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How nervous should I be? [Jun. 8th, 2014|05:14 pm]
So, I live in Seattle; I have for getting on to 13 years now. Rules are: don't put away your rain gear until after the 4th of July.

This has been the driest spring I've ever seen. Is this a problem? I don't know - 13 years ain't nothing when it comes to unusual seasons.

And yet... and yet we're seeing more and more signs of global warming. And I don't know if a dry spring is a *big deal* or not.

It's times like this... well. I always kinda-sorta-hypothetically wanted children. I knew it wasn't likely to happen - as my thirties went by with a woman I couldn't trust to be a good mother due to health issues, and my own health only barely-good-enough, I realized that the chance of fathering a child was pretty small, and it grows smaller daily. But I'm also a little bit relieved.

And I hope someday, I think I'm a damn fool for saying that, for not having faith that with the sheer mass of humanity, and thus, the sheer mass of intelligence and flat out cussedness that humans wouldn't find a way to handle all of this. If so, it'll be a strong lesson not to take too much from some pretty scary signs. Right now, I don't think humanity is mature enough to accept the risk, or carry out the necessary actions.

[User Picture]From: ljgeoff
2014-06-09 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm sure you knew I'd have to comment...

The persistent high off the California coast (dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge) is driving moisture up into Canada -- and the coming El Nino isn't acting as predicted either, so there might not be as much rain from that as hoped.

A recent poll has said that most USians aren't really worried about climate change and don't think that it will effect their families. But scientists are now warning us that if we don't take immediate steps, we'll probably see a 2.5-3°C over pre-industrial temps by 2030. (that's taking methane and black carbon into account)

At 3°C, industrial agriculture pretty much turns up its toes.

So, yeah, 15 years and it's not like we'll be able to be eating our McDonald's and hamburger helper all the way there -- things will be getting rough pretty soon. I do not see any room for optimism.
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