What’s Shocking?

When I was a kid
We shocked adults
By talking about the weather
Saying, “It’s colder than a witch’s tit.”

Now, as adults
We can’t shock our kids
By talking about the weather
Even when we say, “The glaciers are melting.”

Media Credit:
This video shows a time series of five-year global temperature averages, mapped from 1884 to 2014, as estimated by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Published on Jan 16, 2015 by NASA Goddard.
The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists.
This video is public domain.
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23 thoughts on “What’s Shocking?

  1. It’s terrifying when you think about it, and I suppose it’s not going to get better. Our rainfall is way down too here & they’re trucking in feed for the game reserves months before they usually have to. Crazy weather.

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    1. Trucking in feed for the game reserves must be terribly expensive, and affect prices for human food crops as well.

      Where I live, everyone knows that we can fix the problem by using less heat and air conditioning, and driving fewer miles and more efficient cars. Many people also understand that shipping products, and using passenger airplanes hurt as well. Fewer people can identify common manufactured products that impact climate as well. What about in your part of the world?

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      1. You’re right about the prices. With the animals fenced in and not able to move around as usual they’d die otherwise – sometimes they do. Now with the rains being so bad this year it’s affected the prices of everything – lots and lots of crop failures in some of the biggest farming areas. For different reasons people around here conserve power and water. At the moment we’re having the power switched off for a couple of hours at least every day because the power supply doesn’t have enough, so there are big drives to use as little as possible. The water supply is in a bad way too, so that gets switched off regularly too, so we use it as wisely as we can. In the bigger cities there’s quite a bit of awareness about how important it is to reduce the carbon footprint, and I’m happy to say that they act on it. I would say that the majority don’t consider it though. The systems that our forefathers put in place make it hard to fix things. We’re going to have to though or we’ll all probably be sunk – literally, one day.

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          1. Over here in Europe there is a lot going on. Living on the Isle of Wight, there is a local policy to make our island self-sufficient for energy, all from renewables, particularly solar (for the UK we get a lot of sun) and wave. Other countries in Europe, such the Netherlands, are very focussed.
            However for me the puzzle is the amount of carbon footprint that each of us imports, particularly in processed foods and manufactured goods. It is no good just saying that those are someone else’s problem if we continue to choose to buy items which increase the footprint greatly.
            However we can only use consumer choice to reduce our footprints if we actually know the product carbon footprints – which information is being deliberately withheld.
            Like most things, the burden seems to rest on us whilst commerce and industry do the best to profit from it. Or perhaps I am just old and cynical?

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            1. Thank you for sharing your local status. How inspiring.

              A cynic would not seek data on the footprint of daily consumables, instead, grumbling about futility, and leaving it there. However, I see the limitation of waiting for such data to become available when the determining factors are so complex. We must not rely on commerce and industry to provide the answers, but take on the challenge ourselves, like Buycott and the Cosmetic Database.

              To determine the footprint of a bowl of soup, for instance, we need to consider the efficiency of mass production vs individual preparation, plus transportation, plus growing factors for each ingredient, plus the container(s), plus…what else?

              What do you think about the discussion of the merits of recycled packaging that can’t be recycled, vs recyclable packaging that is made from raw materials?

              Thanks for joining this conversation.

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              1. The problem is that we cannot even hazard a guess at the product carbon footprint of our bowl of soup – only the produce supplier can measure that.

                Over the last decade a lot of Farm Shops have set up here in the UK. Although most customers think that they only sell local produce, in order to compete against supermarkets they too buy in products, and it is often hard to know what has been ‘imported’ in this way. If I were to buy tomatoes here today, they might have been flown in, shipped in, or grown locally in heated glasshouses. I have no idea, and I have no idea of the real carbon cost of their transport or production.

                Similarly, we assume that all recycling is good. However all our recycling from this little island is loaded into trucks, crosses to the mainland by ferry, and is then driven for more than an hour to reach the recycling plant. Whilst it helps us meet government targets for recycling, what I wonder is its carbon footprint?

