Smithsonian Releases Statement on Climate Change: “Climate Change will affect Everything.”

October 4, 2014

30 years late to the party but significant in that this magazine is on a lot of conservative coffee tables.

Smithsonian Magazine:

As humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid rate, the need to inform and encourage change has become ever more urgent. The situation is becoming critical for wild species and for the preservation of human civilization. Recognizing this urgency, the Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and impacts of climate change.

With special emphasis on the Smithsonian’s 160-year history and tradition of collection, research and global monitoring, the statement delivers a bold assessment: “Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases generated by human activities.”

“The 500 Smithsonian scientists working around the world see the impact of a warming planet each day in the course of their diverse studies,”reads the statement. “A sample of our investigations includes anthropologists learning from the Yupik people of Alaska, who see warming as a threat to their 4,000-year-old culture; marine biologists tracking the impacts of climate change on delicate corals in tropical waters; and coastal ecologists investigating the many ways climate change is affecting the Chesapeake Bay.”

“What we realized at the Smithsonian is that many people think that climate change is just an environmental topic,” says John Kress, acting undersecretary of science at the Smithsonian. “It’s much more than that. Climate change will affect everything.”

Smithsonian Statement on Climate:

Rapid and long-lasting climate change is a topic of growing concern as the world looks to the future. Scientists, engineers and planners are seeking to understand the impact of new climate patterns, working to prepare our cities against the perils of rising storms and anticipating threats to our food, water supplies and national security. Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases generated by human activities. A pressing need exists for information that will improve our understanding of climate trends, determine the causes of the changes that are occurring and decrease the risks posed to humans and nature.

The 500 Smithsonian scientists working around the world see the impact of a warming planet each day in the course of their diverse studies. A sample of our investigations includes anthropologists learning from the Native people of Alaska, who see warming as a threat to their 4,000-year-old culture; marine biologists tracking the impacts of climate change on delicate corals in tropical waters; and coastal ecologists investigating the many ways climate change is affecting the Chesapeake Bay.

21 Responses to “Smithsonian Releases Statement on Climate Change: “Climate Change will affect Everything.””

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    “30 years late to the party but significant in that this magazine is on a lot of conservative coffee tables” says it perfectly. Good news and yet another hole in the dike that the Koch brother’s flunkies will have to stick a finger in.

    And one wonders if the 500 Smithsonian scientists waged some kind of internal war and rebellion to get the Smithsonian to “join the party”. Took them long enough, considering that they too are probably 97 to 3 convinced of AGW.

  2. Bill Lorch Says:

    I used to get this” Mag-Rag””An have noted it is a right wing rag I dropped my sub. to it as i was hoping to read something about the mound builders and the giants of north Am. But no such luck. These folks have the skeletons of these giant peoples stashed away . What is the Smithsonian afraid of? And why is this org. keeping things hidden from the public? Besides being a right wing mag-rag (Natural reason for fear), I will not support a public instution that hides “STUFF” from us.

  3. omnologos Says:

    It’s just PR copy in support of their “Living in the Anthropocene”

    James J. Hack, Rachel Kyte, George Luber, Admiral Thad Allen and Thomas L. Friedman will speak at the Smithsonian Institution on October 9, 2014 at a one-day symposium entitled, “Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security,” 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To get your ticket, RSVP to Consortia@si.edu by October 7.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-announces-official-climate-change-statement-180952822/

    It is quite sad to find out nobody really worries about climate change for the change in climate. Bandwagons all around.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      I’m tired. Would anyone else care to explain to Omno that he should keep his mouth shut when he knows not of what he speaks? That he has it backwards? That the Symposium is in support of the statement on climate change and not the other way around?

      And can someone make sense out of this for me? Omno truly is losing it.

      “It is quite sad to find out nobody really worries about climate change for the change in climate. Bandwagons all around”.


      • You have me beat. What exactly did he say? I need a translation.

        Did he say that climate change is only about climate change? That there were no consequences from it that we should pay attention to?

        • dumboldguy Says:

          I have no idea what that gibberish was supposed to mean. That’s why I asked for help. Now there are two of us who need a translation.


          • Its not Italian. Seems like some language distorted by a mental aberration. Don’t think it can be translated. Surgery or drugs might help. In rare cases, large round glasses can apply pressure to the brain…

          • dumboldguy Says:

            I don’t think Omno understands Italian anyway. I’ve thrown a lot of it at him in various comments on multiple threads and he never responds to it.

            You are correct in thinking surgery or drugs might help. I read somewhere that Italian brain tumors often respond well to liberal applications of Preparation H. I would recommend that to Omno, but I’m not sure he can find his “brain”, even when using two hands.

          • omnologos Says:

            you mobsters don’t worry me.

            so to recap…this is the first official statement – there you contradict yourself.

            and it happened just a few days before an Anthropocene event that most would not have been on anybody’s radar. QED. No event, no statement.

  4. mbrysonb Says:

    The key is equivalence– the confusionist’s mantra is an endless cycle of ‘both sides do it,’ ‘it’s all political,’ ‘alarmists are the problem,’ ‘nothing can be done,’ etc. Repeat as required to ensure nothing is done about whatever inconvenient truth is before us.

    • omnologos Says:

      I see that there is a good reason why you guys are so alarmed by climate change. Even simple English escapes your grasp.

      I also see the refugium peccatorum of blaming some evil conspiracy is never too far. Anyways:

      1. The Smithsonian is 30 years late to the party – we all agree on it – at least, I agree with Greenman

      2. The Smithsonian has been building up an Anthropocene initiative

      3. The initiative is gearing up big, starting with a Very Important public debate on Thursday

      4. However, Anthropocene is a bit of a mouthful. How to make it more relevant and widely known? But of course, by getting finally a Smithsonian statement on climate change a few days before the Very Important public debate

      This is a tried-and-tested technique to increase visibility: jump on a bandwagon that could be linked to your topic of concern.

