Go Lean Commentary
It’s simple: Numbers don’t lie!
There are many subjective topics: best this, greatest that! If a company thinks they are successful – i.e. one of the fastest growing firms – but they do not have money in the bank, they are “in the RED”, then frankly their Balance Sheet simply doesn’t lie, they are insolvent.
The same for the subjective topic of Climate Change. Is Global Warming real? Is the planet getting warmer?
There is no longer any doubt, the Numbers don’t lie: the earth has had 400 straight warmer-than-average months. See the full story of this actuality here:
VIDEO – This weather event hasn’t happened since 1984 – https://www.usatoday.com/videos/weather/2018/05/17/weather-event-hasnt-happened-since-1984/618961002/
Published May 17, 2018 – NOAA climate scientists say April 2018 marked the planet’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures. USA TODAY
Title: Earth just had its 400th straight warmer-than-average month thanks to global warming
It was December 1984, and President Reagan had just been elected to his second term, Dynasty was the top show on TV and Madonna’s Like a Virgin topped the musical charts.
It was also the last time the Earth had a cooler-than-average month.
Last month marked the planet’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures, federal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.
The cause for the streak? Unquestionably, it’s climate change, caused by humanity’s burning of fossil fuels.
“We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm,” said NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt. “Speeding by a ‘400’ sign only underscores that, but it does not prove anything new.”
Climate scientists use the 20th-century average as a benchmark for global temperature measurements. That’s because it’s fixed in time, allowing for consistent “goal posts” when reviewing climate data. It’s also a sufficiently long period to include several cycles of climate variability.
“The thing that really matters is that, by whatever metric, we’ve spent every month for several decades on the warm side of any reasonable baseline,” Arndt said.
NOAA’s analysis found last month was the 3rd-warmest April on record globally. The unusual heat was most noteworthy in Europe, which had its warmest April on record, and Australia, which had its second-warmest.
Portions of Asia also experienced some extreme heat: In southern Pakistan, the town of Nawabshah soared to a scalding 122.4 degrees on April 30, which may have been the warmest April temperature on record for the globe, according to Meteo France.
Argentina also had its warmest April since national records began there in 1961.
North America was the one part of the world that didn’t get in on the heat parade. Last month, the average U.S. temperature was 48.9 degrees, 2.2 degrees below average, “making it the 13th-coldest April on record and the coldest since 1997,” NOAA said.
For the year-to-date, the Earth is seeing its 5th-warmest start to the year.
A separate analysis of global temperature data from NASA also found last month was the third-warmest April on record.
Another milestone was reached in April, also related to the number “400”: Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached its highest level in recorded history at 410 parts per million.
This amount is highest in at least the past 800,000 years, according to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Source: Retrieved May 18, 2018 from: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/17/global-warming-april-400th-consecutive-warm-month/618484002/
Once we accept the facts, then we can move on to debating solutions.
Perhaps there was some debate when it was 4 straight months, or 20 straight months; but 400 straight months is an abundance of obvious. Our argument should not be whether Climate Change is real, it should be:
What are we going to do about it?
Option A or Option B?
i.e. There are serious debates for terminating the use of fossil fuels immediately! There is no doubt “we” must employ solar, wind and tidal power generating solutions now. But that is still not enough! How do we fill the gaps in the vacuum for power generation?
- Option A: Nuclear.
- Option B: Natural Gas.
Pro’s and Con’s abound!
Anyone who still argues the incontrovertible facts of the reality of Climate Change, should just be ignored, ridiculed and rendered to the “trash heap” of history.
Wait, what?! The US President, Donald J. Trump, is a Climate Change denier, so what are we saying?
Yes, we should ignore, ridicule and render his policies to the “trash heap” of history, while we move forward with our Climate Change abatement.
While this commentary is from the movement behind the book Go Lean…Caribbean, these words to ignore-ridicule-render Trump are also the declaration of …
Climate Change is one of the biggest threats for the Caribbean region. The region must therefore work to mitigate this threat. Yes, we can! We have many successful track records of effecting environmental changes.
Hurricane Season 20018 is about to begun; (June 1).
Climate Change can exacerbate storms… These represent a Clear-and-Present Danger for the Caribbean … for many US communities as well. The US President should not be so dismissive.
In the previous blog-commentary, it was asserted …
The reality of Caribbean life: we must contend with natural disasters, not of our making, “again and again”. The situation can be described as “Rinse and Repeat“.
