Sunshine, wind and blue skies this Wednesday late-afternoon here on California’s North Coast. We’re apparently in our warmth of summer (seaside definition of ‘warmth‘) with tomorrow’s temps maybe in the mid-70s.
A dog walk/run in the AM at the Ma-le’l Dunes was gorgeous — short-sleeve/T-shirt time, which for me says a lot, and doesn’t happen all that often with my ancient ass.
Irony in soothsayers: “Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it. ” — Dr. Kathryn Railly, ‘12 Monkeys‘
People have been talking about climate change for awhile, many, many years, but the real world is just now catching up with the science as signs of environmental disasters are all over the map, and most amplified by a warming temperatures.
And confirmed by a shitload of research, almost all bad news. Latest batch of terrible was posted yesterday at EcoWatch — this year might be the hottest ever:
Global carbon dioxide concentrations reached a record of 407.4 parts per million during 2018, the study found.
That is 2.4 ppm greater than 2017 and “the highest in the modern instrumental record and in ice core records dating back 800,000 years,” the report said, according to CNN.
It wasn’t just the amount of carbon dioxide that set record levels.
Other greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide also continued a rapid rise into the atmosphere.
Together, the global warming power of greenhouse gases was 43 percent stronger than in 1990, according to the State of the Climate report released Monday by the American Meteorological Society, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.
For global temperatures, 2018 ranked fourth, behind 2016, 2015 and 2017 for the warmest on record.
That top four finish for 2018 is despite a La Niña system over the Pacific that cooled ocean waters for part of the year.
So far, 2019 is on track to be the warmest year in recorded history, according to NOAA.
Global sea temperatures also set a record level in 2018.
“This record heat reflects the continuing accumulation of thermal energy in the top 2,300 feet (700 meters) of the ocean,” according to NOAA.
“Oceans absorb more than 90 percent of Earth’s excess heat from global warming.”
“This is yet another in a series of expert, science-based reports that continue to sound the alarm about the climate crisis,” said Marshall Shepherd, a professor of geography and atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia and former president of the American Meteorological Society, to CNN.
“[The] DNA of climate change is clearly seen now in our weather, agriculture productivity, water supply challenges, public health, and even national security concern.”
“The findings from their State of the Climate report rise above some blog or opinion on social media,” Shepherd added.
“Through the process of science, they are sounding an alarm about the ‘here-and-now’ climate crises.”
Probably the way-way-biggest problem in maybe forever, climate change is still masked in dis-belief: ‘Climate change is a problem facing countries around the world, but media coverage of the topic differs from one nation to the next. A new study from the University of Kansas shows the way media frame climate change coverage can be predicted by several national factors, yet none tend to frame it as an immediate problem requiring national policies to address the issue.’
(Illustration found here).