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#21 roc

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 07:48 PM

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Arctic wildfires emitted as much CO2 in June as Sweden does in a year

Wildfires this year have been at an unusual intensity despite being common in the northern hemisphere between May and October

Reuters in Geneva

Fri 12 Jul 2019 10.32 EDT
Last modified on Fri 12 Jul 2019 13.57 EDT

Smoke rises from a wildfire on 3 July 2019 south of Talkeetna, Alaska.

Arctic wildfires, some the size of 100,000 football pitches, emitted as much carbon dioxide (CO2) last month as the country of Sweden does in a whole year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.

“Since the start of June we’ve seen unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic region,” a WMO spokeswoman, Clare Nullis, told a regular UN briefing in Geneva.

“In June alone these wildfires emitted 50 megatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, this is the equivalent of Sweden’s annual total CO2 emissions. This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined.”

Wildfires are common in the northern hemisphere between May and October, but this year the fires have been at an unusual latitude and intensity, she said.

Most have been in the US state of Alaska and the Russian region of Siberia, but one fire in Alberta was estimated to be bigger than 300,000 football pitches, or about the size of Luxembourg.

Alaska had experienced more than 400 wildfires so far this year, with new ones igniting every day.

Siberia was almost 10C higher in June than the long-term average, while Alaska had its second-warmest June on record, and on 4 July the mercury hit 32C (80F).

“This is not Alaska type of weather,” Nullis said.

The wildfires help to amplify global warming by coating the reflective white snow in a layer of black soot that absorbs sunlight, while also increasing the risk that the permafrost layer could thaw and release methane into the atmosphere.

They also create harmful smoke that can travel a long way.

The Alaskan city of Fairbanks has been hit by some of the world’s worst air pollution this month, forcing residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a “clean air shelter”.



#22 MiltonWadams

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:26 AM

While I think we as individuals can, and should do what we can to lessen our impact, or footprint, it seems almost meaningless when you look at some of the big consumers of resources.

 

The air force is flying a handful of C-17's in our area for training, and certification of crew and equipment.   I understand the need to have these planes available, and that their crews need to be well trained.  But when I did the math I found that one C-17 flown for 4 hours will burn more fuel then my subaru will over 300K miles.

 

I'm not saying that the air force should trade in its jets for honda's and subaru's, but I admit that it leaves me feeling a little silly about trying to consolidate my trips into town to save 100 miles a month.

How many more cars are there than C-17's though? If everybody driving was mindful, as you seem to be, a big impact can be made.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 11:30 AM

Statista.com estimates that commercial airlines will consume 97 billion gallons of aviation fuel in 2019.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 01:00 PM

Just heard that Alaska's sea ice is gone for the season, and that this is the earliest in the year that this has ever occurred. 



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 01:34 PM

We've had the last three days in a row @ 90+ weather here.   

 

Today will be no better, we are already at 81, and its climbing fast.  (@10:30 am local time).

 

Our average high temp for this time of year is 62, with a rare day reaching into the low 70's ever few years or so.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 04:15 PM

Statista.com estimates that commercial airlines will consume 97 billion gallons of aviation fuel in 2019.

In the US only, 143 Billion gallons are consumed a year on gasoline alone. This does not include diesel, aviation fuel, or heating oil:

https://www.eia.gov/....php?id=23&t=10

The aviation industry is a big polluter, certainly, but it's far from the worst.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:28 PM

 

The US military is the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world. Every year, our armed forces consume more than 100 million barrels of oil to power ships, vehicles, aircraft, and ground operations—enough for over 4 million trips around the Earth, assuming 25 mpg.

 

 

This, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:14 PM

Finding humans as the cause of climate change is like finding eggs in your cake.  Sure... it's there, but how are you going to separate it?

 

I don't blame myself or people in general for what's happening to our planet.  We have been manipulated into participation of schemes larger than most of us understand.  At the simplest level, it's corporations doing whatever they can get away with for a buck.  Example:  Rockefeller funding the prohibition movement to prevent farmers from getting into the habit of producing ethanol from agricultural waste, which would compete with his industry of selling oil for the purpose of fuel for internal combustion engines.

 

And the paper industry banning hemp products,

 

And possibly the actions of J. P. Morgan stonewalling Nicola Tesla's technology which might have given practically limitless free energy to humanity, without burning hydrocarbons.

