Bill McKibben: Three Steps to Establish a Politics of Global Warming

| 8/5/2010 10:03:26 AM

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Try to fit these facts together:

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months, and the warmest April, May, and June on record.

* A “staggering” new study from Canadian researchers has shown that warmer seawater has reduced phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain, by 40% since 1950.

Nine nations have so far set their all-time temperature records in 2010, including Russia (111 degrees), Niger (118), Sudan (121), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (126 apiece), and Pakistan, which also set the new all-time Asia record in May: a hair under 130 degrees. I can turn my oven to 130 degrees.

9/26/2010 5:45:16 PM

It seems to me that the environmental groups have not done a good job at getting ordinary people involved. All they ever ask people for is money or to sign an online petition. There needs to be a more creative solution for getting people involved.

Revone R Bauwens_2
9/6/2010 11:20:08 PM

I'll bet my solar covered roof that Bill McKibben would like to throttle you guys - you read his article, you don't comprehend the message, then sloppily try to one-up his hard-earned insight on the topic. Geez, guys, go put on your big guy and gal environmental panties and stage a protest or two. We need you on subject and out in some important person's face. Get going.

8/17/2010 8:06:33 PM

I agree completely, Gregory. I have amassed a lot of data and find many things correlate with rising temperatures, all of which are a direct result of increasing population. It could be that rising CO2 levels are a symptom and not a cause. It astounds me no one EVER addresses population. As for the climate yo-yoing, this should not be a surprise. As I have pointed out for a decade and a half, while climate change may be accelerated by humans, there is an underlying cycle. If you read the research on other interglacial periods, they were characterized by erratic, extreme changing. Calling it global warming was an error. I said so in the early 1990s. I say so now. I know, I'm no one. So who will listen to me. So I suspect the AGW cultists will continue to advocate futile attempts to control CO2 instead of rationally accepting that some parts of climate change are not controllable and our real effort should be in creating sustainable communities secure from the vagaries of climate change. Vertical farms for our food. Abandonment of suburbs and sprawling single family communities that require a personal care in favor of dense green communities with mass transit. Promoting real green lifestyles of non-consuming instead of continuing the line the pockets of greenwashed manufacturers. And most of all, severely limiting our burgeoning population.

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