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Warning of More 'Extreme Wildfires' and Coastal Floods, New Report Details 'Apocalyptic Threat' Climate Crisis Poses to California


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Warning of More 'Extreme Wildfires' and Coastal Floods, New Report Details 'Apocalyptic Threat' Climate Crisis Poses to California

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that California Gov. Jerry Brown will host in San Francisco in September, the state has released a comprehensive climate report that warns of—as the Democratic governor put it on Twitter—"the apocalyptic threat of irreversible climate change."


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On the subject of flouride, i have found pointing out the fact that Hitler was actually the one who invented the program helps wake people up.
Flouride was added to the water in concentration camps in order to keep the prisoners docile, and the dosage was apparently lower than what is applied to Americas water supply.
Have had less luck waking people up to the reality of geoengineering.


#4

Correct me if I am wrong; Governor Brown and his sister are mongo fossil fuel oligarchs.


#5

It’s not apocalyptic until the food runs low.

But that could be the problem. California can’t water its crops if it has a 20 year long drought. The world’s wheat, corn and rice belts face chronic bad harvests, mainly due to drought but insect plagues (similar to current forest dieoffs) may also take out crops. Next, there’s no guarantee that the Pacific Ocean won’t become like the Black Sea, where whales once lived but one species of jellyfish is now the dominant life form.

In any case, California needs to kiss trees goodbye.

By the way, those two off-topic (for climate apocalypse) posts above on “fluoride” and on “geoengineering contamination” in the face of human apocalypse smell like the Koch brothers. Notice how one immediately follows the other even though they claim to be two separate people. How did the second post watch the video from the first post and then respond so quickly? Talk about the walking dead!

Now, if, as an academic, you are faced with a public health emergency and you don’t respond academically, you might permanently lose the respect of your academic peers for your abrogation of academic integrity. Good luck Charlie if that’s you.

Forest fires require responders. We can equally respond to the climate emergency by displacing fossil fuels, by finding ways to restore the Arctic’s original albedo both on land and at sea (and getting our early responder crews into the field!), by protecting a million species from extinction, by developing ways to sequester carbon in the soil and by other methods.

We need R&D labs if we want to be more effective in this work. Moreover, we need to prioritize our ideas and on top of that we actively need to solicit and examine new ideas. No more buggy whip technology approaches to any threat of massive death. The existence of one stupid idea with a big megaphone, or of ten ideas that won’t work for whatever show-stopper reason, doesn’t abrogate the possibility that the eleventh idea might work. So keep looking!


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I am here in California in the Sierra foothills going up into the mountains. It is difficult for me to look at all of the smoke and knowing our beautiful forests are burning down. Smoke gets into the air and covers very large areas as it drifts down off of the mountains and foothills into areas such as Auburn and Sacramento. Many of those fires were started by humans being careless. Then once a fire gets started the dry under brush moves the fires along fast. Many Californians have lost their homes. Our pattern over the past few years is wild fires every year.


#7

Politicking with global warming should be considered criminal. We have to compell the dirty energy industry via taxation and other means (as in lawsuits) to leave oil and gas underground and invest in renewables. We may not know exactly how to convert to clean energy but we have to start somewhere fast.
It doesn’t help to set aside ten’s of millions do fire fighting and give incentive to the firefighters to prolong and exacerbate the fires for more OT and Hazard pay. I too love in northern California and have witnessed a small fire get completely out of control in my view deliberately.
We have to think about building structures that use other materials and take the profit motives out of fire fighting. Instead we need massive reforestation and allowing nature to run her course. Mere human footprint, walking trails, logging truck roads, hunters with their ATVs only add to the destruction of our forests. We must help heal our echo system and encourage Home Depot etc lumber sellers to look for alternatives to wood building.


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When it comes to climate change most of the criticism should be directed toward Republicans but it is true that even global leaders on fighting climate change such as Gov. Brown need to be criticized. Since the biggest source of emissions in California is transportation there is a need to quickly transform the grid to all renewable energy so electric cars and trucks can be charged without carbon dioxide emissions. Converting the grid and converting vehicles to electric is a monumental task to accomplish in only a few decades and that is why even those politicians committed to fighting climate change need to be pushed. The task may even seem impossible but given this late date in addressing the problem it needs to be accomplished.