The book Go Lean…Caribbean – available to download for free – serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), to reform and transform all of Caribbean society – all 30 member-states. There is the need to shepherd our communities to abate for Climate Change episodes – before and after storms. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:
- Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy, including Hurricane Catastrophic and Re-insurance funds.
- Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines; including a disaster planning and response functionality.
- Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a disaster preparation and response organization structure within CU federal agencies and boasting the efforts for member-states.
Fixing Climate Change in the US is out-of-scope for this Go Lean…Caribbean effort. Our scope is the Caribbean only. But we must not be hypocritical … or parasitic. We must do our own heavy-lifting and fix our own communities, in preparation for a global abatement initiative – no matter how small we may perceive our impact may be because of our small size in the grand scheme of the planet’s population. How else do we shame the Big Polluters?!
The Go Lean movement has previously detailed many related issues and advocacies for Climate Change awareness and abatement. Consider this sample of previous blog-commentaries:
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=14832||Manifesting Environmental Change|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=13985||EU Assists Barbados to Go Green|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=11858||Looking and Learning from the Cautionary Tale of Kiribati|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9455||Fix ‘Climate Change’ – Yes, We Can|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7103||COP21 – ‘Climate Change’ Acknowledged|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=6893||A Meteorologist’s View On Climate Change|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=4673||‘Climate Change‘ Merchants of Doubt … to Preserve Profits!!|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2465||Book: ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2276||Climate Change May Affect Food Supply Within a Decade|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1883||Climate Change May Bring More Kidney Stones|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1817||Caribbean grapples with intense cycles of flooding & drought|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=915||Go ‘Green’ … Caribbean|
The Go Lean book and roadmap stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean’s societal engines to abate Climate Change is possible; it is conceivable, believable and achievable. But this is heavy-lifting.
The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to prepare and respond for Climate Change-infused storms. This quest is the actual title of one advocacy in the Go Lean book. Consider the specific plans, excerpts and headlines here from Page 184, entitled:
10 Ways to Improve for Natural Disasters
|1||Lean-in for the Caribbean Single Market and Economy
This allows for the unification of the 30 member-states into one market, thereby spreading the risk and premium base across a market of 42 million people. The Caribbean member-states have Hurricane Katrina styled disasters (relatively speaking) every year.
|2||Caribbean Emergency Management Agency – Federal Disaster Declarations
Modeled after FEMA in the US, this agency will be charged with the preparation, response and reconstruction for the regions for the eventual manifestations of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding and other declared disasters, natural and man-made like medical epidemic, drought, pollution, oil spills, terrorism, etc.
|3||Support Services for First Responders
Training, licensing and standards for Emergency Managers, Paramedics, Firefighters, Search and Rescue resources. For major disasters, some of these resources will come from international origins; they will need the support services (language translation, guides, maps, etc.) and coordination to maximize their results.
|4||Animal Partner Training and Development
Maintain plantations for the training, development and boarding of “search & rescue” dogs, cadavers dogs and other service animals (horses, mules, pigs, etc.) so that there will be local resources within the region. (We cannot always depend on international responses in light of other regions experiencing their own disasters). These animals need not be owned by any one member-state, they can be on loan from CU resources
|5||Siren Warnings & Notifications|
|6||Airlift & Sealift Authorizations
The CU Emergency Management Agency can license, regulate and authorize (air & sea) vessels and vehicles for emergency deployment in a disaster zone, before during and after the disastrous event.
|7||JUA-style Insurance Fund
The fiduciary management of premiums and claims to allow the immediate response for reconstruction after disasters. These financial services, sidecars traded in markets can be direct or indirect as in reinsurance or insurer-of-last-resort.
|8||Economic Crime Enforcement During and After Disasters|
|9||Disaster Declaration Loans|
|10||Building Codes and Standards|
The Numbers – 400 straight months of above-average temperatures – tell the truth! We do not have a choice to just ignore this reality. We must prepare! Any Caribbean community leader who do not endorse proactive measures of a regional disaster apparatus needs to be ignored, ridiculed and rendered to the “trash heap” of history.
We need serious leaders … only! Climate Change can be abated, remember Acid Rain. We urge all Caribbean stakeholders to lean-in to this Go Lean roadmap for change, to make our homeland safer. This is a necessary step in forging a better homeland to live, work and play. 🙂
Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.