We have a literal world of evidence that climate change is real

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Climate change is a myth invented by the Chinese government to undermine U.S. manufacturing, at least according to Donald Trump.

If so, those Chinese are tricky dudes. Among other things, they’ve apparently hacked into computers at NASA, which has announced that globally, July of 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded.

That followed June of 2016, which was the hottest June ever recorded, just as May was the hottest May and April the hottest April. Every month since last October has been the hottest such month ever recorded, and once the data are final, August may become the 11th consecutive month to join that list.

In addition, NASA points out, the rate of warming far exceeds anything in the planetary records going back some 800,000 years. Using data from petrified tree rings, glacial ice, sedimentary rock and other sources, they estimate that the planet is warming 10 times faster than in previous, naturally caused warming. If the warming continues as predicted, it will exceed 20 times the natural pace.

The evidence doesn’t stop there. Last year, 2015, was the hottest year ever recorded globally. The previous champion had been 2014. According to Gavin Schmidt, climatologist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, there’s a 99 percent chance that 2016 will top both of them, producing three consecutive years of record heat globally.

And a global phenomenon is being felt locally as well.

Down along the Georgia coast, rising sea levels are causing widespread alarm from officials who had previously denied the existence of climate change. Scientists at Climate Central predict that under moderate sea-rise assumptions, record flooding of at least three feet above high tide will strike the Georgia coast by 2040, affecting billions of dollars in property and more than 170,000 acres.

“Under high-range projections, floods exceeding 4 feet – a level not seen in the past 100 years – become every-year events by 2060” all along the Georgia coast, the study warns. Savannah, Sea Island, Tybee Island — all would be threatened.

In south Georgia, longtime farmers report weather patterns never before witnessed, and researchers warn that native plants and animals will have to migrate northward, and quickly, to escape the heat. “A lot of them are going to have a hard time,” says Jenny McGuire, a research scientist at Georgia Tech and co-author of a new report on climate-change adaptability. “For plants and animals in the East, there is a higher potential for extinction due to an inability to adapt to climate change. We have a high diversity of amphibians and other species that are going to struggle.”

And of course, the drought has returned. Climate models have long predicted that global warming would create more intense drought and fewer but more intense rain events here in the Southeast, and that’s the pattern that seems to be occurring.

Those models also predict that higher levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would keep the heat from dissipating at night, producing many more evenings in which the air conditioners keep humming. Through Sept. 13, we have experienced a record 58 consecutive days in which overnight temperatures have remained above 70 degrees, according to the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City. The last time we enjoyed temperatures in the 60s was on June 21. Here in Atlanta, we’ve so far endured 82 days of temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. The annual average is 37 days.

In short, we have a whole world of evidence — literally — that global climate change is real and serious. And yet sheer cussedness still stifles effective action.

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Gerald Bedgood
Gerald Bedgood

Not as much evidence as we have that Bookman is an Idiot, which is the only job requirement at today's AJC.

Dona Elaine Hubbs
Dona Elaine Hubbs

What the weather is going to be like in 1 million years is not on my list of things to worry about today..probably not next week..and even next year looks booked. Pretend to be a real journalist someday Bookman, and surprise us all.

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "Trump said the pastor was nervous but the video doesn't show that at all"


@BuckEye


What do you expect from a lying narcissistic 


deplorable irredeemable con man who will


lie at the drop of a hat.


Everyone who saw it  could see that she


was firm and she shut him down.


He was the one nervous  because she caught


him off guard and he responded....


"ok ok ok ok ".


SHE MADE HIM LOOK LIKE A FOOL.


I bet he won't mess with another


STRONG BLACK WOMAN!

honested
honested

Back to the topic.

Another 70' morning and another 90' day.

Plants will probably go dormant a few days later than last year.

The pattern has been creeping later every year for a decade.

Heck, I have to cut my grass several weeks later than I did in the '80s.

But the deplorables would rather ignore the obvious.

TicTacs
TicTacs

Don J. "Fonda"  -- debates will sink him some.

breckenridge
breckenridge

In 4 years, if we look back and lament, "gee those candidates we had in 2016 weren't really that bad"..............then even I will agree the End Times are at hand.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@breckenridge

Short of a mass murderer, child rapist or someone like Bernie Madoff, Trump is about as low as we can go.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Trump showing again he's not very presidential.

