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This comes from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Climate-change denial feels the heat

By Peter Hannam

Scepticism about climate change in Australia may be something else that will melt during the nation's great heatwave.

''There's a powerful climate change signal in extreme weather events in Australia,'' said Joseph Reser, an adjunct professor at Griffith University's school of applied psychology. ''The current heatwave is outside people's experience.''

The article points to a couple of public opinion surveys. The first one in mid 2011 reported that 39 per cent of respondents viewed climate change as ''the most serious problem facing the world in the future if nothing is done to stop it." In the recent survey fully two thirds said climate change in a problem for us "right now".
Conditions across the country in recent days would provide evidence to support this view. A delayed monsoon over northern Australia has left a string of high-pressure systems to dominate weather patterns over the continent for a fortnight. Temperatures have reached 49 degrees in some areas while the country posted a record average temperature of 40.33 degrees last Monday. Seven of the 20 hottest average maximum days have a 2013 time stamp.

Just 4.2 per cent of the survey's 4347 respondents selected the option ''there is no such thing as climate change'' and 8.5 per cent could be considered strong sceptics, Professor Reser said.

He said a ''remarkable'' finding was 45 per cent of respondents reported direct personal experience of climate change. By contrast, the ratio in the US was about a quarter, he said.

That experience included floods (29 per cent), bushfires (23 per cent) and cyclones (18 per cent).

With the climatic change spawning increasingly extreme weather events with increasing frequency that segment of the population that takes climate change seriously may finally be changing here in the United States. Especially wen we see the staggering destruction and rebuilding costs associated with events like Hurricane Sandy. Events that are outside our range of experience. These anomalous extreme weather events will only multiply geometrically as time goes on, as a new study from the National Climate Assessment points out.
Effects of climate change will be felt more deeply in decades ahead, draft report says  

By Juliet Eilperin, Published: January 11

A federal advisory panel released a draft report Friday on how Americans can adapt to a changing climate, a more than 1,000 page tome that also sums up what has become increasingly apparent: The country is hotter than it used to be, rainfall is becoming both more intense and more erratic, and rising seas and storm surges threaten U.S. coasts.

The draft of the third National Climate Assessment warns that with the current rate of global carbon emissions, these impacts will intensify in the coming decades.

Climate Change isn't a problem that stands alone, it is a one part of a series of other alarming developments (like accelerating species loss) that form a very alarming web of a much larger problem: The general degradation of our environmental quality.  

I urge you to take the time to watch this important video (with a hat tip to FinchJ) It may be of the most important things I have watched on this site.


For much more see FinchJ's outstanding diary:

Introduction to Agroecology: Holistic Management- Cattle, Cause or Cure for Climate Crisis?

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  •  Republishing this so more get a chance to see it (23+ / 0-)

    Originally publish last night, it did make the Rec list briefly, only to be bumped off by a dog video.

    Electing people who don't believe in government to Congress, is like installing an atheist as pastor of a church. If they don't believe in the institution or its goals, they won't care if it does a good job for its members.

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 10:02:27 AM PST

  •  By the end of 2013 (9+ / 0-)

    American climate change denialists will find their numbers shrinking radically as well. The drought and heat waves we'll be facing will see to that.

    •  Many will prove shockingly stubborn. (7+ / 0-)

      Consider the "debate" on evolution.

      But your point is well-taken. Each year from here on out, denial will become less tenable, especially as more people each year are directly affected.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 10:38:05 AM PST

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      •  There's a hard core of 25-30% of Americans (7+ / 0-)

        who are impervious to facts that conflict with their religious worldview, and they form the core of the GOP base; this group is basically the same as the teabaggers. These are the folks who still think that George W. Bush did a great job, that Obama hates white people and capitalism, and that Adam and Eve had dinosaurs for neighbors in the Garden of Eden 5,000 years ago. It's a waste of time trying to convince them that they're idiots. It's the rest of the country that we have to convince.

        •  A.k.a., "Birchers." (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:

          They've been hammered with Far Right propaganda in straight lines from McCarthy to the Birch Society to Nixon to Reagan to the Bushes to Murdoch.

          What was once the odd-sounding stuff on smelly mimeograph fliers is now the content of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page.

          Today's elected Bircher Republicans make Lyndon LaRouche's followers look relatively sensible.

          LaRouche wouldn't block the Federal government from paying its legal debts.

          "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

          by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 01:58:41 PM PST

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      •  People know what normal climate is like (6+ / 0-)

        and when too many things outside their range of experiences start happening they change their opinion.
        That's what happened in Australia.

        Electing people who don't believe in government to Congress, is like installing an atheist as pastor of a church. If they don't believe in the institution or its goals, they won't care if it does a good job for its members.

        by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 10:50:35 AM PST

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  •  tipped/rec'd (3+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, bontemps2012, Rogneid

    I caught finchj's diary sat. afternoon, and have spent two days learning and reading about so many things...agroecology, permaculture, polyface farm, etc. I spent hours on the PRI site alone (Permaculture Resource Institute).

    I'm fascinated and feel so opened up to new, enlightening ideas. Thanks for highlighting his work.

    Mrs M

  •  I fine it strange (5+ / 0-)

    That all we seem to talk about here is guns which in the short run will kill much fewer people than climate change and it's related effects..Climate Change is the most pressing problem of humanity and needs to be addressed and plans for mitigation made right now. Not phony fiscal cliffs, imaginary coins, etc, etc, that fill these front pages...Diaries such as this should be front and center every day. Anyone over 40 living anywhere in the US, if aware of their surroundings can see it comparing the climate of their youth.


    by profewalt on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:15:44 AM PST

    •  Also, keep in mind the grandmother (3+ / 0-)
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      with the five grandchildren hunkered down in water with fire in the background. The Allen family.

      That was at the southeast corner of Tasmania.

      About as far south as Cape Cod is north.

      43 South = 43 North.

      Imagine huge forest fires wiping out Cape Cod, after destroying Connecticut and Rhode Island.

      Sounds like the Russian fires. Moscow is at 56 North.

      We are looking at similar risks come summer. Seriously.

      And we've screwed up the Western forests by preventing natural fire from clearing away the underbrush. That's been going on for decades, only slightly restored to normal recently. There's way too much fuel in those forests.

      We could lose the forested areas of Colorado. All of it.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 02:18:59 PM PST

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  •  Thoughts for President Obama on the environment. (3+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, Creosote, Rogneid

    Mr. President,
    Will your State of the Union address mention man made global warming? Will it mention that the completion of the Keystone Pipeline has been scientifically shown to vastly accelerate the rate of global weather disrupting CO2 emissions? Will you reference the fact that Native Americans in this country and Canada are having their land and their heath damaged by this pipeline and that American farmers are the next inadvertent targets?. Will you mention that the added CO2 will contribute to the next Hurricanes stronger than Sandy or Katrina? Will you use this as a teaching moment exposing that the Canadian oil will be piped to refineries and then shipped around the world to the highest bidder while the environmental disasters stay in this country?

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:33:01 PM PST

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