Metaphor for Climate Change

June 5, 2019

I gather this is movie footage. But makes the point.

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7 Responses to “Metaphor for Climate Change”

  1. jimbills Says:

    The Trump Administration is taking a new tact recently – stating that everything is actually getting better, and it’s just ‘fake news’ that it’s getting worse:
    https://news.yahoo.com/discounting-climate-change-epa-chief-faults-the-media-for-the-rise-of-bad-environmental-news-202438510.html

    Trump interview today in Britain:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/05/donald-trump-tells-prince-charles-us-is-clean-on-climate-change

    But Trump said he pushed back at the suggestion the US should do more.

    He said: “I did say, ‘Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.’ And it’s even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water. It’s crystal clean, has to be crystal clean clear.”

    Trump added: “China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water, and the sense of pollution. If you go to certain cities … you can’t even breathe, and now that air is going up … They don’t do the responsibility.”

    • redskylite Says:

      I understand industrial pollution in the air actually has a slight cooling affect and counteracts the GHG effect to some degree, also causes asthma, heart condition, cancer and dementia. Trump has a point on air quality, with the exception of the recent increase in U.S wildfire. Some people argue of the benefits the exploitation of fossil fuels have brought humanity. But at what cost.

      “Delhi, India’s vast central metropolis and the sprawling seat of government, has the deadliest air of all the world capitals – routinely exposing millions of its inhabitants to a shocking range of life-threatening diseases, which in turn cause thousands of fatalities every year.”

      https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2019/05/delhi-deadly-air-190529055623225.html

      • redskylite Says:

        Air pollution kills 100,000 Indian kids every year: Study

        “The noxious air hanging over India’s towns and cities kills more than 100,000 children under five every year, a damning study published on Wednesday for World Environment Day found.

        India has repeatedly failed to address environmental concerns. Last year a UN report found 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities were Indian.”

        https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2019/06/05/air-pollution-kills-100000-indian-kids-every-year-study

      • redskylite Says:

        Got air pollution? The 13-year-battle the Wasatch Front might be starting to win.

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it is proposing to remove the Salt Lake metro region from its nonattainment designation for violating 24-hour pollution standards for PM2.5 — a milestone sought for 13 years.

        If the Salt Lake region — which includes Davis and Salt Lake counties and portions of Weber, Box Elder and Tooele counties — meets attainment for the federal Clean Air Act standard, it will be the first time it’s been in compliance since 2006, when the threshold was revised.

        https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900073995/salt-lake-city-pollution-nonattainment-environmental-protection-agency-clean-air-act.html

      • redskylite Says:

        Here in the United States, air pollution is surprisingly getting worse in many locations. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air report for 2019 found that more than 141 million people live in U.S. counties that received at least one “F” in their unhealthy air report card. The report estimates that this is 7 million more people than their 2018 report.

        https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachel-licker/the-win-win-of-tackling-air-pollution

      • jimbills Says:

        He’s using a ‘point’ to ignore all the other ways the environment isn’t getting better (biodiversity, waste pollution like plastics, pesticide use, antibiotic use, agricultural runoff, topsoil loss, aquifer loss, and, oh yeah, climate change) – while at the same time actively working to weaken the EPA, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. It’s 100% BS.

        On just clean air and clean water, the U.S. has made large strides due to governmental action since we underwent the boom phase of industrialization. Losing a lot of manufacturing to other parts of the world also helped, as did a large switch from coal to NG. China and India, given time, will do the same. Is our air and water better on a national level (some regions are worse, many are better) than it was during rapid industrialization? Absolutely. Is it better on a national level than it was before industrialization? Absolutely not, and it won’t be for long time.


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