It’s not all bad news, just mostly. Prescott’s Climate Links #10

Every week when I open Prescott’s climate links, I read a lot of bad news. Sure there are some signs of hope, great innovations, encouraging movement, but when dealing with Global Warming, right now we need to face the music and dance, which means ingesting some bad news.

How do we face the current crisis that is upon us? With honesty. It’s like when my sisters and I first learned our mom had lung cancer. We wanted to hear all of the potential good news, all the the hope for recovery. We needed to hear these possible positive stories because the news that we were losing our mother was far too devastating to accept. But a day came when we had to hear and receive the bad news–there was no cure for her, just palliative care to help her feel as comfortable as possible. When we finally were able to receive that bad news, it opened our hearts to action, to deep love and caring. We knew our time was precious, and we didn’t want to waste a second.

The downfall of humanity and most other species is not at all set in stone, not yet. We have time to act–precious, vital time to act. To get to the place of action, we need to swallow some bad news. So take a deep breath and read about the wars, the waves, and the uncertain promises.

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The age of climate warfare is here. The military-industrial complex is ready. Are you? For the Guardian by Nafeez Ahmed, author of A Users’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: and How to Save It.

To be sure, the link between climate change and the risk of violence is supported by many independent studies. No wonder, reports NBC News citing various former and active US officials, the Pentagon has long been mapping out strategies “to protect US interests in the aftermath of massive floods, water shortages and famines that are expected to hit and decimate unstable nations.”

But the era of climate warfare is not laying in wait, in some far-flung distant future. It has already begun, and it is accelerating – faster than most predicted. Pentagon officials and the CNA’s new study point to the Arab Spring upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa as a prime example.

Read the entire article here.

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Bad News: Scientists Have Measured 16-Foot Waves In The Arctic Ocean by Robert T. Gonzalez for io9

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For the first time, waves as tall as 16 feet have been recorded in Arctic waters. If these waves are speeding the breakup of the region’s remaining ice, as oceanographers suspect, they could signal the birth of a feedback mechanism that will hasten the Arctic’s march toward an ice-free summer.Read the entire article here.

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas: Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels by By Naomi Oreskes for TomDispatch/Truth Out

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As a historian of science who studies global warming, I’ve often stressed that anthropogenic climate change is a matter of basic physics: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which means it traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. So if you put additional CO2into that atmosphere, above and beyond what’s naturally there, you have to expect the planet to warm.  Basic physics.

And guess what? We’ve added a substantial amount of CO2 to the atmosphere, and the planet has become hotter.  We can fuss about the details of natural variability, cloud feedbacks, ocean heat and CO2 uptake, El Niño cycles and the like, but the answer that you get from college-level physics — more CO2 means a hotter planet — has turned out to be correct.  The details may affect the timing and mode of climate warming, but they won’t stop it.

In the case of gas, however, the short answer may not be the correct one.

Read the entire article here.

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Check out previous editions of Prescott’s Climate Links. (It’s NOT all bad news. I promise.) And Let us know what you are interested in understanding better. Where do you find hope?

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