Climate Lulls and Lullabies

Following the long hottest summer and unprecedented fires in the western US, along comes October and Sandy-Franken-Super-Storm. And that’s only the climate happening in the headlines. How’s the weather right now where you are?

Sandy’s projected path 10/25/12

If we listen only to mass media, we could be lulled into believing these thousands of weather-breaking records across the U.S. (yup, some thousands were broken just this summer) and around the world are one-offs. The media doesn’t want us connecting dots. If we did, we might get upset. Very upset indeed. Which brings to mind one of my favorite anti-Bush slogans:

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

They know  — and we should know — this is what climate change looks like. For now. They know, and we should too, that no matter what anybody does today, things will get worse. Scary? Hell, yeah. Does it get us off the hook? Hell, no!

The truth is this. What we say to each other and what we do today matters. Hugely. And by today I mean literally today, as well as tomorrow, next week and of course in the years ahead.

Meteorologists have their marching orders. Keep the lid on. Period. So they seek out any similar event, drag it from the historical grave, and deluge us with details. That way we easily lose sight of the forest for the trees. Meanwhile, we are losing forests, trees, and a safe future.

Sandy in the Dominican Republic 10/25/12

Listen up. Climate change is. It is here, it is now. We don’t need to pick over a particular event to debate whether it is global warming. Now it all is. We are swimming around in climate change soup. We can ignore that and drown, or accept it and act smart.

Planetary overheating can be held in check if we take responsibility in the here and now. We still have the option to make a difference. The first step is to go beyond mass meteorological infodata and get the whole picture. Next, keep in mind “THERE IS NO PLANET B”

There’s plenty we can do for ourselves, our inheritors, our planet. Don’t you want to?

We have already raised the temperature .8°C, (eight-tenths of a degree) and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected. A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the climate dice are loaded for both devastating floods and drought.
Bill McKibben,

P.S. Check out why 2 degrees C is important and why these climate protectors use 350 in their name.


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