Is Climate Change the New National Problem?

Climate Change

There is even more pressure on the White House regarding climate change as reports show support from former officials who declare that they should dedicate more resources for this problem.

Climate Change Effects

Every year, the grounds of the U.S Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Md, founded in 1845 are flooded. This academy formed a lot of service members and is one of the most prestigious academies in the U.S.
As extreme weather strikes and sea levels rise more often due to climate change, we could witness the destruction of this architectural gem by the end of this century.

Support

Many reports outline this warning as former national security officials and military officers called upon the current and coming administration to anticipate that climate change could also cause future global conflicts. Even nowadays, a lot of global conflicts can be associated as an effect of global warming, as declared by John Kerry, the U.S Secretary of State:

Since the interviews and reports drew such support from many officials and important personalities, the White House could be forced to allocate more money and resources to climate change in the future. However, this has not been a top issue for any of the candidates on this year’s trail.
The reports also include some recommendations for the White House, such as the creation of an official-cabinet level that will focus on related issues regarding security and climate change in the future.

Charles Jacoby Jr., a retired U.S. Army General declared during an interview with The Weather Channel that our interests are defined globally and such matters must be taken into account. a great deal of our former international conflicts were first created by competition on natural resources and it may be that in the near future we will shape our national security interests accordingly.
Of course, some officials failed to be impressed by this action. James Lewis, vice-president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that nowadays the military has another important threat to address and people got used to tag the word ‘security’ to any issue they have, making the security framework less effective.

Are you afraid of future climate changes? What’s your opinion regarding this subject? Let us know!

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  • TomHarrisICSC

    Trump is right. Climate change has been grossly over blown. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that surface temperature, averaged over land and ocean areas, increased only about 0.85 degrees Celsius in the 132 years between 1880 to 2012, hardly ‘alarming.’

    There has been no recent increase in extreme weather or the rate of sea level rise, either. Let’s get back to work on real problems.

    • CB

      “Climate change has been grossly over blown.”

      It has!?

      …so point to a single moment in Earth’s history when polar ice sheets were able to withstand CO₂ as high as we’ve pushed it.

      If they’ve never done it before, why would you expect them to today?

      …is it because you’re paid to expect that, Tom?

      “The continent of Antarctica has been losing about 134 gigatonnes of ice per year since 2002, while the Greenland ice sheet has been losing an estimated 287 gigatonnes per year.”

      climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/land-ice

    • jmac

      Tom Harris is another paid shill for the fossil fuel boys, just like monckton. Here is another “article” produced by Tom Harris, analyzed by seven actual climate scientists.
      http://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/tom-harris-deceptive-temperature-record-claims/

      • TomHarrisICSC

        I flagged the posting from the anonymous jmac as inappropriate since it is not possible for jmac to have any knowledge of ICSC funding as it is 100% confidential to protect donors from attacks by people like jmac.

        • jmac

          In 2005, Tom Harris was listed as an “associate” for the public relations firm APCO Worldwide, with his areas of expertise being communications; science; technology; energy and environment.

          More on Tom Harris, APCO and TASSC:
          The Advancement of Sound Science Center (TASSC), formerly The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, is an industry-funded lobby group and crisis management vehicle,[1] and was created in 1993 by Phillip Morris and APCO in response to a 1992 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report[2] which identified secondhand smoke as a Group A (i.e. confirmed[3]) human carcinogen.[4] TASSC’s stated objectives were to: 1) discredit the EPA report; 2) fight anti-smoking legislation; 3) proactively pass legislation favorable to the tobacco industry. Philip Morris hired APCO Worldwide, a communications consultancy with expertise in crisis management, handling sensitive political issues, lobbying, media relations, coalition building, opinion research, market entry, corporate social responsibility, and online communication. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advancement_of_Sound_Science_Center

    • Robert

      The evidence for rapid climate change is compelling:

      Sea level rise
      Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, is nearly double that of the last century
      Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, is nearly double that of the last century.4
      Image: Republic of Maldives: Vulnerable to sea level rise


      Global temperature rise

      All three major global surface temperature reconstructions show that Earth has warmed since 1880
      All three major global surface temperature reconstructions show that Earth has warmed since 1880.5 Most of this warming has occurred since the 1970s, with the 20 warmest years having occurred since 1981 and with all 10 of the warmest years occurring in the past 12 years.6 Even though the 2000s witnessed a solar output decline resulting in an unusually deep solar minimum in 2007-2009, surface temperatures continue to increase.7

      Warming oceans

      The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969
      The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969.8


      Shrinking ice sheets

      The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass
      The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.
      Image: Flowing meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet

      + EXPAND
      Declining Arctic sea ice
      Both the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice has declined rapidly over the last several decades
      Both the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice has declined rapidly over the last several decades.9
      Image: Visualization of the 2007 Arctic sea ice minimum

      + EXPAND
      Glacial retreat

      Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.
      Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.10
      Image: The disappearing snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro, from space.

