Monday, May 12, 2014

The Mother of Them All

During the 30+ years I've lived here, I don't recall it ever getting close to the 90s in May, let alone 104! The hefty winds predicted for Tuesday is also worrisome, especially since that will likely be for at least two or three days, if holding true to past patterns when the wind kicks up.
 
Husby said using the term "global warming" is a little misleading since those who are stuck in colder climes might think oh good.
"Global disturbance" is what he thinks more accurate and I agree.
 
More respect is way overdue, I think she is not at all pleased.
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That was all I was planning to post.
But I decided it wasn't fair to end on such a bleak note.
Though I haven't researched more thoroughly yet,
my initial poking around brought me to Environmental Defense Fund. Have you heard of the organization? What do you think?
 


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  1. Hello:

    If, as a result of "Global Disturbance", you are having such temperatures in May, what may you expect at the height of summer? All somewhat alarming!

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    1. Exactly, dear Jane and Lance, these temperatures are normally only experienced at the height of our summers and only rarely. I am more than alarmed, I'm quite worried actually. Not only is the heat difficult, there's the possibility for wildfires spread by the hot and dry whipping winds.

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  2. I am with you TR! Global Warming is scary as hell! We got so much snow this week it was beyond obnoxious!

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    1. Oh Wendy, I'm so sorry you got more snow! You've already had so much all winter ...

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  4. No we do not, and 'global disturbance' is definitely accurate! I have just spent the coldest May weekend I can remember, while March was so sunny I had to pull out my warm-weather clothes. It's just plain confusing, and I live in temperate London. Many people in the UK have been flooded out of their homes the past few winters. I think this one was the worst, but it is heartbreaking and stressful for those involved whenever it happens. I agree she's not happy at all, and neither am I!

    Haven't heard of the Environment Defense Fund (was going to abbreviate to EDF, but that is one of our national energy companies ... actually they're French, to confuse things!) but am now off to investigate.

    Philippa xx

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    1. The ups and downs are weird but the wild and extreme natural disasters have caused so much damage and suffering, it is heartbreaking. I wonder if widespread disturbance is what will get us to all come together for world peace?

      Let me know what you find about EDF, they actually abbreviate to such. I keep thinking what I'll do is continue recycling and be watchful for environmentally responsible products, policies, etc. as I have since I've been 14 and find good organizations for some financial contributions.

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  5. (Wishing you shelter in the winds, if they come) xx

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    1. Thank you, Philippa, and please say a prayer for us to survive without wildfires.

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  6. The weather is bizarre. I feel like the planet is on the verge of making a big change to shake us out of our complacency. EDF is american so I don't have a lot of information, but I think they are expert/lobbying focused and I've heard good things.

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    1. Coincidentally, just today I saw this West Antarctic Ice Sheet's Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning article and I am heartsick. If we are not shaken now or very soon, what will it take to do so, I shudder to think.

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  7. Climate change is already happening, and it's sad that most politicians and policy makers still have their heads in the sand about it. It's a real pity that people are so focused on short term benefit (i.e. using nonrenewable fossil fuels), as opposed to long-term sustainable solutions such as developing renewable energy sources. I haven't heard of Environmental Defense Fund but they seem similar to Canada's Environmental Defence. I think the Sierra Club and Earthjustice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) might be a better place to start.

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    1. Wholeheartedly agree, Louise, please see my reply to Jen above. And I want to scream to people WT* on fracking, please understand what that is and join the effort to stop it!

      Thanks so much for your recommendations, I will check them out and likely "send a check" through my payroll deductions.

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  8. The climate here in northern Ca is beyond weird. Scalding one day, windy and rainy the next. Which may be normal for other locales. But not here. Constant weather used to be the norm. No more. Scary and disturbing.

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    1. Oh Jennifer, we've been up and down all winter and spring as well, it used to be that low 70s is the norm here for much of our 365 days but the scary weather pattern has gone on for so many months, I'm thinking it's not just a blip. And check this out if you live in Northern California, some believe fracking triggers earthquakes. Definitely scary and disturbing.

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  9. Good Lord woman, do you even venture outside? Our weather will be like that but not until August. Then even the pool is to hot.

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    1. Hey BB! We also don't get weather like that until August, usually. We spent as little time as possible outdoors during that time, mostly tried to sit very still and not stick to anything.

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  10. Bloody hell, Tiffany Rose! That is hot!
    Climate Change is a very real thing, and I think we're all going to be feeling it in the future :-(

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    1. I'm afraid we're feeling it now, ruth, it was bloody hot and scary! You've been having unusual climate as well ...

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  11. Scary indeed. Something about the topography/climate combination on the west coast makes me wonder if there are some places that while beautiful, just aren't meant to sustain large populations of human belongs - troubled water supply, mud slides, wild temperature fluctuations, fires, earthquakes... Climate change is real, and while it may have happened several times in the past, that doesn't make it less of a lurking nightmare.

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    1. I don't know that it's just the west coast, WFF, seems to be trouble everywhere, at least best I can tell. Our weather is usually very, very mild, cooled by the Pacific winds. But when the winds come from the east instead, the Santa Ana winds, it's big time trouble for us. The scary thing is this is not supposed to be Santa Ana season, not even close ...

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  12. Climate Change is a very real thing and has been going on for billions of years. Chicago just endured our coldest 6 months in recorded history (130+ years) and the Great Lakes almost completely froze over for the first time ever. Global Warming is a term that is now much less used as the data hasn't been cooperating.

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    1. Well thanks for putting it into perspective, GSL. I can't imagine the Great Lakes almost frozen over! When the scientists are alarmed things are happening faster than they predicted ... well, I shudder at what's in store for the next generations.

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  13. That is cuuurazee. Today we went into San Fran for lunch with friends and it was 90 degrees - unheard of in the blowy city of overcast.

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    1. San Fran at 90 degrees! What they attribute to Mark Twain as saying about the summers there has been my experience. The blowy city of overcast ... perfect description.

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