Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/27/2014 (2 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Direct climate impacts may be upon us this coming year as a major El Nino forms.

Enjoy denying global climate change, the last minute to do so may have arrived. Astounding reports from NOAA as well as other weather agencies are reporting record-breaking trends around the globe, particularly in the oceans. In the northern hemisphere, carbon dioxide concentrations have also passed 400 parts-per million, a significant milestone in climate change monitoring.

A polar bear in an aquarium, because the others will be extinct.

A polar bear in an aquarium, because the others will be extinct.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/27/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: global warming, global climate change, solution, Antarctica, glacier, data, luxury, politics, drought, last minute


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In April, after a series of false starts and alarms, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400ppm, a 40 percent overall increase since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The first 400ppm was recorded in the Arctic in 2012, and will now be considered normal for spring weather.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) made the announcement yesterday warning that "time is running out," in reference to averting an overall rise in temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius. Already, the earth has warmed by 0.8C (1.4F) according to the organization's records.

Pray for a new Catholic ecology.


Last April, the UN's climate change panel recommended that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would have to be kept below 450 ppm to avoid a 2C increase.

Although such a small increase may not seem like much, it should be remembered that this is the overall average projected increase with actual local increases in some areas, particularly in the ecologically sensitive areas of the Arctic and Antarctic, being much higher. These higher temps have already started the melting of glaciers situated on land, contributing to a rise in sea levels.

However, other dangers lurk around the corner.

The 400 ppm milestone is itself just a number. There are no catastrophes that will result just because some instruments ticked from 399 to 400. However, CO2 is a greenhouse gas and it is harmful. One Catholic Online reader recently chimed, "CO2 is plant food," implying that CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that is part of the natural process of life on Earth.

While this esteemed reader is correct, their implication is badly mistaken. Snake venom is simply saliva, but it's certainly dangerous in the wrong concentration and place. Likewise, CO2 is fine sequestered in trees and plants, but it's dangerous if too much concentrates in the atmosphere.

Humans are emitting CO2 at a rate that is greater than the natural rate of CO2 emission from volcanoes and other natural events, and we are pumping CO2 into the atmosphere faster than nature can absorb it.

About 14 gigatons of CO2 are being poured into the atmosphere by human-specific activities without being absorbed. As a consequence, the CO2 level is the highest it has been in over 15 million years. A natural change of just 100 ppm of CO2 takes about 5,000 years to occur naturally, at the fastest, according to historical data. However, in the past 120 years, we have increased the levels by 100 ppm. It's an astounding rate of change and nature cannot keep up.

The days of climate change debate may be coming to an end. Weather agencies are closely monitoring what is on track to be the most powerful El Nino in recorded history. A massive "Kelvin wave" also referred to as an "anomaly" has appeared in the Pacific.

That upwelling of warm water from the ocean depths is raising sea surface temperatures by just over half-a-degree Celsius up to 1.47C in the northern hemisphere. The overall worldwide ocean warming for just this season alone is already 1.25C above average, or about 2.25F.

Such small increases may not seem like much, but when you consider some areas are much warmer and ecosystems are fragile, you see a recipe for disaster.

The El Nino growing in the Pacific threatens to send devastating rains to the western United States while bringing drought to the rest of the nation. Severe weather events may also increase in both magnitude and number.

Meteorologists concerned about the El Nino predict this year's weather will become dramatic weather between the coming fall and winter. For many Americans this may be the first time they personally experience the impacts of global warming, which until now have mostly been felt in distant lands.

Already places like California are experiencing severe climate anomalies. California is already well in the grip of summer, weeks ahead of season, and rainfall has been sparse. In fact, 2014 is set to be the driest year on record for the state --that is until the El Nino rains come late in the year. The wildfire season in the state has already started and officials predict this year's season will be exceptionally severe.

If wildfires do ravage the state, and torrential rains follow in the winter, landslides could occur in many parts of the state. It is chilling to think that hundreds of people presently live in the shadow of danger, almost oblivious to the fact they are in danger because of the weather to come.

All that's left is to see what 2014-15 brings.

