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One of the Awlfullest things about Trump's Big Ball of Awful is the sweeping miasma of doubt that has come over the publics respect for science. That US scientists must even consider a march for Science in Washington, DC in the coming days would have been unimaginable only weeks ago. But in Trumps world, data and evidence that dont fit his agenda is being scrubbed from federal websites and dismissed as a hoax.
Back in the day, pre-Trumpian days, environmentalists and Climate Change communicators have had to continually defend science to accurately portray the human-caused warming of our planet. Facts and evidence were brought forward by both sides, challenged, and picked apart like foxes on chicken bones.
But now, with anti-science given a political legitimacy since Trumps election, science as the arbitrator for sensible discussions on Climate Change, ecosystem health, and future planning has been dealt a crippling blow. What distinguishes modern life from a time when life was "'Nasty, brutish and short was humanitys discovery of modern science and the scientific method.
The measure of a man was his knowledge and respect for what humanity had collectively tested and found to be true. Now, in an instant, that great heritage of human accomplishment is being questioned and too often dismissed. So sad.
Just as a clarification, when I said, "Back in the day, before the Zebra Mussels invaded our local lakes, we knew they were coming and thought they were inevitable," I was referring to some of our Finger Lakes. Yes, the Zebra Mussels came into the Great Lakes by foreign ships. Back in the 1980s, we knew that Honeoye Lake, for example, was probably going to be infested with the Zebra Mussels because of people were boating in the Great Lakes and the Finger Lakes and we worked with the DEC to try and get boaters at the boat launch to clean their boat and trailers.
To the best of my knowledge, the zebra mussels couldn't have made it to (most/some?) of the Finger Lakes from the Great Lakes because they aren't connected at their source. We didn't try very hard, just some signs and literature and some local articles.
One of the reasons why we thought the Zebra Mussels invasion was inevitable was because Honeoye Lake is surrounded by hundreds of private homes, where there was little control over what private homeowners did with their boats. Meaning, you cannot set up check points at every shoreline property owners place to find out where they were boating.
The fear of the Zebra Mussels was that they would clog water intakes, which they did. They filter the water, but in the process they allow light to travel deeper into the water causing more weed growth eventually. The dead shells, of course, are an indication that this invasive species is still alive in great numbers.
Back in the day, before the Zebra Mussels invaded our local lakes, we knew they were coming and thought they were inevitable. Of course, the Zebra Mussels invasion wasnt inevitable when you think about it.
However prolific and numerous, Zebra Mussels cannot fly. These kind of very invasive species, unlike the Asian Carp, dont eventually swim into our lakes; they are brought to our lakes somehow. Probably boat owners who take their boats from one body of water to anotherwithout inspecting and cleaning them.
Humanity is spreading Invasive Species like crazy because we travel around so much. If we take the attitude that Invasive Species are inevitable and we cannot do anything about them, our ecosystemsour lakes, forests, wetlands, and all those organs of our environment that keep us alive and thrivingwill be at risk.
Environmental collapse doesnt have to be inevitable; but it will be if we collectively dont change our attitudes. Soon.
The An anti-environment agenda article is an excellent appraisal of where we are now on environmental issues. To many, many scientists it must seem like weve entered into an absurd world where we must fight amongst ourselves to protect our environment, address Climate Change, and defend science itself in the most advanced country in the world.
The push-back against living sustainably and keeping our growth in check is butting up against the limitations of physics, politics, and civil discourse. We should have gotten out priorities straight, where anything you want to do is not going to happen if we dont adapt to Climate Change, long ago. But we didnt.
Weve doubled-down on climate denial under the irrational assumption that our way of life has more clout than Mother Nature. It doesnt; Mother Nature (biological, chemical, physics laws and ecosystem science) rules.
The procrastination penalty for not heeding the environmental warnings of environmental stress and Climate Change will most likely be analogous to ignoring the signs of cancer in our own bodies. You can fool yourself for only so long.
Dream Bikes in Rochester sounds like a wonderful program because bicycling, instead of using gas-guzzling vehicles, really does help our environment, promote good health, and in this case helps the lives of our Rochesterians.
Transportation is responsible for 27% of our greenhouse gas emissions, so the more we can get folks to use active transportation (walking and bicycling) the better we can address Climate Change. Rochester steps up to the plate on addressing Climate Change with Dream Bikes.
According to IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature, If it wasnt for the oceans sucking up the heat of human-caused Climate Change the surface of the Earth would have warmed by a devastating 36C, rather than 1C, over the past century (Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation (September 15, 2016, The Guardian)
BTW: Thirty-six degrees Celsius is equal to 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit. So, it should come as no surprise that one of the repercussions of this is Rising carbon dioxide levels threaten to permanently disrupt vital ocean bacteria. Climate Change is happening at a very rapid pace and it looks like many of the consequences are going on unseen (like deep in the ocean).
Without the aid of expert climate scientists, we wouldnt notice some of the most profound changes in our environment, our life support system. Science is now under threat because its findings in climate science have been undermined by wrong-headed ideology that is dismissing science when we need it the most. We purposely blind ourselves when we prioritize ideology over science.
Powerful article about the need to address Climate Change, even as our last election has turned our national government away from science and world opinion.
This quote from the article is ominous because it highlights the gulf between what the science demands that we do for sustainability and the stubborn zeitgeist of our American leaders to inconvenience themselves with the truth: progress cannot be made in drafting effective climate strategies until national leaders agree there's an issue.
In Rochester, we are lucky: This is a recent statement by Mayor Warren: "Cities must take a leading role in confronting climate change regardless of federal policy," Warren said. "I have no doubt this is what our citizens expect of us and will allow us to lead by example on this critical issue." (from City aims to fight climate change, November 21, 2016, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rochester will be releasing its Climate Action Plan early next year. But we are only one city and Climate Change is a world crisis. Time passes.
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