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      1. I think reforesting the planet is necessary and effective. I believe many things are necessary re creating a sustainable future like scaling back the industrialization, revitalizing, permaculture, white roofs etc but my personal passion is reforestation-including remediation of all biomes of course not only forests. Prairies, estuaries, riverine habitats, deserts etc all are integral to Gaia’s “homeostasis circuitry”. Planting and caring for trees is simple though and can be done in cities to improve liveability as well as ameliorate food shortages due to drought and increased difficulty in shipping. It also significantly impacts humans relationship with the land. Imho that spiritual relationship is the key to our survival as a species as well as our attempts to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. Once we rebuild our relationship with the land then our societies will naturally flow with the ecosystems we are functional parts of-ie we will return to our functional place within the larger systems instead of behaving like cancer or ebola in the body of Gaia.
        Planting trees also shows rapid returns on many levels from carbon uptake to water cycle, to local temperatures and microclimates. Trees literally make the conditions humans thrive in. If reforestation becomes a global project with local actions everywhere it’s possible to grow trees we could double the effect of reducing carbon output. Plus the trees themselves would locally mitigate many climate change effects. Planting the right kinds can save lives as in mangroves buffering coastlines from rising seas and hurricane storm surges. Best of all it requires no money no government no changing the current flawed systems. Just seeds, people, water and love;-)( physical action and determination help too)

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        1. You are truly a Lorax, speaking for the trees! Are you also Johnny Appleseed, leaving seeds in your wake? (Why are both characters men!) Sylvana is my favorite feminine name for a comparable spirit.

          So, today I call you Sylvana. Thank you for pointing out so many reasons to reforest, and so many places where it is appropriate and valuable. You remind me of a family who bought a landscaped house. It was beautiful, until they realized that their neighbor had a yard full of fresh food, and theirs offered nothing to eat. Last I knew, they were struggling with the decision to replace what they had, that had been cultivated so artistically.

          Meanwhile, the food trees that we have planted usually get eaten by wildlife. The simply-foliage ones have been thriving, like red maple, spruces, beech (making homogeneous matts, unfortunately), oaks, cedars, and pines. I’m coaxing a peach tree along, sheltered on the south side of our house, on the East side of our greenhouse. Send it some love? Oh! We got our first harvest of apples last Fall from the trees that we fenced in years ago 🙂

          Hooray for tree nuts and fruit!

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    1. How nice of you to share this on your blog, Bob, and so say something so nice about it! Thank you! I hope that your readers get a laugh out of it, and then think twice.

      (I hope people don’t think that the video is by me. I reworded your comment to clarify. Please let me know if you have a problem with this)

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      1. No problem, Grace. Can’t even tell it’s changed! 🙂 Not sure about re-blogging etiquette. It’s so easy now with that Twitter-like icon. I re-blog rarely, but this is wonderfully concise, catchy, and direct. I am much more long-winded on my pet peeves. Climate change is a big one!

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        1. Shall I destroy all evidence of my editing? He he he. How sinister I feel, editing your comment. I never realized how vulnerable I am when I comment on other people’s blogs; they can delete what I wrote, and replace it with whatever they wish!

          Regarding reblogging etiquette, as long as the Reblog button is there, I figure anything is fair game. I ask first, but if I REALLY want to share it, and the author doesn’t respond in a timely manner, then I use the reblog button, hoping that they know that they can remove it, and willing to remove my post AND teach them how to prevent others from reblogging theirs. I’ve never had a problem.

          Notice that reblogging is also easy with the button on the top bar, in the row with the My Sites, Reader, Following, and Like icons.

          I send you some of our sunshine. Our snow was refreshed this week, so it reflects every ray that squeezes through the clouds. The sun is still low enough to pour in our windows, too. Long, late winter this year.

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          1. I get the impression that re-blogging is a kind of courtesy or validation. And it never occurs to me to edit a comment…but now that you mention it, how odd it is that WordPress doesn’t let the author of edit a comment but the recipient can. It seems so counter-intuitive.

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            1. When I return to hanging out at WordPress, I want to find out why WP doesn’t let us edit our own comments. I have goofed on html in comments, and then had to leave another comment to ask the blogger to fix it, and then explain how.

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  2. Every time I hear about climate change denial I think about the Planet Krypton and how everyone but Kal-El died because no one would listen to his father. I know it seems silly but when I read that as a kid I thought, Wow–they all died from stupidity.

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