From Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy come this distressing news.
Using a fleet of Earth-observing satellites, the European Space Agency is reporting that the ice in the Arctic circle is already retreating considerably, and will once again be below average in extent this summer. This has been going on for a few years now, which isn’t terribly surprising considering that global warming is real and that we keep seeing recent years tied or exceeding records as hottest years on record.
Climate change deniers, of which there are legion, simply ignore science to make themselves feel better. They want cheap energy, cheap plastic goods from China – even tho they do not profit AT ALL from the companies who are busy raping, pillaging and setting our world on fire.
I do not need science to tell me this is a overly hot summer. Climate tracking shows a steadily increasing average temperature for the earth since the mid-1990s. Some dips, but overall, the trend is upwards.
The thing is, there is a lot of signal-to-noise in the debate over climate change. Once you filter out the non-scientist opinions, which cuts down a lot on the noise, the consensus among scientists is: We are warming up the planet.
We simply must stop listening to the anti-science bunch, all puppets of the global energy corporations and do what we can to conserve our diminishing resources. They are doing more harm than good, and the stupid people keep listening to them.
One result is drought. Texas is in the grips of the worst drought in history. Austin and the surrounding areas have enacted mandatory water restrictions.
Expect food prices to go up. Machines are breaking down, my car has had severe issues in this heat – I’ve had to replace every coolant line and both the radiator and water pump in the last 4 weeks.
This is utter bullshit. This could have been avoided.
The biggest problem is the corporate spin-doctors and lobbyists in Washington. These corporations will spend millions to keep on raping and pillaging.