Britain's Terrifying Global Warming Future: A beach in southern Marseille in 2009 July. Ximonic, Simo Räsänen / CC BY-SA

Rolling Stone: “Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Rolling Stone thinks making the world more habitable for humans will kill us off.

Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis

With Joe Biden in office, a serious plan to combat climate change is finally in our sights — but the clock is ticking, and there is no more room for error

By Jeff Goodell

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. 

The Earth’s climate has always been a work in progress. In the 4.5 billion years the planet has been spinning around the sun, ice ages have come and gone, interrupted by epochs of intense heat. The highest mountain range in Texas was once an underwater reef. Camels wandered in evergreen forests in the Arctic. Then a few million years later, 400 feet of ice formed over what is now New York City. But amid this geologic mayhem, humans have gotten lucky. For the past 10,000 years, virtually the entire stretch of human civilization, people have lived in what scientists call “a Goldilocks climate” — not too hot, not too cold, just right.

Now, our luck is running out. The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34 billion tons or so of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly 10 times faster than Mother Nature ever did on her own, even during past mass extinction events. As a result, global temperatures have risen 1.2 C since we began burning coal, and the past seven years have been the warmest seven years on record. The Earth’s temperature is rising faster today than at any time since the end of the last ice age, 11,300 years ago. We are pushing ourselves out of a Goldilocks climate and into something entirely different — quite literally, a different world than humans have ever lived in before.

By all indications, President Biden and his team understand all this. And it’s hard not to feel that after 30 years of dithering and denial and hypocrisy, the fight to save the climate has finally begun in earnest. In the 2020 election, nearly 70 percent of Biden’s voters said climate change was a top issue for them. Biden has staffed his administration with the climate A-team, from Gina McCarthy as domestic climate czar to John Kerry as international climate envoy. He has made racial and environmental justice a top priority. And perhaps most important of all, he sees the climate crisis as an opportunity to reinvent the U.S. economy and create millions of new jobs.

For more than 30 years now, scientists and politicians have been aware that our hellbent consumption of fossil fuels could push us out of the Goldilocks zone and force humans to live in a world we have never inhabited before. As Biden’s push for climate action gets real, we will learn a lot about how serious human beings are about living on this planet, and how far the powerful and privileged are willing to go to reduce the suffering of the poor and vulnerable. If political leaders don’t take the climate crisis seriously now, with all they know, with all they have been through already, will they ever? “Climate advocates keep saying, ‘This is it, this is it, this is it,’ ” warns Podesta. “But this really is it. If we don’t amp up and accelerate the energy transformation in this decade, we’re goners — really goners.”

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/climate-crisis-2050-goals-biden-administration-1154528/

Why do I claim global warming, if it happens, is making the world more habitable for humans?

Very simple. Try stripping down to your jocks, or a swimsuit if you prefer, and try walking around outside.

On a warm day in Summer you might get away with it. Not so much in winter.

The lower limit of survivability is difficult to pin down, and there are remarkable stories of tribes whose ancestors survived extreme climates without clothes, but most people start to feel cold if they are not wearing clothes, if temperatures drop for a sustained period below 80F / 26C. Even in the near tropical region where I live, winter would be unpleasant without warm clothes.

Our ancestors evolved in the extreme tropics, where the temperature almost never drops below 80F. Our “Goldilocks zone” is a place near the equator, where nobody has to wear clothes to stay warm.

We inhabit vast areas of the planet which are far too cold for us, because our ancestors used their intelligence to figure out how to shield themselves from cold their unprotected bodies would struggle to survive. But somewhere along the way, some of us seem to have forgotten why we needed clothes in the first place.

The idea that a warmer climate would be a problem for humans is absurd. We are one of the most warm weather adapted animals on the planet.

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2hotel9
April 17, 2021 10:08 am

Wow, did they come to these conclusions from a survey or a poll, clearly no facts were involved.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  2hotel9
April 17, 2021 11:25 am

It has never been, will never be, a fact thing. It is a blind faith thing, and a willfully blind, refusal to look at the facts, kind of blind faith thing.

Which means rational debate is a waste of time and effort, unfortunately.

n.n
Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
April 17, 2021 1:27 pm

A religion to inform their behavior, faith in superiors to direct their discernment, and secular incentives to grease their consent.

Bryan A
Reply to  n.n
April 18, 2021 12:00 am

Now is our NEXT last best chance to bla bla bla…
And our saviour will be (con)fusion power

Mark Whitney
Reply to  Bryan A
April 18, 2021 5:53 am

I can only hope it is the last one! Rolling Stone and its devotees have the combined intelligence of a box of rocks.

