How Climate Change Transformed The Earth In 2016

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  1. IQless1

    IQless1 trump supporters are scum

    How climate change transformed the Earth in 2016

    By Shanika Gunaratna CBS News December 27, 2016, 5:40 PM

    2016 was a milestone year in the continued warming of the planet. From unstable agriculture to the drought in California to melting ice sheets to extreme weather events and heat waves, climate change has disrupted virtually every corner of the world.

    It’s impossible to exhaustively list all the ways in which climate change was felt in 2016, but here’s a guide to understanding the year that was for the planet:

    A carbon dioxide milestone

    “In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate,” Brian Kahn of Climate Central wrote earlier this year.

    That’s because, during September, a month in which atmospheric carbon dioxide — a heat-trapping greenhouse gas —is usually at its lowest, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million. The 400 ppm mark has sad significance in the climate community, as it has long been considered a point of no return for the atmosphere by scientists.

    On pace to be the hottest year yet

    This year is poised to be the hottest year in the 137-year official record, with global temperatures climbing even higher than record-breaking 2015, according to data released in November from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Temperatures were particularly high in the first half of the year due to the power of El Niño.

    People collect water at a slum area in Mumbai, India, April 30, 2016, during a week-long heat wave that decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs. Rajanish Kakade, AP

    Though final data from December is not yet in, January to November 2016 was the warmest such period worldwide on record, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    If 2016 ends up with the title of hottest year on record, as expected, that would mean that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred in this century. The only outlier was 1998, according to the WMO.

    Still need perspective? Research released this year shows that, if we take a much longer view of Earth’s temperature history and consider temperature averages in 5,000 year increments, the Earth is now warmer than it has been in 120,000 years.

    Transforming the Arctic

    Global warming has had a particularly dramatic impact on the Arctic, which has been transformed by significantly warmer temperatures, lower levels of sea ice, and more open water in recent years.

    NASA animation of Arctic sea ice cover, 1979-2015. NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

    Last month, the average Arctic sea ice extent — the measurement scientists use to represent the area of ocean where there is at least some sea ice — was 17.7 percent below the averages from 1981 to 2010, according to NOAA. That’s the lowest November extent since the NOAA began keeping records in 1979.

    “For the people in the Arctic, no one has to tell them an abrupt climate change has hit,” Paul Mayewski, professor at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, told CBS News in an interview last week.

    Continued melting of polar ice could lead to catastrophic sea level rise and flooding on coastlines around the world. Some 13 million Americans could become “climate refugees” by the end of this century if the worst projections come to pass, one study this year warned.

    Scientists say human activities are directly linked to Arctic warming: driving a gas-powered car about 90 miles – the distance between New York and Philadelphia – produces enough carbon pollution to melt about a square foot of Arctic sea ice during the critical month of September, research shows.

    Around the world, instability in agriculture

    The continued warming of the planet in 2016 is having a destabilizing impact on agriculture worldwide.

    Those disruptions were particularly felt in coffee production, which supports an estimated 120 million of some of the world’s poorest people in Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia.

    In the mountains of eastern Uganda, a coffee-rich region, growers struggled to protect their crops — which require just the right altitude and temperature and the right amounts of rain and sunshine — from the effects of global warming. Faced with headaches such as new pests and diseases, and beans rendered inedible from too much sunshine, many small-scale family farmers can no longer rely on coffee production to feed their families, pay for medical care, and send their kids to school.

    Experts project that by the middle of this century, climate change could rule out as much as half of the land now used for coffee production worldwide, CBS News’ Mark Phillips reported in December.

    A troubling new chapter for the Great Barrier Reef

    Warming oceans in 2016 caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said in November. The reef’s coral cover suffered significant bleaching this year due to the El Nino weather effect and continued climate change.

    Peter Gash snorkels during an inspection of Great Barrier Reef’s condition in an area called the ‘Coral Gardens’ located at Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. David Gray/Reuters

    Coral bleaching occurs when unusual environmental conditions, like increased sea temperatures, result in corals expelling the small algae which normally provide oxygen and nutrients. The loss turns the corals white. Reefs can recover if temperatures drop and the algae resettle, but if not, the corals will die.

