Even if the current global warming Slowdown persisted for decades it would still be possible that dramatic and dangerous warming was just about to resume.
We cannot be absolutely sure that there will be no climate change crisis – only that it is becoming increasingly unlikely.
So the politically-correct scientific shibboleths of the ‘climate change crisis’ idea may well persist for a great many decades.
A credible alternative theory today is the ‘cosmic ray flux theory’; but for every dollar in research funding that goes into that theory and for every mention in the media of that theory there must be ten thousand that go into the IPCC theory.
Furthermore skeptical scientists are not suggesting that there is any single, simple theory to supplant the IPCC’s anthropogenic climate change theory, the ‘Climate Change Orthodoxy’.
And simply admitting that our knowledge of climate change science is too slight to know ‘what causes climate change’ is never likely to supplant the dominant paradigm of the Climate Change Orthodoxy.
Perhaps the Climate Change Orthodoxy theory lives on for little better reason than the failure of a simple, certain, compelling alternative theory to supplant it – and if the skeptical scientists are right then no such theory is ever likely to be found.
Instead we may find the years rolling by with rising man-made greenhouse gas emissions yet modest, nonthreatening, global warming (and perhaps some temporary global cooling).
In the fullness of time the inability of the climate change models to predict climate states generally, and atmospheric temperatures specifically, will become increasingly inescapable, the funding for climate change science research will quietly peter out (at first research into physical climate science, then later research into climate change mitigation, then finally research into climate change adaptation), the climate change researchers will quietly move on to other things (perhaps researching natural climate variability – or global cooling), the journalists and politicians will quietly stop talking about the climate change crisis – and the whole issue will quietly fade from the public consciousness.
Basically, the man-made climate change crisis idea will probably simply follow a trajectory, not dissimilar to that of many other ‘man-made global crises’ (such as the DDT or BSE ‘crises’), of 1) Scientists misreading the evidence, confusing correlation, cause and effect – and then, long before the science is sufficiently mature to warrant it, leaping to alarmist conclusions 2) Scientists then exaggerating the risks (and suppressing uncertainties and contradictory evidence) in order to attract government funding to investigate the potential scare properly 3) Journalists hyping the potential scare in order to drum up public alarm (and sell newspapers) 4) The public, unable to understand the science, over-reacting and clamoring for political action 5) Politicians, unable to understand the science, over-reacting and responding to public alarm by rushing in ill-considered policies to mitigate the perceived risks 6) Politicians increasing scientific funding in order to find more evidence in support of the scare in order to confirm the rightness of their policies 7) Scientists duly supplying more evidence in order to attract further government funding (this evidence being used by journalists to drum up even more public alarm) 8) A rising awareness by scientists that the problem is actually much more complex (and the causes much more ambiguous and uncertain) than they originally surmised – and, anyway, far less risky 9) A rising awareness by the public and politicians that the risks have been exaggerated and the scare is not materializing – and the policies have done, and are doing, more harm than good 10) Scientists, journalists and politicians quietly retreating from association with the scare 11) The scare fading from the public consciousness Today we are at about point (8).
Take the ‘Great Gardening Pop Quiz’.
The following questions are taken from among the 1,001 fiendishly-hard gardening questions to be found in my forthcoming bestseller, “This Horticultural Stuff is Really Hard.” This is an open book test.
(Right comment, wrong answer.)
Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong.
D. Apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries are all roseceae, cousins to the roses.
D. Drought resistant plants can withstand periods with little to no supplemental water when planted and established in the landscape.
All plants will need to be watered while getting established.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup per plant on the soil around the tomato plants, not on the plant itself.
When is the best time to water your plants?
Grow these plants around the garden to help repel insects.
Portsmouth master gardener’s flowers are a tribute to his late mother.
He still remembers watching her work in the yard when he was a kid.
“My mom loved the vegetables, so you would have the cucumbers and the eggplant and the peppers and the tomatoes,” Manion said.
Manion got a job at a nursery.
“They help me in my job of getting people more information about good gardening practices in the city.” Manion is also required to complete at least 20 volunteer hours per year.
“A lot of people want to start a garden,” Manion said.
“You can’t just plant tomatoes and expect them to grow,” he said.
Being a master gardener doesn’t just help improve other people’s gardens, he said.
A year later, he put a sign up in his garden that says “In loving memory of Mom.” His flowers are “a good tribute,” because he’s growing them for her.
If she saw his garden now, he said, “she’d be in awe.”
Trump declines to endorse Paris Climate Accord.
Via Breitbart: Despite heavy lobbying from G7 leaders, President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris Climate Agreement in a joint pledge of support for one of former President Barack Obama’s signature achievements in office.
Trump’s decision upset world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, desperate to convince the president of the agreement’s merits.
“The Paris deal isn’t just any other deal.
It is a key agreement that shapes today’s globalization,” Merkel said, describing discussions with Trump about climate change “very unsatisfying.” For opponents of the agreement, the decision is a welcome development after the president’s economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters that Trump was “evolving” on the issue.
But it still was not a fulfillment of his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement.
The president announced on Twitter that he would make the decision next week of whether to remain in the agreement.
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017 … meanwhile California sea level rise “model study” claims 10 foot rise by 2100 Guest essay by Larry Hamlin NOAA has just updated its coastal sea level rise tide gauge data including actual measurements through year 2016 which continues to show no evidence of coastal sea level rise acceleration.
These measurements include tide gauge data…
The Trump administration targeted at least two dozen national monuments in an Executive Order this week, with the apparent goal of reducing or eliminating protections for these treasured lands and waters.
