We must take human action to reverse real climate change
In a recent “Another Voice” article, Dr. Douglas Moreland cast doubt on the predictions of climate scientists that the Earth is on a dangerous course of global warming. Let’s review what we do know:
• NOAA and NASA just released their year-end climate reports, and 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record globally. The three years that were hotter were 2016, 2015, and 2017, in that order.
• Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean have lost a significant amount of ice cover.
• Ocean temperatures are on the rise, and this is consistent with observations on coral bleaching and more intense cyclonic storms such as hurricanes, which are spawned over warm water.
The list goes on.
Are there weeks when the temperature is below average? Of course, because as Moreland correctly points out, data points don’t always sit on the model’s curve. But there is no uncertainty about the trend in global temperatures over the last 100 years.
A NOAA web page explains that “To calculate a global average temperature, scientists begin with temperature measurements taken at locations around the globe.
Because their goal is to track changes in temperature, measurements are converted from absolute temperature readings to temperature anomalies – the difference between the observed temperature and the long-term average temperature for each location and date.
Each value is then used to calculate a global temperature average.
This process provides a consistent, reliable method for monitoring changes in Earth’s surface temperature over time.” Furthermore, 97 percent of climate scientists agree that the warming trend is extremely likely to be due to human activity.
Moreland says in his article that he has been a neurosurgeon for 29 years. I imagine that during that time he has had to make diagnoses based on the best available evidence and to recommend treatment that carried a certain amount of risk. But lack of action would have carried its own bigger risk.
Now we are asked to do the same for our planet.
It is long past time to stop using daylight saving time
As many people already know daylight saving time causes an increase in injuries, accidental deaths, and suicides. In continuing daylight saving time we are choosing the hour change over saving people from injuries and death. We are choosing to have members of our community, friends and family get into accidents and/or die rather than not changing the clocks an hour twice a year. To me it is absolutely ridiculous to make this decision to keep daylight saving, and we should end daylight saving time right now!
Think first, before re-electing our nation’s chief executive
Does anyone remember when our Congress was called “The Do Nothing Congress?” I do.
All (or most) of these politicians just couldn’t get out of their own way, and nothing was getting done.
This division in my opinion created a generalized apathy among voters.
Then along comes a man who jumped all over this ideation, low hanging fruit.
He put his spin on this and exacerbated all our worst fears and disgust with government.
Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. He’s at it again. Abusing his power. What a perfect storm America is facing now that Attorney General William Barr has decided through his deliberate obfuscation in his four-page conclusion to the Mueller Report that the president is pretty much scot-free to continue the country’s descent into autocracy. Four pages? We saw it coming.
Barr had already stated in his writings that a president can get away with virtually any crime with no repercussions. And predictably, President Trump had to scream “No Collusion.” “I’m exonerated.” Wrong!
Mitch McConnell set the tone even before Trump by absolutely refusing to allow a hearing for one of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. But, of course, he had no problem confirming the likes of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Stacking district courts? Again, no problem.
McConnell and his henchmen tried (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, there was Sen. John McCain to stifle his efforts.
Someone had to be the hero. It’s certainly not McConnell, who had nothing with which to replace it anyway. McConnell allowed His Highness to shut down the
U.S. government without a care for how it affects average Americans unless there was funding for Trump’s asinine wall.
The year 2020 is fast approaching (not fast enough) and I hear McConnell’s poll numbers in Kentucky are in the toilet. Hopefully, he will have been pried out of that seat he’s been glued to for too long.