Trump said the pastor was nervous but the video doesn't show that at all

"She was so nervous,” Trump said this morning on “Fox and Friends.” “She was a nervous mess, and so I figured something -- I figured something was up, really,"

The interruption didn't bother him, he said, adding that "everyone plays their games." He also emphasized how pleased he was with what he described as support he received from the audience.

The church pastor was not as enthusiastic.

"When he asked to come in to make a statement and the statement went beyond what was originally said, I asked him to stick to what was originally said," Timmons said after the Wednesday event.

honested
honested

@BuckeyeGa 

Face it, chump doesn't respect the terms of any contract, written or verbal.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

The R's on the blog like to talk about the MSM being an arm of the Democratic Party.  If the MSM is so in the tank for the Dems, why hasn't any major US news organization reported on the John Doe Papers?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@PaulinNH 

But that presupposes that 'being an arm of the Democratic Party' is equivalent to being partisan through-and-through, 'all the way down' as it were. 

But partisanship is not the be-all end-all, as Democrats know very well, even if their Republican counterparts (like a horny teen male who just wants to get laid) have more trouble remembering it. Partisanship is just a means of securing and reproducing the system as a whole.

Democrats and affiliated media are quite straightforward about their desire to work with the opposition, even if that's not returned by that opposition. Democrats are more 'rational' and 'responsible' in that respect, if you will. See my comments elsewhere about Democrats being the 'designated drivers' for Republicans, by which I DON'T mean they're simply more responsible in the sense of good governance. They're more reliable in looking out for the big-picture interests of the system, i.e. keeping the left down and the right in power, but not TOO powerful.That's the Democratic function in the system and I think helps explain things like their curious unwillingness to pursue partisan advantage at when certain openings appear.

TBS
TBS

I used to work with s guy who was fairly conservative. He did long for some of the old southern Dem days but was more than happy to vote Republican and donate his time and money to them.

He was never a "liberal media" guy and would chastise his fellow Rs / cons who would go on and on about this very issue

His opinion was that while the media was far from perfect they were mostly in it for the money and in most cases "when it bleeds it leads"

He was of the thinking the media in general does more harm than good

He didn't want them censored or anything but he had strong opinions about them

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH  The Dems are just as in hock to the donors as the Repubs - and the US media (which is ignoring the John Doe Papers revelations) supports the same system as well.  They love spending on election campaigns, even if it comes from corrupt, dark pools of money - that ad revenue carries the load.

honested
honested

Was chump under any sort of medication when he was suffering the 'birther' delusions or was that entire episode untreated?

Is he subject to any other impromptu delusions?

Is the condition persisitent?


This is a legitimate question.  Why isn't the press asking?

Matt Woodard
Matt Woodard

Climate change IS real. Man-made climate change is a hoax.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

TBS

On a scale of 1 to 10 what's your confidence level that Trump will win?

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And by the very same token, wonder if maybe we'll see just a tad less bravado from Hedley Lamar that a Hillary Clinton rout is a lock. In light of recent developments. 

TBS
TBS

Not sure what Hedley has to do with my question to DIA based on his comment?

I know you and Hedly like to pillow fight but Hedly like you is free to banter away.

Since we went off topic I read the other day where one blogger was speaking of the progs sweating it and their emotions go with the polls. Yet he is the very one who doesn't say much about the polls except when they tighten. Guess he is a little on the emotional side, huh?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@TBS 

Not sure what Hedley has to do with my question to DIA based on his comment?

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Nothing. But turnabout - and change of subject - is fair game here as far as I know. 


I know you and Hedly like to pillow fight but Hedly like you is free to banter away. 

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This is one thing I have to say that bugs me.
Why do you refer to my disputes with him with the dismissing, sanitizing term "pillow fight", as though it's not just as serious as the differences between supposed liberals and conservatives here? 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

So Donnie answer the question tbs asked to DIA. On a scale of 1 to 10 what's your confidence level that Trump will win

TBS
TBS

Take a joke. You love to joke and banter when you are on the offensive so take it when it comes back.

I myself have had several back and forths with Hedly. Sometimes I don't know if he is just joking to keep the banter going or serious.

So pardon me if I continue to chuckle from some of those back and forths you two engage in

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@BuckeyeGa 

I would say the chances have moved up slightly in the past 2 weeks from 1 in 10 to maybe somewhere around 3 in 10.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

I should have read farther down before posting..I didn't see this

honested
honested

@TBS Pretty much what he is calling former Secretary Powell.

