The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: More Pros and Cons for Biden to Declare a Climate Emergency
Dear Diary. In light of overwhelming evidence that we are indeed in a “climate crisis,” particularly after many climate change driven weather disasters and additional new astounding heat records have occurred around the planet this decade, there are more and more calls for Biden to declare a climate emergency. Indeed, we have already visited this subject here in which I agreed that he should many times:
Notice that there is a pattern here among all of these calls to declare a climate emergency. Either a devastating hurricane, fire, or heat wave has happened just before each blog was posted. Yes, we are very reactive as a species, jumping like Al Gore’s frogs after a big destructive weather event has taken place. If we are “smart,” we will be proactive, but usually that’s not the case; however, I’m optimistic of our chances for getting through the climate crisis given faster green transition efforts that I’m seeing during 2023.
Here is yet another article on the climate emergency issue from Salon. It’s fall going into winter across the Northern Hemisphere now without any catastrophic events taking place this year beyond some flooding. I doubt that Biden will declare a climate emergency during this relatively quiet time, but could he during 2024 when the election season is in full swing? We will see:
Is Biden taking climate change seriously? Here’s why some experts want him to declare an emergency
Would declaring a climate emergency do anything? Some are skeptical, others say Biden can’t do it soon enough
By MATTHEW ROZSA Staff Writer
U.S. President Joe Biden listens as John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, speaks during a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate meeting at South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 20, 2023. (Elizabeth Frantz for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
When it comes to climate change, everything is trending in the wrong direction. Summer 2023 was the hottest ever recorded in human history. Study after study shows that climate change is warming the planet to unsustainable levels. It has already baked intense storms, extreme heat and desperate droughts into humanity’s future. Columbia University climatologist Dr. James Hansen, one of the earliest scientists to sound the alarm about climate change, has published a study noting that the “early phase of a climate emergency” is “already in the pipeline.” Scientists recently calculated that even if we meet some of our more ambitious climate goals, we cannot stop the West Antarctic Ice Shelf from melting. And when it does finally liquefy, the resulting sea level rise will cause apocalyptic floods that displace almost a billion people.
“It’s incredibly foolish that President Biden still hasn’t declared a climate emergency.”
In the midst of such a dire existential threat to the planet, some have urged President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency, if for no other reason than the potent symbolic significance of such a statement. Yet while Biden has arguably been one of the most pro-environmental presidents in American history, he has stopped short of officially declaring such, though CNN noted the president (incorrectly) claimed he had. “I’ve already done that,” Biden said in an interview with The Weather Channel, adding “it is the existential threat to humanity.”
But while the president said that rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and conserving more land was “practically speaking” the same as declaring an emergency, Politico also noted this isn’t the same thing.
Some experts disagree whether these semantics matter or whether it’s a dire mistake that we’re not treating global heating like a more severe crisis.
“Global heating is an emergency — the greatest emergency humanity currently faces, despite ongoing public apathy — so it’s incredibly foolish that President Biden still hasn’t declared a climate emergency,” explained Dr. Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an associate project scientist at UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering, in an email to Salon. (He emphasized he is only speaking on his own behalf.) “It’s one of those things in life that is hard in the short term — Biden may pay a political price, although I think it would be less than he fears — but far, far better for everyone in the long term.”
After reviewing how billions of human lives and countless species are at risk due to climate change — and in particular because of humanity’s continued overuse of fossil fuels — Kalmus asserted that by declaring a climate emergency the president could “use his bully pulpit and federal funding to push back against fossil fuel industry disinformation and help the world realize that we are all genuinely in grave danger.”
Kalmus concluded, “He should initiate the biggest federally-funded public information campaign in US history, to educate on science, on fossil fuel industry disinformation (which is a well-documented fact), and on solutions.”
Dr. Richard Wolff, author of “The Sickness is the System” and professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, agreed with this assessment.