2hotel9
Reply to  Mark Whitney
April 18, 2021 7:54 am

Come on, man! A box of rocks can at least hold a door open.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Bryan A
April 18, 2021 1:08 pm

As we have traversed the highways and byways of “Catastrophic Man Made Global Warm…aahhh we really meant Climate Change all along,” for the past 30 years, we have encountered, with regularity, signs for the (“great” “best” “possibly” or simply…) last chance to save the planet.

You see. Seriously! this time they really truly mean it. Until of course the next time, which will make this time the ‘Next To Last Best Chance’ to turn over all control to central planning and ‘confront the climate’ whatever that last bit means.

So keep motoring in those good old, dependable, combustion engines. No need to stop. Just like the old Burma Shave advertisements on the side of the road, another one is going to show up just a few miles/months down the trail. You can bet it will say “No this time we really mean its the last chance” until it isn’t.

John Bell
April 17, 2021 10:08 am

I despise these frothing, totalitarian, leftist control freaks trying to steal money, and impoverish the little people in the name of saving the weather. EEEK! The sky is falling, give up your freedoms!

n.n
Reply to  John Bell
April 17, 2021 1:36 pm

Suspend your disbelief. Take a knee for climate justice.

rah
Reply to  n.n
April 17, 2021 4:20 pm

I’m so done with that. Take a knee and your done with me.
Coke, Pepsi, PayPal, all three major Pro Sports, and the list goes on and on of companies that will never see a dime of my money if I can possibly help it.

2hotel9
Reply to  rah
April 17, 2021 4:35 pm

Only time I “take a knee” is to steady my aim.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  rah
April 17, 2021 4:53 pm

I often try to buy any kind of soft drink that Coke does not make. It’s extremely difficult, even when buying water. In Australia there are still a few, but they are being bought up.

Bryan A
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
April 18, 2021 12:02 am

Pepsi

Bryan A
Reply to  rah
April 18, 2021 12:02 am

Wait a minute…COKE…say it isn’t so Joe
That explains why Cokes are FLAT…no CO2

Tom Halla
April 17, 2021 10:10 am

I think the idea that “warmer than the Little Ice Age” is bad is so precious. Aside from revealing the profound ignorance of history and climatology that reveals, it also presumes that the Brits are not drawing derision in Texas for calling 20 C a “heat wave”.

Shoki Kaneda
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 17, 2021 1:09 pm

You don’t need to live in Texas to know they’re idiots. Anyone who has seen US temperatures from 1934 and 1936 knows what a crock the whole lie is.

John Dueker
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
April 17, 2021 4:36 pm

For those who slept through history classes or believe propaganda. “The warmest year on US record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place.”
https://skepticalscience.com/1934-hottest-year-on-record.htm

Bryan A
Reply to  John Dueker
April 18, 2021 12:04 am

Is that Before or After KARLIZATION?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 17, 2021 4:59 pm

Exactly.

For the past 10,000 years, virtually the entire stretch of human civilization, people have lived in what scientists call “a Goldilocks climate” — not too hot, not too cold, just right.

Rarely have I read such utter balderdash. A complete disregard for the many people who suffered and died from cold and famine because of the Little Ice Age!

And while on the subject, warmer was always better. Every single warming period, even those warmer than our current one, was beneficial to humans, and pretty much everything else.

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AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
April 18, 2021 3:37 pm

And each warm period was referred to as a “Climate Optimum.” Why would it have ever been called “optimum” if it was “bad” for the climate to be warmer?!

The warmest period in the current Epoch, the Holocene, is called the “Holocene Climate Optimum.” There’s a reason for that, and just to give you a hint, it’s NOT because the weather was “more extreme.”

Pauleta
April 17, 2021 10:11 am

Is this the last chance before the next last chance or they did cancel the last last chance?

2hotel9
Reply to  Pauleta
April 17, 2021 10:13 am

Last of the last after the last one. Just ask Mr Theresa Heins, he will ‘splain it to ya!

Climate believer
Reply to  Pauleta
April 17, 2021 12:32 pm

Sorry, did you not get the memo… there is now NO chance.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Pauleta
April 17, 2021 1:28 pm

Known as The Last Chance Climate Saloon – always a moveable target…

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 17, 2021 4:27 pm

Last Chance Climate Saloon, where the barkeep is Fat Al Gore, the beer really is pisswater, the whiskey is turpentine, and the dancing girls all look like Michael Mann in a tutu winking at ya’, and Liberals are queued up out the door for a seat eager to hand over their money.