      + EXPAND
      Extreme events

      Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.
      The number of record high temperature events in the United States has been increasing, while the number of record low temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950. The U.S. has also witnessed increasing numbers of intense rainfall events.11
      + EXPAND
      Ocean acidification

      Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent
      Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent.12,13 This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year.14,15
      + EXPAND
      Decreased snow cover

      Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and that the snow is melting earlier
      Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and that the snow is melting earlier.16
      + EXPAND
      References

      IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Summary for Policymakers, p. 5

      B.D. Santer et.al., “A search for human influences on the thermal structure of the atmosphere,” Nature vol 382, 4 July 1996, 39-46

      Gabriele C. Hegerl, “Detecting Greenhouse-Gas-Induced Climate Change with an Optimal Fingerprint Method,” Journal of Climate, v. 9, October 1996, 2281-2306

      V. Ramaswamy et.al., “Anthropogenic and Natural Influences in the Evolution of Lower Stratospheric Cooling,” Science 311 (24 February 2006), 1138-1141

      B.D. Santer et.al., “Contributions of Anthropogenic and Natural Forcing to Recent Tropopause Height Changes,” Science vol. 301 (25 July 2003), 479-483.

      In the 1860s, physicist John Tyndall recognized the Earth’s natural greenhouse effect and suggested that slight changes in the atmospheric composition could bring about climatic variations. In 1896, a seminal paper by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius first speculated that changes in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could substantially alter the surface temperature through the greenhouse effect.

      National Research Council (NRC), 2006. Surface Temperature Reconstructions For the Last 2,000 Years. National Academy Press, Washington, DC.

      Church, J. A. and N.J. White (2006), A 20th century acceleration in global sea level rise, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L01602, doi:10.1029/2005GL024826.

      The global sea level estimate described in this work can be downloaded from the CSIRO website.

      https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/indicators/

      http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature

      http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp

      T.C. Peterson et.al., “State of the Climate in 2008,” Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, v. 90, no. 8, August 2009, pp. S17-S18.

      I. Allison et.al., The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science, UNSW Climate Change Research Center, Sydney, Australia, 2009, p. 11

      http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20100121/

      http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/ 01apr_deepsolarminimum.htm

      Levitus, et al, “Global ocean heat content 1955–2008 in light of recently revealed instrumentation problems,” Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L07608 (2009).

      L. Polyak, et.al., “History of Sea Ice in the Arctic,” in Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes, U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.2, January 2009, chapter 7

      R. Kwok and D. A. Rothrock, “Decline in Arctic sea ice thickness from submarine and ICESAT records: 1958-2008,” Geophysical Research Letters, v. 36, paper no. L15501, 2009

      http://nsidc.org/sotc/sea_ice.html

      National Snow and Ice Data Center

      World Glacier Monitoring Service

      http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/cei.html

      http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F

      http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Ocean+Acidification

      C. L. Sabine et.al., “The Oceanic Sink for Anthropogenic CO2,” Science vol. 305 (16 July 2004), 367-371

      Copenhagen Diagnosis, p. 36.

      National Snow and Ice Data Center

      C. Derksen and R. Brown, “Spring snow cover extent reductions in the 2008-2012 period exceeding climate model projections,” GRL, 39:L19504

      http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/sotc/snow_extent.html

      Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, Data History Accessed August 29, 2011.

      http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

    • Dave James

      Tom Harris, “Trump is right. Climate change has been grossly over blown.”

      Tom Harris misstates Donald Trumps approach to climate change. Mr. Trump rejects climate science and has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax” in speeches, tweets and media appearances.

      Tom Harris has gone from being an advocate for fossil fuels and de-regulation of coal to become a promoter of a climate science hoaxer.

      Tom Harris’s recent demand that, “GOP candidates must follow Trump’s lead” on climate change is a rejection of climate science. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2150903-gop-must-follow-trumps-lead-on-climate-change/

      • TomHarrisICSC

        Thanks for sharing my piece in the Epoch Times out of NYC. People can read it to see what I am really saying. Clearly, we are not promoting Trump. We do promote his most recent approach to climate change.

    • cunudiun

      0.85 degrees Celsius may not seem like much, but there is only a difference of about 4 degrees C between the average global temperature during the last ice age and now.

      “There has been no recent increase in extreme weather or the rate of sea level rise, either.”
      Two bald-faced lies rolled into a single sentence.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/88cf021a44047fdf28fe92db86fac2101b91f14537ce43f9126ee30830dd1b61.jpg

      https://robertscribbler.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/hansen-sea-level-rise.png?w=640

      • TomHarrisICSC

        I flagged the posting from the anonymous cunudiun as inappropriate since it is not possible for cunudiun to have any knowledge of my intent, which is necessary of course to rationally accuse someone of lying. Disagreeing with people is fine but accusing them of dishonest intent is not.