    This year’s coral die-off was “substantially worse” than the previous worst-ever event in 1998, Australian scientists reported. Experts estimate the Great Barrier Reef has lost 50 percent of its coral cover in the past three decades.

    A resilient body, the Great Barrier Reef could regain the corals it’s lost, Australian officials said. But even under good conditions, that could take 10 to 15 years, scientists said, and the acceleration of climate change threatens to derail the natural rhythm of loss and recovery.
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  2. justafarmer

    justafarmer Active Member

    A significant milestone I must admit but every cloud has a silver lining. Since the atmosphere has now hit the point of no return we can put the climate change political argument behind us. It is just a waste of time, energy, money and resources trying to prevent something that cannot be stopped or fix something that cannot be fixed.
  3. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    Climate change ... the hoax the left uses to force us all into socialism.

    The irony is China, which has the political system the left most admires, generates more carbon than anyone else. A few years ago, there was a world-wide push to cut carbon emissions. While many countries were required to meet their goals in a short period of time, China got a pass until 2030. o_O I wonder why that was the agreement if climate change so so important? ;)

    Historically communist and socialist countries have been the biggest polluters. Why? Because those governments have most of the power within their borders, and no one can call them to account.
  4. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    I have long felt that in the name of “social justice” our nation has taken a backseat. All the while our enemies in the world forge ahead and plan our demise.

    Thing is with this whole climate fiasco. Fact is our world has been changing since this globe was flung into existence. A mere 10,000 years ago, a blink in the history of our planet, our nation was covered in ice..... Our world is dynamic and constantly changing.

    It is responsible for current generations to treat our resources and our world responsibly. Thing is, as Americans tend to do we carried this thing to the extreme. Being responsible isn’t quite enough anymore. I find it funny that our elected leaders often preach global responsibility to us while boarding their aircraft. Reminds me of my school principal counseling me on the hazards of smoking.... With a cigarette in his hand.
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  5. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    The science overwhelmingly supports the fact that man-made carbon pollutants are having extremely detrimental effects on the earth's environment. NO QUESTION. Minor changes in temperature over eons isn't a problem, the rate of warming we see today has never been seen in the fossil records before.

    The only climate fiasco is that only one entity on the planet is denying the effects we are causing. I always say that the Earth will be fine no matter what we do to it. We won't be but the Earth plays the long game.

    Think about this for a moment before you buy into conspiracy theories:

  6. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    Alex Cole, a hack left wing propagandist on Twitter.

    I am so impressed with your support sources ...

    The known world was hotter in the year 1000 than it is now. Then it began to cool down until the 1600s. Then the heating began again. Back in the 1970s there were articles about global cooling and the possible catastrophic effects it could have on food production. Now we have the opposite argument because it fits the political narrative for the left.

    Exxon has been working on CO2 scrubbing devices for fossil fuel plants. You would think that the left would be supportive of the idea as a way to soften the transition to renewable energy. But no. Climate change supports socialism, more regulations and government growth. Therefore the hoax must be pushed with the United States as “the great Satan” despite the fact Communist China issues far more CO2 with more coal fired operations.
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  7. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    This has been stuck in my craw ever since the climate change issue began. We do need to be responsible with what we have. But ever since the 1960’s it seems we as Americans just get so extreme with any and every cause. It’s as though we are so socially disappointed in ourselves that we take any well intentioned issue and carry it to where it is nearly nationally debilitating. Consequently we get so consumed with awful we are that we fail to notice what the worlds aggressors are doing. They are more than happy to watch us tie our hands in the name of saving a damn tree frog or something similar..... All the while they await their opportunity. Believe me.... We can’t fix the world with hugs and songs. God help us and restore our nation with some danged common sense.
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  8. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    My little business has catered to commercial construction for many years. Most of my communication takes place with architects and designers. Rest assured, commercial construction cannot be accomplished without boatloads of paper...... For years I been getting emails from these self appointed environmentally aware architects. Always with a big tree in the footer of their email pleading with me to consider the environment prior to printing their edict. Having enough of this foolishness I created my own footer that has graced my emails for five years that reads.... "Please feel free to print this email. Paper is fully sustainable and provides American jobs"..... Well, somebody has to preach good common sense in a world gone loony.
  9. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    You attack the messenger rather than the message. I am so impressed with that tried and true logical fallacy but unsurprised as I've seen it over and over again with people that can't make a cogent argument.

