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Climate change is devastating America's western states
By Donna
June 15, 2022 8:25 pm
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Regarding global warming, rising ocean levels are probably the least of our concerns, at least for the time being.

The drought is so severe that California resorted to imposing water rationing on June 1st. All of the reservoirs in California and Nevada are at record lows. It could even jeopardize Lake Mead's ability to generate electricity in the not too distant future.

The last 20 years has seen the longest drought in the western states in 1,200 years. The Great Salt Lake is drying up too. At its current rate, three-quarters of Utah's residents could be breathing toxic air full of arsenic and copper by 2040.

Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border is only 27% full.

The world's ecosystems are are being decimated at a rate never seen before.






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  1. by Curt_Anderson on June 15, 2022 8:38 pm
    Donna,
    Have you ever looked at the InciWeb map? See link below.

    I was at Hoover Dam and Lake Meade last March. It was visibly low. Mafia deposited bodies are popping up.

    Fortunately, we've had a wet spring here in Oregon, which should mitigate somewhat fires here at least.
    inciweb.nwcg.gov


  2. by Donna on June 15, 2022 9:12 pm
    Sheri's been reading a lot about those bodies they've been finding.

    The drought seems to be hitting Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona the hardest.



  3. by Donna on June 15, 2022 9:19 pm
    I hadn't seen that map before. I'll keep it in mind. Arizona is a wildfire zone. We're getting ready for monsoon season now. Should be interesting. I hope we get a lot of rain.


  4. by Donna on July 19, 2022 8:14 am
    Anger as Manchin kills Democrats’ climate plans – what happens now?

    The centrist senator has seemingly sunk Biden’s hopes of passing a major bill, and among climate activists the despair is palpable


    What's the difference between Joe Manchin and Republican senators? Sometimes the Republicans cooperate with President Biden.
    theguardian.com


  5. by Donna on July 19, 2022 8:22 am
    Okay, it's getting serious now.

    The western and southwestern U.S. is wilting under the biggest drought in 1,200 years—a megadrought. As of writing this, most of the country is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions, but things remain particularly severe from Texas into Oregon.

    Scientists have identified climate change as a significant contributing factor to the extent and severity of droughts in general. And one study pegged about 40% of the current dry conditions in the Southwest on human-caused climate shifts.


  6. by oldedude on July 19, 2022 5:42 pm
    Looking at the bigger picture, Europe is worse.


  7. by Donna on July 19, 2022 11:01 pm
    Of course it's affecting the entire planet.


  8. by Donna on July 23, 2022 8:52 am
    I just read that 2,000 people in Spain and Portugal alone have died from the heat wave in Europe. I think the worldwide death toll from recent and current heat waves could hit 10,000.

    Climate scientists have been warning us about an increase in deadly heat waves, which is playing out as I type.

    From If This Isn't a Climate Emergency, What Is?
    Evan Osnos / The New Yorker

    A warning label of some kind—“DISPIRITING CONTENT,” perhaps—feels appropriate for several other moments this week, each a political grotesque that captures a facet of the paralyzed climate politics in 2022. On Twitter, a popular home-edited clip starts with a scene from the film “Don’t Look Up”—a dark farce about a meteor plunging to Earth—in which a scientist appearing on a morning television show interrupts the blather and declares, “We’re trying to tell you that the entire planet is about to be destroyed.” The host recoils, then says, “We just keep the bad news light.”...

    In the span of less than a month, the political prospects in Washington for substantive progress on the climate threat have evaporated. On June 30th, the Supreme Court’s 6–3 ruling in West Virginia v. E.P.A. curtailed the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions, thwarting Biden’s ambitious plans to tackle climate change, and presaging what may be further decisions by the Court that could limit considerations of climate change in pipeline construction and undermine efforts to regulate tailpipe emissions.

    Then, last week, Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, all but killed the Administration’s hopes for legislative progress on domestic issues, by teaming up with all fifty Republicans in the Senate to block a bill that would have included America’s most far-reaching response to climate change...

    [Joe Manchin] has long been one of the Senate’s top recipients of campaign cash from the oil and gas industries; in the most recent quarter, even as he was negotiating climate-change measures, he accepted donations from executives at a long list of energy companies, including Georgia Power, Dominion Energy, Concord Energy, Southern Company Gas, Harvest Midstream, and the Alaska Oil & Gas Association. Not incidentally, his critics note, he is also a personal beneficiary of fossil-fuel-related investments, including from a coal brokerage that last year earned him five hundred and thirty-six thousand dollars—more than triple his hundred-and-seventy-four-thousand-dollar annual Senate salary.

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    If human beings were sufficiently evolved, we would have built a needs-based civilization, not a profits-based one. That failure alone may cost us our civilization.


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