Chaswarnertoo
April 17, 2021 10:25 am

There is no effin climate crisis.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
April 17, 2021 10:50 am

There is no effin climate. The idea of averaging the dozens of separate climates, globally, is utterly absurd and meaningless. The notion that there is a single factor (anthropogenic CO2) controlling them all is just silly.

philincalifornia
Reply to  Rory Forbes
April 17, 2021 11:56 am

It’s beyond silly. It’s psychiatric for the dupes who are believing the parasites who are trousering the money.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  philincalifornia
April 17, 2021 12:57 pm

After over 40 years of this crap, I keep thinking; “the public is sure to catch on now”, but they never do. It’s like being in some sort of Kafkaesque nightmare.

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
April 17, 2021 1:05 pm

Everyone, most people without any clue talk about a crisis, no one is able to point on it. I can’t see any crisis of climate, nowhere, what the heck are they talking about ?

They should better continue to write about music and musicians, that’s their job, a good one. btw.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Krishna Gans
April 17, 2021 11:23 pm

Don’t forget, they will interchange the words “crisis” with “catastrophe”, as & when it suits the escalating rantings & fearmongering!

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
April 17, 2021 2:43 pm

Only morons believe that there is, and THIS just proves it! I never had much use for The Rolling Stone, anyway! NOW I know why!

April 17, 2021 10:37 am

“With Joe Biden in office” they think it’s a best chance? He can’t even intelligently lie about climate change … https://newtube.app/user/RAOB/KX3Jgsm

philincalifornia
Reply to  John Shewchuk
April 17, 2021 2:08 pm

How can they do that to the poor man?

Disputin
Reply to  philincalifornia
April 18, 2021 3:34 am

Because they’re politicians, obviously.

Rory Forbes
April 17, 2021 10:42 am

Clearly, the guy just reached around and pulled this balderdash out of his butt, like the rest of the media are doing these days. They make it up as they go, From Attenborough to Kerry, real science … actual facts, logic and evidence all take a back seat to the politics and social implications. I couldn’t find a single thing that Jeff Goodell got right.

gringojay
Reply to  Rory Forbes
April 17, 2021 11:02 am

“Last best chance” as well to find out what bears do in the woods to make themselves lighter.

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Rory Forbes
Reply to  gringojay
April 17, 2021 12:41 pm

Too perfect!

Reply to  gringojay
April 17, 2021 1:06 pm

To save by griff 😀 😀 😀

Richard Page
Reply to  Rory Forbes
April 17, 2021 11:03 am

I think he may have got his own name correct, the rest varied from bad to gobsmackingly stupid.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Richard Page
April 17, 2021 12:44 pm

Well … I did check his name a few times just to make sure. What amazes me is how many people believe that crap.

Stan Sexton
April 17, 2021 11:06 am

It all goes along with the Great Reset. The Cloward-Piven Strategy to create an immigration and then welfare crisis. The Great Reset to take away private property and give it to the Elite. Population reduction via Gates and Fauci and his Wuhan Lab. Obama and Soros to bring in millions of “immigrants”. Doesn’t look good for the “Middle-Class”.

CD in Wisconsin
April 17, 2021 11:06 am

“As a result, global temperatures have risen 1.2 C since we began burning coal, and the past seven years have been the warmest seven years on record. The Earth’s temperature is rising faster today than at any time since the end of the last ice age, 11,300 years ago.”

Umm….you folks at the Rolling Stone haven’t looked at the UAH satellite temperature record lately, have you? No, I don’t suppose you have.

Peter W
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 17, 2021 11:58 am

They also have not looked at the real history of earth’s temperature. 6,000 years ago it was significantly warmer than today, and I have seen credible claims that Greenland was warmer 1,000 years ago, when the Norse who lived there were raising oats, barley and rye on over 200 farms.

Scissor
Reply to  Peter W
April 17, 2021 12:15 pm

A lot of people living in 1816 (the year without a summer) would not characterize the climate as being in a “Goldilocks Zone.”

Of course, they wouldn’t know about Goldilocks because the story hadn’t been written, but they knew about starvation from a shortage of food quite well.

Richard M
April 17, 2021 11:10 am

In March 2001 the HadSST3 anomaly was .37 as we were coming out of a La Nina (Nino 3.4 = -.4).

In March 2021 the HadSST3 anomaly was .36 as we were coming out of a La Nina (Nino 3.4 = -.5).