“Of course, Biden should [declare a climate emergency] since it is so threatening to the whole world,” Wolff told Salon by email. “There would be some real leadership to offset the fast-growing global image of a declining U.S. empire and a declining U.S. economy and politics. The emergency could spark real global efforts to reduce fossil fuel usage, pool resources for all the other projects now being started or stopped according to each nation’s political economy, relocate production and distribution systems to reduce pollution. The emergency could enable collective efforts achievable probably in no other way.” Yet Wolff expressed skepticism that Biden “ever could do such a thing,” citing the president’s pro-war foreign policies as one reason for this.
“Indeed, his overdone commitment to wars around the world — all of which worsen both climate-focused problems and inflationary problems — suggests his full participation in the projects of those who do not want what [climate activist Greta] Thunberg and so many millions of others want and seek,” Wolff told Salon.
“If Biden declares an emergency on climate, it legitimizes a Republican president using an emergency declaration to, say, outlaw abortion.”
It is not merely his involvement in foreign wars that calls Biden’s policy priorities into question. Throughout his administration, he has followed what might be called a hybrid approach to tackling climate change — mix genuine steps toward climate-based reform with sops to the wings of the Democratic Party that, for one reason or another, depend on worsening the planet’s problems through overuse of fossil fuels.
“President Biden has taken some important climate steps like boosting renewable energy investment and strengthening auto emissions rules, but they fall far short of what’s needed,” Maya Golden-Krasner, deputy director of the Climate Law Institute at the conservation nonprofit the Center for Biological Diversity, told Salon by email.
She observed that scientists overwhelmingly agree extreme weather events like storms, floods, fires and heat will only get worse unless humanity rapidly phases out fossil fuels, “yet the Biden administration has continued to approve massive fossil fuel projects like the Willow oil drilling complex in Alaska and the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Appalachia. Biden has also ramped up drilling on public lands and overseen the expansion of fossil gas exports, whose emissions could outpace the gains from Biden’s climate actions. We can’t be locking in more planet-heating pollution when we’re already experiencing the hottest months on record.”
Michael Greenberg, founder of the activist group Climate Defiance, had a similar assessment.
“The president has taken some steps in the right direction on climate change, for example, with implementing new EPA regulations and protecting 13 million acres in the Arctic,” Greenberg told Salon. “But the president has also made some big mistakes on projects like [the] Willow [project] and [the] Line 3 [pipeline]. We’re grateful for the steps Biden has taken in the right direction, but he needs to be much bolder and do much more.”
Speaking to Salon by email, a White House spokesperson said that “President Biden has treated climate change as an emergency – the existential threat of our time – since day one.” The spokesperson ticked off a number of policies implemented by the president to address climate change, including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement (which President Donald Trump exited), signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law (which included large allocations for addressing climate change), conserving more land and water in his first year than any president since John Kennedy and attracting more than $300 billion in private sector investment in clean energy manufacturing. The spokesperson also said that Biden did use his emergency authorities to address climate change by invoking the Defense Production Act to invigorate domestic clean energy manufacturing.
“President Biden has treated climate change as an emergency – the existential threat of our time – since day one.”
“Recently, President Biden announced the creation of the American Climate Corps, a workforce training and service initiative that will ensure more young people have access to skills-based training necessary for good-paying careers in the clean energy and climate resilience economy,” the spokesperson added. “Within the first three weeks of launching the American Climate Corps, more than 42,000 Americans — more than two thirds of whom are between the ages of 18-35 — have expressed interest in joining the new initiative. The signups represent people from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.”
The spokesperson concluded by citing Biden’s work with G20 leaders to transition toward clean energy and blamed congressional Republicans for the lack of further progress, pointing out that “Republicans in Congress are actively trying to repeal his historic bill and unwind regulations that reduce emissions and curb pollution – which would exacerbate the climate crisis and threaten the health and wellbeing of every American.”
The Center for Biological Diversity argues that measures such as these are simply not enough. They claim that the president has the power to stop approving climate-heating fossil fuel infrastructure, phase out oil and gas production on public lands and waters and maximize his use of the Clean Air Act to curb climate pollution. “Our organization intends to sue the Biden EPA to push it to set a national greenhouse gas cap, the same way it has for ozone, particulate matter, lead and other pollutants,” Golden-Krasner told Salon. “They can do that by adding greenhouse gases as criteria pollutants under the Clean Air Act and setting a science-based nationwide pollution cap in the form of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard, or NAAQS.”
