Midwest farmers have largely given up on planting a corn crop this year

This year's corn crop shortfall is a direct consequence of the climate crisis. The floods that have left fields unable to be planted are because of the extreme storms that are now common because of changes in the jet stream, temperatures, and water load of storms. This pattern is not apt to change soon. With … Continue reading Midwest farmers have largely given up on planting a corn crop this year

Greenland ice melt aiming for a record year

The numbers below are mind boggling. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/14/us/greenland-sudden-ice-melt-wxc/index.html Greenland lost 2 billion tons of ice yesterday, which is very unusual By Brandon Miller, CNN Meteorologist Updated 4:49 PM ET, Fri June 14, 2019 PauseMuteMute Current Time1:45 / Duration Time2:24 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Fullscreen Now PlayingUndeniable climate... Now Playing Undeniable climate change facts (CNN)Over 40% of Greenland … Continue reading Greenland ice melt aiming for a record year

Climate change is the symptom. Consumer culture is the disease.

One issue that raises its ugly head is the fact that countries like the US have had their consumer culture splurges for decades, if not hundreds of years. Other countries, like China, are just hitting their stride in terms of individuals competing with each others in the purchase of goods. Those countries think it unreasonable … Continue reading Climate change is the symptom. Consumer culture is the disease.

US military viewing climate crisis effects (such as base flooding) as national security threats

This story from Australia describes how the US military is acting to protect its mission by responding to the climate crisis. Australia's recent change in government may put its planners in much the same situation. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-05/how-the-pentagon-is-adapting-to-climate-change-in-the-trump-era/11089134?pfmredir=sm The Pentagon is defying Donald Trump to protect its bases from climate change By Alan Weedon Updated Thu at 12:56am Without … Continue reading US military viewing climate crisis effects (such as base flooding) as national security threats

A simple thing you can do to help the planet — substitute poultry for beef

The complexity of the climate crisis can be overwhelming -- so many things contributing to it, so many effects from it, so many things that could help slow its acceleration. The natural human reaction is to throw your hands up in the air and say "somebody else will fix this." But there are simple things … Continue reading A simple thing you can do to help the planet — substitute poultry for beef

California residents learning that the power company stopping risk of wildfires from its equipment by turning off the power — for months

Now that it's clear that electrical power systems can start wildfires during California's danger season, the power company is proactively turning power off in certain areas. Sounds sensible, but how about the people who may be without power for months and who lack the finances to replace public power with a private system? Going back … Continue reading California residents learning that the power company stopping risk of wildfires from its equipment by turning off the power — for months

Food production already dropping globally due to heat, extreme storms, flooding and other climate crisis effects

Lester R. Brown, a well-known author and advocate of dealing with the increase in carbon dioxide discusses the adverse effects of increasing temperatures, particularly on corn production in all but his most recent books. I found the details fascinating and downright scary. For each one degree Celsius increase above optimal temperature ranges, corn crop production … Continue reading Food production already dropping globally due to heat, extreme storms, flooding and other climate crisis effects