In many respects these are very comparable months. The Oceans are the biggest heat source on the planet.

What warming?

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Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Richard M
April 17, 2021 4:48 pm

Don’t be silly. It’s hiding in the deep ocean where temps have soared from 4.001 C to 4.002 C just in the last 30 years.. At this rate the oceans will be boiling in just under 3 million years. It curtains for humanity unless we send more money to the UN Climate Aide Fund.

Ron Long
April 17, 2021 11:13 am

Biden (or whoever puts those speeches on teleprompter for him to try to read) has appointed Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. She has stated that “climate change is our top priority”. Deb Haaland is an attorney, and spectacularly unqualified to be Secretary of the Interior, but she represents a Groupthink Warrior to the socialists. Dirty, nasty, oil leases? Forgetaboutit!

Kenji
Reply to  Ron Long
April 17, 2021 2:58 pm

She’s the ‘Goldilocks’ of our Interior Department, Right? She’s sure to break a lot of baby chairs before she sits her ass down and gobbles up all our porridge … Right?

Could the Author use ‘Goldilocks’ any more crudely?

And what is it with these Greenish-Marxists that they always find something to compare TEXAS to? “the highest mountain range in TEXAS was a reef” Huh? The Greenie-Marxists really HATE Texas, don’t they? Hate it as much as they hate the “Texas-sized swirling plastic garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean” … that nobody can see, or seem to clean up.

BRUCE MCKELVY
Reply to  Ron Long
April 17, 2021 3:51 pm

She’s there because she’s “Native American” which is her qualification. I don’t know her record in congress but I suspect there’s not much for her to brag about.

Vuk
April 17, 2021 11:13 am

Hi Mick, nice to hear you are still kicking about. Now about global warming, if you Keith and Ronnie didn’t smoke so much pot releasing tons of CO2 in the last 60 years (another 60 year cycle, they are everywhere you look), planet would’t be in such perilous state. btw how is your lumbago, was that zimmer frame with wheels any good?

rah
April 17, 2021 11:17 am

The leftist nut cases “last chance” statements have exactly the same import of Obama’s line in the sand. Both are erased the second it comes time to react when crossed.

BTW. I wonder if the Rolling Stone mag’s facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy sources? Does the paper and ink used to produce the dead tree version come from sources that only run on renewable energy sources from logging to mill, to transport? Are all of their company vehicles electric and charged totally from renewable energy sources? How about their employees homes and vehicles? How about the home and vehicle of the author of this piece?

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PCman999
April 17, 2021 11:18 am

I wish there was a way to sue media outlets for false information. Human emissions of co2 are a small fraction of total co2 sources in a given year, and that is from Green Ministry of Information-approved sources like NASA, NOAA, Environment Canada, etc. So why is guy slewing lies culled from his green cheat sheet without any sense of journalistic standards?

Scissor
Reply to  PCman999
April 17, 2021 12:22 pm

You can sue anyone, including for false information, but to win you have to demonstrate damages. Rolling Stone was sued for their false reporting on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia and they lost, or at least paid to settle.

Bruce Cobb
April 17, 2021 11:30 am

“the fight to save the climate has finally begun in earnest…”
Riiiiiiight.

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Tom in Florida
April 17, 2021 12:33 pm

“The Earth’s temperature is rising faster today than at any time since the end of the last ice age, 11,300 years ago. We are pushing ourselves out of a Goldilocks climate and into something entirely different — quite literally, a different world than humans have ever lived in before.”

Apparently humans magically appeared out of thin air 11,300 years ago.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 17, 2021 12:52 pm

There are so many things wrong with every statement he makes that correcting them would take twice the space as the original article. Like all media today, apparently the gloves are off. There is no longer a need to source anything. Journalism is now just another branch of creative writing. CNN has recently revealed that they’ve been manufacturing all of their content for the past 5 years simply to get rid of Trump. Now they’re going to start in on “climate change”.

observa
Reply to  Tom in Florida
April 18, 2021 7:30 am

…and they had thermometers and kept comprehensive temp records too with no UHI effect. Those were the days but you try and tell the kids today and they’ll actually believe it-
Four Yorkshiremen- Monty Python – YouTube

TonyL
April 17, 2021 12:41 pm

“Last Chance to Save the World” is not the story. Here at WUWT, we have heard all this a million times before. *yawn*, *sigh*

This is the real story:
“This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.”

