Every good magician knows that the key to success is misdirecting the audience. You have to draw everyone’s attention away from your ultimate goal in order to perform the trick. Politics is no different, and one of the greatest misdirections in recent memory has been pulled off by the fossil fuel industry.
Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for the state of California. 2013 was the driest year in the state’s history – since records started being kept about 100 years ago. State water reservoirs are critically low and farmers, lawmakers, and environmentalists’ growing concerns have gone from a slow drip to a raging storm.
Outdoor air pollution, which is related significantly to fossil fuel burning is having major, steady and near-invisible negative health effects on both your life and the lives of your children. It is it also directly related to several of the biggest global causes of death and it causes approximately 11 to 13% of all deaths globally.
Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.
Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the key factors that ensure a livable planet for humans, with stark results.
California saw its hottest year, with annual average temperatures 4.1F (2.3C) higher than 20th century average, and scant relief for a punishing drought. For more about what has happened to all of our planet's lands and oceans in 2014 the hottest year on record, click here.
"We now need to re-stabilize our planet's climate. It has destabilized primarily due to the negative effects of global warming, which itself is caused by fossil fuel use and the Greenhouse gas effect. Human caused climate destabilization is an urgent matter and nothing like this has ever occurred before in human history." Lawrence Wollersheim
Listen carefully to the subtly changing official government message on climate change and global warming. The new official message is "prepare and adapt!"
Those in the know at the highest levels of the world's biggest institutions and governments have already been advised the battle for the climate has already been lost and and we are now in for "a whole lot of climate destabilization hurt coming down the road until the climate finds it new dynamic equilibrium level."
Agriculture will account for 70 per cent of global carbon emissions by 2050 compared with 25 per cent now, if global food production maintains a “business as usual” strategy, Jürgen Voegele of the World Bank has warned.
Our review of the most current climate research points towards passing the world's most commonly recognized critical global warming target of no more that 2 Degrees Celsius warming (over pre industrial levels,) in 2039 or sooner.
That is very very bad news for future generations. Here is what missing the 2 degree Celsius target (or even less than the two degree target means to your future,):
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