If so, you may be surprised to discover that each of these beloved places was originally protected as a “national monument” under the Antiquities Act, which authorizes the president to protect public lands and waters to preserve their historic, cultural and conservation values.
Every president, with the exception of only three, has used the Antiquities Act to designate federal lands and waters as national monuments.
Each of the monuments profiled below is subject to review and possible alteration or even elimination under the President’s Executive Order.
Trump’s order directs the Secretary of the Interior to determine whether monuments are “appropriately classified” as lands containing objects of historic or scientific interest; this opens the door for the President or Congress to arbitrarily determine that a monument “inappropriately” offered conservation protections for wildlife and other ecological values.
For example, the Trump administration could determine that President Clinton “inappropriately” designated the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2000 for the purposes of conserving the incredible biological diversity found in Oregon’s southern Cascade mountains (President Obama expanded the monument in 2017).
The monument also supports over 50 designated at-risk plants and hundreds of California-endemic plants that depend on the rare intact Mediterranean ecosystem conditions found in the San Gabriel range.
America’s newest marine national monument (and first within the Atlantic) was designated by President Obama in 2016: the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
We are undertaking campaigns to vigorously fight for the wildlife, fish and plants that call these lands and waters home.
These campaigns will oppose the abhorrent efforts to sell-off or transfer our treasured public lands and waters, as well as defend the laws and policies that conserve wildlife habitat in these essential places.
4 Responses to “Unique Mother’s Day Gifts For the Moms in Your Life”.
Nothing makes me happier on Mother’s Day than a gift or card hand-crafted by one of my kids.
Mother’s Day: Let the Kids Do the Cooking How about a meal whipped up by the kids?
Allowing my kids to be active participants in the cooking process has always been important to me.
What I Love About Mom Fill In The Love Journal ($10) This gift is similar to those construction paper cards I was talking about.
What I Love About Mom Fill In The Love Journal is a great way to preserve a small piece of their childhood and it’s all about you!
Their gift ideas range from donating a year of school to a child in need to providing a newborn baby kit to mothers in Zimbabwe.
$58 can supply the tuition, books and other supplies a girl needs to attend school for a year.
Grow Pizza Kit ($10) I’m in love with this Grow Pizza Kit that comes with everything you need to grow a pizza garden.
How do you celebrate the moms in your life?
Donald Trump Delays Final Decision On Paris Agreement Until Next Week.
The White House will decide next week on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement, the historic climate 2015 pact President Donald Trump vowed to withdraw from during his campaign last year.
Trump initially delayed the decision until after the G7 meeting, which ended on Saturday.
European, Canadian and Chinese leaders have urged Trump to keep the U.S. in the accord.
But the United Nations-brokered deal marked the first time the world, including the U.S. and China, the biggest polluters by far, agreed to slash emissions with the intent of halting global warming.
Without this sweeping regulation, which puts limits on coal-fired power plants and encourages the proliferation of renewable energy, the U.S. won’t even come close to meeting its emissions goals.
“It seems President Trump is seeking to build the kind of suspense that is usually reserved for reality shows,” Heather Coleman, climate and energy director at the charity giant Oxfam America, told HuffPost by email on Saturday morning.
But since then, world and corporate leaders have increased pressure for the U.S. to remain in the deal.
Pulling out of the agreement could have major economic consequences.
“Trump has heard now very clearly from world leaders, CEOs, and even the Pope,” David Waskow, director of international climate policy for the World Resources Institute, told HuffPost by email.
Additionally, 1,600 of those trees are chopped down every minute just to make room for cattle to graze and to grow livestock feed.
With the animal agriculture industry being responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined, we need to act now to save the planet.
One Tree Planted, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on planting trees throughout the world teamed up with Waykana Social Impact to help restore a section of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador that has been lost to agriculture and logging.
Sadly, since the 1970s it is estimated that Ecuador has lost 30 percent of its forests – largely due to encroaching industries that seek to exploit the forests natural resources.
Healing the Land and Indigenous Communities In an attempt to restore these plots of land and empower indigenous people, Waykana and One Tree Planted are running a tree planting program focused on planting Guayusa trees.
Working with local farmers to produce Waykana’s Guayusa tea, this company aims to create not only a regular income but a better income for the farmers because they pay more than fair trade price for the Guayusa.
The first tree planting program was carried out just last month and involved planting native species within producers’ lands to restore balance and create a better agroforestry system.
How We’re Helping In conjunction with our #EatForThePlanet campaign, we’re supporting One Tree Planted‘s amazing tree planting program by launching an exclusive, limited-edition 100% organic cotton t-shirt in support.
For each t-shirt sold, one Guayusa tree will be planted in the Amazon rainforest, providing a steady source of income for the farmers in the region!
Plant a tree in the Amazon rainforest to help reverse the deforestation caused by meat production, help sustain local Ecuadorian farmers AND do some activism every time you leave the house?
Growing Up in the Garden Blended Education and Play.
“I can say I have now been gardening for almost 50 years.
But I also don’t remember ever not gardening.
All our summer days were spent outside in the yard.
And those days were full of fun, hard work, lessons and lectures.
The garden was our playground.
It was also our classroom.
We spent days and days looking at the many shapes and colors of the flowers and the leaves.
Then she let me experience the spice of many herbs, the dusty fragrance of marigolds, the rubbery smell of bruised jimson weed and the acid stink of ailanthus.
It turns out smell is a great way to distinguish many weeds.” Read more at: “DailyProgress.com“