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Thu May 28, 2020, 05:48 AM


How fast will you need to flee from the heat? There's a word for that.

By Kate Yoder, Grist, on May 27, 2020

A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change calculated how fast different layers of the ocean are heating up. Species are swimming to deeper waters to escape the heat at different rates, and the researchers warn that many sea dwellers like tuna, which rely on plankton at the waterís surface for food, might struggle to adapt.

The study brought a new phrase into the news: climate velocity. Itís basically the speed and direction that a given species will need to shift as their corner of the world heats up. Climate velocity has been in use in academic circles for more than a decade, but the study marks the first time the phrase made the headlines.

As climate change reshuffles life on earth, climate velocity applies up here on the surface, too. Warmer weather will drive animals seeking new homes into encounters with species they donít normally meet ó sort of like how grizzlies have been showing up in polar bearsí dwindling territory, leading to the emergence of grolar bears (or pizzlies?). And itís not just flora and fauna. Humans, too, will have to move to survive.

Warmer weather and changing weather patterns are already altering how people grow food. In Alaska, for instance, rising temperatures mean that farmers can farm potatoes on the previously inhospitable tundra. Greenlanders are harvesting strawberries and tomatoes. In California, farmers are planting orchards, crossing their fingers that the fruit and nut trees theyíre planting today will be able to make it in the hotter, drier world that the coming decades will bring.


What angers me is the sheer number of species that will precede us out the door, but as for homo sapiens itself? Heh! I'm an agnostic, but there it one Bible verse that, as far as I'm concerned, nails it:

"As ye sow, so shall ye reap!"

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Thu May 28, 2020, 06:07 AM

1. depresing....

We can't even get people to wear masks in a pandemic. How are we ever going to work together to deal with climate change?

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Thu May 28, 2020, 11:27 AM

2. The last time I read anything over at Grist, admittedly some years ago...

...they were far more concerned with so called "nuclear waste" than they were with fossil fuel waste.

The difference between so called "nuclear waste" and fossil fuel waste is of course that fossil fuel waste kills people and destroying all of the ecosystems on earth and so called "nuclear waste" isn't killing any one and is not destroying ecosystems on Earth.

I believe that Grist - if I recall correctly - was real big on so called "renewable energy," which has done nothing to address climate change, is doing nothing to address climate change, and will do nothing to address climate change, this after the expenditure of trillions of dollars on the vast mining subsidy that so called "renewable energy" represents.

As ye sow, so shall you reap indeed.

There's plenty of blame for climate change to go around of course, but a huge dollop of it needs to go to the incredibly ignorant purveyors of anti-nuke dogma.

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