climate change


2024’s Climate Records   Recently updated !

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We’re about to have a heat wave here in the Northeast, which will be minor compared to the heat waves happening elsewhere around the globe so far this summer. Ocean temps are already shattering records held since … last year, and hurricane season is only officially two weeks old.

Locally, ocean temps are still too chilly for people who didn’t grow up in New England (AKA my spouse), but the swimming season here is already a month longer than when I was a kid forty years ago.

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Nostalgia Movie Marathon

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It’s summer blockbuster season already, and even I saw Dune Part 2 in a theater; my first time in one since before the pandemic. Most of the trailers were variations on existing properties. More than the usual beating intellectual properties to death, there’s a trend of maudlin revivals that take themselves way too seriously. If it’s not in one already, the next Ghostbusters movie will reveal Slimer (AKA Onionhead) has a tragic backstory that it’s the ghost of a child who died from a famine and that’s why it loves hot dogs so much.

There are lots of good movies still being made, but this is the season for garbage. I like garbage too! But not as much as I love to complain.

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Boeing’s Blueprints for Success

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Almost five years after Boeing’s cost-cutting grounded 737 Maxes, a plugged door failed on one on its way out of Portland. They nearly avoided charges for the first round of negligence, but this latest incident reset the clock.

These disasters, or near-disasters, happen because passengers aren’t Boeing’s or the airlines’ customers. Their shareholders are. It’s the same reason why only masochists fly Southwest. Extracting profit from us rubes to churn out dividends or worsening the product to claim write-offs isn’t unique to aviation; it’s a symptom of late-stage capitalism.

Can’t think of a clever segue to carbon offsets, so I’ll just say they’re a scam. Unless investments in true transit alternatives are made, our reliance on air travel remains bad news for the climate. No one, not even me, a bike-riding transit pinko, would opt to take Amtrak instead of a plane to anywhere further from Boston than DC. And that’s before even taking costs into consideration.

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COP28 Agenda Items

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The 28th UN climate conference started today and they’re finally gonna start taking climate change seriously. Or not. I did a cartoon about the 26th conference, and the 27th passed me by without even noticing. So my hopes aren’t high for this one.

Last week while willingly subjecting myself to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, I was unwillingly subjected to this ad showing how oil makes hospitals possible. It’s been out for a while, but it was the first time for me. Hopefully they’ll brainstorm a less craven message for their Super Bowl ad.

But don’t worry. Tomorrow I’m going to ride a bike to pick up groceries. That should offset our leaders’ climate inaction.

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Climate Crisis Comix

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The climate catastrophes keep coming this summer, and the super-heated oceans have yet to super-charge a hurricane.

Besides a couple days of poor air quality due to wildfires in Canada, the worst to happen here so far is unrelenting humidity. Whoever put a “dehumidify” setting on air conditioners saved our furniture from becoming soaked with my ass sweat.

If the term “wet bulb” is new to you, you’re not the only one. I first heard it this year and it’s basically a way to describe relative humidity and dew points to children and stupid people in a more scientific way than a “feels like” temperature.

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Orcas

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It’s Hot Orca Summer. They’ve been making news since before Memorial Day. Besides attacking boats in the eastern Atlantic and ripping the livers out of great whites, several have been spotted off Cape Cod, which is pretty rare for this part of the world.

The oceans are breaking records for heat this year, and hurricane season is just getting started in the Atlantic. At least the Democrats gave Joe Manchin his pipelines so this will only be the hottest summer until next year’s.

In other ocean news: I am aware of the Titanic-gawking submersible that dominated the news until it was evident that it imploded and the less-covered migrant ship tragedy that preceded it. I couldn’t find an appropriate way to squeeze either in, but I’m sure I’ll make fun of OceanGate’s shitty little death tube at some point.

Have a summah!

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Future IPCC Reports

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This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released yet another report that says we’re fucked if we don’t stop pumping CO2 into the atmosphere right now. As with the COP conferences, it’ll be ignored and more drilling projects will keep getting approved as long as they’re politically expedient.

Unfortunately, as we saw with the gas prices freak out last year, the cost of oil is the most important thing in the world, even as climate disasters are constantly in the news.

Don’t worry, though. I’m picking up groceries with a bike and using tote bags. I’m sure that’ll help.

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2023 New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m abstaining from making any predictions about 2023. Not for lack of any ideas where things are headed, but because I don’t want to be too much of a holiday party pooper.

I’ll let COVID, RSV, and flu do that.

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