‘Earth Day’

April 22, 2015

Global-Warming-keep-earth-green-33320784-800-1208Overcast this early Wednesday on California’s north coast, once again the combo fog/cloud routine until probably later in the morning or until afternoon — supposedly considered as ‘windy‘ today, we’ve usually the wind, but rarely designated as such by the NWS.
And wind also usually brings sunshine, which is good.

Today is also the 45th “Earth Day,” and despite a generation of like celebrations, the environment is way worse than in 1970.

A focus of the numerous events marking the occasion is President Obama’s speech today at the Everglades National Park in south Florida.
Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in a conference call to reporters last night on why this particular location (via Mashable): ‘“Climate change is putting the changing ecosystem at risk,” Goldfuss said of the Everglades. “This is really ground zero.”

(Illustration found here).

In reality, the Arctic/Antarctic poles are ground zero, or grounds zero, or maybe, ground zeros — and the north/south shock explodes primarily right now along the equator, and any low-lying, marshy, and porous land in proximity to the coastline, like Florida.
And the climate change irony — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a total Republican shitbag, has banned the use of the terms, ‘climate change,’ or ‘global warming‘ from any state business, while his state has already felt the arrival of the easier, earlier aspects of those banned words — asshole: ‘Scott’s office told CNN the governor was not planning to greet Obama on the tarmac in Miami.’
Turd on the tarmac, no…

And on this particular day, too, another bell-clank in the already weighted Russian-roulette-like approach to climate change mankind has taken since that April day 45 years ago — we’re still belching the CO2.
Via WunderBlog yesterday afternoon:

Weekly carbon dioxide measurements from the pristine air atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa have just topped another predictable yet worrisome milestone: 404 parts per million.
The actual preliminary value reported by NOAA for last week (April 12–18) was 404.02 ppm.
By all evidence, we now have the largest amount of CO2 present in Earth’s atmosphere for at least the last 800,000 years, and probably several million.
The most prevalent of the human-produced greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide has been measured regularly by scientists at Mauna Loa since 1958.
The gas is also measured at other sites around the world, but the Mauna Loa dataset is the most widely tracked index of global trends because of its uninterrupted 57-year length.

This continual assault, pulling/coupling along with 2014 the warmest year ever, this year to follow right up the thermometer, and all the weird-ass weather, earth really hasn’t many days left if current conditions persist — good overview-feature on climate and Earth Day realities can be found at Scientific American.
Despite those calamitous realities, a goodly-chunk of Americans think the dangers of climate change are exaggerated, and less than half say that protection of the environment should be given priority over energy production.

Worse for just plain-old, asshole-obstructionist there’s this from a recent Gallup poll:

Conservative Republicans not only decisively reject the notion that the effects of global warming will happen in this lifetime — a position in sharp contrast to all other political identities — but another 40 percent say global warming will never happen.
This is significantly higher than the percentages of moderate/liberal Republicans (16 percent), non-leaning independents (14 percent), conservative/moderate Democrats (5 percent) and liberal Democrats (3 percent) who say the same.

And the worse part if they really don’t give a shit — a lot of news stories on Obama’s Everglades trip, about wading into climate change politics, but the opposition don’t really care and really won’t change a thing.
An earth day sad…

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