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107 million Americans will experience temperatures above 125°F by 2053 — 4 Comments

  1. Obviously, things are getting warmer. A couple of years ago we even had the first wildfire in memory in Olympic National Park, where rainfall is usually over 80 inches a year, our temperate “rainforest”. I think we’re making a mistake to solely depend on lowering carbon. If China fails to do their part, all is for nought. We should also be deepening the reservoirs, raising the seawalls, and trying to adapt. There are big environmental costs to trying to generate all the electric power that will be required. Producing enough rare earths will cause pollution disaster areas. It won’t be as easy as the “mainstream” media are telling us.

    • Yes, it is hard to be motivated if China and India do almost nothing. But what was that saying of Gandhi?

      “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

      And I agree that a more holistic approach is required.

  2. In looking at the extreme heat belt map of the U.S., one might think the Rocky Mountain West is a refuge from the impacts of climate change. It isn’t. Climate change has resulted in warmer temperatures and drought throughout the western regions of the U.S., contributing to devastating fires. Here, the impact to wildlife and pets is very real. On December 30th of last year (which is SUPPOSED to be the dead of winter with practically no fire risk), the Marshall fire rapidly tore through Boulder County, Colorado, devouring over 6000 acres. Because of high winds and dry conditions, the fire’s spread was extremely rapid, so many residents did not have the chance to return home to rescue their pets. The fire claimed an estimated 1084 structures, 2 human lives, and the lives of multiple animals and pets, including cats.

    I wonder if climate change will result in people reconsidering having pets and farm animals. If I wasn’t able to be at or close to home most of the time, I would start having serious reservations about having pets.

    • Agree with all you say. In the very long term, it will be harder to have pets and there will be less one day. Humankind will be too busy trying to survive in a world made impossibly hostile by human folly. I will be dead by then thank God.

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