Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.
Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Hickory Horned Devil that occurs in US Forests, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source www.buzzle.com
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon
An Increasing Rarity – Beautiful Southern ForestsSource mybeautifuladventures.com
OO Aggressive Forest Protection Needed To Meet US Climate Goals Takeaways:
critical to meet climate goals, US forest protection is not a US climate priority;
some government and forestry industry actors even promote increased logging as a climate change solution;
Forest disturbance from logging in the Southern U.S. occurs at four times the rate that it does in the rainforests of South America,
reducing the ability of US forests to act as carbon sinks by at least 35 %.
When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.
REQUIEM FOR A REEF
@@ Climate Change Is Killing The Great Barrier Reef – Takeaways:
Coral reefs are bleaching and dying worldwide due to warming oceans:
90% of coral nutrition comes from algae living within them;
As corals heat, the algae photosynthesize faster,
And produce a toxin, ultimately forcing corals to expel them.
Deprived of colorful algae, corals turn white and starts starving.
Once dead, corals are rapidly covered with brown algae.
Seascapes of Bleached Coral are spectres of mass starvation.
Under current conditions, these “undersea rainforests” will disappear forever within 10-30 years.
Once these reefs are gone, we lose permanently an important source of:
Food for over half a billion people,
coastal protection from storms and erosion,
We know human activities are fueling global warming, but are failing to act.
Ultimately, this story is our failure of intelligence and morality. Like bacteria, we are:
Reproducing without recognizing our resource constraints,
Using those resources wantonly,
And in doing so, ensuring the collapse of our populations
– as surely as bacterial populations collapse in a lab dish.
A Slice of Incredible Coral Reef Life is revealed under ultraviolet lighting, exposing the truly wild colors of corals – just the tip of the beautiful berg of life we are losing as coral reefs are destroyed by climate change. Credit Jourday at reefbuilders.com
OO Scientists Race Desperately To Prevent Wipeout Of World’s Corals,
Shocked By Humanity’s Stupidity – Takeaways:
About 50% of the world’s corals have already died.
Scientists are trying to breed some heat resistant corals,
And “recondition” corals to tolerate new levels of heat.
Even so, scientists expect 90+% of the world corals to die by 2050,
With little hope of saving more than a small fraction of them.
“You couldn’t be more dumb … to erode the very thing that life depends on — the ecosystem — and hope that you’ll get away with it,”— Biologist and Global Change Institute Director, University of Queensland Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
Colorful Soft Corals Also Are Part of Reefs – this is likely a Caribbean reef. Probable Credit: Mika Specta
Provide habitat for a quarter of all marine species;
Form crucial coastal storm barriers;
provide billions of dollars in revenue from tourism, fishing and other commerce,
reef species are used to produce cures to diseases ranging from bacterial and viral to cancer.
“Whether you’re living in North America or Europe or Australia, you should be concerned” added Hoegh-Guldberg.
An Acid Future For Our Oceans is developing, as more CO2 is absorbed acidifying the seawater, as the past and projected rises in acidity above show. Source Tobias Friedrich, University of Hawaii
OO Half Of World’s Oceans To Face Multiple ‘Climate Stressors’ By 2030 study warns. Takeaways:
Stresses will alter them in a number of ways,
Seriously harming plants and animals, from plankton to whales.
By 2050, 85+ % of the oceans will be similarly stressed:
Vital nutrient mixing in the layers will decrease, starving food chains.
Vital oxygen will keep decreasing, as waters warm more.
Increasing seawater levels of CO2 will acidify waters,
Greatly impairing shellfish and fish to build skeletons.
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WHY FACTS DON’T ALWAYS MATTER
OO Fact: Humans Caused 100% Of The Past Century’s Global Warming show overwhelming evidence, and supported by 97% of all scientists. Yet, only 48% of US adults believe humans cause it, while only 40% believe it will harm wildlife, weather patterns, or shorelines.
OO Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds sometimes. [MH: I change my mind with facts, and so do others.. Let’s grow this “revolution”!] New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. Takeaways:
Reason developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.
“Confirmation Bias” — the tendency to embrace information that supports one’s beliefs and reject those that do not – is a serious constraint on reason.
Even after the evidence “for their beliefs has been totally refuted, people fail to make appropriate revisions in those beliefs,” the researchers noted.
Whether You Believe It Or Not, Gravity Is A Fact with consequences. So is climate change, which operates under the same set of physical laws. Source creativeenglishvocabulary.com
The “illusion of explanatory depth” effect, nearly ubiquitous,
is when people believe that they know way more than they actually do;
enhanced by collaboration, it creates fuzzy boundaries of
where one’s own understanding ends and that of others begin.
Credit Mike Keefe at the Denver Post
This gets us in trouble politically,
where understanding facts is crucial to deciding large scale actions.
Often “strong feelings do not emerge from deep understanding.”
And if feelings, not understanding, bind people together,
then “tribal” communities of ignorance can develop that are impervious to facts.
Thus, working through the policy implications of proposals TOGETHER is far more effective than pontificating.