Let's hope the predictions for this year are wrong and are somehow the product of science propaganda. Let's hope a plucky band of billionaires and their bought scientists have managed to expose the global warming fraud for what it is, the largest, most politically motivated global hoax ever concocted by evil greedy scientists around the globe. Let's hope that we're wrong about a "monster" kelvin wave in the Pacific and the melting of Antarctica. And let's hope we're wrong about the devastating weather that could come as a result.

Maybe it will all be okay. It's too late to do much about it now, so good luck with a heaping serving of hope is now order. Alea iacta est.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Green

DOOMSDAY PROPHECY: 'There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we're doing today' Watch

Image of Hydroelectric energy needs are even larger than those demanded by agriculture, researchers said.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers from Denmark's Aarhus University, Vermont Law School and the U.S.-funded Center for Naval Analyses Corporation have come out with a chilling prophecy. Due to heightened demand for drinking water and energy needs, "There will be no water by 2040 if ... continue reading


What happened to all the bugs? Insect population is down by 45 percent in just 35 years Watch

Image of We rarely think of insects as being little more than everyday pests. Flies interrupting a breezy day, ant invading a picnic, crickets disrupting the quiet of an early evening.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

We rarely think of insects as being little more than everyday pests. Flies interrupting a breezy day, ant invading a picnic, crickets disrupting the quiet of an early evening. There are less bugs to worry about these days -- and scientists say this is good ... continue reading


Beware of fluffy! Those scary dinosaurs may have actually been quite comical to look at Watch

Image of Most dinosaurs may have had feathers, a new study suggests.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The discovery of several 150-million-year-old fossils in Siberia indicates that a majority of dinosaurs were either covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a new study suggests. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Until this study-published in ... continue reading


California drought likely to worsen as El Nino observed weakening Watch

Image of A sign intended to build public support for water rights for farmers now has a new significance.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bad news for California is about to get worse. The state, wracked with drought, is eagerly anticipating the formation of a strong El Nino event in the Pacific, which would bring significant rainfall to the region. However, the El Nino may not develop as strongly as ... continue reading


Bats are the super animals, science says! New study reveals that not only can these flying pest eaters see sound, but they can also see invisible light Watch

Image of Bats can see with polarized light, and may use it to navigate with, a new study says.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Polarized light may be a useful tool for bats to navigate, and the greater mouse-eared bat-Myotis myotis-is the first mammal known to navigate using polarized light. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Polarized light is light waves that are parallel to each other ... continue reading


Bald eagles make a surprising comback in California! Watch

Image of Bald eagles, which had disappeared from the Channel Islands in the 1960s, have made a comeback following a re-population effort started in 2002.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in more than 50 years, a nesting pair of bald eagles have been found on San Clemente Island, officials reported on July 17. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This discovery means that bald eagles have re-established territories on five of the ... continue reading


TO FEED THE HUNGRY: More efficient agricultural systems could feed three billion more people Watch

Image of When it comes to water, rice and wheat are the crops that create the most demand for irrigation worldwide.

By Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Targeted efforts to make food systems more efficient in key parts of the world could meet the basic calorie needs of 3 billion extra people and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture without using additional land and water, researchers said on Thursday. ... continue reading


Four wings: Amazing prehistoric raptor fossil found in China Watch

Image of This nightmare creature traveled light. Only four feet long and nine pounds heavy, the Changyu lived about 125 million years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Since gaining popularity in the "Jurassic Park" movies, raptors, next to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, are probably the most feared dinosaur by modern man. Short and compact with razor sharp teeth and claws, their speed and agility make for real nightmare fodder. ... continue reading


Ancient flesh crawler 'resurrected' with computer generated imagery Watch

Image of Comparing them to living arachnids, the researchers used an open source computer graphic program called

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There would be few reasons as to why anyone would want to bring an ugly spider, long extinct, back to life. Thanks to computer generated imagery generated by fossils of a 410 million-year-old arachnid, however, scientists have been able to recreate how it ... continue reading


What is a 'zombie' weather station and why is it bad? Watch

Image of Zombie outbreak locations? No, this is a map of  NOAA weather stations that are not made up.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Forbes has published an article which alleges that U.S. climate scientists have manipulated climate data, using "zombie" weather stations that did not exist and "estimating" temperature data there. The article also states that a standardized network of NOAA monitoring ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
10 A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:44-46
44 'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 30th, 2014 Image

St. Peter Chrysologus
July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter