Autumn in the Greenhouse

September 22, 2016

369_01Overcast with an occasional glare of sunlight this early Thursday on California’s north coast, with most-likely the continuing scenario of near-clear skies this afternoon.
We’ve a decent chance of rain tomorrow, but probably not…

Today also kicks off the fall season — the Autumnal Equinox — and although we’re forecast for cooler temperatures than normal, the northeastern US keeps summer going full steam, about 10-degrees above average, even at night.

Weather’s like the restaurant business, location, location, location…

(Illustration: ‘Autumn Forest,’ by Colin Ju, found here).

However, soon no matter the whereabouts of a person, the situation will be shitty. The world just finished the hottest summer ever. The previous mark was set only last year, and the one before in 2014.
According to a climate report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global temperatures were scorching.
The NOAA via The Weather Network: ‘The June-August seasonal global land and ocean temperature was 0.89oC (1.60oF) above the 20th century average of 15.6oC (60.1oF) — the highest temperature departure from average for June-August in the 1880-2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.04oC (0.07oF).’

Meteorologist/climate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State University (USAToday): ‘“It is plausible that this summer was the warmest in thousands of years, perhaps even longer…There is now very robust paleoclimate evidence that the past decade was likely Earth’s warmest in more than a thousand years, and there is somewhat more tentative but nonetheless compelling evidence that we have moved into territory unseen in more than a hundred thousand years.”

Alarms go going off from hot directions — via Reuters this morning:

With world emissions unlikely to slow quickly enough to hit that target, it will probably be necessary to remove some carbon pollution from the atmosphere to stabilize the planet, scientists said at a University of Oxford conference on how to achieve the 1.5 degree goal.
That could happen by planting forests or by capturing and then pumping underground emissions from power plants.
Or countries could turn to controversial “geoengineering” techniques, such as blocking some of the sunlight arriving on the planet, to hold down temperatures, they said.
“Negative emission technologies are likely to be needed, whether we like them or not,” said Pete Smith, a plant and soil scientist at the University of Aberdeen.
But other changes — such as reducing food waste and creating more sustainable diets, with less beef and fewer imported greenhouse vegetables — could also play a big role in meeting the goal, without so many risks, he said.
“There are lots of behavioral changes required, not just by the government … but by us,” Smith said.

“We need to get ready to deal with surprise,” said Jim Hall, director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.

The surprise will just be for pure-dumbass folks — we’ve had warnings up-the-ying-yang.
Latest this past Tuesday, as 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. saying that although ‘the evidence is clear’ the world’s environment is rapidly shifting, there’s a lag in action to handle it.
Bottom line — ‘These facts are incontrovertible. No reputable scientist disputes them. It is the truth.’ (Read the entire letter here)
Per the Guardian:

Despite these facts, the letter reports that the US presidential campaign has seen claims that the earth isn’t warming, or it is only a natural warming, or that climate change is a hoax.
These claims are false. The claims are made by politicians or real estate developers with no scientific experience.
These people who deny the reality of climate change are not scientists.
These claims aren’t new.
We see them every election cycle.
In fact, for the Republican Party, they are a virtual litmus test for electability.
It is terribly sad that the party of Lincoln (the president who initiated the National Academy of Sciences) has been rebuked by the National Academy today.
It is sad that the party of Teddy Roosevelt, who created the National Park System, is acting in a way antithetical to his legacy.
It is also sad that the party of Nixon, who created the Environmental Protection Agency, now is trying to eliminate that very organization.

Fall back…

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