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We’ll adapt?

June 30, 2012

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We’ll adapt?

To the editor:

Evidence of global warming and climate change in Kansas and surrounding states was documented in several recent Journal-World articles. Temperatures reached 109 to 115 degrees in parts of western Kansas while wildfires blazed over farmland in central, north-central, and northwestern Kansas. Colorado wildfires have raged out of control and forced evacuations of many homes, and over 1,000 record temperatures were set in a single week. Rather impressive for this early in the year, and the current weather system shows no sign of rapid improvement.

We can all hope that the rest of summer will provide rain and cooler temperatures, but the long-term climate outlook is likely to worsen in the years and decades to come. What will become of America’s breadbasket if these conditions persist? If the Ogallala aquifer should no longer be capable of sustaining irrigation in the high plains and dry-land farming becomes problematic, our abundant food supply may not be as reliable as we have all thought. As sea levels rise more rapidly on the East Coast and other evidence of global warming increases, the fossil fuel industry continues its head-in-the-sand approach.

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson says “society will be able to adapt.” This is the same kind of subterfuge that the tobacco industry used to assure us that cigarettes were safe until irrefutable evidence was finally obtained. My concern is that by time irrefutable evidence is accepted by Mr. Tillerson, life on this planet will no longer exist as we have known it.

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Dignitas 1 year, 9 months ago

Every summer its hot. Every winter its cold. Anyone who thinks humans have the power to control this planet is lost in a narcissistic fairy tale!! Say hi to the bean stalk for me.. ;0)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

Bill Nye the Science Guy Explains Record Heat, Wildfires and Climate Change

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/07/03-0

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Chris Golledge 1 year, 9 months ago

In isolation, the current heat wave means very little, but in the context of highly unusual heat events increasing from less than 1% of the land surface area in 1950 to 1980, to about 10% in the last three or four years, it means a bit more.

http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2011/20111110_NewClimateDice.pdf Figures 3,4.

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Chris Golledge 1 year, 9 months ago

daisym,

"Not everyone knows that 1934 was the hottest year in the USA. "

Yeap, and the U.S. makes up about 2% of the globe, and 1934 was the 47th warmest year on record globally. Meanwhile the ten hottest years globally have occurred in the last 14. Sorry, what point were you trying to make here?

"Not everyone knows that on June 17, 2012, cities in 25 States had record low temperatures in the USA "
25 record lows, huh. Let's see, not really sure why you picked that particular date, but, for example, in March, 15,000 record highs were set. That's not a typo, 15,000. Not sure what point you are trying to make with the 25 record lows.
http://earthsky.org/earth/in-march-2012-15000-warm-temperature-records-broken-in-us

More of the same here:

"For the year-to-date, warm temperature records have been outnumbering cold temperature records in the U.S. by a ratio of about 7-to-1." http://snrclimatecorner.blogspot.com/2012/06/jan-1-june-21-2012-record-highs-outpace.html

"Curiously, Doran’s own survey reported that only 48% of geologists believed that mankind is causing AGW. I guess that climatologists and geologists avoid each other, for obvious reasons!"

Not going to check your numbers, but according to you, when I think I might have cancer I would be just as well to go to a pediatrician as I would to go to an oncologist.

I would not be casting any stones regarding the character of others given your transparent attempts to misinform.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 9 months ago

The Complex need something to 'control'. They have 'Affordable Tax and Care' control now. But they need more.

Their controlling the 'moods' of the planet have been difficult, since their scientific "email" debacle. They should be able to 'play' this current weather to their advantage.

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TheOriginlCA 1 year, 9 months ago

What ever happened to global warming? Is climate change now the more politically expedient name to call this propaganda? We can't forecast the weather scientifically more than a few days in advance but we know exactly what we had climatologically millions of years ago?

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Don Brennaman 1 year, 9 months ago

How can we adapt? There is no such thing as evolution.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, humans will adapt but it'll be a few million of us, not a few billion, that survive that process of adaptation.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 9 months ago

Climate change is real and undeniable. It has been around since the beginning of time; end of the ice age and receding of the oceans that once covered the land.

The only question is if climate change is due to man. Some say yes and some say no. The answer is probably in between. Man most likely contributes to climate change, but to what significance? Man should be a protector of our environment, but government regulation should be science based and proven and not a knee-jerk overreaction to climate change.

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hujiko 1 year, 9 months ago

Weather does not equate to climate. People that deny global warming/climate change because it is "cold outside" are just as bad as people that affirm it when it is "hot outside." Please stop using the two ideas interchangeably as there already exists too much confusion. Also avoid using relative/subjective terms such as "improvement" because climate is indifferent to human affairs.

Swivel chair scientists will always disagree.

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rtwngr 1 year, 9 months ago

The problem is the evidence is refutable, George. To point at this season's unusually warm temperatures as evidence of global warming is, at best, anecdotal. It is the same argument as those that pointed at the unusually cool temperatures the past couple of years and stated it was evidence that there was no global warming. If the science that has been investigating global temperature data had not been so fraught with fraud and dishonesty, we might have a better idea what we are facing. The lies and subterfuge to come out of the scientific community, in order to secure more money, has so badly tainted their reputation that it is impossible to believe anything that they have to say at this point. Frankly, the number of scientists that now refute prior analysis and have stated that they no longer conclude that the earth is in a dire warming cycle, has reached numbers that would dissuade any critical thinker on the veracity of your argument.

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