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Mexican airman prepares solution of acetone & silver iodide to drop into clouds to make it rain. (Mexico News Daily)
the gentleman from texas wants
to change the moon’s orbit or
the earth’s orbit around the sun, to dodge
those solar flares that cause
this is where we are.
lake mead, largest u.s. reservoir,
drops to lowest level ever,
decline will continue til nov., expert sez
150+ acres burn in arizona; even
the firefighting vehicles start blazes,
the vegetation’s so dry
meanwhile, n. dakota farmers
selling off their cattle herds:
"look the weather is bad, our crops look
terrible, lots of us have employees &
families we support. historical drought.
i'm stressed, you're stressed, but
it will be okay. the sun will rise again,
god will only give you
what you can handle,” sez one on f.b.
well, the sun will rise again, anyway,
like it or not . . .
mexican air force seeds the clouds,
85% of country in severe drought;
worst drought in almost 100 yrs in brazil:
"we're facing a 'dry season' that in reality
is going to last 1 ½ - 2 years,"
sez the professor (burning up the rain-
forest doesn’t help); inflation at 8.1%
hydropower walloped, ag:
“global inventories are shrinking; demand
is on a tear as drought plagues farms
from the u.s. & brazil to russia,”
bloomberg sez. “china is scouring the globe
for all the grains it can find to replenish
stocks & feed its hog herd,
the biggest in the world.”
while 3 m afghan people “likely to be acutely
affected” by drought, as 12 m (⅓ of pop.)
facing “crisis” levels of “food insecurity”;
"the sky has stopped raining on us,
the earth has stopped growing grass for us,
and eventually the government
has also stopped helping us," abdul baqi,
citizen, says, as citizens
of lahore, pakistan told to stay
indoors, out of 109 f heat (heat index 117)
what do you do if home is uninhabitable?
you go somewhere else
in the novel gold fame citrus, people
from s. california are barred from
other states (turnabout fair play?), as
they try to escape the permanent drought
& sand dune sea; our heroes are trying
to escape to lawrence, kansas . . .
this is where we are.
Note: this will be the last regularly-scheduled post to Writing Out of Time. Poem of Our Climate will continue at a new location, to be revealed Monday (June 14).
Tomorrow's post will be the last for Writing Out of Time. However, you will still be able to access & enjoy the fabulous guest posts (see list, to right), as well as my febrile rantings over the course of the past two years (see archive, above, right).
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Non-soothing clock in Glasgow. (Andrew Boyd via Euronews)
“do not come. do not come,”
sez v.p. harris to potential migrants.
easy for her to say --
she has a plane on the runway
“what she failed to mention,” sez grist,
“was 2020’s biggest driver of migration:
severe weather, which makes
the ‘do not come’ instruction
nearly impossible to follow. nearly
600k people from honduras,
guatemala, nicaragua were dis-
last yr due to hurricanes eta & iota”
but it’s not just u.s.:
no country offers asylum
to climate refugees . . .
world bank sees 143 m by 2050
& here’s something new:
there’s the “seconds to midnight”
nuclear war clock, now there’s
the “time left to save the world” clock:
yrs. to reach paris goals (under 7),
& how much renewable energy so far
(12%); they’re in ny, ghana, nigeria,
& glasgow (lead-up to copout26);
& euronews’ question is:
“can ticking clocks soothe
climate anxiety?” — that’s the policy
goal now: keep calm
but carry on w/what you’re doing
collective action? yes! --
worst drought in utah since the middle
ages; & drought across the wheat belt:
plains states, prairie provinces,
russia; prices rising as chances
of rain decrease; right-wing u.s.
militias gear up to fight for water . . .
139k acres burned in arizona, 0%
contained, w/“that fierce, intimidating
bright orange glow” after dark
114 f in sonora, mexico: problemas
de deshidratación; “we’re selling
a lot of water,” sez the businessman;
more drought in brazil = less hyrdo-
power = power plants switch to coal =
more co2 = hotter temps =
more drought in brazil
& hot in middle east, even by
middle-eastern standards: 120+
iran, oman, kuwait, u.a.e.:
“harshest heat wave in history
for this time of year,” one that
“can melt crayons, soften asphalt,
warp railroad tracks” --
picture of worker dumping big blocks
of ice into a swimming pool --
heat indices of 140+ on persian gulf
r we uninhabitable yet? or time to
reset our clocks, maybe? whatever
the answer, remember, do not come
here. by the time you get here,
we may have left
Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox unveils his plan to combat global heating. (@GovCox on Twitter)
here’s the latest:
biden admin defends
trump admin decision
to let conocophillips drill in alaska’s
north slope — but here’s the kicker:
they’re going to have to re-freeze
the permafrost — inserting
“chillers” into the ground so it doesn’t
turn to mush & swallow their rigs
while they’re trying to drill for oil
“chillers & drillers”
not so chilly in miami:
it’s been evacuated.
miami, arizona, that is;
140 acres burned this weekend;
no longer the exception, out west;
lake mead at ⅓ capacity;
"we're at a tipping point,"
sez the nevada water man.
