Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Hickory Horned Devil that occurs in US Forests, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source www.buzzle.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

An Increasing Rarity – Beautiful Southern Forests Source mybeautifuladventures.com

  • critical to meet climate goals, US forest protection is not a US climate priority;
  • some government and forestry industry actors even promote increased logging as a climate change solution;
  • Forest disturbance from logging in the Southern U.S. occurs at four times the rate that it does in the rainforests of South America,
  • reducing the ability of US forests to act as carbon sinks by at least 35 %.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

REQUIEM FOR A REEF

Coral reefs are bleaching and dying worldwide due to warming oceans:

  • 90% of coral nutrition comes from algae living within them;
  • As corals heat, the algae photosynthesize faster,
  • And produce a toxin, ultimately forcing corals to expel them.
  • Deprived of colorful algae, corals turn white and starts starving.
  • Once dead, corals are rapidly covered with brown algae.

Seascapes of Bleached Coral are spectres of mass starvation.

  • Under current conditions, these “undersea rainforests” will disappear forever within 10-30 years.
  • Once these reefs are gone, we lose permanently an important source of:
  • Food for over half a billion people,
  • coastal protection from storms and erosion,
  • and biodiversity.

We know human activities are fueling global warming, but are failing to act.

Ultimately, this story is our failure of intelligence and morality. Like bacteria, we are:

  • Reproducing without recognizing our resource constraints,
  • Using those resources wantonly,
  • And in doing so, ensuring the collapse of our populations
  • – as surely as bacterial populations collapse in a lab dish.

A Slice of Incredible Coral Reef Life is revealed under ultraviolet lighting, exposing the truly wild colors of corals – just the tip of the beautiful berg of life we are losing as coral reefs are destroyed by climate change. Credit Jourday at reefbuilders.com

Shocked By Humanity’s Stupidity – Takeaways:

  • About 50% of the world’s corals have already died.
  • Scientists are trying to breed some heat resistant corals,
  • And “recondition” corals to tolerate new levels of heat.
  • Even so, scientists expect 90+% of the world corals to die by 2050,
  • With little hope of saving more than a small fraction of them.

“You couldn’t be more dumb … to erode the very thing that life depends on — the ecosystem — and hope that you’ll get away with it,”— Biologist and Global Change Institute Director, University of Queensland Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

Colorful Soft Corals Also Are Part of Reefs – this is likely a Caribbean reef. Probable Credit: Mika Specta

Coral reefs:

  • Provide habitat for a quarter of all marine species;
  • Form crucial coastal storm barriers;
  • provide billions of dollars in revenue from tourism, fishing and other commerce,
  • reef species are used to produce cures to diseases ranging from bacterial and viral to cancer.

“Whether you’re living in North America or Europe or Australia, you should be concerned” added Hoegh-Guldberg.

An Acid Future For Our Oceans is developing, as more CO2 is absorbed acidifying the seawater, as the past and projected rises in acidity above show. Source Tobias Friedrich, University of Hawaii

OO Half Of World’s Oceans To Face Multiple ‘Climate Stressors’ By 2030 study warns. Takeaways:

  • Stresses will alter them in a number of ways,
  • Seriously harming plants and animals, from plankton to whales.
  • Oceans are vital to human existence.

By 2050, 85+ % of the oceans will be similarly stressed:

  • Vital nutrient mixing in the layers will decrease, starving food chains.
  • Vital oxygen will keep decreasing, as waters warm more.
  • Increasing seawater levels of CO2 will acidify waters,
  • Greatly impairing shellfish and fish to build skeletons.

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WHY FACTS DON’T ALWAYS MATTER

OO Fact: Humans Caused 100% Of The Past Century’s Global Warming show overwhelming evidence, and supported by 97% of all scientists. Yet, only 48% of US adults believe humans cause it, while only 40% believe it will harm wildlife, weather patterns, or shorelines.

OO Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds sometimes. [MH: I change my mind with facts, and so do others.. Let’s grow this “revolution”!] New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. Takeaways:

  • Reason developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.
  • “Confirmation Bias” — the tendency to embrace information that supports one’s beliefs and reject those that do not – is a serious constraint on reason.
  • Even after the evidence “for their beliefs has been totally refuted, people fail to make appropriate revisions in those beliefs,” the researchers noted.

