Julie Johnston

  • commented on Global Warming Hell in Western United States 2020-10-31 14:58:33 -0700
    In response to the first commenter, it seems for some people it’s only ever about one thing. What about systems theory? What about interrelationships? What about the fact that the majority of forests in California are “managed” (or not) by the feds (California “owns” only 3% of its forests)? What about the combination of climate change impacts (drought and disease) that has left a lot of dead trees standing? What about a society that always views forest fire as bad, even though First Peoples in North America for millennia used controlled burns to thin out flammable vegetation? Rising temperatures and resulting climate disruption are certainly having an impact on forests along the west coast of the US.

  • commented on Did the US Supreme Court Judge Nominee Lie about Climate Change Under Oath? 2020-10-31 14:47:05 -0700
    It’s funny how many people think that climate scientists don’t take the past, the sun, “natural phenomena,” or the “movement of the magnetic poles in three dimensions” into account when they do their research. Maybe you should alert them to your discovery! Or just check out the data yourself. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is going up, and the global average temperature is going up … no matter what the magnetic poles are doing.

    To help you make sense of the data, know that yes, climate change is a natural phenomenon, but not in millions of years has it ever changed or accelerated this rapidly. And since our species has only been around for 2-3 hundred thousand years, that means this is unprecedented change in our history — and most certainly a threat to our agriculture, which has only been around for ±10,000 years. Agriculture is dependent on a stable climate, which we’ve had (globally, with some regional blips) for — guess what — the last 10,000 years. So really, no matter what the magnetic poles are doing, we’re in big trouble.

    (To be fair, this isn’t to say that the Earth’s magnetic fields have no influence over climate. For example, one research paper says, “… archeomagnetic jerks (see abstract by Gallet et al) […] seem to correlate with significant climatic events.” See https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006AGUFMGP51B..02F/abstract. However, to suggest that digging up carbon that was safely “sunk” in the long-term carbon cycle hundreds of millions of years ago and, by burning it, emitting ±40 BILLION TONS of CO2 — a gas that warms the atmosphere — into the atmosphere every year isn’t the main cause of climate disruption suggests scientific illiteracy.)

  • commented on Startling research on how people respond to the possibility of the end of civilization and the extinction of humanity 2018-06-28 08:14:24 -0700
    Re: “Before you decide which strategy and option you will use, please do not forget that there may be still some time and hope left to avert climate catastrophe even though the process will be extremely costly, difficult, and painful.” What the hell? It’s doing nothing that is going to be costly, difficult, and painful. Doing something, taking action, getting on board, making this urgent transition to a safer, cleaner, healthier, more equitable and more peaceful age of zero-carbon, non-combustion renewable energy as rapidly as possible … this is the most exciting time ever to be a human being!

    “Costly, difficult, and painful.” C’mon. How decidedly unhelpful.