The most e-mailed article in the NYT yesterday wasPaul Krugman’s “Who Cooked the Planet?”
He calls 2010 the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died, and notes that ironically the first half of this year has been the “hottest such stretch on record.” He blames the pipeline of funding from the big energy companies to anyone who can be bought to refute findings all legitimate scientists unanimously support – that the climate is warming, and the consequences will be dire.
Also on the most e-mailedlist is Thomas L. Friedman’s “We’re Gonna Be Sorry.”
Friedman says, “Fasten your seat belts. As the environmentalist Rob Watson likes to say: “Mother Nature is just chemistry, biology and physics. That’s all she is.” You cannot sweet-talk her. You cannot spin her. You cannot tell her that the oil companies say climate change is a hoax. No, Mother Nature is going to do whatever chemistry, biology and physics dictate, and “Mother Nature always bats last, and she always bats 1.000,” says Watson. Do not mess with Mother Nature. But that is just what we’re doing.”
Sometimes I feel my daily life resembles those people on the Titanic who cheerfully chipped off a bit of iceberg to chill their mixed drinks. But actually most days I feel more sympathy with the liner’s band that kept playing their instruments to the end because that is what they knew how to do and they felt it served some kind of purpose.
If you want to know what scientists have carefully projected for the Midwest, check out my post, Climate Change in My Back Yard—– Everything I have read since my article ran in Madison’s Isthmus last Janary, continues to validate that article and is worth taking note of we ice our drinks and make our music.
For better or worse, we have a access to a lot more information about what is actually happening than the passengers on the Titanic had.
Here are some good links to learn more about the climate change that we are experiencing.
Climate Progress is dedicated to providing the progressive perspective on climate science, climate solutions, and climate politics. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the “Heroes of the Environment″ and “The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger.”
2. DOT EARTH
This is Andrew C. Revkins science-based blog in the NYT tracking relevant developments, trends and ideas about how humans are shaping climate and the web of life.
3. SKEPTICAL SCIENCE
This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say?
Another NYT blog. This one is specifically about energy and the environment. How are climate change, scarcer resources, population growth and other challenges reshaping society? From science to business to politics to living, our reporters track the high-stakes pursuit of a greener globe in a dialogue with experts and readers.
5. THE PEW PROJECT ON NATIONAL SECURITY, ENERGY AND CLIMATE
Though our legislators aren’t taking climate change seriously, our military is. Learn how climate change is impacting military calculations.
This is a great place to learn how to talk to a climate skeptic with helpful responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming.
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