Now The Atlantic Ocean’s Current Has Slowed!

We now know it to be true that our plant has warmed, primarily as a result of our burning fossil fuel and paving over the landscape, thereby adding to the existing volume and concentration of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Those gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, capture a significant amount or heat that radiates from Earth’s surface after the Sun’s rays strikes the surface.  But those same gases are emitted from jets, cars, trucks, trains, ships, construction vehicles,  military land, water and air travel vehicles, electric power generating plants, and by many other fossil fuel burning sources from human generated greenhouse gas sources.

Our paving over of billions of acres of CO2 consuming Earth’s plant life with Portland cement, asphalt and overlaying structures on our the earth’s have replaced the green life that once absorbed carbon dioxide from Eaerth’s atmosphere, resulting in more oof that gas. Being left in the atmosphere for warming the planet. As a result, the surface air and waters  have warmed close to 2 degrees above what they otherwise would have been had humans not been around.

So we humans have permanently altered and warmed the surface of the planet. This iOS now plainly visible by not just the rise in sea water and shrinking ice cover at the poles and mountain tops around the surface of the earth, but also the increase in severity of damaging, injury and death causing weather related  physical disasters BY FIRE, FLOODS, HEAT AND DRYNESS AND SEVERE STORMS AROUND THE WORLD, A which has already caused a STATE OF CRISIS FOR MANY POPULATION. Sadly, these types of disasters to our human animal populations are growing worse and worse. For each and every day people on earth continue about their usual business using fossil fuels to obtain energy (by burning them – natural gas, oil and coal), paving over the carbon dioxide consuming green space on the planet, the possibilities for heading off an impending worldwide calamity by the end of this century grow slimmer and slimmer.

We now know it’s true the ability of our Earth’s oceans and atmosphere to safely absorb our continuing additions of the above greenhouse gases HAS MAXED OUT. To See more detail, please read or listen to: “Ocean Shock: The Climate Crisis Beneath the Waves” – With Maurice Tamman, journalist contributor to Reuters news agency, interviewed on WORT-FM’s A Public Affair, November 26, 2018.

WORT-FM radio in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., broadcasted a show interviewing the author of this artical last week.  The show was on the program called “A Public Affair” at noon on November 26, 2018. WORTFM RADIO freely available for anyone to hear – 24 hours a day – on the internet at WORTFM.ORG.

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UN-International Anti-Poverty Day

From this day forward I pledge to do everything possible that is in my means to elliminate hunger and poverty in this city (the City of Madison) in Wisconsin, the United States, and especially the continents of Africa, South and Central America, and numerous Island counties faced with rising sea level caused mostly by too much fossil fuel burning in the developed countries; in my opinion, this makes it morally imperative for all people living the American dream of “the haves”, to help out those living in this and other countries who are “the have not”, and who therefore must live their lives in poverty — before time runs out on humanity on this planet, likely to occur before the end of this century.

let’s face it, there has already been way too much suffering, by far too many, to say nothing about the billions of children who, for the most part unknowingly face an uncertain and perhaps miserable life due to the certain to but overwhelmingly negative consequences of human-caused climate change. All animals of every species on this planet are similarly in peril.

There so little time remaining, please join me in making this pledge, to begin as soon as possible following this important day in the history of life on Earth, the only known planet in the Universe that contains an environment capable of supporting life as we know it.

Thank you.

UN Anti-poverty Day

U.N. Climate Panel: Only 12 Years Left to Mitigate Climate Catastrophe

The United Nations’ climate panel warns in a new report that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or face global catastrophe—with severe droughts, floods, sea level rise and extreme heat set to cause mass displacement and poverty. This is not in any way a so-called a “doom and gloom” prediction; but rather, it is a very real prognosis based on the best scientific modeling by the best scientists living on the face of the earth today. The validity of those models has been shown time and time again by the extreme weather disasters that have been borne out over the first 18 years of this century. To deny this reality and the seriousness of continuing with the status quo “business as usual” way of living so many countries are aspiring in light of this forecast is tantamount to digging our own graves and the graves of billions of today’s children and and future humanity. It’s unconscionable. As we continue to burn fossil fuel which were produced over millions and billions of years, the residuals, including greenhouse gases, soot and other products of petroleum products seem to vanish, and we are consuming in the U.S., record amounts of “stuff” and go on endless exotic trips Henry David Thoreau would have scorned them for doing that.

A small portion of the world’s population continues, in the last two centuries, to almost double the heat barrier surrounding Earth, called its “atmosphere”, enslaving all succeeding generations to an environmental unlike its former brilliant self. While most the pre-industrial revolution atmosphere always had sufficient  volumes of heat-trapping gas to keep the average temperature above 0 degrees C., too much of will make the average temperature too high, much higher than can be used for sustainable living.

