Monday, July 16, 2012

Climate Change Conversations, Everywhere!

This morning, as I was lazily meandering through the Twittersphere (trying to prolong the harsh reality called "getting out of bed"), I was struck by the recurrent theme that seemed to be cropping up. 

Now granted, with all of the "eco" and "edtech" handles and hashtags I follow, the variations on the theme tend to fall in the color spectrum of shades of green and shades of...what color would "edtech" be? Red, for apples? (Both the "for the teacher kind" and for the "Steve Jobs/iPad/computer" kind.) Regardless...I digress.

Anyhoo, despite my typical green and red shades and spectrums, it was notable this morning just how many tweets pointed toward the unfortunate evidence of climate change. I think it is called "that kind of summer."

Here are some pretty eye opening links, and the Striking Comments (which I'll conveniently call "SC's") that I noticed from each one:

SC: The video itself:

The 2012 Drought Reaches 'Dust Bowl' Proportions  (From The Atlantic Wire 7/16/2012)
SC:  "The 54.6 percent figure (not counting Alaska and Hawaii) makes this year's drought the sixth worst on record in terms of area covered, behind only the brutal droughts of the mid-1950s and the "Dust Bowl" era of the 1930s."

Drought Stress Continues on Crops Despite Showers (From Reuters 7/16/2012)
SC:  "A report from climate experts on Thursday said the Midwest was in the grips of the worst drought in a quarter of a century."

2012-07-16-droughtmap2.jpgExtreme Weather Disaster Area: This Is What the Climate Crisis Looks Like (From Huffington Post 7/15/2012)
SC: The map and "The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named over 1,000 counties in 26 states as disaster areas -- the largest declaration in history -- as a result of the recent drought, wildfires and other extreme weather events..."

Climate Change Fuels the Perfect Firestorm (From Climate Central 7/15/2012)
SC: "In the 1960s, an average of 460 fires each year in Colorado burned about 8,000 acres annually, according to state forest service records. In the past decade that average jumped to about 2,500 fires a year, burning nearly 100,000 acres. Those trends are reflected nationwide. Wildfires burned an average 7 million acres a year across the nation during the 2000s — twice the average of the 1990s. In the coming decade, scientists anticipate, 10 to 12 million acres of U.S. forests will burn each year.....But the greatest impact on the most recent wildfires may well be the changing climate. "What we’re seeing really is a window into what global warming really looks like," said Princeton University geosciences professor Michael Oppenheimer during a conference call with reporters in the days after the Colorado firestorms. "It looks like heat. It looks like fires.  And it looks like drought."

Majority of Americans Believe Climate is Warming, Weather Less Stable (From Clean Techies 7/16/2012)
SC: "In a poll conducted by the Washington Post and Stanford University last month, six in 10 respondents said that weather patterns have been more unstable during the last three years than in the past; almost as many respondents said that average temperatures had increased during the last three years."

If Climate Counts, Why is Big Oil Gaming the System? (From Clean Techies 7/16/2012)
SC: "In the recent study A Climate of Corporate Control, the Union of Concerned Scientists uncovered several S&P 500 companies that had “made statements in support of climate science and policy in some public venues, while spreading misinformation on climate science or hindering science-based policy elsewhere.” In fact, of the 28 companies researched, 21 of them acted in direct contradiction to their stated positions on climate change, largely employing methods that skirted direct accountability (e.g. sizeable political contributions, lobbying expenditures and the funding of trade groups and think tanks). Of the most egregious offenders are companies such as Conoco Phillips, Caterpillar Inc., Exxon Mobil and Peabody Energy Corporation."

Obama and Romney Ignoring Climate Change (From Discovery News 7/10/2012)SC: " Seventy-eight percent of Democrats believe in climate change while only 47 percent of Republicans hold that view, according to the poll. However, although climate change is a partisan issue in the U.S., political scientists doubt that an increasing belief in the phenomenon will have a major effect on the elections in November."

Romney Flips To Denial: 'We Don't Know What's Causing Climate Change' (From ThinkProgress 10/28/2011)
SC:  The video itself:

All videos and images from the links they are pictured under except the first one, which is from

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