The fires in Russia and the flooding in Pakistan seem to be provoking some recognition by the media that, duh, climate change is real - and in turn seems to be encouraging some brave scientists to take the gloves off, finally. This HuffPo Story: "Global Weirding, Extreme Climate Events Dominate the Summer" includes the following pithy quotes from Dr. David Orr, a professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College:
If you like you can listen to this lilting, mournful melody and bittersweet lyrics while checking out the latest - and mercifully the last! - pictures from the Jersey Shore...
I left this comment on a ClimateProgress post which catalogues the response from the slumbering/duplicitous/mendacious media - which is, by the most charitable interpretation, either slowly waking up to the reality of climate change or, more likely, simply unable to continue to squirm out their fossil-fuel-funded excuses to obscure the glaringly obvious impacts:
'Summers like the current one, or even worse, will become the norm by 2050 if global warming pollution continues to increase unabated.'
should read as follows:
'Summers like the current one, or even worse, will become the norm by 2050 EVEN IF GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION CEASES.'
It is already in the pipeline and barring some miraculous method of CO2 removal from the air and sea, we will continue heating as the amplifying feedbacks have already begun, and according to Susan Solomon it takes 1,000 years for the effects of CO2 to dissipate naturally once emissions have stopped.
We are in an emergency. Governments should ration use of fuel on a per person basis, and further restrict it for the most important uses only while we transition to clean energy. Wasteful consumption of fuel and all fuel-derivitives should be banned, from mowing lawns to heating pools to plastic bags. Instead of fighting wars, nations should be fighting the effects of global boiling by subsidizing education in sustainable agriculture techniques as well as efforts to survive the coming catastrophes through cooperation and compassion.
Anything less is mutual assured destruction via Global Boiling."
Okay, every now and then you can find a pretty house with a meticulously groomed garden.
You are more likely to see dead grass and trees.
Unless, of course, they've already been removed. Poof!
This listing gate could open to the Adam's Family house - the hedge that encloses it is turning brown and losing leaves, and inside, the tree trunk has a gaping gash.
Just like this maple and so many others. This is about as normal as your arm falling off - they are called limbs, after all!
Leaves losing chlorophyll are analogous to having your skin turn blue.
This is a fairly young tree.
Here is a representative branch.
Streets everywhere in Spring Lake have small drifts of withered leaves along the curb.
This is the leaf of a sassafras tree. Like several other varieties of tree and shrub, it is turning fall color already, a known symptom of exposure to ozone. The interesting thing about sassafras (aside from being the source for root beer and ecstacy!) is that it is very unusual, in producing leaves that are different shapes. Sometimes they have the silhouette of a mitten, and other times the same specimen can have three or even 5 lobes. The fact that this is a rare trait means that finding so many leaves this summer on other tree species that have different shapes is highly unusual.