Earth could very well end up like all the other known planets in the universe – devoid of all forms of life. And we here living in the 21st century have no choice but to accept the entirety of the blame. We must no longer plead ignorance or pretend someone other than ourselves is to blame. The fault lies squarely one we humans who are living today, and of course the way we live.

The landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns “dramatic action” over the next 12 years – beginning immediately = is absolutely imperative for earth’s temperatures at the surface to remain sufficiently moderate and to avoid the possibility of “catastrophic” consequences to human life within just 12 years!  The IPCC report concludes that global average temperature (throughout the year)  must not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), above and  beyond which global catastrophe could unfold, “at an extremely rapid pace, and that ignoring this finding could prove suicidal for most forms or life on the planet.

Every time more carbon dioxide is released back into the earth’s atmosphere – whether it be  from burning gasoline in automobiles, from jet fuel combustion in jet airplanes, coal or natural gas burning in power plants, or to use in heating homes, businesses, factories and institutions;  or in diesel powered transportation or construction machinery, the earth’s atmosphere captures the radiant heat  coming of the surface after the Sun’s rays strike the surface,  The carbon dioxide and other “released” greenhouse gases remain in the atmosphere for decades, centuries or even millennium, strengthening the earth’s atmosphere and keeping what would have otherwise been released to outer space.

NY Times Article 10/07/2018

 

 

As Media Fixates on Trump’s Nominee to Supreme Court, His $716 Billion in Military Program Moves World Closer to Armageddon

Trump Signs $716 Billion Military Spending Bill, Includes $21 Billion for Nuke Program
President Trump has signed a record-setting $716 billion military spending bill. That’s an $82 billion increase over the current year. President Trump signed it during a visit to Fort Drum in New York.

Here are some of the companies and the countries where they are located:

President Donald Trump said: “We got $700 billion. And next year, already approved, we have $716 billion to give you the finest planes and ships and tanks and missiles anywhere on Earth. Nobody makes them like we do. And very, very far distant in this case—jobs are very important in all cases, but in this case, military might is more important than even jobs.”

He may as well have also said … more important than health care, than a stable income, breathable air, drinkable water, a livable planet for 7.7 billion + people, and growing, but so many of the suffering and on the verge of starvation.

Give Peace a Chance
Give Children a Chance
Give World a Chance

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U.N. Secretary General Warns of a Dangerous Tipping Point on Climate Change

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, called climate change “the                                                                           defining issue of our time.”

“Living is easy with eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see.” – from The Beatles song: “Strawberry Fields Forever”, written by John Lennon, released in February 1967.

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“Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking; into the future.” – Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle” song, written by Steve Miller, released in May 1976.

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Steve Miller Band performs on the ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ at the NBC Studios September 12, 2003 in Burbank, California.

Warning of the risks of “runaway” global warming, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday called on global leaders to rein in climate change faster.

“If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change,” Mr. Guterres said at United Nations headquarters in New York.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment,” he said. “Scientists have been telling us for decades. Over and over again. Far too many leaders have refused to listen.”

His remarks came with countries around the world far short of meeting the goals they set for themselves under the 2015 Paris accord to reduce the emissions that have warmed the planet over the last century. The next round of climate negotiations is scheduled for this year in Poland.

One of the big tests at those talks, which start Dec. 3 in Katowice, will be whether countries, especially industrialized countries that produce a large share of global emissions, will set higher targets for reducing their emissions.

“The time has come for our leaders to show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands,” Mr. Guterres said, without taking questions from reporters. “We need to rapidly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Mr. Guterres’s speech came days before a high-level climate meeting in San Francisco, spearheaded by Gov. Jerry Brown of California, meant to demonstrate what businesses and local leaders have done to tackle climate change.

The United Nations chief seems to be taking a page from Mr. Brown’s playbook. He, too, is looking beyond national leaders to make a difference. He has invited heads of industry and city government leaders to his September 2019 climate change forum in an apparent effort to increase pressure on national governments.

The Paris Agreement aims to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels in order to avoid what scientists call the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

But few countries are even close to meeting the targets they set under the Paris pact. And an assessment by the United Nations found that country targets so far would achieve only one-third of the global target.

Mr. Guterres sought to make the case that a shift away from fossil fuels like oil and coal would create jobs and bolster economies. Rebutting critics who argue that such a shift would be costly, he called that idea “hogwash.”

He cited the steps private companies are taking to wean themselves away from polluting fossil fuels — including a hat tip to the insurance company Allianz, which has promised to stop insuring coal fired power plants — though he said such actions are plainly insufficient.

“These are all important strides,” Mr. Guterres said. “But they are not enough. The transition to a cleaner, greener future needs to speed up.”