    The rest is merely your uninformed opinion with no credible source to backup what you say even after belittling me for a "source" which it wasn't, it was merely a spot-on observation in a tweet. You should really look up what is considered a valid source like maybe a peer reviewed scientific article before you spout off with dates and figures you can't actually back up. The hoax here is the fossil fuel industry funding disinformation campaigns directed at poorly educated suckers. They employ the same tactics as the people that told you that smoking was safe, lead in your gasoline was not a health hazard, clean coal exists, and now we learn that the fossil fuel industry knew decades ago that their products were having as significant impact on the planet but covered up their own research.

    Fossil fuel and internal combustion motors have been obsolete for almost 100 years. Better, cleaner, renewable energy has been available the entire time but kept out of the public sphere by the power of big oil companies. Their deceptive tactics—both individually and collectively through industry associations, think tanks, and front groups—are highlighted in The Climate Deception Dossiers, collections of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. We have been played but you want to keep being played. Good for you. I choose to follow the path that is best for my children and their children. Too bad you don't have the same compassion for yours.
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  10. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    Ironic but true... BTW not a source.

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  11. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    But @JoeNation .... In all seriousness, America as a nation was in fact foolhardy with our resources for many years in the early 20th century. I believe you and I are probably about the same age. You probably remember as I do the reports of smog over our major cities in the 1970's. Folks unable to tolerate the water in major rivers. It went on and on.... As a nation we are vastly more environmentally aware now fifty years later. We have automobiles that switch from electricity to gas. We aren't dumping our sludge in the rivers any longer. You simply cannot make radical change overnight without decimating segments of our population. Change has to be gradual. And change has been taking place. At whose families cost do we implement the radical change that current environmentalists wish to see take place? Mine? Yours? If we don't know them then does that make it OK?
  12. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    The only reason the smog problems of major cities is better today, and we don't have rivers catching on fire, we don't see acid rain pouring down, and have huge holes in the ozone layer, is because we did change our behaviors and we did it abruptly. The threat we face to day has been brewing since the beginning of the industrial age. We are at a tipping point and there is literally no reason except for corporate greed that we haven't changed over to a green economy. In 10 years, it won't matter for your kids or mine. The damage will be catastrophic and billions of people will suffer and die needlessly. The time to act is now. We only need the courage and a lot less greed.
    I am simply past the point where I am interested in arguing the existence of man-make climate change or whether the urgency to act is appropriate or not. My credo is LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY at this point. Respectfully of course. :)
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  13. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    I respect your position. But as a realist I do take exception to this. I believe the reason we cannot implement wholesale change is the impact that it will have on the fabric of our nation. In other words, the families that make our nation succeed. Have you ever noticed when we see these bombing campaigns in recent years on the news? We see a bomb homing in on a target and BOOM... The target is gone. What we do not see is the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters inside those buildings that are being ripped to shreds. There is sound reasoning for that. We do not want to see the loss of life while we are at the dinner table with the kids..... This is exactly the very same result the environmentalists choose to overlook with the families and lives that will be shattered when their very livelihood is ripped from them. But hey... We don't have to see that, right?
  14. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    This whole climate change hoax is about imposing socialism on everyone except high government officials. They will still live like capitalists. Those officials will also see to it that the left wing elites, who support them, will live well. The rest will end up like it was in the old Soviet Union, or if they really screw things up, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

    “The internal combustion engine was obsolete was obsolete 100 years ago.”

    Let’s see, that make the date 1919. Back then the alternatives were the horse, steam driven vehicles or electric cars. The electric carshad no range and could go about 20 miles an hour. Once their batteries ran down, those cars were toast if they in a remote area. The steam card took time heat up and had to be run with great care less they blow up. The internal combustion engine was the most efficient alternative and the most reasonable to operate.
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  15. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    This statement shows why you hate Trump so much; you are just like him! You vilify everyone who disagrees with you.

    That next to last sentence, YOUR CREDO, is truly chilling. They are words of a despot. I could see you in Antifa garb, beating up people and setting fires. You are communist/ socialist, revolutionary radical, and I hope that people like you never come to power. There is no way way to reason with you. You think that you know the capitalist system, but posts like this show your profound ignorance.

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