We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, February 6, 2015

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

Click here to access article by Andrea Thompson from Climate Central.
The relentless drought in California, now in its fourth year, has left the state with a dismal snowpack and below-normal stores in many reservoirs, which has hobbled the state’s agriculture and sent some communities to the brink of waterlessness, among numerous other impacts.
Although the information provided in this article focuses on California, the current weather and rising temperatures apply to the entire west coast of the US. Unlike California, we have received plenty of rain over the past several years, but the rain, because of higher temperatures, is falling onto the land and going right down to the sea. We have much less snow pack than usual, and water supply to the greater Seattle area depends on snow pack. Ski areas in the mountains are mostly closed. The warmer temperatures have been great for my heating bill, but otherwise they are deadly harbingers of things to come over the next decades. 

Meanwhile, TV talking heads employed by our ruling capitalist class, a class whose perspective is limited to next quarter's financial statements, report record temperatures as some kind of an achievement like the breaking of Olympic records. 

Meanwhile, try out an excellent interactive graphic from Climate Central at this link to see how your area's temperatures will change by 2100.