Bite-Size Blog #47 -- J. Morris Hicks

Six Hours of Presidential Debates
and not a single question re climate change

    J. Morris Hicks
Not one question on what is arguably the single most urgent threat to our civilization. This is what I would call a tragic journalistic failure--when none of the moderators even mentioned it at all. 

But I guess we shouldn't be too surprised since over half of our lawmakers cling to the notion that humanity's involvement in driving climate change is nothing more than a liberal hoax. 

The climate change deniers are simply not looking at the DATA. As I have always said, "In God we trust, all others must bring data." Well, I have brought some climate change data to share with you today--it is a repeat of a "dynamic" graph that I shared in an earlier BSB. 

Tips for Watching. Notice that the video below begins in 1979 and runs through 2014. But it doesn't end there. That's when it begins to reveal the graph in reverse for the last 800,000 years. A few things to watch for are provided beneath the graph.

The data being reported is actual CO2 readings in our atmosphere expressed in parts per million (ppm).  

  1. Make sure you watch it until the end. It will stop for a few seconds before going backwards.
  2. The red dot location is at Mauna Loa in Hawaii. Many other locations around the world are also shown as black, blue or gray dots. 
  3. Notice that the "busy" end of the "pump handle" is in the Northern Hemisphere, where most of the human pollution is taking place.
  4. Notice the South Pole CO2 (blue dot at left end) rising steadily upwards with only slight variation. 
  5. The first part of the graph starts in 1979, when the CO2 concentration was 335 ppm. By 2014, many locations are reading over 400 ppm.
  6. For a normal world, most scientists agree that we need to stay below 350--but that train may have left the station. 
As for Donald and Hillary.  Both are only talking about how the USA deals with climate change. Hillary seems to take it very seriously while Donald was quoted on Fox News in January, 2016, with this beauty: 

Climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change.

The Bottom Line. The first step toward solving climate change is the awareness and acceptance that we have a serious problem on our hands--AND that we are causing the problem. We also must find an international approach that truly works. For more on this crucial topic, check out these links:

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