And, of course, there is the possibility of declaring a national climate emergency.
“President Biden has said that climate change is the existential threat to humanity,” Golden-Krasner explained. “He should follow the next logical step and declare a climate emergency, which would unlock his full toolbox to address the threat. If he declares a national climate emergency, Biden can reinstate the ban on crude oil exports that was in place for decades before being repealed in 2015. He can also invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to limit exports of coal and petroleum products as well as billions of private dollars that fund fossil fuel projects oversees.”
Melinda Pierce, the legislative director of the environmental organization the Sierra Club, stopped short of answering whether Biden should declare a climate emergency, but praised Biden’s current accomplishments. She noted “more than 210,000 jobs created and $310 billion in green energy private investment” since they became law. Yet despite praising Biden’s environmental achievements, even the Sierra Club admitted that the Biden administration could do more to stop critical pipelines and strengthen environmental protections.
“This moment requires bold action, and we hope President Biden will use it to continue to build on his legacy,” Pierce said.
The Sunrise Movement, an American 501 political action organization that focuses on climate change reform, also told Salon by email that it wants Biden to declare a national emergency due to climate change. In addition to doing so for policy reasons, the Sunrise Movement — which mobilizes activists all over America — argued that a national emergency on climate change is smart politics.
“If Joe Biden wants to energize young voters ahead of the election, he needs to step it up on climate change and give young people something to vote for.”
“If Joe Biden wants to energize young voters ahead of the election, he needs to step it up on climate change and give young people something to vote for,” Michele Weindling, Political Director of the Sunrise Movement, told Salon. As Weindling put it earlier, “Our country is burning on the west coast, flooding on the east coast, and baking in the south. Millions of lives are on the line. A Republican majority in the House led by Mike Johnson means that Congress isn’t going to protect our homes and lives. President Biden needs to take matters into his own hands and use every tool in his toolbox to stop the climate crisis. The first step is declaring a climate emergency.”
Not all experts think Biden has fallen short and should declare a climate emergency. Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth — a distinguished scholar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research — argued that “a surprising lot has been accomplished under Biden” with the Inflation Reduction Act. Yet despite giving the administration credit for this, Trenberth also argued that much of the money is being misplaced.
“I strongly disagree with the focus on direct air capture as it cannot be economic, it uses energy that ought to be used elsewhere, and it allows the fossil fuel industry to continue unabated,” Trenberth argued, although he noted that with Congress in disarray “funding is not proceeding as it should in any case.” Trenberth was also skeptical of what declaring a climate emergency could actually accomplish.
“The issues are very much global and a lot are outside the control of the U.S.,” Trenberth pointed out. “The U.S. does need to show leadership, but some leadership aspects are misplaced. How to stop China from emitting so much carbon dioxide? How to stop or slow the emissions from India? And Russia?” Trenberth observed that stopping all of the world’s wars (including the conflicts in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza) would do wonders for curtailing global heating, especially if the funds going into those efforts were instead devoted to mitigating and adapting to our changed climate.
“Climate change is a global problem and ‘we’ are all on the same spaceship Earth,” Trenberth added.
Dr. Michael E. Mann, a professor of earth and environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania, was also dubious of the prospect of declaring a climate emergency, albeit for different reasons.
“Frankly, there are pros and cons,” Mann said. “It would perhaps direct resources toward the problem, but climate change is an ongoing problem that will require a sustained effort. An ’emergency’ sounds like a short-term problem that can be fixed by a focused but limited campaign. Also, there’s an ‘arms race’ problem. If Biden declares an emergency on climate, it legitimizes a Republican president using an emergency declaration to, say, outlaw abortion.”
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Here are more “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:
Exceptional heat in SPAIN— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
32.2C today at Rincon de la Victoria near Malaga.
