Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Do the naysayers want to risk it all, and if they are wrong what will they say? Oops.

I worry that effective corrective measures will not be instituted soon enough. Climate does not necessarily change gradually. The multiple factors that are now destabilizing the global climate system could cause it to jump abruptly out of its current state. At any time, the world could suddenly become much hotter or even much colder. Such a sudden, catastrophic change is the ultimate health risk-one that must be avoided at all costs.Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.Instructor in Medicine Harvard Medical School

In this edition of Mullin's World we focus on Health Care reform and the environment, specifically climate change as a result of global warming. My conservative friends say there is no global warming and that health care reform is socialism and, my interpretation, not their words "I got mine so fuck everybody else". Needless to say I disagree with both positions. Heath Care in a nation like America should be a human right. It is clear to me that many people who oppose it don't really know what's at stake and don't know about the suffering of the American poor. The attached video of Wendell Potter, former Health Care executive, speaks volumes. To all those who say it's socialism; what if it were your kid and you were denied life saving care? It is not socialism it is social responsibility. We are now letting corporate executives make decisions on peoples lives based on the bottom all the while they charge exorbitant rates for the coverage that they will rip away when it is needed the most. Health insurance companies are not the peoples friends. Wake up America.

Climate change is causing global warming and the warming is causing more warming. What we have to understand is that: "Two degrees is where we trigger runaway climate change: two leads to three, three to four, four to five, five to six … by which time it’s about over for life on earth. We are not that far away and the clock is ticking. As the sign said at end of the movie On The Beach, when there was no one left alive on the planet "There's Still Time Brother" but not much. Are the naysayers willing to risk it all? And if they are wrong, what will they say? Oops. It's a small beautiful planet, spaceship earth, and it is running out of time.

"Real-life ‘Norma Rae’ dies of cancer after her health insurance refused to cover her medications." What the health Care industry does not want you to see.

“How in the world can it take so long to find out (whether they would cover the medicine or not) when it could be a matter of life or death,” she said. “It is almost like, in a way, committing murder.”Although Sutton eventually received the medication, the cancer had already taken a toll on her.

Major Insurance companies; Rescission means fucking people when they are most vulnerable.

Wendell Potter former health care executive whistle blower tells the truth about the Health Insurance Industry on Democracy Now.


Arctic temperatures higher
Recently, scientists from Northern Arizona University reported in the journal Science that temperatures in the Arctic were now higher than at any time in the past 2,000 years. Ice sheets are disappearing at a dramatic rate, and these could have other, unexpected impacts on the planet’s geology.

According to Professor Mark Maslin of UCL, one is likely to be the release of the planet’s methane hydrate deposits. These ice-like deposits are found on the seabed and in the permafrost regions of Siberia and the far north.

“These permafrost deposits are now melting and releasing their methane,” said Maslin. “You can see the methane bubbling out of lakes in Siberia. And that is a concern, for the impact of methane in the atmosphere is considerable. It is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.”

A build-up of permafrost methane in the atmosphere would produce a further jump in global warming and accelerate the process of climate change. Even more worrying, however, is the impact of rising sea temperatures on the far greater reserves of methane hydrates that are found on the sea floor. It was not just the warming of the sea that was the problem, added Maslin. As the ice around Greenland and Antarctica melted, sediments would pour off land masses and cliffs would crumble, triggering underwater landslides that would break open more hydrate reserves on the sea-bed. Again there would be a jump in global warming. “These are key issues that we will have to investigate over the next few years,” he said. More...
Robin McKie Deccan Herald

We were born to halt climate change
As Pete Postlethwaite’s character says in our film The Age of Stupid: “We wouldn’t be the first life form to wipe itself out. But what would be unique about us is that we did it knowingly.” And there’s the crux of it.

To maximise our chances of preventing runaway climate change, we must quickly and massively cut global emissions.

If this deal were to be accepted -- which is a very big if, given that Japan argues for 8%, Australia for 5% and the United States for between 0% and 6% -- and if the emission cuts were then carried out, which is an even bigger if, this would give us about a 50/50 chance of not hitting the dreaded 2°C.

Two degrees is where we trigger runaway climate change: two leads to three, three to four, four to five, five to six … by which time it’s about over for life on earth. In other words, our elected leaders are giving us -- at best -- a coin-flip chance of avoiding catastrophe. It is hard to imagine a more total failing of our political system.
FRANNY ARMSTRONG Mail and Guardian online


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