Monday, January 16, 2017
Climate change and the state of the world is drastic.
For years we have been told to turn down our heat, don't idle our vehicles so long etc. and nothing came of it! Now we have no choices. There is a hope the carbon tax will encourage this kind of thinking. Conservative rail against it but offer no solutions. The Wild Rose Party are in complete denial as are most Conservatives.
The arctic tundra is melting which can release a further 1.8 billion tons of co2 into the atmosphere.
Earth orbit is elliptical and we are moving away from sun as we should be but, rather than cool off we are still heating up! Ocean currents are changing, the oceans are rising! Currents and changing and sharks and "southern" species are showing up in "northern" waters.
Greenland's ice is melting fast as is Antarctica and the arctic causing sea level to start rising. Along with our glaciers where we get our drinking water from, receding rapidly adds greatly to our problems.
If we don't get this heating under control we will fail as the human race! Cities by the ocean will start flooding and you will witness a migration that will stagger your imagination!
Waves are gnawing at the cliffs of Herschel Island! The town of Tuktoyaktuk which for comparison was palm size is now thumb size and the tundra in general is eroding now; into the arctic ocean. This in turn will accelerate heating of the arctic because of the dark particles in the water.
Earth orbit is elliptical; we are moving away from the sun as we should. But; we are still heating rather than cooling as we should be!
Conservatives tried, and still argue for carbon cap and trade with does nothing for the environment and gives corporations a huge tax deduction at one end and a huge tax credit on
The world, not just Canada and Alberta is moving towards carbon charges. There is no other way. PM Trudeau was recently in meetings with the Saudi. The Saudi announced billions to invest in silicon sun generation was one outcome. Get used to wearing a sweater and turn down your dam thermostat and air conditioning.
Pumping carbon dioxide down hole in as they do in Saskatchewan results in an explosion of carbon dioxide out of the hole running for many hours ahead of any oil showing up and sounding like a jet plane but conservative are after the residual oil in those fields.
On the other hand there is news of mixing carbon dioxide with cement; holding it firm and making the cement last longer too.
A satellite image of Herschel Island, Yukon, showing huge sediment plumes in the shallow water areas. (NASA Worldview)
Fritz said the majority of the coastline on Herschel Island, like much of the Arctic, is subject to erosion in the summer when the sea ice retreats.
"Since 2007, we've seen one minimum after the other in terms of sea ice distribution in summer on the Arctic Ocean. That gives rise to higher waves, more storms that can affect the coast to erode it."
When that coast is eroded, the nutrient-rich soil mixes with the sea water and creates massive plumes of sediment. Fritz said the effect that murky water has on the marine ecosystem is unknown.
"With that sediment comes a lot of carbon and lot of nutrients, and those nutrients and pollutants will affect the water column," he said.
"We ask ourselves the question 'with this higher load of sediments, of nutrients and also of pollutants, what is happening with the food web' and we really don't know."
Scientists are predicting catastrophic lake drainage now.
When Conservatives rail against carbon tax they are in denial of our circumstances. Our economy will adjust to the new realities and ongoing abrupt changes. Abrupt? Yes; they will accelerate.
All this on top of a world presently in recession and a position of universal deficit spending again, not just Canada and Alberta but the world!!