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Don’t Say We Weren’t Warned


Sunday, November 4, 2012
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What are we waiting for? Do we want a future for our beloved children? I look around at all these optimistic parents with their adorable young ones and I wonder if it has yet sunk in that we are making the planet uninhabitable for future generations.

Yes, we, with our SUVs and flat-screen TVs and our perfect shades of paint for the nursery, are quite possibly dooming our offspring to lives of desperation and suffering. Food – we love it and depend completely upon it for our very existence, but we are interfering with the planet’s capacity to produce it.

Ask one of the wonderful folks at your local farmers’ market how inextricably linked food production is with climate and weather. Global warming is such an innocuous-sounding term for such a potentially devastating threat. Laugh at Al Gore all you like; at least he’ll be able to say he tried to warn us.

Please, people, if not for the sake of children, then for your pets or whomever/whatever you hold most dear: Find out the steps you need to take to create a sustainable lifestyle and actually take them. And, for goodness’ sake, vote only for politicians who recognize and acknowledge the importance of a healthy environment.

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If you ignore the science of topography and geology it is easy to think that people can somehow influence the planet. The Crustaceous period ended about 66.5 million years ago. There were ice ages then and gigantic animals roamed the planet until the Kt event.
We are at the ending of the retreat of the ice caps and glaciers; this event occurs every 12 -14 thousand years. We are due for an ice age. Once enough fresh water is introduced into the ocean to interrupt the warm waters from moving north to melt the Northern Hemisphere ice in the summer (the ice layer has been increasing since 2006) and the Southern Hemisphere (where the ice sheet is melting on one side and growing on the other.) The volcanic vents in both of these areas have much to do with the water temperature, which transfers heat. This is known as heat transfer coefficient and water has the highest thermal conduction rate air has one of the lowest.
That being said, all the global warming models that won Al Gore his Noble Prize left out the Earth’s oceans from their models. The Ocean’s being 97% of the topography of the earth and the major force in weather.
In conclusion, why water grass; most all of our water is used for grass, if you can water food that you can consume? Making a healthy garden without pesticides is preferable; or as few as possible as a last resort is a responsible business decision. Edible gardens and canning are very smart alternative to buying expensive questionable organic foods.
Start your own biology, zoology, entomology project by getting your gardens ready now. You will be surprised to see what you can grow in our zone now. Try some new foods from your garden and get some exercise too. Plant your perennials with your vegetables to attract the insects that will eat your pests pollinate your garden or give your pests something else to wonder over to. Have fun, the world is not going to end. But you should back out in the garden with Heirloom, not genetically modified food.
Have fun getting dirty.

jw (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I look around me and I see vineyard after vineyard after vineyard. Perhaps growing more food to feed the world instead of wine so people could drive up to Santa Ynez in the big giant S.U.V's so they could get loaded on booze (and then drive home impaired) would be a good start.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I definitely would hope that food would be a bigger priority than alcohol. If food is not the priority, wouldn't that make the said individual an alcoholic? Can an entire culture and/or community be considered alcoholic or alcoholic in its thinking?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you, Joy Chase.

If one DOES NOT ignore the facts explained by the sciences of biology and physics and meteorology and climatology and oceanography...) it is RATIONAL to CONCLUDE that people are OBVIOUSLY influencing the climate on the planet. The facts are clear!

WE HAVE BEEN INFLUENCING THE PLANET'S CLIMATE FOR TOO LONG--THE RATIONAL SURVIVAL RESPONSE IS TO HEDGE OUR DISASTROUS RISKS AND DO A TURNAROUND ASAP.

CO2 concentration in our air is at nearly 400 ppm--and growing steadily. It was around 300 ppm before the industrial revolution. Credible independent scientists warn us that the safe level is around 350 ppm! Let's fuel the clean, green, and sustainable economy by restoring and healing our biosphere. Otherwise, continuing the pillaging era could put us --maybe we are there already-- in a tragic point of no return.

mcheca (Miguel Checa)
November 4, 2012 at 2:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds like Joy needs to calm down a little...Thank goodness someone appears to know which politicians are good for the environment.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2012 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey jw,

I think you probably mean Cretaceous not "Crustaceous". And I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you don't really think that 97% of the Earth's surface is covered with ocean (we'd be awfully crowded if our land mass was reduced by 90%). It's more like 71%. And northern hemisphere sea ice coverage has been declining for decades, it hasn't increased since 2006.

I don't disagree with your point about growing food rather than lawns, but when you pretend you know what you're talking about, your message loses some impact. Check your science.

93103guy (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2012 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's too bad science is so politicized on all sides now. Had the messenger been someone more neutral to the American psyche, a contemporary Walter Cronkite perhaps, the message might have sunk in better.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2012 at 5:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I apologize for not being more articulate in that the oceans amount to 97% of all water on earth and yes it was the Cretaceous period that was wiped out by the Kt event. The surface of the planet is approximately 29.2% and the ocean surface 70%. The GIS information on the Northern Hemisphere shows a dip in 2006 and 2010 in ice extent, which is the other edge; which are artifacts of the sea ice concentrations. This has to do with warm water.
As far as the CO2 emissions and fossil fuels, the relationship between land uses and atmospheric gasses and ocean mist in GIS data is well documented. We have sulfur, chlorine and sodium chloride gases that are natural extensions of the vast sea floor volcanoes and the ocean mist. Blaming cars and not the including the planet is bad science.
So what if people are influencing the planet. It has recovered from worse disasters. Be responsible, we are not going to be here forever. That’s arrogant and selfish. As if we could influence a planet that has been hit by a comet and large meteors and survived. Go look at the moon.

Plant a garden.

jw (anonymous profile)
November 5, 2012 at 12:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)