 

But the fact remains that large organizations with disproportionate/undemocratic power work for their own agendas, often contrary to the health/well-being of mankind.

 

We need to understand that each of us is like a cell in a larger organism.  We can also become infected with parasites - parasites that feed on mass movements such as warfare, division, exploitation, etc.

 

So what we have been left with for the past 75 years or so is limited choice as consumers.  Blame the people all you want, but in reality it's the big businessmen and politicians which have worked to line their pockets and kick the can down the road for the rest of humanity to die from, or fix.

 

This is what economists call an "externality."  Except in the case of climate change, if it damns us all, will be quite "internal" for them as well.

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 02:20 PM

IMHO, now is not the time to lay blame, or to cry over spilt milk, but it's not the time to put our heads in the sand and ignore what we see with our own eyes either.

 

Climate change is clearly here to see, and since Greenland isn't for sale, maybe we should put some effort into doing what we can to protect our combined existence. 



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Posted 24 November 2019 - 12:25 AM

I heard today that for the first time ever, no rain was recorded anywhere in Australia in a full day.  It's never been known to happen before. 

 

Here's part of an article and the link to the rest of it, from last February:

 

 

Today’s global consumption of fossil fuels now stands at roughly five times what it was in the 1950s, and one-and-half times that of the 1980s when the science of global warming had already been confirmed and accepted by governments with the implication that there was an urgent need to act. Tomes of scientific studies have been logged in the last several decades documenting the deteriorating biospheric health, yet nothing substantive has been done to curtail it. More CO2 has been emitted since the inception of the UN Climate Change Convention in 1992 than in all previous human history. CO2 emissions are 55% higher today than in 1990.

 

Despite 20 international conferences on fossil fuel use reduction and an international treaty that entered into force in 1994, manmade greenhouse gases have risen inexorably. If it has not dawned on you by now, our economic and political systems are ill-equipped to deal with this existential threat. Existing international agreements are toothless because they have no verification or enforcement and do not require anything remotely close to what is needed to avoid catastrophe. The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the top four in the past four years, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s and Greenland’s pace of ice loss has increased fourfold since 2003. The Arctic ocean has lost 95% of its old ice and total volume of ice in September, the lowest ice month of the year, has declined by 78% between 1979 and 2012. With grim implications for the future, Earth’s air conditioner —the cryosphere— is melting away.

 

An article from a few months ago lays bare the reality that throughout the past two hundred years and with recent “alternative” or “renewable” energy sources, humans have only added to the total energy they consume without ever having displaced the old, polluting ones. An alternative energy outlook report by Wood Mackenzie foresees that even in a carbon-constrained future, fossil fuels would still make up 77% of global energy consumption in 2040. The world economy remains hopelessly tethered to fossil fuels. We are kidding ourselves if we think there will be any sort of orderly transition to sustainability with which modern civilization appears to be wholly incompatible. We are, as Nate Hagens says, energy blind.

 

Modern civilization has become so intertwined with petroleum-based products that their remnants are now found in our excrement. It seems no living thing can escape microplastics, not even the eggs of remote Arctic birds. This should come as no surprise if you look at the scale of the problem. Plastic production has grown from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to roughly 400 million metric tons today(more than 99% of plastics made today are with fossil fuels and only a tiny fraction of it recycled). There are five massive oceanic gyres filled with pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other human detritus; one of the these gyres, named the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is three times the size of France and growing exponentially. The health and environmental effects are grim; organized society may not even be around to examine the long-term effects of these persistent synthetic materials:

 

“Health problems associated with plastics throughout the lifecycle includes numerous forms of cancers, diabetes, several organ malfunctions, impact on eyes, skin and other sensory organs, birth defects” and many other impacts, said David Azoulay, a report author and managing attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law…”And those are only the human health costs, they do not mention impacts on climate, impacts on fisheries or farmland productivity.”

 

Making things more efficient and convenient has its limits, but humans keep trying to beat the consequences of Earth’s dwindling natural resources while ignoring the environmental costs. Jevons paradox be damned! To make matters worse, the fossil fuel industry has employed a well-financed and highly effective global disinformation campaign to confuse and sow doubt in the public mind about the reality of climate change. And to top it all off, we have a leader who reinforces the ignorance of climate change deniers:

 

https://collapseofin...table-collapse/


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