Dr. Veerabhaadran Ramanathan (Distinguished Professor-Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, UC San Diego & UNESCO Professor Of Climate & Policy, TERI University, New Delhi, India) discusses the possibility that climate change could lead to human extinction in the next 50 years. What can we do to fight global climate change before it gets too late?
This Harvey was no six-foot invisible rabbit. This Harvey dropped four-feet-two-inches of rain on millions of Texans in less than a week.
When that many inches of rain land in your community in one storm, you can bet on a flood of tragic proportions.
In Texas, 1 million people evacuated and hundreds of thousands are without power, water, and/or have significantly damaged homes. (Commentary: Although the Gulf Coast is prone to hurricanes, only 20% of Texans have flood insurance.)
You don’t need to be told that we’re very lucky in this regard here in Sequim.
50 inches is three times the average rainfall for Sequim per year—and thirty times larger than our typical large storms.
When Sequim gets 1.5-2 inches of rain in 24 hours, we see flooding.* The infiltration systems can’t absorb that much water that quickly and what isn’t absorbed either ponds where it lands or flows into irrigation ditches and creek channels. But within a few days, our porous soils have soaked up flood waters.
Oil tankers have delivered North Slope crude for decades through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and although that history hasn’t been spill-free, we’ve come to accept that traffic, governed by federal law, as an acceptable risk.
Would it be acceptable if tanker traffic increased sevenfold, from one a week to one a day?
That could happen if Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion brings Alberta tar-sands oil across the Canadian border to Puget Sound, destined for export to Asia, according to Canadian media reports.
Tar-sands oil is a heavy crude that must be diluted with lighter oil to flow in a pipe.
If spilled on the water, the diluent will evaporate, but the heavy crude will eventually sink, endangering habitat for crabs, bottom fish, shellfish, salmon, even orcas, according to an article in Scientific American.
Our local economy is at risk, too, not just from a spill but from the idea that this is not a healthy, safe place to live.
Think about the Deepwater Horizon.
All of us can play a role in stopping this pipeline: Ask big banks like Wells Fargo, Chase and US Bank to stop financing pipeline projects and put their money into something less risky.
Dollar for dollar, clean energy creates more jobs than fossil fuels, and solar panels and windmills won’t leave a mess on the beach.
If the banks don’t get the message and continue to profit at our risk, it’s our option to divest and put our money in banks that don’t fund future oil spills.
You have a choice.
For more information, see oly climate.org.
Grad is a member of the executive committee of Olympic Climate Action.
“WASHINGTON — Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.”
“Despite the scientific consensus presented in the report, the Environmental Protection Agency has scrubbed references to climate change from its website and barred its scientists from presenting scientific reports on the subject.”
“The E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, has said carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to warming. Rick Perry, the energy secretary, asserted Wednesday that “the science is out” on whether humans cause climate change.”
Indigenous people just led the largest EVER protest of bank financing of fossil fuels. DAPL was just the beginning. https://t.co/TwvsyRFTPp
— Mazaska Talks (@MazaskaTalks) October 27, 2017
BREAKING: The 91 Equator Banks are revising their principles on indigenous rights & climate change for the next 18 months! Keep up the pressure by taking the pledge on our website at MazaskaTalks.org
— Mazaska Talks (@MazaskaTalks) November 2, 2017
Candidates for Port Angeles City Council Travis Berglund, Kate Dexter, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski respond to Mike Doherty’s question about a Climate Action Plan — mitigation and adaption — as the work of the City Council. (Mike’s question starts at minute 58:30.)
Remember to VOTE by Nov. 7.