Hottest January Ever Recorded

 
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14 February 2020 05:38
 

January 2020 was the hottest January ever recorded:

https://www.noaa.gov/news/january-2020-was-earth-s-hottest-january-on-record

February 13, 2020 —  In the span of 141 years of climate records, there has never been a warmer January than last month, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

What’s more, the temperature departure from average was the highest monthly departure ever recorded without an El Niño present in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

January 2020 marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

Climate by the numbers
January 2020

The January global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest on record at 2.05 degrees F (1.14 degrees C) above the 20th-century average. This surpassed the record set in January 2016 by 0.04 of a degree F (0.02 of a degree C).

The four warmest Januaries documented in the climate record have occurred since 2016; the 10 warmest have all occurred since 2002.

Breaking the month down by hemispheres, the Northern Hemisphere also had its warmest January on record, at 2.70 degrees F (1.50 degrees C) above average. The Southern Hemisphere had a departure of 1.40 degrees F (0.78 of a degree C) above average — its second-warmest January on record after January 2016.

More notable climate events in the January report:

•Lots of regional heat to go around. Record-warm temperatures were seen across parts of: Scandinavia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the central and western Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and Central and South America. No land or ocean areas had record-cold January temperatures.
•Polar sea ice coverage remained smaller than normal. Arctic sea ice extent (coverage) was 5.3 percent below the 1981–2010 average, tying with 2014 as the eighth-smallest January extent in the 42-year record. Antarctic sea ice coverage during January was 9.8 percent below the average and tied with January 2011 as the 10th smallest.
•Snow cover was lacking. Northern Hemisphere snow coverage was below the 1981–2010 average, having the 18th-smallest January snow cover in the 54-year record.

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14 February 2020 06:34
 

Fake Planet.

 
 
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14 February 2020 09:54
 

We know climate change is happening, and even deniers have revised their denial from not happening to it is happening but is a natural cycle (a scientifically unsupported claim).  We also have no intention of changing our lives to mitigate climate change, so it is full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes!  While scientists are sounding climate change alarms, the people are asking why they should care, and when should they start caring?

Doomsday cult followers make plans, such as build bunkers, buy guns, stockpile food, etc.  Christians and Muslims says the best defense is to live a moral life.  And health nuts say to give up meat.  The validity of the claims and solutions has routinely been questioned or outright proven false.  The difference these predictions have from climate science is that climate science does not have an answer to what is predicted to happen and how we, as a group and as individuals, can protect ourselves from the inevitable since we refuse to adjust our standard of living.  I have proposed reducing emissions by half by reducing the human population by half, but we know that won’t happen.

If science can provide more or better predictions of what a climate changed world will look like, then we can prepare for the change rather than waiting for the US east coast to become a desert over the next 20 years and having to deal with the mass migration and food shortages which come with it.  Unfortunately, the alarms like Ron’s above do not come with instructions for how to react, so the alarms are ignored.

 
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Skipshot - 14 February 2020 09:54 AM

If science can provide more or better predictions of what a climate changed world will look like, then we can prepare for the change rather than waiting for the US east coast to become a desert over the next 20 years and having to deal with the mass migration and food shortages which come with it.  Unfortunately, the alarms like Ron’s above do not come with instructions for how to react, so the alarms are ignored.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds

Science:  If you keep walking in the direction you are walking, you are going to go over a cliff.

Worldwide Public:  OK, but what should we do?

Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF, said: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”

 

 
 
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unsmoked - 15 February 2020 11:58 AM
Skipshot - 14 February 2020 09:54 AM

If science can provide more or better predictions of what a climate changed world will look like, then we can prepare for the change rather than waiting for the US east coast to become a desert over the next 20 years and having to deal with the mass migration and food shortages which come with it.  Unfortunately, the alarms like Ron’s above do not come with instructions for how to react, so the alarms are ignored.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds

Science:  If you keep walking in the direction you are walking, you are going to go over a cliff.

Worldwide Public:  OK, but what should we do?

Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF, said: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”

Science = Spongebob
Patrick = Deniers

https://youtu.be/rhAU691WXlM

 
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And health nuts say to give up meat.

And people who do math also say give up, or greatly reduce your consumption of animal protein. A pound of beef takes about 2500 gallons of freshwater to produce, and our aquifers are running dry, largely due to the production of animal protein. Additionally, lots, and lots, and lots of rainforest is getting chopped down to make way for cattle. Not only is this diminishing the “lungs of the planet”, but land that’s converted from rain forest to grazing becomes useless for either after a few years.

 
 
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icehorse - 16 February 2020 10:40 AM

. . . or greatly reduce your consumption of animal protein.

Let’s go with that.  Or convert to insect protein.

But most of all, let’s reduce our own population by half.  That’s easier than coming up with solutions to maintain our current standard of living without making a sacrifice.  Or we can just carry on and let Mother Nature do it.  The planet would be better off without our mentally disabled species claiming it for ourselves and trashing it for our vanity and convenience.