What terminology does the chumpster use to define his period of delusions over nonsense like birth certificates?

At the very least, it was 'messy'.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

The question of the day:  Can Hillary recover from her weekend from hell?  She's tumbling.  It's hard to stop once it starts tumbling down the hill.

TBS
TBS

On a scale of 1 to 10 what's your confidence level that Trump will win?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@DownInAlbany Is she tumbling in support or are Libertarians done with Governor "What is Aleppo?"

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@DownInAlbany

Really? A few weeks ago Der Trumpenführer was tumbling downhill at terminal velocity. And now - at least according to the media - he's pulled back. 

What's good for the goose is also good for the gander, Down.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@DownInAlbany 

Come on, you really don't believe that Hillary Clinton's rough patch is going to turn into a tailspin from which she can't recover, do you?

TBS
TBS

Well he can hope... He seemed to hold on to the HC is going to be indicted to the bitter end.

And we shall see how far she falls.

Interesting thing is that Trump isn't going up as much in the polls as she is falling over the last few weeks.

Can he break through his ceiling or does she keep falling and he doesn't need to do anything but maintain?

skydog12
skydog12

@DownInAlbany 


In 11 days she will tumble onto the orange ferrets head. 

The Donald has never in his life had to take responsibility for his words. Now he will.


The true author of Trumps book says Hils or anybody else will have a tough time dealing with a pathological liar. 

Karma and world hatred/fear will take its toll on ferret boy.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@ByteMe @DownInAlbany You may as well face the reality, Byte.  She stayed hidden away from any real public appearance for months on end.  She was protected in a very secretive, secure bubble.  She ventures out into public for a 9/11 memorial and she ends up passing out.  9 hours later, its reported that she has pneumonia.  Because of her propensity to only tell what she wants to tell, practically no one trusts her.  She has fractured the party.  The world will be watching her every step now because of the skepticism that she has brought on herself.  IF she faints again.....

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS I have no confidence that he will win, TBS.  None.  I give y'all heck about Hillary...I honestly am not convinced that I'll vote for Trump.  I can't sit this one out.  There are too many local issues on the ballot.  I may skip the presidential part of the ballot. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@DownInAlbany @TBS

If you genuinely believe he has zero shot at winning, then I think you are even more naïve than I thought you were.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS You are correct, TBS.  I stand by the fact that Comey spelled out every reason to recommend an indictment.  Check the polls.  I'm in the majority when I say that the FBI screwed up.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@skydog12 @DownInAlbany I don't think that karma has quite decided who to rain down on, just yet.  But, keep speaking of "karma."  Your smugness will make it all more enjoyable to watch!

skydog12
skydog12

@Eye wonder @DownInAlbany @TBS


Put me in the naive boat too.


I`m not saying zero chance, but his chances are very slim.


But what do I know, I put money on the Falcons last weekend.

TBS
TBS

Don't skip. I'd rather you vote Trump three times instead of skipping.

Right know I'd say Trump isa 2.5 to 3 on that scale.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS I disagree, TBS.  I think they will hold a lot more sway over the undecideds.  You and me?  Not so much.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@breckenridge @DownInAlbany @ByteMe I agree TOTALLY with your last sentence.  I've enjoyed that a bit myself.  I guess that's part of the reason that I kinda like him.  He's a rebel.  Doesn't mean he'd make a good President, but, he's shaking the foundations of the establishment and I think all of us should be thankful for that.

TBS
TBS

I think folks on both sides are putting too much on the debates. Overall I don't think he will come across as knowledgable as her but ....these debates, which aren't much more than infomercials, lend themselves to someone like him getting all loud and throwing out one-liners / sound bites. Media and many people who watch seem to walk away talking about the one-liners as much as any real substance

breckenridge
breckenridge

@DownInAlbany @ByteMe 

Based on the comments regularly posted here, I would say no, she has not fractured the party.  Nor have I seen a no-Hillary group emerge from the democratic side.

Now Trump? He has absolutely fractured the republican party.


TBS
TBS

The majority and even the minority didn't have access to the info that lead to no indictment.

A person might receive fall out as HC has for the email issue but any guilt in the court of public opinion in and off itself has no relevance to guilt or innocence based on the law.

TBS
TBS

I could be wrong but I just don't see it

Last time Romney was said to have one the first debate but then let his foot off the gas

Did he let his foot off the gas or did Obama make adjustments to thwart Romney's attack?

Either way how much did it change the outcome?