Monday, June 26, 2017

Remember, no matter how divisive Climate Change is… there’s the heat.

“A Diſpute once aroſe betwixt the North-Wind and the Sun, about the ſuperiority of their power; and they agreed to try their ſtrength upon a traveller, which ſhould be able to get his cloak off firſt. The North-Wind began, and blew a very cold blaſt, accompanied with a ſharp driving ſhower: But this, and whatever elſe he could do, inſtead of making the man quit his cloak, obliged him to gird it about his body as cloſe as poſſible. Next came the Sun, who, breaking out from a thick watery cloud, drove away the cold vapours from the ſky, and darted his warm ſultry beams upon the head of the poor weather beaten traveller. The man growing faint with the heat, and unable to endure it any longer, firſt throws off his heavy cloak, and then flies for protection to the ſhade of a neighbouring grove.” (Page 68, FABLE XLI. The WIND and the SUN, The Fables of Aesop and Others By Samuel Croxall, D. D.: London: Printed for A. Millar, W. Law, and R. Cater; and for Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, York, M, DCC, XCII, (1792))

·         Even if you and your family and friends don’t want to talk about Climate Change, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you think your one geoengineering or tax solution will fix it all, there’s the heat.
·         Even you don’t believe in Climate Change, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you don’t believe humanity has the moral or physical capacity to transition to another energy source that doesn’t warm the planet, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you think there are more important issues than Climate Change, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you think your enemies are using Climate Change to set their outlandish agenda, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you thought the Paris Accord and the previous twenty climate talks were a waste of time, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you think you’re so well off you won’t get the worst of Climate Change, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you don’t care about other people in other nations and future generations, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you think those people demonstrating in the streets with all their crazy signs about the urgency of addressing Climate Change are silly, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you think there have been many other climate changes and our own species were made stronger by these changes, there’s the heat.
·         Even if you believe in the science behind Climate Change is real but don’t think it will be that bad, there’s the heat. 
There’s the heat (energy) building up in our climate system and if we don’t stop dragging our feet it’s going to get hotter than hell.
95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World Extremely hot days, when temperatures soar to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, can be miserable. Crops wilt in the fields. Electric grids strain to keep pace with demand. People are at greater risk of dying. And those hot temperatures are expected to be much more frequent in the coming decades. The map above, based on a new analysis from the Climate Impact Lab, shows how 95-degree days (35 degrees Celsius) are expected to multiply this century if countries take moderate climate action. In this scenario, countries would take some measures, but not drastic ones, to curb emissions — roughly the trajectory of the current pledges under the Paris climate agreement. The resulting global warming would still cause significant shifts for many cities” (June 22, 2017) New York Times

Time passes.

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