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Submission + - US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Darryl Fears reports in the Washington Post that according to the government’s newest national assessment of climate change, Americans are already feeling the effects of global warming. “For a long time we have perceived climate change as an issue that’s distant, affecting just polar bears or something that matters to our kids," says Katharine Hayhoe, a Texas Tech University professor and lead co-author of the changing climate chapter of the assessment. "This shows it’s not just in the future; it matters today. Many people are feeling the effects.” The assessment carves the nation into sections and examines the impacts: More sea-level rise, flooding, storm surge, precipitation and heat waves in the Northeast; frequent water shortages and hurricanes in the Southeast and Caribbean; more drought and wildfires in the Southwest. "Residents of some coastal cities see their streets flood more regularly during storms and high tides. Inland cities near large rivers also experience more flooding, especially in the Midwest and Northeast. Insurance rates are rising in some vulnerable locations, and insurance is no longer available in others. Hotter and drier weather and earlier snow melt mean that wildfires in the West start earlier in the spring, last later into the fall, and burn more acreage. In Arctic Alaska, the summer sea ice that once protected the coasts has receded, and autumn storms now cause more erosion, threatening many communities with relocation." The report concludes that over recent decades, climate science has advanced significantly and that increased scrutiny has led to increased certainty that we are now seeing impacts associated with human-induced climate change. "What is new over the last decade is that we know with increasing certainty that climate change is happening now. While scientists continue to refine projections of the future, observations unequivocally show that climate is changing and that the warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases. These emissions come mainly from burning coal, oil, and gas, with additional contributions from forest clearing and some agricultural practices."

Comment Re:Tracking of work? Nothing new (Score 1) 619

Speaking as an American who moved to Canada, most Americans are so deluded that they think if it were such a good idea they'd already have it. You can tell them that Cuba, Scandinavian countries, the UK, Canada, etc., all have it, and they'll point at that and say, "Well, there you go." They think it is a mark of how elite and amazing they are as a country that they get to pay for healthcare or something. It's ridiculous.

This is the product of spending 60 years terrifying people that the Communists are coming to kill them any minute, and that the Soyuz missiles have probably already been launched. I'll be so glad when the last of the Cold Warriors die out, because they've done harm to the psyche of the States that may be irreparable. Maybe, just maybe, we can get some real change when they're gone, but I doubt it. In the mean time we're going to have to deal with people who think that because it has the word "socialized" in it, that means Joseph Stalin is going to be in charge of it, and Felix Dzerzhinsky gets to decide what's covered.

Comment Re:Scientists are human. (Score 1) 1747

It came from the 1950s, when life was ideal, Reagan was a cowboy hero, and scientists were emotionless paragons in white lab coats. Conservatives today take the 1950s as their conception of how the world should work, and they get upset whenever anyone deviates from this model.

Yes, I'm being snarky, but I think it's a pretty accurate observation.

Comment Re:Civilization was on trial (Score 1) 736

the most influential proponents of the theory, it is not unreasonable to dismiss the entire theory now....The sole source of this statement is the UN report, for which the disgraced CRU were the main source of information.

Hahahaha...you really think that the University of East Anglia is the main source for climate change information! Wow! Seriously, totally dismiss everything the CRU there has ever published. All the evidence *still* points to warming. Why *wouldn't* there be warming? What would stop it?

See, your problem is you don't even know what the theory is, but you're ready to jump in and dismiss it. You're like some newbie programmer jumping onto the LKML and insisting they're right about, say, memory management(!), when they can't even understand the concept! And refuse to learn!

Can you imagine what you'd think of such a person?

We know, the emperor is naked.

Wouldn't it be better to actually RTFM instead of continually insisting that it doesn't exist?

Comment Re:male genital mutilation (Score 1) 928

I'll never understand why a disease so easily spread that carries a death sentence never resulted in mandatory quarantines. If we had taken that simple step thousands (millions?) of lives would've been saved.

Incubation periods? Lack of an effective test back then?

Quarantines tend to be rather ineffective, even in the best cases-- on diseases with an incubation period of a week or so and very clearly defined symptoms; full-blown AIDS takes years to develop and often presents differently. It's not going to do much for you if you're only rounding up the 20% of cases that are symptomatic (and presumably spreading a lot less of the disease than the latent cases).

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Submission + - Climate change is happening 'here, now' : US Gov (google.com)

suraj.sun writes: WASHINGTON (AFP) — The harmful effects of global warming are being felt "here and now and in your backyard," a groundbreaking US government report on climate change has warned.

"Climate change is happening now, it is not something that will happen decades or centuries in the future," Jerry Melillo of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, one of the lead authors of the report, told AFP.

Climate change, which the report blames largely on human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases, "is under way in the United States and projected to grow," said the report by the US Global Change Research Program, a grouping of a dozen government agencies and the White House.

The report is the first on climate change since President Barack Obama took office and outlines in plain, non-scientific terms how global warming has resulted in an increase of extreme weather such as the powerful heatwave that swept Europe in 2003, claiming tens of thousands of lives.

"We focused on regions of the US because another big message we wanted to get across is that not only is climate change happening now, but it's happening in your backyard," said Melillo.

AFP : http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jPMTGVoU8smsggVfQFkT2eTXEbtw

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