Thursday, January 30, 2014

Global Warming isn't just about rising sea levels due to melting ice.

When I was growing up, meteorologists and weather reporters included the dew point as part of their weather news coverage. After all the recent reports on the most severe weather I've seen in my memorable lifetime over the last 40 years or so, I noticed that Dew Point was absent from reports. I guessed it might have been replaced with the term "relative humidity" because the public was mostly interested in just temperature and precipitation for immediate comfort.

Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:
The dew point is the temperature at which the water vapor in air at constant barometric pressure condenses into liquid water at the same rate at which it evaporates. At temperatures below the dew point, water will leave the air. The condensed water is called dew when it forms on a solid surface.
Dew Point is important to consider because changes in the atmosphere over time may determine how much water can be suspended in the air. Ice doesn't just melt into liquid and raise the water level, water also evaporates into the air, but nobody seems to be discussing this. Over the last several decades we have introduced other particles and chemicals into the atmosphere that may enhance humidity.

Under current conditions, what is the maximum possible water volume that can be suspended in the atmosphere at the average global temperature? What was the average global temperature ten years ago and what was its water volume potential at that time?

Since we don't see humidity until it becomes dense enough to form clouds or fog, we don't think much about it. Most of the media has been reporting for years about how long it will take for the sea level to rise enough to flood major cities, but I never seem to hear reports on the density of water vapor in the atmosphere responsible for increasing the severity of hurricanes, tornadoes, flash-floods,  blizzards, and the "Arctic Vortex" driving extremely severe cold weather into subtropical regions everywhere.

The Earth Observatory at NASA compares water vapor with other substances in the atmosphere over time. Climate.gov has a detailed page on Humidity. The Storm Prediction Center at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's website  (NOAA) has tons of raw data for research.

Given recent weather events it seems the atmosphere's capacity to hold water and conduct thermal energy is long overdue for public scrutiny. Instead, the main-stream corporate media prefers to leave its audience with the assumption that "It won't happen in my lifetime, what do I care?"

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Profit and power in 2014

This year starts out with a win for the Poverty Industrial Complex as our latest addition to the United States Supreme Court halts the birth control portion of the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/31/22128010-supreme-court-halts-contraception-mandate-for-religious-groups?lite

More poverty and hunger is in store as the "Work-Making" activity of our government will soon reap the rewards of expiring unemployment benefits that economically conscript new military personnel. http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15773

Since the military became voluntary after the Vietnam War, the motivation to artificially inflate the unemployment rate as a means of conscription has an economically advantageous side-effect of creating a new captive slave class. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

The full force of economic pressure will be brought to bear on our next generation, along with unemployment benefit cuts we already have in effect a cut to the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899

Lack of birth-control availability runs counter to continued cuts in social service programs for the poor. The outcome for most Americans will be an increase in activity associated with psychological pressures, such as domestic violence, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, burglary, shoplifting, armed robbery, rape.

The subsequent governmental costs in law enforcement and emergency medicine are of course not a coincidence. People allegedly smarter than me are running things. I can only deduce that since they seem to not recognize these facts that they are in reality fully aware of them and are deliberately engineering them for profit and power.