      5. The PR nature of the exercise is further demonstrated by the absence in the Smithsonian statement of ANY detail however minute that is either new, or never said before, or controversial. It’s basically a summary of what other science conglomerates have been saying, filtered to the smallest common conformist denominator.

      In other words, the Smithsonian is not interested in climate change per se. It is interested in using climate change to bring publicity to its Anthropocene thingy. Simple, clear, straight and not a sign of any conspiracy in sight.

      • Gingerbaker Says:

        Ok, thanks – I get your point now. 🙂

        Actually I am lying. I don’t know what your point is. I don’t think YOU know what your point is, since you still can’t explain in cogently. And I don’t think you actually cares what your point is. And, as usual, I don’t care anymore what you think your point is.

        All that is important to you is to make a criticism of something, anything that makes it seems like you can perceive something negative in the world that we have missed.

        And this is what you do, despite the fact that we all tell you we don’t appreciate your comments and want you to go away. The fact that you don’t go away, or stop posting your pathetic commentaries – at this point – seems to be consonant with a recent article about trolls:

        http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html

        I am never going to respond to another post of yours. Sigh, if only this was a forum with an “Ignore” button.

        • omnologos Says:

          fine by me. The question on why the Smithsonian woke up right now after decades of sleep shall remain unanswered, except than by me.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Gingerbaker speaks for all of us in his farewell comments to Omnos. I am close to doing that myself. Omno’s D-K is becoming insufferable, and his continuing display of ignorance of so many things as he runs his mouth about them is enough to make one puke.

            Omno says to gingerbaker, “fine by me. The question on why the Smithsonian woke up right now after decades of sleep shall remain unanswered, except than by me”. He goes into a long and incoherent rant in response to mbrysonb that only displays his ignorance about the Smithsonian and “the Anthropocene”.

            “The Smithsonian is 30 years late to the party” was a rhetorical statement, one of Peter’s clever openings, and it is actually NOT true, bur Omno doesn’t know that. The important part of the opening is “the magazine being on conservative coffee tables”. No we DON”T “all agree on it” and Omno has not the faintest understanding of what Greenman (or I) said here.

            The Smithsonian has NOT been building up an “Anthropocene Initiative”, the initiative has been in existence for years, and this latest symposium is just a continuation in the series, with no greater or lesser weight than those that went before.

            The Statement on Climate is something that LOTS of organizations, companies, governments, schools, etc. are doing mow as more folks recognize the seriousness of the problem. The timing of the release of the statement and the symposium is no big deal and no evil conspiracy that people need to pray to Mary about for forgiveness.

            The Smithsonian is made up of 20 or so specialized and separate museums under one umbrella. They all conduct lecture series and symposia, and those occur in one or the other of the museums on an almost daily basis. There is no “gearing up big” or “Very Important public debate” here, just more of the same initiative that has been going on for years.

            Perhaps Omno would know that if he lived 30 miles outside DC as I do, and visited various Smithsonian museums, as I do. He needs to get out of his mother’s basement more often (or learn better search skills—-it’s not like there is no on-line data available on .

            Omno says, “The PR nature of the exercise is further demonstrated by the absence in the Smithsonian statement of ANY detail however minute that is either new, or never said before, or controversial. It’s basically a summary of what other science conglomerates have been saying, filtered to the smallest common conformist denominator”.

            Well DUH and double DUH……if I understand all that, he is saying that the Smithsonian has issued a statement of concern about the climate that is EXACTLY THE SAME as what EVERYONE else in the world is saying (except for the ever-decreasing small band of deniers). How is that “PR”?

            In a final burst of confusion, delusion, and mindlessness, Omno makes the insane statement that “…. the Smithsonian is not interested in climate change per se. It is interested in using climate change to bring publicity to its Anthropocene thingy”. “Thingy?” “THINGY?” I think Omno has once again stepped on HIS “thingy” here with all this foolishness.

            (And “Simple, clear, straight and not a sign of any conspiracy in sight” CANNOT be used to describe anything Omno has ever said, except with sarcastic and ironic meaning).

          • omnologos Says:

            wow. you can put together a seemingly cogent line of thoughts. hopefully you haven’t died of exhaustion since, otherwise condolences.

            Now if you can show me previous Smithsonian statements on climate change, for example. I can already hear the patter of conservative feet marching towards DC having read it all from the SI.

          • redskylite Says:

            You are joking now – The Smithsonian were the first to disribute temerature monitoring stations around the US in the mid 19th century, they run articles on climate change effects all the time (not only modern changes) maybe you should visit their web-site, and you are in luck the Smithsonian may well be coming to London Town, where you can roam and increase your wondrous knowledge.

            This article was from 2012 and titled THE ANTHROPOCENE:
            PLANET EARTH IN THE AGE OF HUMANS – I’m sure that is not the earliest. Please show a bit of respect for the old girl. You’re the one on the “bandwagon”.

            Click to access anthropocene-symposium-program-11_oct_2012.pdf

          • redskylite Says:

            I visit this link daily for the latest on climate change from the Smithsonian.

            http://smithsonianscience.org/category/research-topics/climate-change/

          • dumboldguy Says:

            LOL The thought that you could drive me to the grave is quite funny. In my professional career I used to deal with ignorant toads like you a dozen at a time and in my spare time.

            Did you not see that this is the Smithsonian’s FIRST OFFICIAL STATEMENT on climate change? How can I show you a previous one if this is the first?

            And get your lazy butt working and google the Anthropocene Initiative. If you can comprehend the English, you will see that it has its roots back in 2009, and this is not the first symposium with that subject.


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