Thanks to Robert Scribbler for continuing to produce such excellent work in these harsh times. This year has begun with dismal news that makes so many of our earthly issues feel like frivolous amusements, and makes it hard to be tolerant of ignorant assertions by friends and neighbors. Reputable scientists and public agencies have declared a global emergency and have made specific recommendations for responses. However, official responses have been criminally slow or nonexistent. But what do you do when the people responsible for handling emergencies are also the ones that would judge their own failures? Would members of congressional committees slap each other’s wrists before moving their homes and bank accounts to higher ground?
The alarming rate of change we are now witnessing in our climate as a result of greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented in modern records. — Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization
It would be a bit of an understatement to say that the global scientific community is reeling. Sure, the various scientists and researchers knew that a massive accumulation of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans was beginning to take a serious toll. They knew that ocean heat content in the top 2,000 meters of the world ocean system (accounting for 93 percent of Earth System warming) was going through the roof. And they knew that this warmth was going to bleed out in a seriously big and bad way as a record El Nino swept through the global climate system during 2014, 2015 and 2016.
(Temperature averages for 2016 are…
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