Both East and West of the Mediterranean temperatures are summer-like. https://t.co/yh905d5KDL
HISTORIC— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 11, 2023
Argentina,Paraguay,Bolivia and Brazil all with their hottest night on record
Records of Highest Minimums
🇦🇷33.2 Ingeniero Juarez
32.2 Pres. Roque Saenz & Las Lomitas
🇵🇾32.0 Mariscal Estigarribia
🇧🇷 30.6 Porto Murtinho
🇧🇴 30.1 San Jose https://t.co/EMARkadDox
EXTRAORDINARY RECORD— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
Argentina could "enjoy" only 1 day the South American record of highest minimum temperature
Unbeliavable Minimum temperature of 34.0C today at Mariscal Estigarribia,PARAGUAY beats again the South American record
Records were beaten with incredible margins
46C again in Argentina ! This time in Rivadavia— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
MONTHLY RECORDS SET TODAY
46.0 Rivadavia tie
42.5 Tinogasta 1200m tie
43.0 General Bruguez
41.0 San Pedro
39.0 Pedro Juan Caballero
41.6 Tres Lagoas
40.1 Trinidad pic.twitter.com/O1MwgH0tUU
🇧🇷Brazil also destroyed again its record of the hottest night/minimum temperature in climatic history with an insane TMIN of 31.9c at Porto Murtinho,nearly 2C above the highest Tmins ever recorded before in any Brazilian station.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
30.5C Cuiaba is also above the former record. https://t.co/TqggOmntLC
Record heat in LAOS— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
It's the "cold season" (Laaduu Nao) yet it's stifling hot day and night;today the Laotian capital Vientiane rose to 36.0C ,tying its record of November highest temperature (POR >100 years). pic.twitter.com/vAiw5erFSN
Records are falling in Cuba as well:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 11, 2023
34.3C at Cienfuegos is a new November record.
Cuba has been constantly with record heat the whole 2023.
Not a single month in 2022 and 2023 has failed to see records of high temperatures in Cuba. https://t.co/44Kwd5Eg4H
Hottest November night in MEXICO— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 12, 2023
The Min of 28.0C at Arriaga in Chiapas (after maxes >37C) is the highest reliable Tmin in Mexico in November , at least among international stations.
Mexico has been breaking hundreds of records every single month since June allover the country. pic.twitter.com/8cTo5xcjv1
Friday's high of 1.8°C in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut is a new monthly record at the station for November. Previous was 1.5°C on November 1st, 2010. 45 years of data on record. #NUstorm— Patrick Duplessis (@Pat_wx) November 12, 2023
FLORIDA HEAT WAVE UPDATE— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 11, 2023
94F Avon Park RAWS today ties the HIGHEST RELIABLE temperature in November in Florida (95F Fort Myers in 1996 is NOT reliable).
93F Plant City ties its November record . pic.twitter.com/sxDlbQ8gri
Here is some more new October 2023 climatology:
It's NOT just aerosol recovery causing 2023 temperature anomalies, folks. In October, there was a huge reduction in cloud cover over the Indian Ocean, the largest on the planet. pic.twitter.com/ULFvPKwBBL— Deirdre Des Jardins💧🔥💨 (@flowinguphill) November 12, 2023
Here is More Climate and Weather News from Sunday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
What drought in the Amazon means for the planet https://t.co/Sp1CH80RdX— Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf 🌏 🦣 (@rahmstorf) November 12, 2023
We warned you about this #ClimateEmergency. Now it’s here— Prof. Peter Strachan (@ProfStrachan) November 12, 2023
"The planet is desperate for visionary leadership. The planet is desperate for policy that creates an equitable transition away from #FossilFuels, and into climate emergency mode as a society."
1. Compassion for migrants has given way to cruel, performative politics— Roger Hallam (@RogerHallamCS21) November 12, 2023
It is now well established by scientific papers that as the elites push the world over 2C, within 10 or 20 years, 1000 million people will have to move from unliveable locations. https://t.co/DYkb2J7Tok
#SaturdayAfternoon Reading: #ClimateEmergency: "Moving beyond financial costs, it also covers 'non-market costs' to social systems, human #health and well-being, and the natural #environment, must also be accounted for. " https://t.co/4q1P20rKXn pic.twitter.com/IcNnrm0xG9— Silicon Valley North (@CCLSVN) November 12, 2023
Reimagining modern buildings to adapt to a changing climate>>> https://t.co/6t07pRO19U— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) November 12, 2023
Most important #climate research in decades by top scientists – everyone must read— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) November 12, 2023
Global warming in the pipeline
Warming, sea level rise, glacial melt happening much faster than predicted by IPCC
CO2 is principal control knob on global temperaturehttps://t.co/cfTmEVlsiZ pic.twitter.com/BCzkowv3v1
Sir #DavidAttenborough— Prof. Peter Strachan (@ProfStrachan) November 12, 2023
“Things are going to get worse."
