MENTAL HEALTH AND OUR CHANGING CLIMATE. Excerpts from an A.P.A. report first published in 2017. The passing of time is proving these insights true..
” It is time to expand information and action on climate and health, including mental health. The health, economic, political, and environmental implications of climate change affect all of us. The tolls on our mental health are far reaching. They induce stress, depression, and anxiety; strain social and community relationships; and have been linked to increases in aggression, violence, and crime. Children and communities with few resources to deal with the impacts of climate change are those most impacted “
” Children’s fears about climate change revolve around known and mysterious future effects. Direct experience with natural disasters can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including panic symptoms, nightmares, and phobic behavior. For example, some pre-school children who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy developed a phobic avoidance of rain, waves, and thunder that generalized to panic about getting in bathtubs, going to school (which they feared might flood), and going to swimming lessons. ” (Page 36)
“ Climate change is no longer a distant, unimaginable threat; it is a growing reality for communities across the globe. Recognizing the risk, many local governments in the United States (as well as other places around the world) have created preparation or adaptation plans for shoring up physical infrastructure to withstand new weather and temperature extremes.” (Page 40)
“ Each day, our world devolves more quickly toward disruption from climate change. The news is coming at us from all sides— CO2 emissions climbing, record-high temperatures, oceans increasingly acidifying, coral reefs dying, ice sheets melting, failing nations, the massive displacement of people. Those least responsible for the crisis will be hurt the most—the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the emotionally vulnerable. The psychological toll is becoming more apparent—but much is being overlooked.” Lise Van Susteren, MD (Page 57)
August 2019 stands out because it has brought a noticeable increase in large, intense, and persistent fires burning along major roads in the central Brazilian. The fact the fires are along roads is a big clue this is not natural. —-Earthlobbyist advises people who care about the environment to”Boycott Brazilian Beef” http://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145498/uptick-in-amazon-fire-activity-in-2019
I am thinking this will somehow force everyone to stop buying Brazilian Beef, before these wack a moles kill the planet for a cheeseburger. So sad and crazy.. .Be an Earthlobbyist, Your voice and pen is important https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49415973?
The Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC) closed 2018 year with the most beef exports ever, over 1,643,000 metric tonnes (3,621,172,000 pounds). Brazilian Beef exports started their rapid market expansion and volume climb in 1997 with 158,000 metric tonnes (348,329,960 pounds), expanding their exports to a previous peak of 1,609,000 metric tonnes in 2007. Since 2007, exports have ranged around 1 million to 1.6 million metric tonnes per year, about 800% more per year than 1997. A metric tonne is 2204.62 lbs. It seems this expansion may have been at the expense of the rain forests. The countries and people who choose to consume this product are morally accountable for the market and destruction their hunger is creating. The children of tomorrow will look back on these days and wonder. There is some consolation for United States Beef eaters, since the USA does snot appear to be a major consumer of this product
The USA Western Livestock Journal reports ” Fresh Brazilian beef might be returning to the U.S.A., however, questions regarding inspections exist, and long-running worries about the safety of the U.S. cattle herd remain. From May 15 to June 2, 2017 , over 1.9 million pounds of Brazilian beef product had been rejected due to ‘public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues.’” Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA, also highlighted the risk of F.M.D. (foot-and-mouth disease) in response to the March 19 joint announcement. “Capitulation to Brazil’s demand that the U.S. quickly resume fresh beef imports is a classic example of politics trumping science,” he wrote.
Much HAS happened on the planet since I founded and registered earthlobbbyist.com in 2018. There has been more documented severe weather, extreme fires, glacial melting, ocean acidity, permafrost melt, water shortages, and flooding. Talk of Malaria in the USA with flesh eating bacteria and more shark attacks on the Mid Atlantic coast Much has NOT happened in Carbon Reduction due to the will, greed and velocity of the global economy and the international political leaders. The rise in C02, peaked at 411.p.p.m. this summer, the highest in 800,000 years, Much MUST to happen if the earth ad humanity is to escape this fate we have created for our grandchildren with the invention of the Otto internal combustion engine, in 1876 . An Earthlobbyist will meet climate change deniers where they live and vote. The future is a choice but the truth is not negotiable for profits paid with the lives of our grandchildren. #Earthlobbyist is a non-profit founded to educate people and provide the opportunity to make changes in beliefs and behavior. In 2019 we are the stewards of the future. in the pilot house driving the ship into the iceberg that we can see clearly see in front of us. Sincerely, David Carr 8/9/19
The goal: make the world respond to the urgency of climate change.