        • cunudiun

          Flag this one too, liar.

          • TomHarrisICSC

            Flagged as offensive (and wrong besides)

          • cunudiun

            It is your lies that are offensive (and wrong besides). NASA is now saying sea level rise is at 3.5 mm/year. Through most of last century the average was about 1.8 mm/yr. How is this not an increase in the rate of sea level rise?

          • TomHarrisICSC

            There is a good answer to your question but I am not going to reward abusers with the answer.

          • cunudiun

            Ha ha ha. Sure. Keep your nonexistent answer to yourself. Punish me. LOL.

          • Ami Perrine

            He;s gonna get ya….. He’s crazy.

          • Dano2

            Flagged as inappropriate since it is simply a wholly fabricated smear.

            Best,

            D

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Meaning you can’t answer

        • jmac

          Every one knows you are a paid liar.

          • cunudiun

            Everyone but Tom Harris. See, Harris believes, “There is no truth in science.” If there’s no truth, there can be no lies. Simple!

          • TomHarrisICSC

            Flagged as offensive (and wrong besides).

          • jmac

            More on Tom Harris, APCO and TASSC:

            Tobacco documents include the section entitled, “Goals and objectives: The overall goals of the media plan are to: (i) raise the awareness level of the use of unsound science in public policy decision making among target audiences; (ii) educate publics on the impact of this issue; and (iii) lay the groundwork and provide an environment for a successful grassroots mobilization effort to assist (the Tobacco Company) Philip Morris with its issues nationally and in target states. The objectives of the media plan are to: 1)Establish TASSC as a credible source for reporters when questioning the validity of scientific studies. Encourage the public to question-from the grassroots up-the validity of scientific studies. Mobilize support for TASSC through alliances with other organizations and third-party allies. Develop materials, including news article reprints, that can be “merchandized” [sic] to TASSC audiences. Increase membership in and funding of TASSC. Publicize and refine TASSC messages on an ongoing basis.”
            https://web.archive.org/web/20140421070939/http://tobaccodocuments.org/pm/2045930493-0504.html

          • TomHarrisICSC

            So what. I never heard of TASSC until years after I left APCO and my only involvement with tobacco was to help get smoking banned on long haul flights in Canada for air safety reasons while I was an airworthiness engineer in Transport Canada in the 80s..

            jmac knows this as I have told him many times but he keeps posting this red herring, anyways. Why do you do this, jmac.

          • jmac

            Uh huh. Tom Harris had no idea what the goals and objectives were of the organization that employed him. 🙂

          • Anaussieinswitzerland

            “Prior to working with the NRSP, Harris was a Former Director of Operations at the Canadian PR and lobbying firm called the High Park Group (HPG). Previously, Harris was an Associate with APCO worldwide, a group known for creating The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC) which worked to advance tobacco industry interests”
            “In 2005, Harris was listed as an “associate” for the public relations firm APCO Worldwide, with his areas of expertise being communications; science; technology; energy and environment. [4]

            APCO was hired by Philip Morris in 1993 to create a front group titled The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC). TASSC manufactured a public relations campaign with the purpose of discrediting any science that suggested tobacco increased cancer and heart problems. It also advocated industry-friendly positions on global warming and pesticides. TASSC labeled environmentalists as promoting “junk science” while the Coalition advocated what they describe as “sound science.” [56]

            Apart from Philip Morris, APCO also received funding from Chevron, ExxonMobil (at least $30,000), Dow Chemical, the National Pest Control Association, 3M, and numerous tobacco and oil companies.”
            http://www.desmogblog.com/tom-harris

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            You find the truth offensive?

          • Dano2

            Flagged as inappropriately flagged and drama queen hyperbole intended to silence critics.

            Best,

            D

          • cunudiun

            Not flagged due to sheer awesomeness!

        • Dano2

          Flagged as inappropriate since it is simply a wholly fabricated smear.

          Best,

          D

        • Dave James

          Tom Harris argument is that cundiun’s criticism of Mr. Harris is inappropriate because Mr. Harris’s false statements maybe to result of incompetence rather than intentional deception.

          Cundiun’s criticism of Tom Harris is entirely appropriate because Mr. Harris been corrected again and again but Mr. Harris continues to make the same false statements.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd99fc2d5ac35bd4dd95dc79019124a3c99286b6a74fb05a968cd51fc91712a0.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/969c968ab7b514be2c29b1e30bbe9347b7fc2c87ffc823e615f6ea543ac06d59.png

          • TomHarrisICSC

            Or you could simply be wrong about climate science. I thought progressives prided themselves on being open minded to alternative points of view. Not on climate change, apparently. You have become what you claim to despise.

