global warming

Port and Environment

Port of Olympia Marine Terminal has two main major clients, one is timber export, the other is proppant import. Both clients have questionable environmental impacts. Proppants are used in the hydraulic-fracturing process. Timber comes from clearcutting. Recently, the port has been appreciated for increasing its income to the point where it will no longer be operating at a financial loss. Much of this improvement is due to the hard work of port staffers, and they deserve commendation and congratulations for their hard work. Still, questions remain. If the port's business model depends on activities that harm the environment, then has the real cost to future generations been truly and accurately accounted for?

Here's a video of a recent bulk log carrier, the Aster K, loading up. As of the 1st of December, the Spinnaker SW has been loading logs.

Percival Landing Kiosk Shelter with Oyster Art History Exhibit
Percival Landing art exhibit, story of the Oysters of Budd Bay—Oysters have been in extreme decline, ever since over-harvesting and heavy industry combined to make conditions adverse.

Aster K — Bulk Log Carrier
Aster K, Weyerhauser ship, alongside Port Marine Terminal Pier

Dr. Wendy Ring MD, MPH, Climate 911: The Health Effects of Climate Change

99 minutes,

Dr. Wendy Ring visited Olympia in July, on the first leg of her continental bicycle tour to Washington D.C. on a route to follow the coal trains, and Keystone XL Pipeline, and other prominent features of the fossil fuel industry. The goal of her journey is to raise awareness amongst the healthcare community of the health effects of climate change. For more information about her effort please visit Climate 911: What's the emergency?.

Dr. Ring's Olympia presentation was sponsored by Physcians for Social Responsibility, Transition Olympia, and Olympia F.O.R.

Atmospheric CO2 concentration throughout the past 800,000 years or so

From the NOAA Carbon Tracker program:
Pumphandle 2012: Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide

Comment/Question: The Port of Olympia has been importing ceramic proppants which are used in the process deep well hydraulic fracturing. Hydro-fracking, or just "fracking" for short, is a form of extreme extraction of resources for energy, used in the quest to keep up supplies of fossil fuels.

In the face of a mounting tower of evidence over fossil fuel caused global warming and climate disruption, ocean acidification and sea-level rise, the Port of Olympia, according to the most recent issue of the Green Pages magazine, has gone out of its way to secure shipments to support this harmful industry.

Downtown Olympia is situated in a very precarious position in regard to sea-level rise. And there is potential for rapidly increasing rate of sea-level rise as industry caused global warming catches up with tremendous past extractions and consumption of energy, (and the side-effect production of greenhouse gas pollution.)

The Port has secured a direct relationship with the fossil fuel industry — the same industry that threatens the long-terms survivability of great swaths of diverse life on this planet.

In light of this reality, what do you think, and how do you feel?

Ghostbusters Clouds Over Olympia

Clouds over 5th Avenue in Olympia...glaciers, greenhouse gasses, and global warming
Clouds seen over 5th Avenue in Olympia, outside of Traditions Fair Trade, where I was to watch the must see film Chasing Ice, about glaciers, greenhouse gasses, and global warming.

I have been calling these types of clouds "Ghostbusters Clouds," and have been seeing them more and more often, sometimes associated with clouds that do not seem to be of the thunderstorm variety, though that is their usual association. They are technically referred to as "mammatus."

more photos at: (more photos from Friday 21 June 2013)

Global warming means changing weather patterns and extreme weather events.

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Global Temperature Has Reached 4,000 Year High

I read an article today that said the global temperature is at a 4,000 year high. The increase has been precipitous since the mid 19th century, from about 1850-1870 when industrial consumption of fossil fuels markedly increased. Here's a link: Global temperatures are at a 4,000-year high []

Global temperatures at 4,000 year high, after being at a 10,000 year low only 200 years ago?! That is scary! No?

Societal/Industrial activities have already had severe impacts the planet, and by many accounts, impacts are set to increase. Just that knowledge is enough to be psychologically disruptive, and damaging.

After all, what is the point of destroying the planet? Extreme riches for relatively few people? Can anyone's riches be justified when they depend upon harm to the well-being of planet and humanity?

Much of the living systems on the planet stand to be decimated, severely harmed, if not destroyed outright, and all for what? For a lifetime of luxury? How shallow is that! How uncivilized and inhumane!

What will the impacts be for Olympia? Who will pay for climate related impacts? Will it be those who have benefited most from fossil fuel extractions, or will costs be extracted from the common wealth? What do you think? 9:30 A.M. Monday 17 December 2012, Percival Landing High Tide

...Now, it is a beautiful sunny evening. Have a good evening, and a good weekend.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore.

Hey, Toto. 2 big blizzards in a couple of weeks. One of the complications of global warming is that the warmed atmosphere holds more water vapor and guess what? More water vapor means heavier snowfalls. Thanks to I scanned this piece quickly and did not see any mention of global warming or climate change. Same thing last week in the mainstream coverage of the snowstorm. Is it irresponsible not to give readers the background information? Last week was Storm Q (I like the Blizzard of Oz name better). This week is Storm R. I did spot some coverage that referenced the fact that the last 100 year snowstorm was two years ago when I was scanning the news for mainstream connections to the largest global story - global warming, but I think that coverage did not mention global warming either. Here is what Yahoo News is running on the second storm in two weeks:

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow.

Rally to Confront the Climate Crisis

Rally reminder! Confront the Climate Crisis, at the Washington State Legislature, Monday the 14th!

More information event listing, previous post: Sustainable Clean Energy = Jobs.

Poster by Gita Moulton, painting by Joseph Turner, 1820, "A Stormy Sky."

High Tide at Percival Landing

Percival Landing, 15 November 2012, 5:27 pm
A Lower High Tide at Percival landing, on Thursday the 15th of November 2012, at a little before 5:30 pm. This was a 15.1 foot tide, according to one source. Tomorrow morning at about 7:45 AM is predicted to be a 16.3 foot tide.

This tide-level, pictured in this photo, and predicted to be 15.1 feet, looked mighty darn close to some of the 17+ foot predicted higher high tides last year.

Climate Congress 2014 - The Contract with Climate

The election season is in full hysterical mode. The dems are beating on progressives who are fleeing to Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson, the repubs are beating on the dems with all the corporate money and psycho-linguistic technology they can muster and behind the scenes somewhere we have a bunch of faceless (poor things, they don't have faces) IT folks who are gearing up to do whatever they are supposed to do with the vote-counting technology to tabulate votes on November 6th.

Michael Connell will not be available to help with the information technology tasks in this election cycle. His private plane crashed and he was killed before he was available to testify about the 2004 Ohio vote-counting, "man in the middle" controversy.

There is lots to worry about in this election cycle even with the tragedy of Michael Connell's death in 2008. But let's get real, this election is in the can. Yes, we should all work on getting out the votes for progressive candidates, for local initiatives that might produce change, but the change is not coming by defeating Romney, the change is not coming in this election cycle. Our best progressive shot happens with the mid term election of 2014.

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