Friday, May 10, 2013

Peak climate disruption

If we still had a functional BigMedia, this would be leading the nightly newscasts. Instead they'll be doing wall to wall coverage of BENGHAZZZZZZzzzzzzi, while our planet Earth burns.
The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported on Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.

Scientific monitors reported that the gas had reached an average daily level that surpassed 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering.

The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea.
The far north of this continent has been in a heatwave for weeks, while here in the south it's been the coldest spring since I moved here seven years ago. There are wild storms sweeping across the globe on a daily basis. Climate disruption is a far greater threat to our way of life than whether the State Department edited the talking points on a stupid memo. Yet, mark my words, every damn newscast and bobblehead pundit on TV will be parsing the difference between extremist and terrorist all weekend long. This real news won't make the cut.

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