Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

It’s hard not to notice that there are still voices saying climate change ain’t happenin’ – or if it is, it has nothing to do with us humans.  The evidence is tough to discount, but those voices manage it. I think they’re wrong but that’s my perspective and who am I to say I’ve got it right.

Ed Stein

For a long time I’ve thought we humans were headed for a rough time, that there are way too many of us and – like all population explosions –  we’re headed for a population crash.  War, pestilence, natural or man-made disaster, something will stop and most likely dramatically reverse our population growth. Maybe climate change will be the end of growth for our species – along with a whole bunch of others.

The twin impacts of overpopulation and climate change are reasons that on retiring we (Bill and I) roamed out of the way of human density and eventually moved into Alaska’s cooler climate. According to Celsias, a useful website that tracks climate change, it’ll be only about 25 years before things start crashing down around our collective ears. Those who are paying attention are already shifting out of the way.  Major turbulence lies ahead. However large one’s nostalgia for them, don’t expect it’ll ever go back to the way things used to be.  To quote Mames Moberley, an almost forgotten humorist: “Ah yes, the good old days. I was there. Where was they?”  They’re gone for good…..

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Turning 70 last Thursday was a sobering experience.

  • A morning call from my brother in Australia brought us worries about his health along with news about Melbourne’s National Day of Mourning for those who died, and whose communities were obliterated, in Victoria’s recent fires.
  • Early evening we attended a talk entitled “What’s Happening to the Arctic? A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Future” by Neil Hamilton, director of the World Wildlife Fund’s International Arctic Program. “What’s happening in the Arctic is deeply profound,” he told us. “It’s going to affect all of our lives.” And, we only have 3-4 years to change course or it will be too late.

Today we read about words spoken (more…)

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I’m back from Courtenay, BC, after a good visit with Marian. Happy to be able to support her as she faces multiple challenges.

And now, as frequently, the climate is stage center again.

  • I talked to my brother, Sandy, in Lara, south of Melbourne, Australia yesterday.  Victoria (the provincial state) is burning up. Extended drought, high winds, and unbearable heat (117°F) have turned some communities into gigantic bonfires. Meanwhile, the north of the country is in monsoon time – one area in Queensland reported almost a metre of rain in a 24-hour period.
  • An avalanche just south of Juneau yesterday closed the (only) road to the adjacent settlement of Thane, marooning some 30 households.  18′ of snow blocked 300′ of roadway. (more…)

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This morning it’s 52°F and sunny.  And in Maine it’s 25 below.  Bizarre.

Courtesy of the Internet I witness the rapid changes in our world – which show up at an exponentially increasing rate. I contemplate the uncertain future we are bursting into.  How will life be for us, and our community, as we finish out our lifespan? And what about our kids and grandkids?

Which leads me to the concept of community resilience (more…)

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It’s interesting to experience our first complete winter here.  Today’s paper writes that Extreme Cold Slams The State.  Even though Alaska is cold in winter, this is unusual.  Juneau’s typical winter day  has a low in the 20’s, and a high in the 30’s.  Right now I think the last time the mercury rose above freezing was almost a month ago. And January’s average quota of snow is  already on the ground.  (more…)

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