No one nation can solve a problem as complex as climate change alone, but together bands of nations can make a difference. These mostly poor nations with little hard power leveraged the moral force of their peril to shape the global 2015 Paris Agreement. During a three-day meeting in advance of the 2017 Paris climate talks, government officials and civil-society leaders from 15 Pacific nations drew up a list of what they wanted out of the approaching negotiations. The goals included a halt to new coal mines in countries that still supported the industry,
The incoming 2017 Republican Administration in the U.S. was hostile to climate science, and the E.U.’s attention had turned to Brexit. So Fiji pioneered a program called the “Talanoa Dialogue,” the name for the national tradition of listening and sharing.
The world remains on track for more than 3°C of warming if countries implement only their current plans, according to a December 2018 analysis from Climate Action Tracker.
“I know it’s very hard for the Secretary-General to get 200 nations to come together and decide on one thing, but we need the political will, the political commitment to fight this,” said Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama . “If we don’t get through this, the crisis will turn into chaos, and chaos means the end of the world for us.”, Earthlobbyist David Carr adds ” I believe this will be the fate for humanity by heat, extreme weather, air pollution, crop destruction and war if we do not address climate change now.” Miami’s permeable limestone subsurface exposes the city to the same peril. New Orleans and Houston already face the threat of supersized storms that will only get worse with time.
This post was created with content from TIME magazine
The thawing permafrost, and increased precipitation, have made the land wetter. The snow and rain create a vicious circle, forming an insulating layer that speeds defrosting underground.
The loss of permafrost deforms the landscape itself, knocking down houses and barns. The migration patterns of animals hunted for centuries are shifting, and severe floods wreak havoc almost every spring.
Climate change is a global phenomenon, but the shifts are especially pronounced in Russia, where permafrost covers some two-thirds of the country at depths ranging up to almost a mile.
“People don’t comprehend the scale of this change, and our government is not even thinking about it,” said Aleksandr N. Fedorov, deputy director of the Melnikov Permafrost Institute
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The permafrost – up until now, permanently frozen land and soil – is thawing out, and revealing its hidden secrets. Alongside Pleistocene fossils are massive carbon and methane emissions, toxic mercury, and ancient diseases.
Now is the time to demand Climate Accountability
The organic-rich permafrost holds an estimated 1,500 billion tons of carbon, about twice as much carbon in the atmosphere, and three times as much carbon than that stored in all the world’s forests. Around 10% of the carbon that does defrost will probably be released as CO2, amounting to 130-150 billion tonnes. That is equivalent to the current rate of total US emissions, every year until 2100.
Now is the time to demand Climate Accountability
In the summer of 2016, a group of nomadic reindeer herders began falling sick from a mysterious illness. Rumors began circling of the “Siberian plague”, last seen in the region in 1941. When a young boy and 2,500 reindeer died, the disease was identified: anthrax. Its origin was a defrosting reindeer carcass, a victim of an anthrax outbreak 75 years previously.
Now is the time to demand Climate Accountability
A French study in 2014 took a 30,000 year-old virus frozen within permafrost, and warmed it back up in the lab. It promptly came back to life, 300 centuries later.
Now is the time to demand Climate Accountability
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5/19/19 -A devastating heat wave swept across Europe in 2003, killing tens of thousands of people, scientists estimate. Many were elderly, with limited mobility, and some already suffered from chronic diseases. But climate change is making such extreme weather more common—and the effects will not be limited to the old and sick. Warming temperatures do not only threaten lives directly. They also cause billions of hours of lost labor, enhance conditions for the spread of infectious diseases and reduce crop yields.
Warmer temperatures have increased the geographical ranges of organisms that spread dengue fever, malaria and cholera. The “vectorial capacity”—a measure of how easily a disease carrier can transmit a pathogen—of dengue virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, reached a record high in 2016. The percentage of coastline suitable for bacteria in the Vibrio genus
“Overall, the report does suggest very serious concerns about the way in which climate change is evolving and its potential implications for human health,” says Andy Haines, a professor of environmental change and public health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
5/19/19 – “This is the first time in human history our planet’s atmosphere has had more than 415ppm CO2.” High levels of CO2 in the atmosphere — caused by humans burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests — prevent the Earth’s natural cooling cycle from working, trapping heat near the surface and causing global temperatures to rise and rise, with devastating effects.
All of this has been predicted since 1980
We also know what needs to be done to stop it — a drastic cut in carbon emissions, reforestation and creation of carbon sinks, and new technologies for carbon capture and other innovations, or, in the words of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”
…As an #earthlobbyist we must, must travel to meet climate change deniers where they live and vote. My non profit needs a vehicle and $1000/week.