Take a look at all the media outlets, organizations, universities which have signed up for this.

https://coveringclimatenow.org/partners/partner-list/

Hundreds of groups and organizations have all come together to push this fake narrative with a huge megaphone voice. You can bet any dissenting voices will be banned as “disinformation”, “violates community standards”, “dangerous”, “hate speech”, and all the rest.

This is a massive propaganda campaign unlike anything I have ever seen before.

So who is Covering Climate Now? Who set up this organization? Who provided the initial funding?
What do they expect to get out of all of this?

This is where the real story is.

Petit_Barde
Reply to  TonyL
April 17, 2021 1:33 pm

See the conclusions of the Club of Rome’s reports (in the 70s) and who are the members of this “club” :

  • Malthusian ideology based on pseudo-science everywhere.
yirgach
Reply to  Petit_Barde
April 17, 2021 2:21 pm

The Club of Rome’s 1972 Limits to Growth lead author Donella Meadows of Dartmouth, was an attempt by a well meaning zealot, educated as a systems analyst to categorize a future Earth as being destroyed by wanton human ambition.

At the time it made a lot of sense to me, over the years I now regard it as a work of science fiction. It’s main fault was the complete disregard for human ingenuity and resourcefulness. By the 90’s, like Ehrlich, the predictions were failing miserably and relegated to the trash heap.

But the basic dystopian meme gets resurrected when it becomes a profitable goal for those who control the useful idiots.

All this baseless green nonsense has a basic purpose of control and they will continue pursuing it as long as they have money (influence) and political power.

The outright blatant lying presented by the MSM and the voter fraud of the last election is a prime example.

Petit_Barde
Reply to  yirgach
April 17, 2021 11:47 pm

 It’s main fault was the complete disregard for human ingenuity and resourcefulness.”

Exactly.
And this is also the main reason why Marxist theories are wrong.

rwisrael
April 17, 2021 12:47 pm

They’re progressives, so what rational people woud call “facts” don’t matter to them. Goodell claims that the past 10,000 years or so is the perfect ” Goldie locks “climate, obviously ignoring the vast differences between the Roman warming period and the Little Ice Age , as if there weren’t a far greater difference between them than 3 or 4 degrees , which he sees as catastrophic. Who ties his shoes for him? Can he read a train schedule ?

Jeremiah Puckett
April 17, 2021 12:51 pm

I’ve been saying this for more than a decade. People spend great amounts of money living in warmer climates. We call some of them snowbirds. They run from winter so fiercely they’re willing to own and maintain a second home. People vacation in warm climates, and except for skiing, rarely in cold environments. Russians are miserable. 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border. Far more people die from cold exposure than heat exposure. Food has a far greater chance to grow in warmer weather over colder weather. Animals thrive in warmer climates vs colder ones. Seriously, what if we take too much CO2 out of the atmosphere??? So, what happened to the end of snow? Haven’t seen it. Droughts? No more than normal. Flooding? Should be managed pretty easily if states like California spend money on infrastructure instead of free drugs to druggies. Where’s the sea level rise? Cities around the globe like Honolulu, Miami, Sydney, NYC, … Where is it? What about Holland? No sea level rise there. All the “problems” don’t seem to exist or aren’t happening. We’ve been talking about this for 80 years now. No increase in tornadoes or hurricanes. Do you fear the end of coffee? Well, if it did get a tad warmer, maybe it grows elsewhere. If someone says there’s going to be no more coffee, they’re lying.

DMA
April 17, 2021 12:58 pm

“The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34 billion tons or so of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly 10 times faster than Mother Nature ever did on her own”,
Nature emits about 15 times what humans due every year. With human emissions at about 5% of total then they are responsible for about 5% of the recent rise in atmospheric CO2. Before 1960 The rise was faster than human emissions so that had to be mostly natural.

Amos E. Stone
April 17, 2021 1:20 pm

26C? Such wimps!comment image?itok=YQyc2ERY&width=1024&height=576&impolicy=semi_dynamic

Abolition Man
Reply to  Amos E. Stone
April 17, 2021 2:35 pm

One of the many reasons Vikings were feared all over Europe; at least until they were infected with the brain parasite known as socialism!

rah
Reply to  Amos E. Stone
April 17, 2021 4:24 pm

And I bet if they stepped out of that water you would have your scientific proof right there that climate change shrinks men’s genitalia.

Gregory Woods
April 17, 2021 1:26 pm

The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34 billion tons or so of carbon into the atmosphere every year

Sorry. That is as far as I got….

