Toasty Thursday


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2015 State of the Climate report unleashed a flood of statistics that should overwhelm whatever doubts remain of global warming’s already startling impacts, scientists said Tuesday.

For the first time since record-keeping started, the average annual global temperature exceeded pre-industrial levels by more than 1 degree Celsius. Record to near-record warmth was common on every inhabited continent. Sea surface temperatures and heat content in the upper levels of the ocean also set records, as did sea level, which crept up to 2.75 inches above the 1993 level, when the satellite altimeter record started. Glaciers around the world retreated for the 36th year in a row, the report said.

“As I often point out now, the impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” said climate scientist Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. “They are playing out before us, in real time. The 2015 numbers drive that home.”

The strong El Niño weather system in the Pacific played a role in many of the record statistics last year, but they are also signs that an overheated planet is reacting in alarming ways, according to Anders Levermann, a sea level rise expert with the Potsdam Climate Institute in Germany.



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11 Responses to Toasty Thursday

  1. micki says:

    Earlier this week, Obama opened up a new front in the endless war by launching airstrikes in Libya.

    As before, he invoked the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force — the law behind the “War on Terror”— to do it. It’s the law that’s given two presidents a blank check to justify military action around the world. In January 2017, AUMF will CONTINUE to give the next president the power to wage war anytime, anywhere.

    Whether it’s Hillary or The Donald, every one of us should implore our candidates for Congress to rein in the next president’s power to wage endless war.

    Trump may sound unhinged, with his bloviating rhetoric, but Hillary is a toxic candidate, too, as a hyper-hawk. She’s a very clever politician.

    It’s long past time for Congress to take its power back, to debate and vote each and every war the U.S. undertakes, in keeping with the 1973 War Powers Act. But for the past 15 years, Congress has let the president act unchecked.

    When Congress has to vote on wars — when their constituents can hold them accountable for war-making — the U.S. is less likely to pursue military action. And we’ve seen what happens when the president — ANY PRESIDENT, both legacy parties! — can act alone: special ops in 150 countries, drone strikes with unthinkable civilian deaths, warrantless surveillance of Americans, and indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay.

    Congress must take back their constitutionally-mandated power to debate and vote on every U.S. war.

    We may be dumbed-down…instead of whining about it, we should use our voices and do something about it. We’re NOT that dumbed-down, to let them get away with it (without trying to change things)….are we?


    • º¿carol says:

      Not many nations are taking the problem seriously. The rich, who own the pollutants, don’t want to lose money so they’ll pump and burn until it’s over.


    • Den says:

      They are finding it increasingly difficult to bite the hand that feeds them, mega-money keeps strange bedfellows.


  2. º¿carol says:

    It was 97° today here at the ranch. It’s 91° and after 8:00 p.m.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    No sign of the dead rabbit. Two flocks of seed eaters plus some larger ones doing the same. The one bird I saw yesterday might have been a raptor which specializes in eating other birds, so all the little birds were in hiding.

    43 minutes.

    Day 5: 199+43=242 minutes.


  4. Den says:

    90 here today, in Sac they received the benefits of the “Delta Breeze”, not here tho.

    Friday promises mid 80’s, we will see, that would be a California ‘Cold Snap’.



  5. Den says:

    Working out for the Rat Olympics:


  6. Den says:

    ‘Mercan music by ‘Mercans:


    • Den says:

      Perhaps you could adopt me and get me out of this crazy place where even a crazy person can get elected President. I don’t take up much room…


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