"This is the new extinction & we are half way through it."
"We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it, the worse it is going to get."#ClimateCrisis
🗣️📢🆘🔥🌊🌎🌊🔥🌍🔥🌊🌏🌊🔥🆘🌿— Robert Redmayne Hosking 🔥🌍🔥 (@rhosking252) November 12, 2023
WEEK 186: CLIMATE STRIKE ONLINE: @Fridays4future
Their is no part of our planet that won't be touched by climate collapse……..
The sixth mass extinction continues unabated……… pic.twitter.com/kxpWQGKRK7
The climate rainbow may appear beautiful … but it is also frightful … it is an harbinger of … pain & suffering … death & destruction … a future lost … and generations in peril.— Gerald Kutney – 🌏🔥#ClimateBrawl🔥🌍 (@GeraldKutney) November 12, 2023
🌍🔥 #ClimateBrawl 🔥🌍 pic.twitter.com/bvqHjM33zu
Good climate news this week— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) November 12, 2023
1 China in vast methane-cutting plans
2 Amazon deforestation down to 5-year low
3 US joins consensus on loss & damage fund
4 Namibia in world's 1st zero-carbon iron-ore plant
5 60+ companies decarbonizing aviation
6 McKinsey outed as climate arsonists https://t.co/LK6FqOstgx
Today’s News on Sustainable Energy, Traditional Polluting Energy from Fossil Fuel, and the Green Revolution:
Big Oil raked in record-breaking profits. The companies that caused the climate crisis are getting rich as they fuel the fire. @ExxonMobil: $55.7 billion@Shell: $39.87 billion@Chevron: $35.5 billion@BP_plc: $27.7 billion— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 12, 2023
Time to make the pay for the damage they've caused. pic.twitter.com/L0HH53Ts8n
A federal district court in Alaska declined to halt the Willow Project, siding with ConocoPhillips @POTUS in our lawsuit against the massive oil project. Willow would be catastrophic for the climate. We will not drop our challenge – we intend to appeal. https://t.co/fEachxHqvU— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) November 12, 2023
#SaturdayMorning Reading: "[T]he fires in Alberta burned so close that oil companies had to temporarily shut down oil and gas production, and average Canadians couldn’t safely breathe the air." Human-caused #Climatechange and the industries causing it. https://t.co/6j1PPaOPfe— Silicon Valley North (@CCLSVN) November 12, 2023
Solar is set to overtake generation capacity of all other power sources by 2027.— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 11, 2023
In three years, it will overtake gas.
In four years, it will push past coal.
And it's creating jobs as it does it.