 
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icehorse - 16 February 2020 10:40 AM

. . . or greatly reduce your consumption of animal protein.

Let’s go with that.  Or convert to insect protein.

But most of all, let’s reduce our own population by half.  That’s easier than coming up with solutions to maintain our current standard of living without making a sacrifice.  Or we can just carry on and let Mother Nature do it.  The planet would be better off without our mentally disabled species claiming it for ourselves and trashing it for our vanity and convenience.

Agreed. I think that a woman who reaches menopause and has had zero kids should get a HUGE retirement subsidy. And a woman who has had only one kid should get a less-huge, but still generous subsidy. How about $250k and $125k ?

 
 
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icehorse - 16 February 2020 10:40 AM

skip:

And health nuts say to give up meat.

And people who do math also say give up, or greatly reduce your consumption of animal protein. A pound of beef takes about 2500 gallons of freshwater to produce, and our aquifers are running dry, largely due to the production of animal protein. Additionally, lots, and lots, and lots of rainforest is getting chopped down to make way for cattle. Not only is this diminishing the “lungs of the planet”, but land that’s converted from rain forest to grazing becomes useless for either after a few years.

The moral majority, including pet owners who empathise with mistreated dogs and cats, and send donations to ASPCA. are mostly indifferent to the suffering of animals on factory farms.  Without a qualm they buy beef, pork, dairy, eggs that have been produced in cruel conditions.

Richard Dawkins asks, “Is animal cruelty the new slavery?  (something that future generations will look back on the way we look back on slavery)  https://bigthink.com/videos/richard-dawkins-is-animal-cruelty-the-new-slavery

Every day we see ads on TV . . .  pitiful, abused dogs and cats looking at us through a wire fence, but when do kindly pet owners and the general public see the calf spending its entire life in a box or cage where it can’t even turn around?  Politicians silent, as they were for 100 years of U.S. slavery.  (Don’t disturb the economy!  Don’t threaten my Veal Scallopini!)

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17 February 2020 11:30
 

Feb. 16 - CBS 60 Minutes -  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-climate-change-relationship-60-minutes-2020-02-16/

Turnbull said he was warned as prime minister the fires were getting worse.

“Well, of course. Everyone has known this,” Turnbull said. “We’ve been warned by the climate scientists. Everyone has been aware of this except for those who, well, the climate change deniers are aware of it, but they choose to deny reality.”

Turnbull was bounced out of office by the right wing of his own party largely over his support for cutting carbon emissions.

“The right wing climate deniers treat an issue of science and physics and fact as though it was a question of ideology, and their conduct is not just idiotic,” Turnbull said. “It is downright dangerous. Dangerous for us here in Australia and around the world.”

“You’re talking about people in your own party,” Williams said.

“Of course I am. Yeah. Absolutely,” Turnbull confirmed.

“Dangerous and idiotic,” Williams said.

“Well, of course it is dangerous and idiotic not to be taking the strongest action to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions,” Turnbull said.

See full episode at this link - CBS 60 Minutes crew at the frontlines - the horrific devastation and aftermath . . . victims refusing to shake hands with the current Trumplike Prime Minister.

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18 February 2020 05:56
 

Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion of his own money to fight climate change.


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MrRon - 18 February 2020 05:56 AM

Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion of his own money to fight climate change.


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What’s he going to do?
Build one nuclear power plant?

 
 
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MrRon - 18 February 2020 05:56 AM

Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion of his own money to fight climate change.


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What’s he going to do?
Build one nuclear power plant?

How about, “That’s mighty magnanimous of him.”

 
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Skipshot - 15 February 2020 05:20 PM
unsmoked - 15 February 2020 11:58 AM
Skipshot - 14 February 2020 09:54 AM

If science can provide more or better predictions of what a climate changed world will look like, then we can prepare for the change rather than waiting for the US east coast to become a desert over the next 20 years and having to deal with the mass migration and food shortages which come with it.  Unfortunately, the alarms like Ron’s above do not come with instructions for how to react, so the alarms are ignored.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds

Science:  If you keep walking in the direction you are walking, you are going to go over a cliff.

Worldwide Public:  OK, but what should we do?

Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF, said: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”

Science = Spongebob
Patrick = Deniers

https://youtu.be/rhAU691WXlM

Speaking of walking on in the direction we are walking (toward a cliff) - here is a graphic example - Trump in a gas guzzling limo leading the pack at the Daytona 500.  A massive throng applauding this Pied Piper as he leads car worshipers and climate change deniers into the Sixth Extinction and unparalleled calamity.  “Pure American Glory.”  -  Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBbrunsOlF8

50 years from now, as human suffering intensifies (as in today’s Australia) think how our descendants will view news clips like this.  “It’s a hoax folks!  A Chinese hoax!”  Pure American Glory.

calamity  noun

an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster.

“the journey had led to calamity and ruin”

Similar - catastrophe -  tragedy -  crisis