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 17, 2021 4:56 pm

Yeah he doesn’t even understand the distinction between carbon and CO2. Trying to explain to him that that anthropogenic related number is a paltry 2% of Earth’s natural CO2 fluxes would be like me explaining general relativity to my dog.

2hotel9
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 17, 2021 5:02 pm

At least your dog would pay attention to you. 😉

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  2hotel9
April 18, 2021 3:48 pm

And wouldn’t argue.

taxed
April 17, 2021 1:30 pm

l can understand why those running the global warming scare are starting to get worried. The jet stream has gone into LIA mode and the effects of that are now starting too kick in. Here in N Linc’s England where l live we have suffered frost for10 nights in a row.
This is quite rare even in winter, but for April as far as l know its unheard of.The current changes to the jet stream we hit us hardest during the winter months because of the greater risk of northern blocking. But even during the summer there will be a greater risk of bigger swings in temperature.

Gunga Din
April 17, 2021 2:13 pm

I’ve lost count.
Just how many “Now is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis” have we had in the last 30 years?

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Reply to  Gunga Din
April 17, 2021 2:57 pm

365 x 30

LdB
Reply to  Gunga Din
April 18, 2021 7:52 am

No besides the hundreds of “last chances” this one really is the last chance … the end of the world is nigh.

2hotel9
Reply to  LdB
April 18, 2021 7:57 am

I miss the wild eyed, bearded guys with their sandwich boards, at least they were entertaining.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  2hotel9
April 18, 2021 3:53 pm

And their deluded rantings didn’t cost you money and freedom to do as you please.

ResourceGuy
April 17, 2021 2:37 pm

And if you subscribe now you’ll receive a free T-shirt with last best slogan along with the ‘useful idiot of Hollywood’ image of your choice. Don’t delay in this last best decision.

Abolition Man
April 17, 2021 2:56 pm

Eric,
Thanks for pointing out that H. sapiens is a tropical species and, like the VAST majority of species, thrives far better in a warmer climate than the current one!
Maybe one of our Three Stooges (Izzy, Roger and griffie-poo) could explain the benefits of living in a climate more akin to an Ice Age than a climate or thermal optimum! I wouldn’t waste my time as I’ve been to Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean; and unless I want to go skiing or hunting, a tropical vacation is the way to go!
CO2 to 1,000ppm! It may not help, but what can it hurt?

Editor
April 17, 2021 3:01 pm

Readers should be aware [beware]…

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.”

That sentence identifies this Rolling Stone piece as propaganda produced by a propaganda cabal centered at Columbia School of Journalism -=- in which the journalists practice collaborative propaganda production on Climate Issue.

In other words, this is the Opposite of Journalism.

These propagandists tell readers what they and their masters want you to know and believe — without regards to the truth or facts.

I covered the birth of this movement earlier.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Kip Hansen
April 17, 2021 3:45 pm

Kip,
Do you have any idea how much funding they received from the CCP?
The common thread behind so much occurring today seems to the ChiCom’s hopes to gain world hegemony without firing a shot; as they convince the Western democracies to commit economic suicide by going full Greentard! They will have plenty of electricity and the heavy industries that require it, while the US and Europe decline into Second or Third World status!

Editor
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 17, 2021 4:44 pm

Ab Man ==> I have no data on involvement of the CCP or any other organization . . . . . other than the Columbia School of Journalism, the Guardian, and NPR and other major mainstream “news” organizations who openly brag of their involvement.

Paul Blase
April 17, 2021 4:27 pm

“The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34 billion tons or so of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly 10 times faster than Mother Nature ever did on her own”

I’ve heard this before, that the problem is not the quantity, it’s the rate.

2hotel9
Reply to  Paul Blase
April 17, 2021 4:59 pm

They best start trying to figure how to stop volcanoes if rate is the problem.

Doonman
Reply to  2hotel9
April 17, 2021 8:12 pm

Yes and don’t forget about the termites.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Paul Blase
April 18, 2021 4:01 pm

You may have heard bullshit before, but that doesn’t change what it is.

Human CO2 emissions on an annual basis are on the order of 3%-4% of the total. The rest is from natural sources that have nothing to do with human activities. And since they aren’t measuring all of the natural sources and sinks, they don’t know what is causing the atmospheric levels to rise.

Nor do they have a meaningful handle on how much the atmospheric CO2 levels have changed unless you’re talking about only the period since March 1958 when Mauna Loa measurements begin. Comparing those to “proxy” measurements as if they constitute a measurement of the same thing is a scientific incompetence.

