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Hey cath. AGW is going to have its way with us. I thought we had more time but the news everywhere is pointing to calamity.
Things have been changing even faster these last few years and we may have missed the deadline to act. We are setting temperature records somewhere pretty much every day, the weather is getting more chaotic and extreme, and now we are seeing decreases in crop yields. In the UK their bees are evolved for colder weather so they are convulsing and dying. Crop yields are starting to decrease. No big deal until people consider that’s the planet’s food. If we can’t grow it, we go hungry. That may happen sooner than we think. If you look at various USDA crop reports (example - https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/crop0622.pdf) yields are up from last month (kind of how harvests go) but down from last year. One year doesn't make a trend but the stressors are getting really apparent now.
Thing is there are massive forces at work here with lots of inertia. It takes time for trends to become apparent, and when they do get apparent, it‘s even harder to reverse.
I wish I had an answer but things are starting to look grim. People are still largely reluctant to do anything. Dodge still sells crap tons of muscle cars, Chevy and Ford still sell big trucks. People keep right on using and even wasting fossil fuels.
Al Gore famously told us in 2000, based on sound climate research, that we had 20 years to fix the climate or risk tipping points where it stops mattering what we do. We are now past that by 10% and haven’t done much at all. Now we are in a string of years where things are getting noticeably worse each year.
This USDA report forecasts (gently) reduced yields this year and next. Thing is, the evidence points to essentially continuing drops in crop yields. This is the big hammer. As humans run out of food, any number of things can happen.
Basically, if we aren’t already past the point of no return, we are close. If we don’t make some real changes soon, there is zero doubt we will sail past the so-called point of no return. When we do, our future is decided. Our fate is decided. And it won’t be pretty. Running out of food turns people very nasty. All those people who built underground hidey-holes and stocked them with food thinking they can escape what could be coming better have strong doors and self-contained air and water supplies.
We’re seeing the tipping points now. The peat bogs are now thawing. Glaciers are melting. Snow cover is disappearing at northern and souther latitudes. As we lose ice and snow, our planet heats even more because less sunlight is reflected. The bogs release CO2 and an even deadlier gas - methane. All the wildfires are also releasing large amounts of CO2 - something else we really don’t need because it compounds the other issues.
People want to look the other way and continue on like nothing is wrong, but everything is wrong. And it’s going to affect us more and more these next years.
Abbreviations can become like alphabet soup. I had to look up AGW: anthropogenic global warming. Okay, but AGW also means the following (from the Free Dictionary):
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire (National Health Service; UK)
Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
Accelerated Global Warming
Agendus for Windows (software)
All Going Well
Atmospheric Gravity Waves
Art Gallery Worldwide
Actual Gold Weight
A Girl's World (online magazine)
All Girl Weekend
Application Gateway (telecom)
Actual Gross Weight
Automatic Girth Welder
Autonomous Guided Weapon
Acoustic Gravity Wave
Angelgeschäft Wehnemann (German angling equipment retailer)
Anganwadi Worker (India)
Allowable Gross Weight
Accident Generated Water
Andrée Gérard Wolff (French clothing retailer)
Some of the residents of Flagstaff severely inconvenienced.
Work to prevent further damage will cost $20 - $30million.
AGW denial is part of the Q/trump/RWNJ cult script.
I suppose the next Republicunt government will again strangle all possible green initiatives, in the name of the economy.
FIRE AND FLOOD -
Was it rich people that were inconvenienced? If not, doesn’t matter in terms of change. Sad fact.