Arctic Spring a Month Earlier than a Decade Ago

Arctic mapIn yet another indication of the abrupt and serious warming occurring in the Arctic, researchers have found that Arctic spring has moved a month earlier in only a decade [more]. “Rising temperatures are causing snow to melt sooner than before, extending the summer period and dramatically disrupting the fragile ecosystem… They recorded a clear shift in the time of year plants came into flower, birds laid their first eggs and insects and other creatures emerged to forage for food.” Such patterns in the timing of annual biological and ecological events are called phenology [search], and these dramatic changes in phenology in an extremely short period of time reinforces the fact that something dramatic, awry and scary is happening with the Arctic's climate [search]. Changing phenology consistent with global heating is evident to a lesser extent around the world, as spring has generally advanced by 5.1 days a decade for animals and plants around the world, and 2.5 days a decade for European plants. In a geological or evolutionary time frame, these are amazinging dramatic and fast rates of change. And herewithin lies the greatest potential harm from human-induced climate change — that ecosystems will simply be unable to respond fast or well enough to essentially completely different climate regimes. Clearly the Arctic region's dramatic changing seasonality and loss of sea ice is the canary in the heatwave as far as indicating humanity and the Earth have a serious global warming problem that must be addressed strongly now.

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  1. YJ Draiman says:

    By YJ Draiman, Energy Development Specialist
    As you know, many serious problems are associated with our insatiable thirst for energy. The reason is simple: To gain the energy we must burn the fuels. The combustion, by the way quite inefficient, causes huge gaseous emissions polluting the air and forming an invisible screen responsible for the famous " green house effect ", i.e., blocking the dissipation of heat and thus causing the feared warming up of our planet, with deadly consequences for nature and man.
    There is only a finite amount of oil in the world. Everybody knows this.
    Someday, we'll run out. It will be gone.
    Meanwhile, our insatiable thirst for oil — which we burn — has put enormous sums of money into the hands of fanatics who hate us and everything we stand for, and who use that oil money to fund the terrorists who murder Jews and Americans wherever they can.
    We can't burn oil forever.
    And it's bad strategy to base our economy on cheap oil when we have to buy at least some of it from our enemies.
    Optimists tell us that the free market will eventually deal with the problem. Their theory is that as oil gets harder to extract cheaply, the price will go up; then other forms of energy will become economically attractive and we'll switch over to them.
    Here's why their optimism is nothing short of suicidal.
    First, there's no guarantee that without intense government-funded research and financial incentives now, the new energy sources will be available in quantities large enough to replace oil when it does run out.
    In other words, if we wait until it's an emergency, our economy could easily crash and burn for lack of energy sources sufficient to drive it.
    It's easy to supply energy for an economy that's only a tenth the size of the world's economy today. The question is how many people will die in the resulting chaos and famine, before new free-market equilibrium is established?
    Second, how stupid do we have to be to wait until we run out of oil before acting to prevent its waste as a fuel? Petroleum is a vital source of plastics. We could use it for that purpose for hundreds of generations — if we didn't burn any more of it. But if we wait till we've burned all the cheap petroleum, it won't be just fuel that we have to replace.
    Third, market forces don't do anything for our national defense, our national security. We had a clear warning back in the 1970s with the first oil embargo. What if terrorism in the Middle East specifically targets all oil exports, from many countries?
    And even if they keep the oil flowing, why are we pumping money into the pockets of militant extremists who want to destroy us? Why are we subsidizing our enemies, when instead we could be subsidizing the research that might set us free from our addiction to oil?
    You notice that I haven't said anything about polluting the environment. Because this is not an environmental issue.
    In the long run, it's an issue of whether we wish to provide for our children the same kind of prosperity that we've luxuriated in as a nation since World War II.
    It is foolish optimism bordering on criminal neglect that we continue to think that our future will be all right as long as we find new ways to extract oil from proven reserves.
    Instead of extracting it, we ought to be preserving it.
    Congress ought to be giving greater incentives and then creating mandates that require hybrid vehicles to predominate within the next five years.
    Within the next fifteen years, we must move beyond hybrids to means of transportation that don't burn oil at all.
    Within thirty years, we must handle our transportation needs without burning anything at all.
    Predicting the exact moment when our dependence on petroleum will destroy us is pointless.
    What is certain is this: We will run out of oil that is cheap enough to burn. We don't know when, but we do know it will happen.
    And on that day, our children will curse their forebears who burned this precious resource, and therefore their future, just because they didn't want the government to interfere with the free market, or some other such nonsense.
    The government interferes with the free market constantly. By its very existence, government distorts the market. So let's turn that distortion to our benefit. Let's enforce a savings program. But instead of putting money in the bank, let's put oil there.
    Oil in the bank … so our children and grandchildren for a hundred generations can slowly draw it out to build with it instead of burn it.
    Oil in the bank … so we'll be free of the threat of fanatics who seek to murder their enemies — including us — with weapons paid for at our gas pumps.
    Do you want to know who funded Osama bin Laden? We did. And we continue to do it every time we fill up.
    You don't have to be an environmental fanatic to demand that we control our greed for oil.
    In fact, you have to be dumb and a fool not to insist on it.
    But … foresight just isn't the American way. We always seem to wait until our own house is burning before we notice there's a wildfire.
    Oh, it won't reach us here, we tell ourselves. We'll be safe.
    Talk about foolish optimism.
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  2. YJ Draiman, Energy Consultant says:

    By YJ Draiman
    Our concern for future generations (R3) (Renewable natural resources)
    Rainwater harvesting and the utilization of grey-water is a must these days.
    As the world population is increasing and modernizing. The utilization of our natural resources such as water is becoming scarcer and more in demand.
    In order to conserve, we must utilize rainwater, and grey-water. This will also reduce water and sewer cost.
    There are many techniques today which are not expensive and can be accomplished with little effort. All you need is to be concerned about the future and take action to minimize your impact on the depletion of natural resources.
    We should also make it our utmost concern to make our home and or business energy efficient, and implement water conservation methods.
    Builders should be required by building code to design and build structures that are energy efficient and conserve on water and other natural resources. Reduce waste and utilize recycled materials.
    All citizens of the world should implement actionable conservation methods and living responsibly by contributing to the solution of sustainability.
    YJ Draiman, Energy Consultant
    Northridge, CA. 91325 -; 8/6/2007.
    A growing number of people are striving to make their homes more energy-efficient, and it's no wonder: Conserving energy saves homeowners money on gas and electric bills and contributes to a healthy environment. It can also make a home more comfortable.
    GREEN BUILDING – The goal of green building is to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and the people in them.
    RADIANT BARRIER – Radiant barrier is installed in buildings to minimize heat gain or loss, reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling and heating.
    Recent technological improvements in building elements and construction techniques, and heating, ventilation, and cooling systems, allow most modern energy saving ideas to be seamlessly integrated into any type of house design without sacrificing comfort, health, or aesthetics.

  3. Today's economic crisis is greater peril than World War II
    Today we are losing the economic war to foreign nations, hungry people, increased unemployment, housing crisis, Trillions in deficits, various Cities and States on a verge of Bankruptcy.
    Worse we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    Our education system is faltering. Values and morality are disintegrating.
    This is a bigger war than World War II.
    How do we overcome these crises? It is imperative we reverse the trend.
    We must work together to overcome the current crises.
    We have to be creative and resourceful.
    We have to drastically reduce our fossil fuel consumption
    Anyone has a logical and profound answer, I would like to hear.
    I have a feeling it is going to get worse, before it gets better.
    YJ Draiman, Northridge, CA
    "It is, regrettably, no exaggeration to say that we are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusion, anger, and unfocused fear — an ominous combination, with few precedents. There has never been a time when it was so important to have a voice of sanity, insight, and understanding of what is happening in the world."
    The US economy has disintegrated, and with it into the abyss plummet the blueprints of neoliberal economists, whose theories about “the free market” have now gone the way of medieval alchemy.
    We need honest government with integrity.
    "Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion"
    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
    As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
    Action speaks louder than words.

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