Pentagon Advises of a Bigger Treat than Terrorism

  1. http://www.abc.net.au/science/featur...ge/default.htm

    The Pentagon recently advised the US government that the biggest threat to America was climate change, not terrorism! With general consensus that the planet is getting hotter, the question has now become 'how hot, how soon, and with what consequences?' Lucy Andrew reports.


    Most climate scientists now believe global warming is a direct result of burning fossil fuels for energy and transport. Image: Reuters
    If you're like most people, when you listen to the evening weather report you think of it as more of a general guide rather than absolute fact. And if you think how hard it is to predict tomorrow or next week's weather, imagine being a climate scientist who's trying to predict the weather for the next decade or century.


    Given the difficulties of long range weather forecasting, it's not surprising that there is disagreement in the scientific community when it comes to global warming. Some scientists don't believe there is enough evidence to suggest that global warming is happening, while others accept the Earth is getting hotter but attribute the temperature rise to natural phenomenon that is independent of human activities. However, the majority of climate scientists now agree that global warming is happening and it is caused by the human activity of burning fossil fuels for energy and transport.

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    Climate change is not new. A long term look at the Earth's climate over millions of years reveals a history of variation. The Earth has experienced hot, steamy periods and long cold Ice Ages. What is new is the speed at which we are heating up the planet.


    In the last 100 years the temperature has increased by 0.6 degrees C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts the planet will continue to warm by 1.4 to 5.8 degrees C by 2100 and the impacts will spread far and wide.


    Hot and cold


    Global warming may bring relief to places like Peru where in 2002 freak cold temperatures killed 59 people. Image: Reuters
    Global warming implies that the whole Earth will simply get hotter, but it's more complex than that, with some places expected to cool down.


    Climate change involves changes in temperature, rainfall, ocean currents, melting ice and anything and everything to do with the earth's climate. These changes will be different for everyone - depending on where you live, your livelihood and you and your country's ability to cope with the changes.


    People living at high latitudes may benefit from global warming, warmer weather may boost agriculture and less harsh winters will be easier to live through.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   maureeno
    I just want to post the fact
    we have had 4 tornados in Washington this year so far

    wierd weather has replaced our climate here
    a decade of 100 years events
  4. by   psychomachia
    Quote from maureeno
    I just want to post the fact
    we have had 4 tornados in Washington this year so far

    wierd weather has replaced our climate here
    a decade of 100 years events

    And South Florida hasn't been hit with a big 'cane since Andrew...

    If that's weird, I'll take it...
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Our weather here in Oregon has definitely been weird, especially for the past year or so........we had little or no snow for years, less rain than usual, then last spring was warm and dry, summer was HOT and lasted until the end of September, then it snowed the night after Halloween and dumped a boatload of the white stuff on us between Christmas and New Year's. Now this spring has been VERY warm and mostly dry, and now we're having this strange combination of warm and wet, creating thunderstorms and even a few scattered tornadoes (as maureeno mentioned above). I've also noticed some new types of vegetation on my property this spring that I've never seen here before.....some of them look like the wild flowers I remember from when I was growing up in the mountains of southern California.

    I don't know about all these theories.....I just know the weather isn't what it used to be.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    "People living at high latitudes may benefit from global warming, warmer weather may boost agriculture and less harsh winters will be easier to live through."

    Finally, some good news! :chuckle

    Seriously, I'm with the scientists who don't believe there is enough evidence to suggest that global warming is happening or the others who accept the Earth is getting hotter but attribute the temperature rise to natural phenomenon that is independent of human activities.

    To me it is the "Chicken Little Syndrome" . . the sky is falling, the sky is falling.

    steph
  7. by   Mkue
    Less harsh winters would be great
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Ok, someone just sent this to me . . it sorta belongs here.


    With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports:

    About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.

    On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before.

    Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks.

    "It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane."

    Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic

    He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates:

    "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes . . . so shut your damned mouths."

    IT KIND OF PUTS THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE DOESN'T IT.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Amen to that!
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Marla . . . had a huge rainstorm with lightening and thunder last night . . . drove by one of our docs running out by my in-law's ranch as I went to pick up my son . . stopped, rolled down the window and said "Is this wise, running in a lightening storm?". He just smiled and kept running. When I got home, the electricity went out for about an hour just as I was starting to make
    French Toast for dinner . . . I could only find 4 candles. We ended up eating tomato sandwiches, which are darn tasty!

    Daniel is banging pot lids together . . arrghh, my tinnitis! Gotta go chase him down.

    steph
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Gwen, btw .. .just teasing you now . .but did ya notice your thread title says "treat" . . . .

    steph :kiss
  12. by   fergus51
    Quote from stevielynn
    "People living at high latitudes may benefit from global warming, warmer weather may boost agriculture and less harsh winters will be easier to live through."

    Finally, some good news! :chuckle
    See Canada will be fine

    Seriously, I did read an article about maple syrup production being endangered by warmer winters.... I don't actually like maple syrup anyways (don't tell the mounties, they might try and kick me out of the country for it) but I do think we need to be a little better focused on the environment. We are always so in crisis mode that we don't consider the impact we will have on the earth in 20 years or 200 years.

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