Eric Stevens
April 17, 2021 4:49 pm

“… but most people start to feel cold if they are not wearing clothes, if temperatures drop for a sustained period below 80F / 26C.”

Which says something about the temperatures in which mankind evolved. And the world is supposed to be threatened by temperatures heading back that way?

Doonman
April 17, 2021 5:05 pm

Face facts. Nobody wants their picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone anymore. Nobody reads about Rock Stars anymore because there are none under 60 that don’t market their own content on social media. So in order to sell magazines, they switched their audience over to those that like to read horror stories instead.

Charles Nelson
April 17, 2021 5:11 pm

Tying in with CNN?

Pat from kerbob
April 17, 2021 5:51 pm

It’s the naked ape for a reason

Mike Maguire
April 17, 2021 8:12 pm

How many times did the boy cry wolf before the village people stopped believing him?

2 or 3 maybe?

We’ve listened to the cries of ” the climate wolf is coming” “the climate wolf is coming” for 33 years in a row……….and still no sign of a wolf.

U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not CheckedPETER JAMES SPIELMANNJune 29, 1989
“UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.
Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ″eco- refugees,′ ′ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.
He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.
As the warming melts polar icecaps, ocean levels will rise by up to three feet, enough to cover the Maldives and other flat island nations, Brown told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday.”

In the made up story of “the boy that cried wolf” there actually was a wolf that came after the village people stopped believing the boy’s yelling about a fake wolf.

In the real life story of the people that cried climate crisis, there is no climate crisis, instead, its turned out to be a climate optimum for life, not despite increasing CO2 but exactly because of it.

Cold still kills 15 times more humans than heat. Cold kills over 200 times more life(especially in the mid/high latitudes) than heat.
The planet is not dying, it’s greening up.

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

The climate wolf does not exist and never did………………….yet, somehow repeating the same false narratives about the wolf for 33 years in a row using junk/anti science and the influence of brain washing tools via the powerful communication technologies of this age……..and repetition……..has hypnotized people into thinking that a lamb is a wolf.

And we can’t say that its not worked for them because it did! They did it and they won, whether you want to acknowledge that fact or not. The Climate Accord, Green New Deal, carbon taxes and some horrible green energy systems are not just a future possibility. They started imposing it years ago and it is rapidly accelerating, which will continue the next 4 years…………..no matter what the weather/climate does.

They won by getting the political power to impose their agenda and so…………..they are just imposing their agenda. It is already having harmful consequences that will only get much worse but that makes not difference. This was never about science or results or rational energy policies.

It was about getting the power to impose the agenda.

Once the agenda has been imposed………………they will start telling the truth about there being no climate crisis. However, they will use it to claim that the crisis was averted by the agenda and we must keep the political agenda(using climate as a ruse) in place or the crisis(threat) will return.

Hurrah, they saved the planet from the fake climate wolf!

Mike Maguire
April 17, 2021 8:14 pm

Here’s the link to that story from 1989
https://apnews.com/article/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0

Rick C
April 17, 2021 8:15 pm

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. 

Translation: What follows is pure propaganda. Nothing in it should be confused with truth or actual journalism.

Last edited 3 months ago by Rick C
April 17, 2021 9:07 pm

“The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34 billion tons or so of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly 10 times faster than Mother Nature ever did on her own, even during past mass extinction events.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t nature cycle through something like 60 gigatons of “carbon” (dioxide) annually?

Patrick MJD
April 17, 2021 9:20 pm

The only crisis is in the minds of the deluded.

Coeur de Lion
April 18, 2021 2:28 am

Anyone who calls carbon dioxide ‘carbon’ is lazy, or has an agenda, or is lying

2hotel9
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
April 18, 2021 4:25 am

Those three are not mutually exclusive, they often party together.

James
April 18, 2021 3:03 am

It is not about controlling the climate, and never has been, it has always been about controlling the populace.

Cheshire Red
April 18, 2021 4:37 am

Their soundbite is just another climate call to action sales pitch. As usual, it’s bobbins.

fred250
April 18, 2021 5:15 am

Come on, guys

Rollings Stone magazine is so, so “sciency”..

Didn’t you all know that ! 😉

“Science” for rock stars.. !

Tom Abbott
April 18, 2021 5:37 am

From the article: “Now, our luck is running out. The industrialized nations of the world are dumping 34 billion tons or so of carbon [sic] into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly 10 times faster than Mother Nature ever did on her own, even during past mass extinction events. As a result, global temperatures have risen 1.2 C since we began burning coal, and the past seven years have been the warmest seven years on record.”

