Tuesday, May 13, 2008

heat wave

if humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm.
James Hansen, director of NASA goddard institute of space studies

not much time to blog today, but I wanted to share this article by bill mckibben and the work of james hansen. both the article and hansen's work pretty much scare the crap out of me. however, as long as being scared leads to action and not paralysis then getting scared is a good thing. I first encountered mckibben's name just over a year ago in the context of the step it up 2007 campaign. since then mckibben and a handful of others have launched a new campaign called, 350.org. hansen's name and work may be familiar, a couple years ago he was in the news regarding his claim that the bush administration has a history of censoring information about the climate change crisis; there's also a clip in gore's movie 'an inconvenient truth' where hansen is testifying before congress in 1989 about the threat of global warming.

spreading the significance of the number 350 is a good thing, and taking individual responsibility for reducing our own carbon footprint is even better.

martha & the vandellas singing heat wave (1965)


Squirrel said...

It's going up to 70 today and yet people complained to me at the coffee shop this morning that it was too cold for May--they recalled a May where it was 90 degrees for half of the month.

Yes...that was the bad drought year. Who wants that?
I just don't get people who live in NY State and complain it is always too cold, that they hate winter, etc... it's like saying they hate nature--or they can't afford to move to some subtropical place.

I was wearing shorts, sandals, a T, and a light jacket this morning--perfectly comfy--how warm does it have to be to please people anyway? Global Warming Warm, perhaps?

wordwitch said...

Thanks for the article link - I put it on my blog too.

tut-tut said...

Bill McKibben is a very important and articulate voice. Can you imagine where we would be today if Al Gore had been at the helm, as he should have?

Barbara said...

Hopefully the next administration (whoever wins the election) will get on board with this issue. I can't believe how the Bush administration has simply been in denial for 8 years.

I just worry that it might be too late.

dennis said...

Dennis says thank you for the link. Cats are behind preserving the planet 200%!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

squirrel - folks in ny aren't unique in complaining about the weather. don't you find folks everywhere complain that it's too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet? crazy! ironic how many of the folks that seem to always complain about how cold are often quick to turn on the ac!

ww - most welcome. thanks for spreading the word!

tut - ahhhhh if only!!

barbara - how I hope it's not too late....I know action won't be too late for us, but might very well be to late for our great grand kids!

dennis - ah if only more people were like cats!

Gary said...

Thanks for posting this. It is so important to keep spreading the word. I think that folks are becoming used to this situation now and with that comes a bit of compacency. We need to be scared because that will keep us motivated. It just may be too late anyway.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Very appropriate as we brace for a Bay Area heat wave, with inland temps hitting 105. Ouch.

Steve said...

Fear can be a powerful motivator!