New science articles A Dire Warning

New science articles report the dire warning of scientist from around the world. Humans are well on their way to ruining the planet.

Problems we face include:

  • Climate Change,
  • Access to fresh water,
  • massive deforestation as raging wildfires convert forest to grassland and conversion of forest to agriculture continues unchecked.
  • the number of wild-caught fish (a marker of the health of global fisheries).
  • The number of ocean dead zones has increased.
  • The human population grew by a whopping 2 billion in the last 50 years and the trend is accelerating,
  • The challenge of feeding a growing population
  • the populations of all other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by nearly 30 percent in 50 years and we are facing the 6th great extinction.

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Living with Nature

Take a lesson from the Jersey Shore.  Engineers are taught to conquer nature, but nature usually wins.  So far, the Dutch have succeeded to hold back the sea, but will they continue to succeed against super storms and rising seas? Check out this video and then think about the Envision Laie development that proposes to build luxury mansions on the Kahuku foredune.

Man is destroying Godʻs creation in just 7 generations. Deaf and dumb politicians heed not the warnings of our scientists.  In the lifetime of my great grand children they will see a 7 degree rise in average earth temperature and a 10 foot rise in the ocean.  That is not the world I want to leave to my kids.

What can we do?

All anyone can do is to continue to share what we know about our environment with others and fight to elect politicians who understand what we must do to maintain the quality of life on earth.

Climate changes threatens peace on earth-we must work together to chart our future.

May each day
bring us closer to our goals

OSLO, Dec 23 (Reuters) – West Antarctic is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, adding to worries of a thaw that would add to sea level rise from San Francisco to Shanghai, a study showed on Sunday.

When the West Antarctic ice melts, it will raise the ocean level by 11 feet.  Scientists are concerned that as the glaciers melt, melt water can lubricate the base of the glacier and accelerate its movement toward the sea.  A massive slide of the West Antarctic ice sheet can happen.

Mankind is pretty good at dealing with short term problems and lousy at dealing with problems that take a century to develop.  As a forester, I’m trained to think in terms of centuries.  It takes 200 years to grow an old growth forest.

Right now, the world is embroiled in a battle to control our minds. In my country, fundamentalist Christians are trying to force their view of morality and values on me while in the Muslim world fundamentalists are trying to force sharia law on their people, and both a determined to force their beliefs on each other.  Add to this clash of fundamentalist religions the plight of desperate people displaced from their homes by drought, flooding, mega-storms and famine and is their any possibility my great grandson can live in a world of peace and good will?

Yes, but only if we can come together to solve our problems.  The name of this blog is Malama Hawaii – Malama Lahui.  It means to care for Hawaii and care for each other.  If we care for our community and each community comes together to care for their’s, there is hope.  It will take the world coming together in a spirit of Aloha to do what is right, to do what is pono.

Melekalikimaka and Hau`oli Makahiki Hou

Let’s work together for peace on earth, good will to all.

Audubon bird count lends clues to impact of global warming

Hawaiian Stilt

Hawaiian Stilt

The Audubon Society has conducted annual bird counts across the country since 1900.  That century of records provides a valuable record over time and gives us insights into changes that have taken place and how birds may adapt to climate change.  Some birds will adapt; some will go extinct.  The future will have a drying trend coupled with more severe storms.  Birds that depend on wetlands will be in trouble.  For a more complete discussion read this article.

How will millions adapt as coastal areas are flooded and crops are devastated by drought?  How will ecosystems change over the next century?  Will the world come together to avert the disaster of run away global warming?  Seven degrees of global warming is not a legacy I want to leave my great-grandchild.

Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic

More and more scientists are coming to the belief that climate change is real and it is caused by increased CO2 in our atmosphere.  The following article documents on scientists journey to belief:

“Global warming skeptics come in many forms. Richard Muller is a physics professor at UC Berkeley with an extensive background in climatology, but for years even he found himself at odds with the theory.

He was troubled, he said, by unreliable data from temperature stations located on asphalt lots or near buildings. Further doubts were fueled by “Climategate” — the 2009 revelation that researchers with the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit had manipulated facts.

It wasn’t until he did his own study, at the urging of daughter Elizabeth, that he arrived at conclusions he could support. He surprised colleagues when he shared them recently in an article in the New York Times: “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic.””

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