Is anybody else seeing signs of climate change?

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Anyone who has an interest in Agriculture or Horticulture, who is fourty plus years old must notice the climate changing. My experience is as follows; when I was an apprentice Gardener back in the mid 70s, we used to mow the grass for nine months of the year from March through to end of November, after November it was impossible to mow quite simply because it was too wet, frosty or covered in snow, anyway the grass just wasn't growing. Nowadays its not uncommon to see folks cutting grass at any time of the year, it doesn't stop growing, so the winters are becoming warmer and summers hotter, storms are becoming more frequent and more ferocious. I believe its no coincidence that skin cancer is on the increase as the ozone layer breaks down. I may be wrong but I can only go by my experiences for what there worth.
Unfortunately, your opinion and experience on the weather is worth nothing as regards climate. Neither is mine or anyone else's. We only "experience" a sliver of a silver of weather in a sliver of time. Weather is variable everywhere and so is climate, and we have two different words for a good reason. They are different things. The Earth's climate is always cycling from whatever it was to whatever it's going to be. It is never static. There have been several major ice ages, most likely the result of changes in the sun. There are long cycles and short cycles and short cycles within long cycles. Volcanoes are responsible for 95% of air pollution, so when we screw-up the air someplace, it's only a small, local portion of the Earth's surface. Many of our cities with poor air quality have it due to poor circulation in that place due to geography. L.A. and Beijing are two good examples. Others do have poor air quality due to the quantity of people living there. Ten or fifthteen million people living in one city ARE going to generate a lot of waste: air, water, solids, et al. They all qualify as a micro climate, and we should clean-up our act. But we don't affect climate. The sun and geography and the Earth's rotation are responsible for climate. Climate can also be altered by close encounters with asteroids and volcanoes. Tambora gave us the year without a summer in 1815.

As to what's normal, good, or whatever positive characterization you want to use: an ocean-run salmon pickled in alcohol long before the commercial use of mercury tested way over the limit when tested in the 1970's(?). Arsenic is a common contaminant in well water in areas with certain kinds of underground rock. That's normal, ~and completely "natural".

The amount of CO2 has varied widely over the eons, and we are at the lower end of the scale now for reasons unknown. All we really know is that the Earth got along just fine when CO2 was at the other end of the scale. It's not a pollutant, in my opinion. But you know what that's worth...
 
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Here living in a very mild part of the UK I'm not convinced about seeing signs of climate change.
However, "man" is damaging our planet and seemingly never seems to learn!
"Experts" push completely opposing views......:(
 
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:)Not so. Yes, the Chinese and Indians are filling their atmosphere with poisons, and they know that is something that needs to change, but they're torn between the progress of their individual citizens and the accumulation of nasty byproducts. They're between the classic rock and a hard place, third world countries passing through second-rate management on their way to first class. It'll get worse before it gets better, but mostly on their own territories. Gathering more and more people into great cities is a bad idea.

In the USA, as each problem has been identified it has been corrected, mostly. We changed the ways we use mercury, lead, coal, aerosols, gasoline, and hundreds of other elements and materials and processes when we found they had bad effects. Clean-ups are always costly and not always done the best way because of people. Everyone has opinions about everything and as often as not people with dumb opinions get elected and run things their way. California is a really good example in dozens of ways, but we can start with wildfires. Back in the Great Depression, the government began an employment program that organized and cleaned-up the forests to prevent and/or minimize forest fires. It took more than 20-odd years to cut fire roads criss-crossing the vast federal and state forests, and cleaning-up downed-wood, installing watch towers, creating a cadre of state and federal Foresters to oversee tracts to continue the process of keeping the forests orderly. There are always going to be dumb people who are careless with camp fires, and lightening will always exist, but the vast forests need to be divided into reasonably small sections with access pathways cut through so when you need to get a fire crew to a fire there IS a way to do it, timely. The Foresters grade timber and manage the many tracts by selling strategic blocks of timber that's ready for market and using that revenue to clear and clean-up problem areas on a continuing basis. There used to be great fires in lots of places when I was a kid, but not for the last 50-60 years. The mechanisms are in place now for continuous management by professionals. Except in California in the 70's when Jerry Brown became "Governor Moonbeam". The Flower Children didn't like logging because it displaced critters. "Hey! We got a good idea. Let's stop the people who make a living chopping down our beautiful forest's, -home to all God's creatures, and let them become... natural, again". Yessiree, natural... burns brightly. It took 20-odd years to clean it up coast-to-coast, and 40 years for it to go to Hell in a handbasket in California, but they did it. Now Californicadia has returned to it's natural geographical self of alternating between mudslide rains and drought wildfires, which will never change, but the size of the wildfires is a product of not managing the forests. When they decide to do it, it will take years and years and cost lots of money.

There are more trees in North America now than when the Pilgrims arrived. Settlers take trees with them wherever they go, and the Indians didn't have the ability to fight forest fires, they burned until they were put out by rain or a natural roadblock.

It takes money to do good things, Capitalism generates surplus money that can be taxed, but socialism does not. Unbridled, anything is problematic. The same things well-managed accrue to the good of many. India and China will reap what they're sowing and make changes, eventually. Europe will run out of OPM eventually, too. The world is not perfect, but it's better than when I was a kid, and we are working on it.
 
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Here living in a very mild part of the UK I'm not convinced about seeing signs of climate change.
However, "man" is damaging our planet and seemingly never seems to learn!
"Experts" push completely opposing views......:(
To your point, I watched a PBS American Experience special last night on, "The Swamp" and the several missteps over a 75 year period of harnessing the Everglades. It took those 75 years of doing it wrong in about as many different ways possible until they finally arrived at the conclusion that it is The River of Grass that provides clean water to the whole of south Florida and that redirection is always going to be misdirection. It illustrates that the people involved all had different ideas on how to use the swampland and the water and that they all had good intentions. To my point, they learned and eventually got it right. I urge everyone to find a repeat showing and watch it.

There was a trailer for the next PBS special, "The Big Burn". I look forward to it and recommend it to everyone even though it may contradict some of my historical facts as above. I'm sure it'll tell a more complete evolution of how we manage our forests. And, learn from our mistakes.
 
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