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Monday, March 30, 2015

global warming

Ever use Timehop?  It's an app that searches out your old posts on various social media.    It will tell you what you posted on Facebook or Twitter one year ago, two years ago, five years ago.

Looking at my Timehop every day --I do an awful lot of whining about the winter weather.  Complaints about the cold, complaints about the snow.  I really need to stop that.

And I am so glad we are finally warming up, that it's officially spring.

But it seems to me, winters used to be milder here on Long Island.  Sure, we had cold weather, and spectacular winter storms, but they were few and far between.  I remember my 9th grade science teacher telling us that we were spared the worst effects of winter because we were surrounded by the warm ocean currents.  The first time I ever remember dealing with single-digit temperatures was when I was in college upstate.

Anecdotal evidence, to be sure.  But when the vast majority of scientists tell us that we are experiencing a period of climate change, I have to believe them.

And when they say it's man-made...

We need to stop listening to the idiots who bring a snowball to the Senate floor as "proof" that global warming doesn't exist.

It scares me.

Carl Sagan said:

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology.  This is a prescription for disaster.  We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

I spent 12 years in the environmental claims department of a major insurance company.  I spent my days analyzing claims for damage to the environment -- funding the clean up of oil field waste, pipeline ruptures, chemical plumes, Superfund sites.   Spent hours upon hours consulting with geologists and other experts.  Saw exactly what kind of damage we can do on a small scale, and also how we can bring a contaminated area back to life.

If this is the kind of mess you find locally, what are we doing on a larger scale?  We have only one planet, if we mess it up we have nowhere to go.  Science fiction movies like Interstellar ..well, they're based in science fact, in our current understanding of the world and how we deal with it.

We need to figure out how to take better care of our home

As Sagan said:

“If we are not graced with an instinctive knowledge of how to make our technologized world a safe and balanced ecosystem, we must figure out how to do it. We need more scientific research and more technological restraint. It is probably too much to hope that some great Ecosystem Keeper in the sky will reach down and put right our environmental abuses. It is up to us. It should not be impossibly difficult. Birds—whose intelligence we tend to malign—know not to foul the nest. Shrimps with brains the size of lint particles know it. Algae know it. One-celled microorganisms know it. It is time for us to know it too.

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