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VIDEO: Living a Global Warming Nightmare

Valerie Jaffee

Posted September 22, 2010 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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It sounds like something out of a horror film: men and women gasping for clean air while toxic smog blankets the skyline. Hundreds of wildfires raging out of control, swallowing up more than 2,000 homes and turning Russia’s cropland into blackened dust. A suffocating heat wave – the worst ever recorded in Russia – doubling the death rate in Moscow and causing city morgues to overflow.

It may sound like the plot of the next Hollywood blockbuster, but this time it’s real. The catastrophic heat wave and wildfires that paralyzed Russia this past summer are a daunting glimpse into the future. This is what global warming looks like.

Scientists have made it clear that we can’t attribute specific weather events to climate change. Weather naturally fluctuates, and heat waves, droughts and intense floods can occur on their own. But science also tells us that the world is warming, and that a hotter planet means more intense and more frequent extreme weather events.

So what exactly are we talking about?

Changes in climate will look different around the globe, but in general, we’re likely to see more intense heat waves that can cripple cities and threaten the lives of elderly people, children and other vulnerable populations. Russia isn’t the only place likely to suffer – here in America we’re just as much at risk. A new report shows that 153 locations in the U.S. just sweated through their hottest summer on record. Globally, 2010 to-date has been the hottest year we’ve ever seen.

Warmer ocean temperatures will likely bring stronger precipitation events. That’s a nice way of saying hurricanes, tropical storms and monsoon rains, the kind that will batter communities with fierce winds and debilitating floods. Last month, Pakistan suffered under the heaviest monsoon rains ever recorded. The result? 1500 people dead from flooding, and millions of people displaced. And earlier this year, China experienced the worst flooding in decades, losing more than 1100 people to the deadly waters.

This isn’t an exaggeration. These extreme weather events are already happening. And they will continue to happen, with more frequency and intensity, if we don’t act now.

With lives all over the world in danger, passing comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation is more important than political careers, partisan bickering and personal greed. This is a global issue – one that requires strong leadership from the U.S. to set us on the right path.

Watch the video below to see what the burning of fossil fuels has gotten us, and the havoc a changing climate can wreak.

Then tell your government leaders that you are sick of their free handouts for polluters. Protecting the laws and agencies that keep our air and water clean must be their number one priority.

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Alan CheethamSep 22 2010 11:47 PM

Look at this - the Russian heat wave was not caused by global warming according to NOAA: http://www.appinsys.com/GlobalWarming/Russia2010.htm

BradSep 23 2010 03:08 AM

"Few seem to realise that the present IPCC models predict almost unanimously that by 2040 the average summer in Europe will be as hot as the summer of 2003 when over 30,000 died from heat. By then we may cool ourselves with air conditioning and learn to live in a climate no worse than that of Baghdad now. But without extensive irrigation the plants will die and both farming and natural ecosystems will be replaced by scrub and desert. What will there be to eat? The same dire changes will affect the rest of the world and I can envisage Americans migrating into Canada and the Chinese into Siberia but there may be little food for any of them." --Dr James Lovelock's lecture to the Royal Society, 29 Oct. '07

"The alternative (to geoengineering) is the acceptance of a massive natural cull of humanity and a return to an Earth that freely regulates itself but in the hot state." --Dr James Lovelock, August 2008

Meme MineSep 23 2010 04:25 PM

Global warming is a dying hoax, mistake, error, and criminal “science”.
Global warming hysteria, whose gravy train INGOs and environmental organizations jumped into for the last decade or so, has run its course. Climate alarmism is dying a slow and painful death. GlowBULL WARming is on its deathbed, grasping for its last breath. It’s not only skeptics that have raised our flags of victory. George Monbiot, the journalist czar of global warming, of the Guardian, just conceded defeat on Sept. 23/10.
Real environmentalists are happy. The rest with their sick agendas will be dealt with in history.
For 24 years we could have addressed birth control, not climate control because over population was the REAL issue we ALL could have agreed on but we ended up wasting a quarter of a century on weather control instead of population control, because of irresponsible CO2 environwMENTALism.
Climate scientists were to SCIENCE, what alter boy abusing priests were to religion and thus a new religion; the cult of Green. They believed what ever they were told and made a virtue out of NO evidence, just like religion does still. Their saints of science, the scientists served has hope for understanding a complicated life and world. We had 24 years of warnings of a climate crisis that was supposed to arrive, a “crisis” that never could be seen or experienced by any of us, anywhere NEAR my SUV, showing that just like trying to prove the Fairy Godmother does NOT exist, so too was it the same for CO2 Phobia. The CO2 theory couldn’t be proved or disproved because it was about predicting a future event. No wonder voters didn’t allow the CO2 mistake to carry on. What really KILLED the CO2 theory was the IPCC saying that despite what we saw and experienced, over 24 years, the crisis really was happening before us. Now we know the truth and the truth was humanity’s greatest achievement would have been to actually understand the forces of the cosmos that dictate our weather. Can you imagine what kind of safe and progressive society that would be if we actually DID understand climate? Since we don’t KNOW climate, there is no possible way we could have identified the difference between it and so called human caused climate. If climate change had been happening during the debate, they wouldn’t have spent so long debating it’s very existence.

Rajan AlexanderSep 24 2010 01:08 PM

10 tell tale signs that the global warming is a dying hoax

Global warming hysteria, whose gravy train INGOs and environmental organizations jumped into for the last decade or so, has run its course. Climate alarmism is dying a slow and painful death. Here are some telltale signs that it is in its deathbed, grasping for its last breath:

1. Re-branding exercises

We live in this age of advertisement where if something isn't working, the first remedy is often to change the offending name. Repeated attempts to re-brand global warming are one of these. Global warming first metamorphosed as “climate change”. This worked for some years but such was the gross misuse and abuse of the term that the public soon developed allergic to this term too and thus the desperate search for an alternative term in the last few months. Some alternatives recently floated are “climate weirdness” and “climate disruption “, the last coined by President Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren.

Read more: http://devconsultancygroup.blogspot.com/2010/09/for-climate-justice-activists-living-in.html

It’s not only sceptics that have raised our flags of victory. George Monbiot, the journalist czar of global warming, of the Guardian, just conceded defeat in his latest blog "Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now it's dead" Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/20/climate-change-negotiations-failure

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