US from the agreement, which is probably too-little, too-late, but something, and make getting the handle on catastrophic global warming more complicated, harder.
T-Rump was at first supposed to answer during the G7 meeting in Europe, but it never came about, and on Saturday, tweeted his “final decision” on the accord “next week!” Asshole.
(CNN): ‘This eternal back-and-forth prompted John Upton, a writer at Climate Central, to say Trump is drawing all of us into his “game show.” Narrative tension, set. Tune in for the showcase showdown — except instead of cash or cars the question here is whether the all-important Paris Agreement will survive and, consequently, whether the planet is likely screwed.’
And the narrative continues, as witnessed by Sean Spiver’s crazed White House briefing this morning — (HuffPost):
Asked at Tuesday’s press briefing if the president thinks human activity is contributing to global climate change, Spicer said, “Honestly, I haven’t asked him that. I can get back to you.”
Spicer said Trump met Tuesday with Pruitt — who has called the Paris pact a “bad business deal” for the US — to discuss the matter, and an announcement will be made “shortly.”
“Ultimately, [Trump] wants a fair deal for the American people,” Spicer said.
In a HuffPost/YouGov poll a couple of weeks ago, 61-percent of Americans said the country should stay in the Paris agreement, just 17 percent for withdrawing, 21 percent unsure.
And last week, via Reuters:
The survey of more than 8,000 people in eight countries — the United States, China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Germany — found that 84 percent of people now consider climate change a “global catastrophic risk”.
On climate and environmental issues, “there’s certainly a huge gap between what people expect from politicians and what politicians are doing. It’s stunning,” said Mats Andersson, vice chairman of the Stockholm-based foundation, in a telephone interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The survey, released in advance of this week’s G7 summit of advanced economies in Italy, also found that 85 percent of people think the United Nations needs reforms to be better equipped to address global threats.
About 70 percent of those surveyed said they think it may be time to create a new global organisation — with power to enforce its decisions — specifically designed to deal with a wide range of global risks.
Nearly 60 percent said they would be prepared to have their country give up some level of sovereignty to make that happen.
“Whether it’s the spectre of nuclear conflict over North Korea or the planet tipping into catastrophic climate change, the need for effective global cooperation has never been greater,” Andersson said.
Time is the factor with climate change, as in not enough.
Weird, too, time long-range and climate change — from North Carolina to New Jersey and Ohio to Indiana, Brood X 17-year cicadas are emerging four years ahead of schedule. (Esquire): ‘Warmer than usual temperatures could have caused the cicadas to grow faster than their normal rate, meaning they reached threshold size faster than usual. “Temperature is everything,” Marlene Zuk, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota, told Scientific American. “When temperature changes, insects don’t just feel hot or cold. Their whole body doesn’t function normally.”‘
As already mentioned, nothing much is normal nowadays…
(Illustration above found here).