Sunday, April 05, 2009

You're Not Going to See Anything

Early in the Climate Change debates even scientists conceded that we wouldn’t see much of the effects of it in our lifetimes. So, they labored under impression that one of the ironies of catastrophic weather change is that, though there would be adequate evidence for the professional scientist, the public just wouldn’t see anything. In the water and air systems so incredible large and complex as the ones on our planet, it would take (lag) time for the warming forces to counteract the cooling forces and the other yearly weather patterns (El Niño and La Niña) to tease out the over-riding evidence of global warming.

Another, and given human history, perhaps an even greater hurdle for getting the public to see the gradual rise in climate patterns is the persistent penchant for our species not to see what does not match our preconceptions. Most actions (true or not) by our enemies are interpreted by us as bad and vice-versa. Mark Twain used to say, “If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary.”

And, proof to the satisfaction of the majority of the scientist on this planet falls on the side of the evidence that the planet is warming up. But, increasingly, that proof appears not to be simply buried in the minutiae of vigorous testing that shrouds most scientists’ professional lives. It is clear and present. And, there will be consequences.

If you don’t see it, perhaps it’s because you don’t want to see it. Or, maybe it’s because the media you choose to view does not choose to focus on the most important issue of our time—that we are driving the planet’s climate to a point that is not sustainable for us.

Whatever the reason, copping a ‘tude’ against the growing evidence towards rapid climate change won’t stop it. Odds are, you personally are going to see and be affected adversely by the change—not just your children or grandchildren. Acknowledging the evidence and supporting the best ideas to combat anthropogenic climate change might slow it down.

Here are some recent (very recent) articles by some responsible media about climate change that will affect us in Rochester, New York from surrounding media sources. If you haven’t heard them, consider changing your media. That’s how change occurs.

SUNY ESF study: Migrating bird species range farther north in reaction to climate change Now scientists in Syracuse may have solved the local mystery in a study with much larger implications: Their research suggests the Canada warbler is among a variety of North American bird species moving north as a result of climate change. (March 29, 09) Syracuse NY Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather -

Cornell professors to brief Capitol Hill on ‘How the Warming Climate will Change Agriculture,’ March 27 ITHACA, N.Y. – David Wolfe, Cornell professor of horticulture and Arthur DeGaetano, Cornell professor of climatology, will speak on Capitol Hill to explain how the warming climate will change agriculture on Friday, March 27, 1:30 p.m., at 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. - Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future - News

Secretary Salazar Releases Study Showing Widespread Declines in Bird Populations, Highlights Role of Partnerships in Conservation Washington, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation’s 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats. (March 19, 09) Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Great Lakes ice cover shows climate change's existence -- and its complexity - Metro - Looking for some solid evidence that global warming is forcing slow but certain changes on the Great Lakes region? (March 23, 09) Cleveland OH Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather -

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