Let’s go to the satellite chart:

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As you can see from the UAH satellite chart, the last seven years have *not* been the warmest on record, and the temperatures have cooled 0.7C since the 2016 highpoint. The temperatures have cooled for five years and CO2 has increased in the atmosphere for those five years, so why are the temperatures not going higher and higher? Possibly because CO2 has little effect on the atmospheric temperatures. CO2 is up, Temperatures are down.

When alarmists panic over the temperatures you know they are looking at the bogus, bastardized, instrument-era, computer-generated Hockey Stick global surface charts which distort the temperature record and make it appear that the temperature trend is “hotter and hotter and hotter”. But it’s not.

Any regional surface temperature chart (unmodified) will show that we are not getting hotter and hotter, rather the climate is cyclical with warm periods and cool periods and in the Earth’s case, the warm periods of the recent past were just as warm as today, so this means we are not experiencing unprecedented warming from CO2 as the alarmists claim.

Here’s the AMO chart which is representative of the temperature profile of all the unmodified regional surface temperature charts. There’s no “hotter and hotter and hotter” here.

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When the alarmist wipe the sweat off their brows and complain about the unprecedented warmth, someone should ask them where they get the idea that it is so warm? Dollars to donuts they point at the Hockey Stick chart. It’s the only thing they have to point to for making their case, and it’s bogus as hell.

All regional surface temperature charts put the lie to the bogus Hockey Stick chart. None of the regional charts resemble the “hotter and hotter” Hockey Stick temperature profile, they resemble the profile of the AMO chart above, which shows we have nothing to worry about from CO2.

April 18, 2021 11:40 am

Google keeps promoting climate emergency stuff on my phone with their news headlines and articles.

Here’s one from just a few moments ago:
“Climate change is causing more frequent and severe flooding, droughts, storms and heatwaves as average global temperatures rise to new records.”

How can we stop these Matter of Fact lies that Google is spuing?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  JON P PETERSON
April 19, 2021 3:40 am

I don’t know that you can stop liars from lying, but, as most of us know, none of the claims about flooding, droughts, or storms or heatwaves, or the average global temperatures at new record highs are true, they are all a bunch of lies, easily disproven and can be disproven using the UN IPCC’s own reports which says there is no evidence of unprecedented weather connected to human beings and CO2.

All the alarmists have are lies and distortions of the truth, and the only thing that keeps them in the game is that they have the Leftwing News Media of the Western world, carrying their untruthful water for them.

2hotel9
Reply to  JON P PETERSON
April 19, 2021 7:39 am

Block it on your phone.

Bruce Cobb
April 18, 2021 12:44 pm

This is the Climate Liar’s Last Best Chance to start telling the truth.

David Hartley
April 18, 2021 1:47 pm

Got to quote Frank Zappa on Rock journalists:

Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.

Edward Katz
April 18, 2021 5:53 pm

What would anyone expect from a Leftist publication like Rolling Stone? It would be a much bigger surprise if it presented some of the real facts behind the current climate alarmism.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Edward Katz
April 19, 2021 3:42 am

Excellent point, Edward!

Philo
April 19, 2021 5:31 am

What Rolling Stone, a really odd forum for scientific advice, can’t do is a serious look into the science. “Climate” is a made-up word for how the “biosphere” seems to work. “Climate” is not a “thing’ such as a stone or a ton of coal. It is a process of change in the sun, the earth and its biosphere, the interconnections between them. and even influences from unimaginable distances away(cosmic “rays” and other weird effects on us).

Of course this is not a mistake. Rolling Stone was simply one of the chosen outlets for the latest propaganda push. The people at Rolling Stone couldn’t explain what is going on in the climate any better, or worse, than the large number of self-proclaimed experts can.

The whole fiasco has been going on since 1970 when Maurice Strong, a Canadian oil baron, got himself appointed by the United Nations to the new United Nations Environmental Program(UNEP). The United Nations LOVES acronyms! The whole process, thinking, and construction was done specifically with the UN’s goal of becoming the world government. Strong promised an easily controlled an seemingly scientific process.

All the information and results since 1970 are meticulously retained in the UN’s websites including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC), arrangements with the World Meteorological Organization(WMO) and many other related programs.

The strangest thing, which nobody seems to mention, is that the whole basic premise was “the effects of human-caused climate change” as administered by Politicians, not scientists. NO allowance was made for natural effects which we know have been HUGE, unpredictable, and ever-changing.

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