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Is it too late?

September 8, 2013

There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production....

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SpineyRogue

Sep-09-13 11:29 AM

Do you realize that the earths weather has changed at least 3 times over the last 100,000 years? Our last mini ice age was only 200 - 300 years ago! These things happen all the time, it gets colder and then it get's warmer again the great cycle of life. Live with the changes, because if you don't like the changes just wait 10 or 15 years and they will change again the other way.

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USABorn

Sep-08-13 1:14 PM

(Reuters) - The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which forecasters had predicted would be more active than normal, has turned out to be something of a dud so far as an unusual calm hangs over the tropics.

As the season heads into the historic peak for activity, it may even enter the record books as marking the quietest start to any Atlantic hurricane season in decades.

"It certainly looks like pretty much of a forecast bust," said Jeff Masters, a hurricane expert and director of meteorology at the Weather Underground.

"Virtually all the (forecast) groups were calling for above-normal hurricanes and intensive hurricanes and we haven't even had a hurricane at all, with the season half over," he said.

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Premier

Sep-08-13 10:30 AM

Climate change is REAL folks. How else do you explain 95 degree days in the summer and 12 degree days in the winter?

We are all doomed!

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CaveFelem

Sep-08-13 10:00 AM

We could get behind research into solar cells, like at the North Carolina State University, where they're researching stacked solar cells, inserting a layer of gallium arsenide (whatever that is :) ) between the cells. This will potentially increase conversion efficiency.

So, instead of spending billions of dollars on overseas "wars" to ensure the constant flow of oil from the Middle East, why not get behind this instead? Make it a large scale public works project, nationwide, putting as much solar assist into homes, businesses, government buildings, etc. Reducing the amount of electricity we generate from fossil fuels would be a good step in the right direction.

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Bufftrev1

Sep-08-13 9:37 AM

To all you climate change deniers, generally conservative stooges, I saw a video recently of my favorite astrophysicist, Neil degrasse Tyson, who opined thusly.. while some of us are still debating the topic, despite the evidence and consensus, mother nature has answered it for us. Plant and animal migratory patterns, fertilization rates, all indicate nature knows the answer. But hey, what does Neil Tucson know, he's just the smartest man on the planet, who also happens to share the same birthday as I. Coincidence? Perhaps not..

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 9:34 AM

"NO TROPICAL STORMS ANYWHERE ON EARTH SEPT 8. AMAZING!" —Joe Bastardi, via Twitter

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 9:29 AM

"And now it's global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year...Almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012...BBC reported in 2007 global warming would leave Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013" —UK Mail, today

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underwood

Sep-08-13 9:24 AM

Perhaps someone would care to offer a plan they support for government to “do something” about our weather instead of just parroting climate change sound bites.

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CaveFelem

Sep-08-13 8:18 AM

Hurricane season has been quiet, despite the predictions. I found Accuweather's forecast from May 19, 2013.

"AccuWeather****'s long-range team predicts 16 named tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Of these, three are predicted to make landfall in the United States."

I remember our environmental science teacher in the 1970's telling us that the oceans would be dead by the 90's, the polar ice caps would melt, etc.

We need to take care of our environment, but I disagree with the methods. The rich can buy "carbon credits" and continue with their comfortable lifestyle. It's the rest of us who will suffer with higher and higher energy costs and a reduced standard of living. Gasoline could go to $15/gallon, and the lower and middle classes still have to drive to work somehow. A very wealthy person wouldn't even notice the difference.

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Garben78

Sep-08-13 7:52 AM

My Garden did great this year

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CMReeder

Sep-08-13 7:42 AM

It's not happening! It's not happening! This is the cry from the cliamte deniers.

All those comments were made if we did nothing but some people did take action but is it enough. But then there is no reasoning with climate deniers.

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 7:42 AM

"In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish." —Dr. Paul Ehrlich, 1970

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 7:40 AM

"By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people. If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." —Dr. Paul Ehrlich, 1971

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 7:32 AM

"By 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots. By 1996, the Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers." —Michael Oppenheimer, 1990

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enigma

Sep-08-13 7:26 AM

So-called climate change is purely a government invention. And like everything government does, it's about putting more power in the hands of government. Cooling, warming or staying the same, it all portends disaster and only more government control can save us. How convenient.

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 7:02 AM

"Climate change is already hurting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Those who live in areas hit hard by drought, severe storms or rising seas and can’t relocate because of economic or social factors bear the brunt of our planet’s increasing volatility.

"One way the changing climate has already made itself known is through a devastating drought—and ensuing food shortage—in Syria; it created a powder keg, and played a significant role in sparking the country’s civil war. We can expect to see similar scenarios unfold in the future. —Bill Moyers

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eriklatranyi

Sep-08-13 6:40 AM

More warm weather means longer growing seasons, more production and fewer starving people.

But, why should any liberal climate change advocate understand anything about farming?

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Ritty77

Sep-08-13 6:17 AM

Good letter.

"We'll be eight degrees hotter in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals." —Ted Turner, 2008

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