We have the solutions. Implement them. #ActOnClimate#climate #energy #renewables pic.twitter.com/zvuLGPTWtm
From our archives: Lithium miners in the High Andes will evaporate around half a million gallons of water to produce a single ton of lithium carbonate.— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) November 13, 2023
The rush to mine lithium for EV batteries is set to turn the region’s wetlands and meadows to desert.https://t.co/xvMC17pnuz
Renewables hit record high in Australia, as green energy transition rolls on https://t.co/wJbifAke4s— Dr Paul Dorfman (@dorfman_p) November 13, 2023
‘No Miracles Needed’: Prof Mark Jacobson @mzjacobson on how #WindWaterSolar can power the world— Prof. Peter Strachan (@ProfStrachan) November 12, 2023
"The world can rapidly get 100% of its #Energy from #RenewableEnergy sources with, as the title of his new book says, 'No Miracles Needed'”#ClimateCrisis
More from the Weather Department:
Update on CA storm scenario next week:— Dr. Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) November 12, 2023
An active weather pattern still likely Tue-Sat, but details have changed considerably from last week. Storm now looks *much* warmer, w/strong subtropical influence. Hence, freezing line will be high & mountains may see rain vs snow. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/D7guPfzKKv
7 am EST: There is a medium chance of a tropical depression forming over the western or central Caribbean Sea later this week. For more information, visit https://t.co/tW4KeGe9uJ pic.twitter.com/TpSUJ2SgdL— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 12, 2023
We are well into November which means winter is around the corner. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has the U.S. climate outlook with temperature, precipitation, and drought conditions for the rest of the month. https://t.co/fmyd9HT1AH pic.twitter.com/sPmPTpHXB8— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) November 12, 2023
Who could've guessed Washington County, Maine — the easternmost point in the contiguous U.S. bordering Canada — would be in the @NWSNHC forecast cone more than any other county in the U.S. this hurricane season (162 hr)? No conefalls for South Florida or Louisiana so far in 2023. pic.twitter.com/jD3RtYEwsG— Michael Lowry (@MichaelRLowry) November 13, 2023
More on the Environment and Nature:
Good evening humankind.Did you know that the Congo Basin and the Amazon Basin are known as the Earth's "lungs" due to their immense carbon storage capacity. The dense forests in these areas absorb and store massive amounts of carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate climate change. pic.twitter.com/mY22nGojuG— Tangwa Abilu.🌿🌏🌾🍀🍃.SDG's. (@AbiluTangwa) November 12, 2023
We are approaching a world with just humans, their pets, livestock and poultry – where the skies are full of drones and flying taxis and not a bird or bee in sight – where the oceans are polluted and dead zones devoid of any life— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) November 11, 2023
Its called progress growth and development https://t.co/dhMQ2yToPN
Salmon are vanishing from the Yukon River — and so is a way of life https://t.co/QVLLUnm3wD— Svein Tveitdal (@tveitdal) November 12, 2023
As waters warm, Alaska Native families confront a world without the fish that fed them for generations.
The Ocean Cleanup program has now removed more than 100,000 kg of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: https://t.co/OxBkOWgrPm— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 13, 2023
The ocean isn't a garbage dump. Protect it. #EndSingleUse #PlasticPollution #uselss #wasteless #oceans pic.twitter.com/xzs8FfMWOy
This chart is for mammals only and it helps us understand why we have ecological overshoot and a climate crisis, and why we are in uncharted territory. https://t.co/pErHRnGohH pic.twitter.com/4erL8T3lmE— Dr. William J. Ripple (@WilliamJRipple) November 13, 2023
More on Other Science and the Beauty of Earth and this Universe:
Your 'moment of doom' for Nov. 12, 2023 ~ Earth has a bad case of 'humans'.— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 12, 2023
"…there must be microbes—especially viruses but also bacteria—that were on Earth long before Homo sapiens existed. There is a Factor X that we really don't know very much about."https://t.co/VAGsPrdx9W
How big will this eruption be? It’s been building for a while now. We live on an active planet which is why it supports life. Modern industrial civilization is putting that ecological support at great risk. #Icelandearthquake pic.twitter.com/kNw3PRaJxQ— Peter Dynes (@PGDynes) November 12, 2023
This chart is for mammals only and it helps us understand why we have ecological overshoot and a climate crisis, and why we are in uncharted territory. https://t.co/pErHRnGohH pic.twitter.com/4erL8T3lmE— Dr. William J. Ripple (@WilliamJRipple) November 13, 2023
Reminder— Green is a mission (@Greenisamissio1) November 12, 2023
Whenever you go into the forest, always be aware of this gift of nature. Fill your lungs with clean and oxygenated air, feel life. Give back what you receive with respect and kindness, protect one of the pillars of our survival.💚🌱☘️🌿🌳🌲🍀💚 pic.twitter.com/p1PBdQw1TX
Night thoughts— Green is a mission (@Greenisamissio1) November 12, 2023
It is always fascinating to see what mechanisms are at work in nature.
Who would have thought that there are more living creatures in a handful of forest soil than there are people on earth?💚🌱☘️🌿🌳🌲🍀💚 pic.twitter.com/pEFIMF0imP