14 thoughts on “What part of climate change are we running away from, today?

  1. Run Runaway says:

    “Almost a third of world’s tree species face extinction: Report
    Conservation group says the number of threatened tree species is double the number of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles combined.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/1/a-third-of-worlds-trees-are-at-risk-of-extinction-says-report
    The landmark study, published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) on Wednesday, said some 17,500 tree species – or 30 percent of the total – are at risk of extinction, while 440 species have fewer than 50 specimens left in the wild. https://www.bgci.org/news-events/bgci-launches-the-state-of-the-worlds-trees-report/

  2. Drive on says:

    “We are increasingly locked into a world of our own making. We have exchanged planetary stability and the capacity for the world to support life for a growing population, transportation, merchandise and agriculture. Fossil fuels are at the core of this unchecked development. The industrial revolution, agricultural revolution and digital age — along with the tripling of human population that has happened in my lifetime — were all enabled by fossil fuels.
    What do we do after an incident like Ida? Storm surge barriers — likely necessary to protect some areas from tidal flooding from the ocean — will do nothing against devastation raining down from above. Hurricane Ida, which dealt Louisiana yet another devastating blow, dropped tornadoes along its path like breadcrumbs as it slowly made its way north. In Central Park, the 3.15 inches of rain that fell in just one hour last night broke the record set only last week by Henri.
    Unless we are willing to take sweeping, systemic action to fight the climate crisis and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, we are at the mercy of such merciless weather.”
    Carl Safina, NYT Op-Ed 9/2/21 https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/opinions/what-happens-if-we-hit-snooze-climate-change-safin/

    • p/s says:

      “How Climate Change Is Fueling Hurricanes Like Ida” https://www.npr.org/2021/08/30/1032442544/how-climate-change-is-fueling-hurricanes-like-ida
      “Meteorologists were amazed by how fast Ida strengthened.
      The storm had evolved swiftly from a worrisome disturbance to possibly the most devastating to strike Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/29/us/hurricane-ida-explained.html
      “The Storm Warnings Were Dire. Why Couldn’t the City Be Protected?
      New York City and state officials knew heavy rains were coming, but their preparations couldn’t save the city from death and destruction.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/03/nyregion/nyc-ida.html

      • It's a gas says:

        Five days after Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana, the true damage to the region’s energy infrastructure is only now starting to come to light. https://gcaptain.com/days-after-ida-storms-true-impact-energy-sector-emerges/
        (8/30/21): Hurricane Ida pummeled U.S. Gulf Coast energy suppliers, knocking out most of the region’s offshore wells and nearly half its motor fuel production and drove prices broadly higher.
        The storm crashed on Sunday into the Louisiana coast, tearing through U.S. offshore oil and gas fields with 150 mile per hour (241 kph) winds and pushing up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) of water ashore. More than 620,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were without power.
        Production losses – including at six Gulf Coast refineries – will lift retail gasoline prices by 5 to 10 cents a gallon, said tracking firm GasBuddy. Crude oil was little changed in Asia trading on Monday after recent gains.
        Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. fuel pipeline network, halted motor fuel deliveries from Houston to Greensboro, North Carolina. Its lines supply nearly half the gasoline used along the U.S. East Coast and an extended May shutdown led to fuel shortages.
        Some 1.74 million barrels of oil output were lost to shut-ins on Sunday, an amount greater than Mexico’s daily production. U.S. Gulf of Mexico natural gas also was cut by 94%, or 2 billion cubic feet, according to a government tally.
        Six refineries that process 1.92 million barrels per day of oil into gasoline and other petroleum products, either shut or curtailed some production. That includes two Valero Energy plants in Louisiana that combined process 335,000 barrels per day and Phillips 66’s 255,000 bpd Alliance, Louisiana, refinery. https://gcaptain.com/hurricane-ida-pummeled-u-s-gulf-coast-energy-suppliers/

  3. McLeod says:

    PBS has published a 10-minute video (below) about how fire whirls and fire tornados form. Here is how they summarize it:
    “A fire tornado, or “firenado,” is exactly what it sounds like: a tornado made out of fire… and it is truly the stuff of nightmares. The most famous example occurred when the 2018 Carr Fire spawned an EF3 fire tornado with estimated wind speeds of 143 mph! And as climate change drives increasing wildfires around the planet, it only makes sense that we see more fire tornadoes as well.”

  4. Nomad island says:

    Given the ever-increasing frequency of severe weather events, human-made catastrophes and epidemics, piecemeal and fragmented responses will fail to address root causes and may in fact compound the challenges, a new United Nations report argues.
    The Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses 10 disasters of 2020 and 2021, including the Amazon wildfires, the Beirut explosion, and the cold wave in Texas in the United States among others, and makes the case that solving such problems will require addressing their root causes rather than surface challenges. https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/9/8/think-disasters-are-isolated-think-again-warns-un
    UN: “Disaster Risks in an Interconnected World” https://interconnectedrisks.org/
    Spoiler alert: Disasters can compound each other and are also interconnected.

  5. Downfall says:

    “Why More Climate Change Means More Oil Spills” https://www.vice.com/en/article/93y4ba/why-more-climate-change-means-more-oil-spills
    “More than 2,000 reports of waterway pollution, including oil and chemical spills, and a segment of broken pipeline have been found in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Experts say this is a sign of the growing untenability of the miles of offshore oil and gas infrastructure that the US operates.
    In the two weeks since Ida ravaged Louisiana, leaving more than one million residents without power, divers have located large volumes of oil leaked underwater from infrastructure destroyed in the Category 4 hurricane’s wake. Nearly 90 percent of the region’s oil and gas production shuttered following the storm, and, as of Tuesday, more than 100 production platforms were decommissioned, in what some predict might be the worst-ever recorded damage to the region’s fossil fuel sector by a natural disaster.”
    See also: “Oil spill impacts may perturb entire food webs : Study identifies a major new ecological damage pathway following oil spills” (2017) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170710103446.htm

    • p/s says:

      Global supply chains already tangled by the pandemic, labor shortages and sustained consumer demand in the U.S. are getting walloped by another disruptive force: Mother Nature.
      Typhoon Chanthu is expected to hover near the mouth of China’s Yangtze River through Wednesday, temporarily shutting operations at major ports. In Texas, the heart of the U.S.’s energy and chemical industries, Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall overnight, forcing terminals in Houston to curb cargo handling and restrict vessel traffic little more than two weeks after Hurricane Ida barreled into neighboring Louisiana. https://gcaptain.com/storms-global-ship-logistics/

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