#9

CO2 reduces cognitive ability. Is this the cause for the growing irrational public discussion about climate change? What happens to our thinking at 1000 ppm CO2?


#10

California’s chaparral country is both a popular place to live and to grow crops because of its Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters followed by hot, dry summers), but it required water imported from the Colorado River to make it the sprawling success it has become. This is not sustainable for a number of reasons, one of which is that chaparral in general is characterized by cyclic wildfires.

In other words, these events are normal. What’s new, as the article points out, is their increasing frequency and severity driven by anthropogenic climate disruption and exacerbated by more frequent and severe drought. If I lived there, I’d seriously consider moving as a survival strategy.


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You are correct. Brown is a hypocrite as he has already supported a bill to promote a lot more fracking in California plus he is in favor of adding a large number of offshore drilling sites in existing lease tracts. As a former long-term resident of California I am deeply saddened by these colossal fires. I was reading a website last night about the progress on some of these huge fires and one of them was expected to be contained but not until the end of October! The massive Carr fire around Redding was caused by a couple who were towing a trailer and it had a flat tire. They kept driving with the rim scraping on the road and creating sparks that ignited the fire!
It must also be remembered that all of these climate changes and conditions being so favorable for massive and numerous fires have been largely created by a global warming of only 1.1C. What will we be facing when it goes to 2.5C?


#12

ENOUGH SAID!


#13

The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Discontinue night baseball

Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Recycle maximally

Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Maximize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Promote limiting world population growth


#14

I was told once that wood is best for earthquake areas, better than brick and stone and simple concrete.It bounces a bit. Not great for fires, though…


#15

This post about Hitler is nonsense. In the 1950s it was noted that in places in Colorado there are places where the concentration of fluoride in the water is naturally very high. Although it stains the teeth of the population–it was called fluorosis-- people did not get cavities. So tiny amounts of fluorine was added to the water of Grand Rapids, Michigan. When that happened many people came out of the woodwork claiming that the fluoride caused diverse symptoms. So they were admitted to the inpatient service of the National Institute of Dental Research of the National Institutes of Research of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland where I worked at the time. The subjects were studied extensively and no adverse effects were found. During the course of the workup they did something that could not be done today; they spiked the subject’s drinking water with high concentrations of fluoride unbeknownst to the subjects. They had not symptoms. So much for the power of suggestion. Most communities now add fluoride to the drinking water with a dramatic decrease in cavities. Now we have another problem. Some people–usually poor ones-- give their children candy and that causes cavities. Also, many people do not drink water, but rr carbonated beverages. The carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid that dissolves the enamel of their teeth.


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It’s not enough to invest in renewable energy and chant “Leave it in the ground.” Certainly, transforming regional utility grids to adapt household EVs is absolutely among the first steps. The best argument to use is numerous safety features. Pose the question, Why are car companies LYING about the dubious safety of self-driving car schemes? Uncover the scam and hold its proponents - google, Musk, Uber, Amazon - accountable. These company leaders know it’s a fraud. They know the simplest EVs offer safety features and do not want the public to know. They don’t want the public to know that plug-in hybrids offer more potential to reduce fuel/energy consumption (and traffic and emissions and related costs) than all-battery EVs like the Tesla.


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As I understand it, stannous fluoride is a waste product of aluminum and fertilizer manufacture, so allowing it to be dumped into municipal water supplies is a huge gift to industry, aside from its toxicity.
http://www.tldp.com/issue/157-8/157fluor.htm


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Talk about nonsense.
There is not a single peer reviewed study that proves drinking flouride, a neurotoxin that is banned from ingestibles in most developed countries, has any health benefits what so ever.
It is not even proven that direct application to the teeth, as was common among dentists for a time, prevents cavities.
Are you disputing that the nazis added flouride to the water in concentration camps for the express purpose of pacifying the inmates?


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So what other chemicals, or medicines do you recommend for addition against our will to the water supply? For our own good of course.


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Diesel big rigs are huge contributors to increased co2 pollution


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Not a chemical, but I’ve wondered, why not calcium carbonate. The WWII induction records shows that people living (and eating food) in areas with high levels of calcium in the soil, had much lower levels of problems with their teeth. It’s a element that’s present in almost all items natural to earth. Not a chemist, so maybe I’m missing something.