Charts, Graphs, and Videos

This post will be full of charts, graphs, and videos with as little comment from me as possible. These are all things that get little media attention but are subjects that I’ve been writing about. I think that if people saw more of these they might get a sense of what trouble the planet is in. The first would have to be the Keeling Curve which is currently at 397.89ppm of carbon dioxide. You might remember that we went over 400ppm in May of last year.

Going where we’ve never been before during our human history.

Global temperatures from 1901 to 2012


A little longer period.

Another way of looking at it.

And another way of looking at it.

Global oceans are heating up.

Water expands when heated thereby causing sea levels to rise.

Michael Mann’s Hockey Stick.

Arctic ice continues to melt.

Watch it melt over the years.

These videos were made by Andy Lee Robinson.

Boats are now traveling the Arctic Circle.

Oceans are becoming more acidic.


California’s draught.


Don’t look for help from Congress.


What do scientists think? 

Thanks to Dr. James L. Powell 

That’s not to say that things are all bad.

People are on the move using bicycles.

Final question. Are we going to be the frogs?

Tom Toles

Maintaining Humanity‚Äôs Life Support Systems in the 21st Century


 Scientists’ Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century

Earth is rapidly approaching a tipping point. Human impacts are causing alarming levels of harm to our planet. As scientists who study the interaction of people with the rest of the biosphere using a wide range of approaches, we agree that the evidence that humans are damaging their ecological life-support systems is overwhelming.

We further agree that, based on the best scientific information available, human quality of life will suffer substantial degradation by the year 2050 if we continue on our current path.

Science unequivocally demonstrates the human impacts of key concern:

• Climate disruption—more, faster climate change than since humans first became a species.

• Extinctions—not since the dinosaurs went extinct have so many species and populations died out so fast, both on land and in the oceans.

• Wholesale loss of diverse ecosystems—we have plowed, paved, or otherwise transformed more than 40% of Earth’s ice-free land, and no place on land or in the sea is free of our direct or indirect influences.

• Pollution—environmental contaminants in the air, water and land are at record levels and increasing, seriously harming people and wildlife in unforeseen ways.

• Human population growth and consumption patterns—seven billion people alive today will likely grow to 9.5 billion by 2050, and the pressures of heavy material consumption among the middle class and wealthy may well intensify.

By the time today’s children reach middle age, it is extremely likely that Earth’s life-support systems, critical for human prosperity and existence, will be irretrievably damaged by the magnitude, global extent, and combination of these human-caused environmental stressors, unless we take concrete, immediate actions to ensure a sustainable, high-quality future. As members of the scientific community actively involved in assessing the biological and societal impacts of global change, we are sounding this alarm to the world. For humanity’s continued health and prosperity, we all—individuals, businesses, political leaders, religious leaders, scientists, and people in every walk of life—must work hard to solve these five global problems, starting today:

1. Climate Disruption 2. Extinctions 3. Loss of Ecosystem Diversity

4. Pollution 5. Human Population Growth and Resource Consumption


This statement can be found at Stanford University’s, Millenium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere, website. It was issued this last May. I am one of 1918 people who have endorsed this statement. 

“The full statement has been signed by 520 global scientists from 44 countries. Those signatures were obtained within a month of completion of the statement, by direct email requests from the authors and their close colleagues to a targeted group of well-regarded global change scientists.   The signers include 2 Nobel Laureates, 33 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences,   42 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and several members of various European scientific academies.

You can also endorse this statement and read the full report by going to the website and adding your name.