"it's an existential issue for arizona,
for california, for nevada. it is
just that simple.” or
pray for rain,
as utah’s gov. requests of citizens:
“by praying collaboratively and
collectively, asking god or what-
ever higher power you believe in
for more rain, we may be able to
escape the deadliest aspects
of the continuing drought.” at least
somebody’s taking collective action!
co2 at record levels (420 ppm),
maugre pandemics & promises
current & future (e.g. cop(out)26)
is this what psychologists call
“diffusion of responsibility”?
no animal products before dinner,
sez jonathan saffron foer. i’ll let him
tell it to the folks in garden city, ks,
where they take the injunction
seriously to "fill the earth and
subdue it. & rule over
the fish in the sea
& the birds in the sky and over
every living creature
that moves on the ground.”
we’re sure not subduing the uptick
in ticks: “they’re having a
good year,” sez the bug expert --
warming temps = longer feeding
season + larger range --
&, w/them, lyme (among the other
many tickborne diseases of the u.s.)
ice breaks up or melts in arctic,
greenland, antarctic, himalayas &
all the glaciated spaces, it seems
(more on that as we see more
effects on human life over long
hot summers fill the earth
global heating kills 100k humans
every year, “a new study suggests”
(that’s just heat stroke, mind you)
have to find a new narrative --
maybe a new planet — first . . .
heat wave freq. now 3x > 1960s
“in turn, americans are blasting
air conditioners, which has doubled
summer energy use, adding
more greenhouse gases . . .”
human brain not wired for in-
visible disasters, far away, w/
no clear perp doing perp walk
“record flooding in brazil’s amazon”
(while other parts burn)
“half a million displaced”
(as covid kills 1000s brazilians daily --
this is u tomorrow, u.s.a.)
“measured against the risks,
the world’s climate mitigation efforts
are a joke. the unspoken sub-
text of this year’s cop26 conference
is clear to the young: that we, the
suit-wearing, s.u.v.-driving generation,
will do our best w/in the limits of what
big business can tolerate & what
elderly voters will accept.
to fail because we
won’t be around to live
with the consequences.”
(paul mason in guardian)
“heat shocks” zap bangladesh
rice crop in n.e., just after
the south got whapped by cyclone --
20% ↓ in production feared, in country
w/ 1 in 4 “food insecure”;
“my dream crop is finished,”
shafiqul islam talukder laments;
"i can't think of how to
support the family for a whole year.
i invested my savings and planted
12 acres of high-yielding rice.
now it's all over.”
(& food prices highest in 10 yrs)
we’ve got to propagate
a happier story: that climate
chaos = better paying jobs, or
that what you’re willing to do
is all that needs to be done, or
what you will
temp records smashed:
british columbia, fresno, calif.,
hong kong, n. finland;
& seems like it’s raining (& flooding)
all over the world: philippines
(tropical storm), chile, guyana,
s.e. texas, coastal louisiana
we’ve got to tell a convincing,
exciting, emotional tale, full of drama,
hearbreak, inspiration, vivid characters;
one that galvanizes folks to believe
what they don’t want to believe
& feel like they have to do
something, now, that they
don’t want to do
anybody got ideas?*
* (totally serious -- leave a comment!)
No boat? No prob! (Free Malaysia Today)
it’s not about delhi’s coolest june day;
or the flooded fields in the sundarbans;
or the waist-deep water in dhaka;
or 3 mo. of rain in 3 days in new zealand;
or the record flooding in amazonian brazil;
or all the local records & disasters today.
today, it’s about abdul malik abdul ghani.
he’s 33 yrs of age; he lives
in kampung melati, beaufort dist.,
one of the most flood-prone parts
of sabah state, malaysia.
he does not own a boat.
but it floods so much, he’s strung a rope
from a stilt under his house, 50 m. to
his neighbor’s house on higher ground
(what used to be called “mutual aid”);
so every time it floods, he & the fam
just grab the rope (or swim or
until they feel it, underwater).
he doesn’t own a boat.
the rope “is for us to hold onto so
we don’t get swept away
while wading through the floodwaters”
6k residents of the area evac’d
last wk, escaping the rising rivers (those
not afraid of catching covid), but
not malik — he just reached for his rope!
now, i’m not saying the worsening floods
are due to climate “change” — just sayin
it’s a mighty nice thing to have a rope.
w/ somebody on the other end.
(see freemalaysiatoday.com May 30 for the full story)
I'm a writer & teacher in Lawrence, Kansas who actually believes the scientists. I wrote a book of poems called Of Some Sky that seems to have something to do with all this.