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Climate Change is Real

All photos taken on June 9, 2022 on our 33 km (20 mile) bike ride.

Whether you agree with the causes for climate change or not, there can be no denial that Earth’s climate is changing. While the cycle for the change may be “normal”, the severity pendulum keeps swinging in longer and longer arcs. Nowhere was this more evident to us than during this cycle East and South of Beaumont.

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

14 thoughts on “Climate Change is Real

  1. I agree that it’s real, although I think that there are still many who are in denial, unfortunately. I thought that covid might leave a greater appreciation for our world but it has only caused a surge in travel wants and all that squabbling over who is at fault for all the chaos. Of course, airlines should stop selling seats on aircraft that are still in storage and the travelling public should understand that airlines can’t turn on a dime to resurrect their pre-pandemic schedules.
    The fact is that our planet can’t tolerate the levels of pre-covid airline travel that we were doing, and our climate changes are telling us that. You might be interested in this article:
    I’ll stop ranting now. Good post, Allan.

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    1. Absolutely agree. Why would everyone try to fly at the same time before realizing all airlines, like many stores and businesses can not run on a dime to go from 33% load to 133% load. I have no intentions of flying until proper staffing with trained personnel is achieved. The whole consumer demand for the best, the greatest, the latest, the newest, the flashiest is nutso. I have a perfectly good basic 14 year old Toyota Corolla and an 11 year old Prius. No need to update. We walk and bike to most places in town and try to minimize our driving. We only turn on the lights we need and use as little heating and cooling as we can. Are we perfect? Nope, far from it. But, we try. No apologies needed. The things we are seeing this year are going to become the norm and we will continue to be horrified. Hopefully, some will be stirred to action. Thanks for the link. Allan

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      1. Well said, Allan. We have a 14 year-old manual Fusion and our truck is 7 (a vehicle that we really need when we’re in the north). We’ll drop to just one after I retire. In buying our retirement home, our biggest requirement was that we be able to walk to most everything. This summer has been amazing that way – very little driving. Cheers.

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  2. If you read much of the historical scientific texts, but also speeches on both sides of the spectrum, much more we realize needs to be understood. We’re so far from making any connections in the line we’ve been hearing. I talked to one person, asking them which is first: Co2 levels or warming. The latter is first. The other person didn’t know. And that’s the difficulty. Far too many people not doing real research, then making suppositions they’re not qualified to make. We’ve been studying quite awhile. But we have much to learn. I only wish others realized the same. All the best.

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    1. Agreed. This all needs a great deal of study. Carbon taxes are just a wealth transfer. Alternate energy sources often tend to simply be relocated pollution, because the manufacturing process can often burn more fossil fuels than photo voltaic cells and wind turbines offset over their useful life. It is time for politicians, inventors and innovators to find the solutions, not just point out the problems. In the meantime, less demand will create more supply and lower prices, eventually. Thanks for your insight.

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  3. And yes, the climate changes, as it always has. But there is no link to human beings, certainly one not provable. We’re just too small.

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    1. Lets just say 8,000,000,000 inhabitants are not the total cause, but do have an effect on the planet. Saying we have no effect on climate change is a bit like saying my gas tank always goes from full to empty, but how fast or far I drive has very little to do with how fast it goes to empty. The good news is that global warming has historically been the precursor to the next ice age, so perhaps nature is about to adjust the thermostat in a natural way and this will solve both problems. Thanks for reading and commenting.


    1. I hear you Bernie. We need less dry heat and more cool wet. Rain is forecast here for overnight. I am not holding out much hope it will fill my rain barrels. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan


      1. Pretty sure it didn’t fil our rain barrel — did not last near long enough and was just a light drizzle. Our daughter, 20 km south, got nothing. Fingers crossed for more despite a zoo outing with the grandkids and friends. Bernie

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  4. So sad that people still think climate change isn’t real, even with all the terrible natural disasters. The earth is striking back. It’s been in the 90s and very awful this week in NYC. My sister was in Yosemite this week and had to evacuate with the fires. Mother Nature always prevails, people do not.

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    1. Perhaps people are the virus and climate change is the Earth’s immune response. People need to stop arguing about who or what is causing it and decide the best way to fix it. Profit and greed need to be taken out of the equation. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan

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