5-1-19 — Read about how what you eat contributes to, or reduces your climate footprint. While nothing you eat will change the effect of airplanes, natural gas flare offs and the choice of coal over wind, you can feel a little better eating lower on the food chain.
Yes, food does contribute to global warming, so small steps are better than none. I would rather plant more trees, ride my bike more, walk more, advocate for the planet and continue grilling my summer away. And yes, I do eat lots of cereal, seafood and greens, and brew my own beer. I have an old car and a well insulated home that is highly efficient.
But don’t think you are really making a difference if you are not contacting the people who vote for atmospheric climate destruction. One electric car will not balance all the SUVs and other vehicles over 8000 lbs that do not go through emissions, or all the idling diesel trucks.
Please consider reaching out to those who suffer from Climate Change Denial Syndrome. You can make a difference.
“The question is, Are we going to be in time, and are we going to do enough?” David Attenborough has trouble being optimistic these days, when he answers ( in Time magazine April 8, 2019) ” And the answer to both of these is no, we won’t be able to do enough to mend everything. But we can make it a darn sight better than it would be if we didn’t do anything at all.”
This is the call of Earthlobbyist, to make a difference now, by meeting those who deny atmospheric carbon based climate change. We must teaching them about all we can do before we loose so much.
See “Our Planet” series is produced by Netflix here.
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“Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years.
They said confidence that human activities were raising the heat at the Earth’s surface had reached a “five-sigma” level, a statistical gauge meaning there is only a one-in-a-million chance that the signal would appear if there was no warming.
Such a “gold standard” was applied in 2012, for instance, to confirm the discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe.
Reuters News Source Here
Damage Done, Damage to be repaired. Exactly what are these people going to tell their children and grandchildren when weather and catastrophic climate events continue to get worse. Do these people believe that being dead in 30 years a good reason to destroy the Earth for Personal Profit? This is all our problem.
Justice, domestic tranquility, common defense, health, happiness, the general welfare, and the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity is not being ensured by our elected representatives, which is taxation without representation and treason.
Link takes you to the New York Times article of Dec 28, 2018 78 Environmental Protection Rules Destroyed By The 2016 GOP Elected Majority
Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Now is the time to demand the elimination of atmospheric carbon
Just read the link below then ask yourself, “What will my grandchildren think about me and my generation?”
You can see what is happening with incredible clarity, so the question is, why do you support ( with your silence) the continued destruction of our planet?
Here we see the University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer which allows us all to see jet streams, ocean / air temperatures, winds speeds, snow, the polar vortex and so much more. This is an amazing resource.
“It’s like they’re living through some kind of weather history — everyone else stayed in, and we’re here doing our thing>”
Temperatures in Minneapolis dipped as low as minus 28, Fargo, N.D., reached minus 33; Milwaukee, minus 20 on January 30, 2019. In Michigan, a gas company asked customers to use less natural gas to heat their houses after a fire at a compressor station. Emerging research suggests that a warming Arctic is causing changes in the jet stream and pushing polar air down . As Atmospheric Carbon alters the composition of our planet we will SUFFER and PAY for the effects of localized extreme weather, only to wonder why nobody did anything. Now is the time to elect leaders who will vote for our environment before Big Fossil. Now is the time to build solar powered Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) facilities. Now is the time to be an earthlobbyist.
Compiled from The New York Times
The Polar Vortex After Facts:
- The difference in temperature that the Chicago region could experience is 73 degrees, from Thursday Jan. 31 morning, when the city saw a low of minus 21, to Monday Feb 4, when it may be 52. “It’s fairly rare to see this much of a turnaround in temperature in this short of time,” said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service
The cold air mass that has now moved east is uncommon, only seen about every five or 10 years, Mr. Kluber said. The Midwest’s deep freeze was brought by the polar vortex, a mass of cold air that is normally contained above the North Pole but in recent weeks broke apart, sending a block of icy air toward the United States.
Compiled from the New York Times
We may think of time in moments and memories, yet for the earth, 100 years as a second of a day. 2019 is moment of decision, even though some reading this will not care because their mortal moments are dwindling, or they can not see beyond the blue sky and convenient warmer winter.
Rapid melting of Glaciers means people have less time, maybe only twenty years to prepare for reduction in water for drinking and crops. Even if greenhouse gas emissions were sharply curtailed immediately, there has already been enough warming to continue shrinking glaciers around the world.