Whether You Believe It Or Not, Gravity Is A Fact with consequences. So is climate change, which operates under the same set of physical laws. Source creativeenglishvocabulary.com

  • The “illusion of explanatory depth” effect, nearly ubiquitous,
  • is when people believe that they know way more than they actually do;
  • enhanced by collaboration, it creates fuzzy boundaries of
  • where one’s own understanding ends and that of others begin.

Credit Mike Keefe at the Denver Post

  • This gets us in trouble politically,
  • where understanding facts is crucial to deciding large scale actions.
  • Often “strong feelings do not emerge from deep understanding.”
  • And if feelings, not understanding, bind people together,
  • then “tribal” communities of ignorance can develop that are impervious to facts.

Thus, working through the policy implications of proposals TOGETHER is far more effective than pontificating.

CALLING A DENIER A DENIER

  • Climate deniers fit the Freudian definition of denial perfectly:
  • ignoring an unpleasant truth and replacing it with something benign and untrue,
  • or shifting blame on other causes, such as sunspots.

Others fit Freud’s minimalization definition:

  • Humans cause climate change, but
  • it’s too costly to address, or
  • not as important as other problems.
  • Climate deniers both deny the science and needed policy to address it.

Calling deniers anything less (eg, “doubters”) is misleading and irresponsible.

TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Trump’s Climate Views: Combative, Conflicting And Confusing In 2009, he co-signed a full-page NY Times advertisement calling for “meaningful and effective measures to combat climate change.” Now, he refers to climate change as a hoax or a joke.

In his seventh week in office, President Trump decides we should stop measuring things.

When Words Fail, Use Exxon’s shows the Exxon infused Trump administration with a press release lifted verbatim from Exxon’s own press release. Screencapture Christopher Ingraham on twitter

OO White House Echoes Exxon Mobil Press Release – It lifted an entire paragraph verbatim from ExxonMobil’s press release, minutes after it was released, to praise the oil giant.

OO Trump Gang Plans To Stop Energy Efficiency, Other Programs including the popular Energy Star program for companies to seek labels for energy-efficient consumer products and appliances.

Forget about monitoring and regulating:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Climate change threats to national security
  • Forget about:
  • Helping communities and farms adapt to climate change
  • Sending out storm alerts to affected US communities

Under Trump, Droughts and Even Tornadoes Could Surprise Farmers who have relied on weather and seasonal forecasts by a NOAA agency, the National Weather Service. Source Shutterstock

“There are few important decisions farmers can make without contemplating weather.”

Compromising Coastal American Safety and greatly upping the pricetag of adaptation if it isn’t tackled now.

EPA Now Home to Climate Skeptic Clowns – and dark clowns indeed, if they refuse to acknowledge the reality of climate change, which threatens the safety and security of Americans and the USA. Photo Source Business Insider

EPA Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics

The broken promises are:

1. To recognize climate reality – he said that EPA’s conclusion on how climate changing gases like CO2 endanger human health and welfare “needs to be enforced and respected” and is unquestionable. Now, he denies CO2 drives climate change.

2. To stand up for science – he said “science must serve as ‘the backbone’ of EPA actions.” Yet now, he directly contradicts the findings of scientists at every major American scientific organization, which are based on decades of intensive, peer-review research and data.

Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

3. To enforce clean air and water rules – Pruitt said he wanted to “restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.” Now he supports a 24% cut to the Agency’s budget, including clean air and water programs.

4. To be consistent on states’ rights – he claimed to favor greater authority for states. Now he’s considering revoking California’s right to have stronger clean air standards for cars.

5. To fight all forms of pollution – he claimed concern about dangerous pollution like mercury, smog and methane, butt now withdrew an EPA request for information about methane pollution from oil and gas drilling. So much for concern.

This is important — beyond our desire to have public officials with integrity, our kids’ health is at stake.

OO EPA Scott Pruitt’s Office Deluged With Angry Callers After He Questions The Science Of Global Warming – The calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, reached such a high volume that agency officials created an impromptu call center, said three agency employees.

“Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another.” — Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret). Photo Credit Charlie Riedel at Associated Press

  • “Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another. The best way to pay for it is by tackling the root causes of climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.” — Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret), CEO of the American Security Project.
  • Whether Pruitt believes CO2 drives climate change or not, by law “ he is required under the Clean Air Act to promulgate…