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How global warming makes itself known

To a comment on a Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/j.richard.jacobs/posts/10153214456707132?comment_id=10153214536382132), Marianne Tong made a number of comments that got my back up, Below is my response to her comments. If anyone is curious about why I am convinced that climate change is real and dangerous.

My response to her comments on that is as follows:

The oceans are measurably more acidic than they used to be, interfering with the hatching of the eggs of many species of fish and invertebrates and the ability of shelled mollusks, like clams, and crustaceans, like lobsters and crabs, to grow the shells or integuments they need for survival. It won't be long until the prices of such marine animals go sky-high.


Trees and other plants are blooming earlier and earlier in the year. For example, the many cherry trees, peach trees, redbud trees, apple trees, and plum trees here in Seattle, where I have lived for the past 29 years, have been blooming earlier and earlier each year; when I first moved here, they began blooming in late April or early May, and now they are blooming in February. They drop their blossoms earlier, and leaf out at about the same point in the year.


Birds are nesting and fledging their young earlier and earlier in the year, too, and the same is true of many wild animals species.


Plants and animals are both going about the business of making babies earlier and earlier in the year, the plants because of rising temperatures, the animals in order to take advantage of the plants' increasingly early pollination needs and, eventually, reproduction.


These phenomena have been noticed by farmers, orchardists, gardeners, and others whose living depends on being able to tell when to plow, sow, weed, water, feed, harvest, and otherwise tend to their crops, Dairy farms, those who raise animals for their meat, hides, those who breed animals such as horses for working, racing, etc,.apiarists, zookeepers, and others who care for, breed, or own animals have a need to know when animals hatch, give birth and so on to make sure their animals are in good shape. So they, too, are acutely aware of both short-term changes in the weather and long-term changes in climate. They have ti be, Their wages, salaries, and/or profits absolutely depend om what changes in the general environment will be occurring, and what impact they will have ob growing plants, farms, supermarkets, and so on and on and on. Academicians don;t realize such things as their importance to human economies and health, and the same is true of scientists who have never lived or worked on a farm, had an orchard, or otherwise has been close to the impact of the seasons and months on wild and domestic creatures, But gardeners, farmers, field ecologists, and others who have hands-on relationships with living creatures and their environment can't help but know these things and sharing them with others.


No, the data isn't faked, and there are no conspiracies by scientists and others to fake the data and twist the conclusions to suit the needs of special-interest groups. And its highly alarming, Realtors, hard-headed businessmen and -women, are dumping any beachfront properties and those located at the mouths of rivers and relocating well inland. If THEY are doing this, you can believe they know that rising ocean levels are a reality, and that farms, other businesses, and residential properties located too close to oceans and the mouths of rivers are in real danger of shipping a lot of salt water. THAT's what all the fuss over global warming is all about: real concerns about potentially deadly disasters -- disasters on a global scale, Okay?

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graywolf44
Apr. 3rd, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
Have you seen this yet?
polaris93
Apr. 5th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC)
There are idiots in every group, including the Greens and those who refuse to believe that there's anything to climate change. But here's one thing to think about: When I was in elementary school, 1951-1957, we learned that our atmosphere consisted of 300 parts carbon dioxide per million. Now there's 400 parts per million.

Another: I was born and grew up in Southern California. To go back to it now would kill me, thanks to the excess heat, the smog, and all the rest of it. The firestorms alone are beyond comprehension -- but we never had one before. I think, 2003. When I was a little girl -- younger than eight years old, there was heavy snowpack on the mountains all year round. By the time I was 12, there was at most a dribble during the winter, and none by mid-spring. And so on. Mind you, these data are from my own experience, backed up by all sorts of articles, videos, and other sources.
graywolf44
Apr. 5th, 2016 11:32 am (UTC)
Ok, first of all, let me clarify one thing. I absolutely do believe in climate change, as the earth's climate is "elastic", rather than "static". Always has been, from the time our planet developed an atmosphere, and always will be as long as we have said atmosphere. Speaking of which, our atmosphere right now consists of approximately 78% nitrogen, 14 - 18% oxygen (depending on altitude - example: less in Himalaya's than Death Valley), and about 0.04% CO2. The rest is made up of other trace gases. Significantly reduce, or even remove, any one of those three and all life on earth will cease to exist as we know it (some bacteria may survive, as they're a pesky lot). Remember, we exhale CO2 as we breathe, which is then absorbed by plants, which in turn then exude oxygen. To recap, I do believe in climate change. However, I do not, repeat not, believe that man has any significant effect on the climate, nor can we effect "change" on the climate, as a whole.

As to what you remember from your youth in California, to what is seen today? Definitely can be attributed to climate change. The same can be said about our climate here in the Seattle area. I grew up here in my youth. I don't remember the winters being as cold then, not the summers as hot then, as they are now. There is less snow on both the Cascades and the Olympics during the summer now, than there used to be. Change in the climate? Yes, certainly. Caused by man, in either case? Dubious at best. Those who state that man alone is responsible for climate change ignore solar activity, the tilt of the earth on it's axis (which does vary), the fact that the number one "greenhouse gas" is water vapor (aka clouds), etc.

The science on this is not settled by any stretch of anyone's imagination, regardless of the repeatedly debunked "97% consensus" claim, and yet those who claim that man is solely responsible want to shut down debate. That's not how the scientific method operates.

I could go on, but this isn't my LJ ... sorry for the length of my reply.

Oops - one other thing. Check this list out. Forgot to add this earlier.

Edited at 2016-04-05 11:33 am (UTC)
polaris93
Apr. 7th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
I have to agree that those "97% consensus" claims leave something to be desired. Have you read anything by Rupert Sheldrake on the way scientists tend to shut out anything that speaks to the contrary of their claims, no matter how great the scientist that contradicts their claims, or what the evidence is? There is also a book by Chris Carter and Rupert Sheldrake, Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics That goes into the same thing in detail, albeit mainly on this one subject. Pretty good overview of the problem.

Anyway, you're quite right. Between a fear of being taken for a scientistic heretic and a rigid adherence to a mechanistic, materialistic, 19th-century view of reality, it can make it damned hard to get new ideas accepted by scientists. So, yeah.

polaris93
Apr. 7th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
BTW, thanks for the link. I remember sitting in front of my computer, online, watching videos of some of those firestorms with tears in my eyes. And yes, I'll try to get to the books in the links on the Wikipedia page.
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