Ohioans vulnerable to extreme weather, climate disruption

New National Climate Assessment shows urgent need for action to protect Ohio families
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 14, 2014

 

A national committee of experts in agriculture, climate science, commerce, and disaster relief released its National Climate Assessment (NCA) this week. The report is the nation’s foremost comprehensive, peer-reviewed analysis of the impacts of climate disruption, showing us the effects of climate change in Ohio and across the country.

The report shows the significant toll on our health and wallets that extreme weather is already exacting in the Midwest. It also makes clear that these impacts will only grow worse if we fail to curb carbon pollution, the main culprit behind climate disruption.

Ohio is part of the NCA’s Midwest Region, which predicts that direct effects from climate change will include increased heat stress, flooding, drought, and late spring freezes, altering ecosystem and socioeconomic patterns and processes in ways that most people in the region would consider detrimental. The Midwest’s agricultural lands, forests, Great Lakes, industrial activities and cities are all vulnerable to climate variability and climate change.

“This report clearly lays out the threats to health and economic security families in the Midwest are facing from climate disruption,” said Dan Sawmiller, campaign representative for the Sierra Club Ohio. “It’s time for action from Washington, and it’s time for Gov. Kasich to develop a strong, common-sense plan to protect Ohio’s families.”

“The need to move away from dirty fossil fuels such as coal and fracked gas, the leading sources of climate-disrupting carbon pollution, could not be clearer or more urgent,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. “It’s time that we as a nation end our dependence on fossil fuels and hasten the shift to readily available, cost-effective clean energy sources, like wind and solar. Today’s climate report shows the cost of inaction is far too great.”

More than 240 authors from across the country with diverse expertise helped create the National Climate Assessment. The findings are considered conservative estimates of the impacts of climate disruption.

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freespeech1

global warming, climate change, now climate disruption. What's next? They keep changing on what to call it. How about climate farce? Since its all a load of BS

Contango

"Climate disruption" = weather.

And members of the Church of St. Al tell us not to use weather as an indicator of man-made global warming (AGW), but to use gradual climate changes.

Make up your mind religious zealots.

A planet killing asteroid supposedly killed off the dinosaurs (one of the most successful species that ever lived).

Maybe instead of wringing our hands over AGW, we ought to be building some kind of planetary defense shield?

eriemom

So, contango, we should do nothing. Building some kind of planetary defense shield to defend the planet from what?

Contango

Re: "planetary defense shield"

Read the fourth sentence in my post again.

If it hit, that 25 ft. asteroid that zipped by Earth a couple weeks ago woulda wiped out an area 20 mis. + and changed the climate.

So "we should do nothing"?

http://www.space.com/25748-bus-s...

starryeyes83

Oh well, when we're all dead ; it really won't matter.

The water resources drying up will get all of us, sooner or later.

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beernsmokes2

When Perry or Davis Besse blows up, it won't matter anyways..

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mikeylikesit

they may melt down, but they wouldn't blow up..

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JudgeMeNot

Are you gonna believe a weather forecast 86 years from today because a lying a$$ Politician spouts bullsh*t?

The sad thing is, there's many of low-information people that apparently swallowed this clinate change BS 100%. I know the kool-aid drinkers will slurp the cup dry.

Really are you ...

And out west is prone to forest fires. Also hurricanes in the southeast corner of the states. Then tornado season usually happens around Missouri and the Mississippi River.

freespeech1

Lets put this in prospective shall we, liberal tree hugger policies have increased fire issues due to non management of the forests. Too much underbrush increases the fire risk. Farms drying out because libs want to protect a damn smelt that isn't in danger. We all remember the spotted owl? Ah yes the little owl that wasn't being killed by timber cutting but by being food for other owls!!!

JACKEL

A prominent scientist and former NASA researcher has added his voice to those who challenge the "scientific fact" that manmade carbon emissions are causing global warming.

Dr. Leslie Woodcock is a professor emeritus of chemical thermodynamics at the University of Manchester in England, with a Ph.D. from the University of London, and served as a senior research consultant at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Laboratory in Ohio.

In an interview with Britain's Yorkshire Evening Post, Woodcock declared: "The theory of 'manmade climate change' is an unsubstantiated hypothesis.

"The theory is that CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel causes 'global warming.' In fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is 20 times more of it in our atmosphere [than carbon dioxide].

"Carbon dioxide has been made out to be some kind of toxic gas but the truth is it's the gas of life. We breathe it out, plants breathe it in. The green lobby has created a do-good industry and it becomes a way of life, like a religion. I understand why people defend it when they have spent so long believing in it."

Woodcock is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a founding editor of the journal Molecular Simulation, a recipient of a Max Planck Society Visiting Fellowship, and a former guest scientist at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

He went on to say: "If you talk to real scientists who have no political interest, they will tell you there is nothing in global warming. It's an industry which creates vast amounts of money for some people.

"The temperature of the earth has been going up and down for millions of years. If there are extremes, it's nothing to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it's not permanent and it's not caused by us. Global warming is nonsense.

"It's become almost an industry, as a consequence of this professional misconduct by government advisers around the world."

But he added: "You can't blame ordinary people with little or no science education for wanting to be seen to be good citizens who care about their grandchildren's future and the environment."