Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Be Aware Right Now

Last year, in one of the earlier posts on climate change

I indicated that the rate of increase of CO2 was increasing,

and that this acceleration, if true, is a big concern.

Here is the story that makes that concern official.

Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded
BBC News
By David Shukman
BBC science correspondent

"US climate scientists have recorded a significant rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, pushing it to a new record level.

BBC News has learned the latest data shows CO2 levels now stand at 381 parts per million (ppm) - 100ppm above the pre-industrial average.

The research indicates that 2005 saw one of the largest increases on record - a rise of 2.6ppm.


The chief carbon dioxide analyst for NOAA says the latest data confirms a worrying trend that recent years have, on average, recorded double the rate of increase from just 30 years ago.

"We don't see any sign of a decrease; in fact, we're seeing the opposite, the rate of increase is accelerating," Dr Pieter Tans told the BBC .


The UK government's chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir David King, said the new data highlighted the importance of taking urgent action to limit carbon emissions.

"Today we're over 380 ppm," he said. "That's higher than we've been for over a million years, possibly 30 million years.

Mankind is changing the climate."

I don't know how you read a story like this

and then go about your day as if everything is hunkey dorey.

But that is exactly what I'm going to do.

And I bet you do too.

When I see a scientist say we need to take "urgent action"

I pretty much blow it off.

Especially if he is the head "Lord Professor" for the UK or something.

Yesterday I visited with an activist friend who said he was thinking

about selling some property he had inherited

in order to buy some property some where else

that takes the reality of climate change into consideration.

It seems like the basic advice is simple.

Go north and/or up.

But the devil is in the details.

You should probably avoid the coastlines and hurricane zones.

You might also want to avoid the tornedo alleys,

and the marginal deserts,

and the semi arid grasslands,

and the jungles.

You might also want to avoid the cities,

as well as the rural areas where law and order might break down.

Actually, places to run are going to become pretty hard to find.

But the place to fight is right here,

right now.

And the best place to be is


I'm late for my pedicure.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice oz, very nice.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higher may not work either if you think about adiabatic winds and the mega thunderstorms that will be forming. Down rush winds of 100 mph and lightening like you can't imagine. Hail stones the size of cantalopes... well maybe not... but big.

Find a place and build a bunker? Sort of like the fifties, duck and cover era. Fill the bunker with freeze dried stuff and water and keep close watch on your neighbors. Keep that AK-47 handy.

I thinks it is just a matter of time now. This Hurricane season will tell us a lot. And how about those reports from paradise, Hawaii 2500 miles out in the Pacific having colder than normal days and rain and more rain.

Times as they say are a changing and not for the better.

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, my response is always to plant a garden/stock up on basics.

we are working on our garden. it won't produce a lot but anything is better than nothing and it keeps the earth healthier.

8:54 PM  

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