He warned that governments were not meeting their Paris Agreement commitments and goaded world leaders to step up.

“What we still lack, even after the Paris Agreement, is leadership and the ambition to do what is needed,” he said.

Mr. Guterres did not mention any countries or any heads of state by name. But looming large over his remarks was the leader of world’s most powerful country: President Trump, who has dismissed climate science, rolled back environmental regulations and vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

FoBy Somini Sengupta
Sept. 10, 2018

Correction: September 9, 2018
An earlier version of this article included quotations from an advance copy of Mr. Guterres’s speech that were ultimately not used in his address at United Nations headquarters. He did not use the phrase “break the paralysis” referring to global action on climate change, nor did he use the words “government backsliding.”

Somini Sengupta covers international climate issues and is the author of “The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young.

Fly Like an Eagle – Lyrics
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
I wanna fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
‘Till I’m free
Oh, Lord, through the revolution
Feed the babies
Who don’t have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin’ in the street
Oh, oh, there’s a solution
I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
‘Till I’m free
Fly through the revolution
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the

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Center for Biological Diversity Report on Airplane Emissions

AIRPLANE EMISSIONS
Airplanes could generate 43 gigatonnes of planet-warming pollution through 2050, consuming almost 5 percent of the world’s remaining carbon budget, according to a new Center report.

Aircraft emit staggering amounts of CO2, the most prevalent manmade greenhouse gas. In fact they currently account for some 11 percent of CO2 emissions from U.S. transportation sources and 3 percent of the United States’ total CO2 emissions. All told, the United States is responsible for nearly half of worldwide CO2 emissions from aircraft.

In addition to CO2, aircraft emit nitrogen oxides, known as NOx, which contribute to the formation of ozone, another greenhouse gas. Emissions of NOx at high altitudes result in greater concentrations of ozone than ground-level emissions. Aircraft also emit water vapor at high altitudes, creating condensation trails or “contrails” — visible cloud lines that form in cold, humid atmospheres and contribute to the warming impacts of aircraft emissions. The persistent formation of contrails is associated with increased cirrus cloud cover, which also warms the Earth’s surface. Aircrafts’ high-altitude emissions have a greater global warming impact than they would if the emissions were released at ground level.

Alarmingly, aircraft emissions are expected to more than triple by mid-century. But the Center is working to make sure that prediction doesn’t come true: In December 2007 we joined with states, regional governments and other conservation groups to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address the effects of aircraft pollution under the Clean Air Act. The agency continued to drag its feet on the issue, so in June 2010 the Center and allies sued the agency for its failure to address global warming pollution from aircraft, ships and nonroad vehicles. The next year a court ruled that the EPA must formally determine whether greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft endangers human health and welfare. When the agency still hadn’t done so nearly three years later, in August 2014 the Center and allies filed a notice of intent to sue it over its failure to reduce global warming pollution from aircraft engines. The next month the EPA announced the beginning of a domestic rulemaking process to determine whether the fast-growing carbon emissions from American aircraft endanger public health and welfare.

In June 2015 the EPA finally released a draft finding that greenhouse gas pollution from America’s aircraft fleet does harm the climate and endanger human health and welfare. But the agency also considered handing off responsibility for airplane emissions to a secretive international aviation organization that, for the past 18 years, has refused to curb aircraft-induced global warming. That agency is now debating setting aviation CO2 emissions standards in 2016, but the standards under consideration are woefully insufficient. By as late as 2030, they would likely affect just 5 percent of aircraft — and even then would do next to nothing to lower the industry’s steeply rising emission curve.

The EPA does not have to adopt do-nothing international standards. It has powerful tools: The U.S. Clean Air Act is designed to force the implementation of technological and operational innovation that prevents or reduces carbon pollution. This means adopting operational measures to minimize fuel use and reduce emissions from aircraft; requiring the use of lighter, more efficient airplanes; and producing and using cleaner jet fuels. A recent International Council on Clean Transportation report found that some of the top 20 transatlantic air carriers can drive down emissions by as much as 51 percent using existing technology and operational improvements, and still remain competitive with their better-performing peers.

Finally, in July 2016 — after nine years of delay — the EPA officially acknowledged in a so-called “endangerment finding” that planet-warming pollution from airplanes disrupts the climate and endangers human welfare. But the agency failed to move forward on rules to actually reduce aircraft emissions. The Center’s work to reduce U.S. airplane emissions continues.

Achieving meaningful global action is also critical. That’s why the we urged U.S. climate negotiators to support strong airplane pollution rules in the Paris climate treaty and performed a thorough analysis of the worldwide impacts of pollution from the aircraft sector. Read our report Up in the Air: How Airplane Carbon Pollution Jeopardizes Global Climate Goals.