Friday, June 22, 2018
Climate of Doubt
Kato… are you talking about climate change and global warming?
Oh yes, I am… Diane, how come you’ve grimaced all of a sudden.
You see, Kato… Quite a few people say, the ice at the North Pole is melting and we’ll be drowned in the near future… I’m sick and tired of hearing such a mambo jumbo.
Well… But if it’s true, what would you say?
Kato, do you really believe such a crap?
Oh yes, I read the following news article in the local town papers:
Antarctica’s ice melt has trippled
in just one decade
If this continue, the planet will be
in big trouble
By Chris Mooney
The Washington Post
Wed., June 13, 2018
Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 180 billion tonnes of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimetre every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.
The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded.
If the acceleration continues, some of scientists’ worst fears about rising oceans could be realized, leaving low-lying cities and communities with less time to prepare than they had hoped.
The result also reinforces that nations have a short window — perhaps no more than a decade — to cut greenhouse-gas emissions if they hope to avert some of the worst consequences of climate change.
Antarctica, the planet’s largest ice sheet, lost 199 billion tonnes of ice annually from 2012 through 2017 — approximately triple the 66 billion-tonne melt rate of a decade ago, the scientists concluded.
From 1992 through 1997, Antarctica lost 44 billion tonnes of ice annually.
But, Kato, the above article is about the South Pole, isn’t it?
Oh yes, however, the situation is the same… At both Poles, the ice is melting.
You know, Kato, you don’t worry about climate change too much.
Why is that?
‘Cause climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time—decades to millions of years… That is, without human activites, climate has changed up and down since the birth of the globe.
Yes, I know, there have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth’s history. Outside these ages, the Earth seems to have been ice free even in high latitudes.
So, regardless of our activities, climate has changed up and down in terms of temperature.
You’re absolutely right on, Diane. By the way, I watched the following documentary at Vancouver Public Library.
This is a 101-minute documentary directed by Jon Shenk in 2011 about world climate change.
The film focuses on the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the Copenhagen Summit, which was held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 and 18 December 2009.
This conference marked the first time in history that China, India, and the United States agreed to reduce carbon emissions.
The agreement, however, is NOT legally binding and does NOT contain any legally binding commitments for reducing carbon emissions.
Although the safe level is below 350, the atmospheric carbon emissions continued to rise from 387 to 390 parts per million in the following year.
In February 2012, Mohamed Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’état perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator.
“It is going to be very difficult,” said Mohamed Nasheed, “for us to adapt to climate change issues if we do not have a solid and secure democratic governance.”
It is a profoundly eye-opening documentary.
You viewed the above film on April 15, 2017, didn’t you?
Yes, I did… You see, the conference at Copenhagen marked the first time in history that China, India, and the United States agreed to reduce carbon emissions… That is, they admitted that carbon emissions cause global warming.
I know, but some people don’t agree on that.
You’re telling me… Incidentally, I also watched the following documentary:
Originally broadcast on October 23, 2012 as a FRONTLINE TV program, this 55-minute documentary delves into the climate change.
Obviously many politicians and lobbyists redifine the policies of global warming.
It involves denial, dismissal, or unwarranted doubt that contradicts the scientific opinion on climate change.
Some people seem to promote climate change skepticism.
If you’re interested in climate change, this is a must-see.
As I jotted down in the above, some people seem to promote climate change skepticism.
Well…, Look at the top comment, which says, “The doomsayers cannot explain the medieval warming period, nor can they explain the prolonged mini ice age of the 17th and 18th centuries. Climate change is an enormously complex scientific puzzle, and the computer models that predict armageddon are only as accurate as the assumptions of those who programmed them.”
It might be true, but 98% of renowned scientists agree that carbon emissions cause today’s global warming… If you’re in doubt, watch the following documentary:
Directed by Ruth Chao in 2014, this 55-minute documentary delves into the climate change and global warming.
In the period from 1880 to 2012, the global average (land and ocean) surface temperature has increased by 0.85°C while in the period from 1906 to 2005, Earth’s average surface temperature rose by 0.74±0.18°C.
The rate of warming almost doubled in the last half of that period.
Climate proxies show the temperature to have been relatively stable over the one or two thousand years before 1850.
Recently, however, the warming evident in the instrumental temperature record is consistent with a wide range of observations, as documented by many independent scientific groups.
Those observations include sea level rise, widespread melting of snow and land ice, increased heat content of the oceans, increased humidity, and the earlier timing of both spring events and the flowering of plants.
The probability that these changes could have occurred by chance is virtually zero.
That is, these changes are induced by human activities.
It is an alarming and thought-provoking documentary.
So, Kato, you definitely believe, global warming is induced by human activities.
Oh yes, you’re telling me… If you’re still in doubt, you should also watch the following film:
Originally broadcast as an episode of the series “NOVA” on the PBS, this 54-minute documentary delves into the silent killer in the oceans.
We’ve known for years that oceans absorb a quarter of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
If carbon dioxide enters the sea at an alarming rate like today, it raises the oceans’ acidity and hence increases the srength of the silent killer.
As a result, some of marine creatures are dying.
Yes, this silent killer has something to do with global warming and our carbon emissions.
It is an informative and alarming documentary you should watch if you would like to survive.
So, Kato, you believe that carbon emissions also kill marine creatures in addition to causing global warming, huh?
Yes, I do… Diane, are you still in doubt?
Well…, I don’t know.
Here’s a Japanese old saying: 天災は忘れた頃にやって来る.
What does that mean?
It means: Disaster strikes when you least expect it.
Kato, do you really mean that the melting ice causes a mega flood in Vancouver?
Well…, God only knows.
Do you agree that carbon emissions also kill marine creatures in addition to causing global warming?
Certain scientists say, this is the truth.
If you’re in doubt, watch the above clips, again.
In any case, a disaster hits you when you’re least prepared for it.
I see some reason in the above saying, but my immediate inclination is for some food ‘cause I’m hungry.
Now I desperately want to eat Taiyaki.
Taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”) is a Japanese fish-shaped cake.
It imitates the shape of Tai (Japanese Red seabream).
It is also the origin of the name.
The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans.
Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato.
Some shops even sell taiyaki with okonomiyaki, gyoza filling, or a sausage inside.
Taiyaki is believed to have originated in Tokyo during the Meiji era, and can now be found all over Japan, especially at food courts of supermarkets and at Japanese festivals.
In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“Biker Babe & Granny”
■“Heaven with Mochi”
■“Travel Expense Scandal”
■Happy Gal in Canada
■Roof of Vancouver
■Better Off Without Senate
■Trump @ Vancouver
■Otter & Trump
■Fiddler on the Roof
■Flesh and Bone
■Romeo & Juliet
■Trump @ Joke
■Halloween in Shibuya
■Happy New Year!
■Life or Death
■Way to Millionaire
■Eight the Dog
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』