          • Dave James

            Tom Harris does not dispute the falsity of his statement.

            Mr. Harris claims cundiun’s criticism of Mr. Harris is inappropriate because “…it is not possible for cunudiun to have any knowledge of my intent.”

            Contrary to Tom Harris’s claims, it is entirely appropriate to conclude that Mr. Harris’s statement is “two bald-faced lies rolled into a single sentence.”

          • cunudiun

            Tom believes we should be open minded to the possibility that 2 plus 2 equals 3.

          • Dano2
    • Anaussieinswitzerland

      “Trump is right”

      LOL

      Regardless of what statement follows this one…… LOL

    • Dano2

      Flagged as inappropriate since it is simply a wholly fabricated statement.

      Best,

      D

  • TomHarrisICSC

    I suggest the moderator review the posts I highlighted below as offensive, please. Capital Berg standards state:

    “Despite the fact that we encourage the free, open and unrestricted exchange of ideas and viewpoints, we urge our users to do so in a way that reflects civility and mutual respect. As such, your contributions to the Services MUST reflect the following guidelines:

    “…Are objectionable in any of the following ways (including but without limitation): are threatening, abusive, hateful towards certain groups formed on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race; defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually descriptive, profane, pornographic in nature or objectionable in any way.”

    • Anaussieinswitzerland

      Tom, you are a paid representative of the fossil Fuel industry.

      You are not fooling anybody.

      Give it up.

      • TomHarrisICSC

        Flagged as inappropriate since it is simply a wholly fabricated smear.

        • The1TruthSpeaker

          Why do you even bother. A 30 second google search will reveal that you are a paid lobbyist and that you performed the same job for Phillip-Morris

        • jack dale

          Tom

          If you were up front about who funds you, this would not be a an issue.

        • Constant Gardener

          Who paid for your trip to Paris to scheme out 2016’s anti-science propaganda, Tom? For anyone unfamiliar with fossil fuel shill, Tom Harris, that’s him at the whiteboard. The spectacularly mendacious Christopher Monckton is in profile to Tom’s right. https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay/climate-skeptics-agree-their-key-messages-for-journalists-with-journalist-in-room

          For a guy who uses the internet to spew your propaganda, you don’t seem to realize anyone can find the dozens of fatuous, coal-loving op-eds you publish every year in out-of-the-way internet hinterlands.

          • Robert

            Michael Mann’s Hotlist of the 9 Most Prominent Climate Deniers

            http://www.ecowatch.com/michael-mann-climate-deniers-2009591213.html

          • Constant Gardener

            I am ineffably glad that Tom Harris, our favorite d-list denier, didn’t make the list. Even better, Monckers isn’t on it! That’s a Mann-burn!

          • Robert

            Or bbqman, GF, Bob armstrong,…..

            There is a britebert article attempting to savage the ecowatch article. The pair make an interesting comparison contrast in language that would make S.I. Hayakawa proud.

          • Dano2

            A packed room of six!

            I get twenty times more than that, minimum.

            Best,

            D

          • Constant Gardener

            And, you could get them to tip the wait staff!

  • The1TruthSpeaker

    A quick Google search will show that Tom Harris is a lobbyist for the oil industry. The same search should also reveal that years ago he worked for a Phillip-Morris funded group that tried to hide the connection between cancer and cigarettes.

    • CB

      “A quick Google search will show that Tom Harris is a lobbyist for the oil industry.”

      True!

      This is Mr. Harris dancing across the stage at a Climate Denier jamboree hosted by the fossil fuel industry’s primary propaganda outlet:

      climateconferences.heartland.org/tom-harris-award-iccc9

      Propaganda does not work without censorship.

      …and Mr. Harris is apparently unaware it’s not possible to censor the internet…

      • Dano2

        Good find!

        Best,

        D

      • Anaussieinswitzerland

        “Yes, if you add CO2 to the atmosphere, it would cause some warming – there are some on the fringes who would deny that, but it’s tactically efficacious for us to accept that.” – Monckton

        Monckton suggested that they should accept that the greenhouse effect is real. There was a fair amount of disagreement in the room. The chair said “I’m trying to appeal to left wing journalists”.”

        LOL

  • TomHarrisICSC

    I suggest the moderator review the posts I highlighted below as offensive, please. Capital Berg standards state:

    “Despite the fact that we encourage the free, open and unrestricted exchange of ideas and viewpoints, we urge our users to do so in a way that reflects civility and mutual respect. As such, your contributions to the Services MUST reflect the following guidelines:

    “…Are objectionable in any of the following ways (including but without limitation): are threatening, abusive, hateful towards certain groups formed on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race; defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually descriptive, profane, pornographic in nature or objectionable in any way.”