Glacier Melt affects production of hydroelectricity in every country that has dams.. It leads to disasters like rapid, catastrophic floods and debris flows. It alters rivers and ecosystems, affecting the organisms that inhabit them.
Last year, at the end of the summer melting season, the team drew lines on the stakes marking the height of the ice, as researchers have done here for decades. Now, with the end of the 2019 melting still a couple of months off, parts of the Tuyuksu Glacier were already about three feet thinner.
Now is the time to recognize the problem and remove atmospheric carbon from the atmosphere. Evaporating water is bonding with carbon makes the air more humid, which will heat your planet faster, like adding water to sauna rocks, except your grandchildren will not be able to leave.
Make a difference now. Vote for Removal of Atmospheric carbon. Elect representatives who are committed to the future, not their special interests, because the only lobbyist for the Earth is You, Me and the rest of us.
Jan. 20, 2019 —
“What’s happening today is well beyond the range of what could be expected naturally,” the human fingerprint on Greenland melting today is unequivocal.” The rate of ice loss had tripled since 2007. Scientists estimate the Antarctic melting will contribute six inches to sea-level rise by 2100.
Luke D. Trusel, a glaciologist at Rowan University and an author of last month’s Nature paper on Greenland, said the new research by Dr. Bevis and his colleagues “provides clear and further illustration of how sensitive Greenland now is” to global warming.
“By limiting greenhouse gas emissions we limit warming, and thus also limit how rapidly and intensely Greenland affects our livelihoods through sea-level rise,” Dr. Trusel , added. “That, it seems, is our call to make.”
Now is the time to stop the insanity. Now is the time to insure the future for the grandchildren
“If the ocean wasn’t absorbing as much heat, the surface of the land would heat up much faster than it is right now,” said Malin L. Pinsky, an associate professor in the department of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University. “In fact, the ocean is saving us from massive warming right now.”
But the surging water temperatures are already killing off marine ecosystems, raising sea levels and making hurricanes more destructive.
The effects of the warming on marine life could also have broad repercussions, Dr. Pinsky said. “As the ocean heats up, it’s driving fish into new places, and we’re already seeing that that’s driving conflict between countries,” he said. “It’s spilling over far beyond just fish, it’s turned into trade wars. It’s turned into diplomatic disputes. It’s led to a breakdown in international relations in some cases.”
Learn More here now :https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/climate/ocean-warming-climate-change.html
A study published September 28, 2018, in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics traces black carbon transport from the 1991 Gulf War Kuwait oil fires to ice in northern Tibet.
The climate in this region is very sensitive to warming, so any small change in the region’s warming mechanisms could have large impacts on the glaciers and the hydrological cycle.
Researchers say this soot could affect glacier melt at the Tibetan plateau, considered the “Water Tower of Asia.” Black carbon in the air absorbs and scatters solar radiation, impacting the radiative balance. There is also a more direct affect on the ice, contributing to greater melting
Black carbon from Gulf War shows up in Tibet glacier
After three years of decline, US carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose sharply in 2018. Based on preliminary power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption data, the Rhodium Group estimates emissions increased by 3.4% in 2018. This marks the second largest annual gain in more than two decades — surpassed only by 2010 when the economy bounced back from the Great Recession.
Combined with daily power generation data from Genscape for November and December, the Rhodium Group estimates that US power sector emissions rose by 34 million metric tons in 2018, compared to a decline of 78 million metric tons in 2017 and a 61 million metric ton average annual decline between 2005 and 2016.
The largest emissions growth in 2018 occurred in the two sectors most often ignored in clean energy and climate policymaking: buildings and industry. Direct emissions from residential and commercial buildings (from sources such as fuel oil, diesel and natural gas combusted on site for heating and cooking) increased about 10% in 2018 to their highest level since 2004.
As an Earthlobbyist (David Carr) has been working with New England Eco-$mart.com to deliver money saving, tax deductible, depreciable energy efficiency solutions to hotels, office buildings, universities, municipalities, and multi tenant buildings. The problem is that despite presentation of 20-50% annual Cash on Cash Return on Investment (not financed) property owners and governing boards continue to defer the investment with an antiquated thought process that “prices will go down and the technology will improve.” This short sightedness has caused a huge delay in LED retrofits by municipalities, since LED’s deliver a 30-50% Cash on Cash R.O.I.
I, David Carr, can not install this technology for other people with my own money. I can only hope to raise awareness and accelerate the tide of efficiency and conservation before the tide of climate change delivers irrevocable damage. Please join me.
Link to Jan. 8, 2019 NY Times Article.