Climate Change. 2018-NOV:
Hope for people who have
to clean water.
Trump Administration releases
MOF Technology: Hope for people who have no access
to clean water.
About one in three humans on Earth does not have access to clean safe drinking water. A new technology is being developed that might literally be a lifesaver.
"MOF" is an acronym for Metal-Organic Frameworks. According to Scientific American Custom Media:
"MOFs work thanks to their distinctive structure — a profusion of nanometer-sized internal spaces. In fact, a MOF the size of a sugar cube has so many pores that were they to be smoothed out they would cover an area as large as six football fields. MOFs are also extremely stable, light and versatile: their molecular anatomy can be varied to attract specific molecules, such as water, and their pores can be designed to best store them. Adding a small amount of heat or pressure causes the MOF to release what it’s holding. More than 70,000 different MOFs have been produced to date for various applications." 1
Omar Yaghi, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley used MOF Technology to develop a water harvester that collects drinkable water from the atmosphere. The Scientific American article gives one example of how a harvester could be used to provide water in the Arizona desert. It only has about 10% humidity in the daytime, but rises to 40% at night. The harvester is a device about the size of a small microwave oven, apparently without an external power source or moving parts. It contains some MOF powder which absorbs water from the air during the night. When daytime arrives, the heat of the sun releases about a third of a cup of water. Yaghi said:
"With further improvements, a device the size of a washing machine could produce enough water for the basic needs of a household. ... We’re looking forward to testing out the next water-harvester prototype in California’s Death Valley."
MOFs can also be designed to remove specific gasses from the air, like Carbon Dioxide -- the greenhouse gas that contributes most to global warming.
QYResearch estimates that the MOF market will increase from $70 million in 2017 to $750 million in 2025. 1
2018-NOV-23: The Trump Administration released a report on the impacts of climate change:
Congress has mandated that a National Climate Assessment report be issued every four years that describes the impacts that climate change are having, and are expected to have, on the U.S. The latest report is 1,600 pages long! Titled the "National Climate Assessment," it was prepared by hundreds of climate scientists from 13 U.S. federal agencies. It was released on "Black Friday," when most people were otherwise distracted.
Dino Grandoni, writing for the Washington Post, said:
"The Trump administration did something over the long holiday weekend it has rarely done for most of the president's tenure. It actually acknowledged global climate change is real and its effects on the United States both now and in the future are dire. Major news organizations still featured the report prominently in print and over the airwaves, even days after its publication. If anything, dropping the report on Black Friday just gave Democrats another point of criticism of the administration and generated even more headlines.
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) released a statement saying:
"The Trump administration may want to bury this report so that it doesn’t get attention, but we can’t bury our heads in the sand to the threat of climate change."
Senator Markey is wrong. We can bury our heads in the sand over climate change. That is what President Trump and his administration is doing right now. Of course, if this continues, the world-wide results will be catastrophic and billions of people will suffer.
The Portland Press Herald newspaper had eye-catching headlines:
- "U.S. 1.8 degrees warmer than it was 10 years ago.
- 2.3 additional degrees of warming possible by 2050.
- U.S. may lose $155 billion in labor productivity by 2090.
- "Climate Change's Grip Intensifying'." 2
Carolyn Gramling and Laurel Hamers, writing for Science News, said:
"The United States is poised to take a powerful economic hit from climate change over the next century. Heat waves, wildfires, extreme weather events and rising sea levels could cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars [each year] in lost labor, reduced crop yields, health problems and crumbling infrastructure."
The report noted that 2017 was the country’s second-hottest year in history. Last year, the U.S. spent a record $306 billion on climate-related disasters.
Nationally, by the year 2100, if the U.S. continues its "business-as-usual" level of emissions, yearly losses, in 2015 dollars, would be:
- 141 billion due to heat related deaths.
- 118 billion due to costal property losses.
- 155 billion in lost wages in outdoor industries due to heat waves.
- 26 billion due to deaths caused by bad air quality.
I find it fascinating that the report measures the effect of people's deaths in dollars rather than the number of dead bodies scattered around the landscape.
The report found that the main impact of climate change would impact different areas of the U.S. in different ways:
- Northeastern states: Increased death rates due to degenerating air quality and temperature extremes.
- Southeastern states: Increased labor losses, and damages to roads and bridges.
- Midwest states: Premature deathsdue to increased ozone in the atmosphere.
- Southwest states, including California: extreme heat, drought, and West Nile virus.
On NOV-27, President Trump said that he had read "some of" the report. He said that "It's fine." However, commenting on the report's estimates of ecomonic losses, he added: "I don't believe it."
Four days after this report, on NOV-27, the United Nations Environment Program released a separate report saying that global emissions of carbon dioxide -- a major cause of global warming -- rose for the first time in three years.
You might wish to consider assessing the adequacy of your house/apartment insurance -- particularly if you live anywhere near an ocean or a large bunch of trees.
2018-NOV-23: The New Republic challenges the media about their coverage of Climate Change:
Emily Atkin, writing for the New Republic magazine, said that the Government's National Climate Assessment report:
"... got significant airtime on the prime-time cable news programs ... That’s the good news. The bad news is that, during that airtime, non-experts made numerous false and misleading statements about the climate report and the scientists who wrote it. Those statements went largely unchallenged by the journalists in charge of gatekeeping the conversations." 3
Atkin discussed two of the most common comments on climate change by conservative sources :
- A claim by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) on CNN's State of the Union TV program. Ernst recited the common Republican belief that:
"We know that our climate is changing. Our climate always changes, and we see those ebb and flows through time."
Atkin countered this statement by writing:
"... the earth’s climate as a whole has been stable for the last 12,000 years. Now, all of a sudden, it’s warming more quickly than any time in the last 66 million years. ... Why didn’t the show’s host, Dana Bash, ask her?"
This topic continues in the next essay, with developments during 2018-NOV/DEC
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "A Material to Save the World?," Scientific American Mega, 2018-NOV-05, at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/
- Dino Grandoni, "The Energy 202: Trump administration's release of a climate report on Black Friday didn't bury the news,"
Washington Post, 2018-NOV-23, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/
- Emily Atkin, "Stop Letting Republicans Lie on TV About Climate Science," The New Republic, 2018-NOV-27, at: https://newrepublic.com/
- "No Time Left for Limitless Negotiations, Secretary-General Stresses as Climate Talks Open, Warning: 'We Cannot Afford to Fail in Katowice'," United Nations, 2018-DEC-03, at: https://www.un.org/
- Michael Walsh, "Majority of Republicans now recognize reality of climate change: Poll ," Yahoo!, 2018-NOV-29, at: https://www.yahoo.com/
- Sarah Harvard, "Majority of Republicans now believe climate change exists, new poll finds," Independent (UK), 2018-DEC-01, at: https://www.independent.co.uk/
- "Here’s how much climate change could cost the U.S.," Science News, 2018-NOV-28, at: https://www.sciencenews.org/
- The Woods Hole Research Center's home page is at: http://whrc.org/
- John Schwartz & Henry Fountain, "Warming in Arctic Raises Fears of a ‘Rapid Unraveling’ of the Region," The New York Times, 2018-DEC-11, at: https://www.nytimes.com/
- Philip B. Duffy et al., "Strengthened scientific support for the Endangerment Finding for atmospheric greenhouse gases," Science Magazine, 2018-DEC-13, at: http://science.sciencemag.org/
- Laura Geggel, "Mountain of Evidence Confirms: Climate Change Is Really, Really Bad for Human Health and Well-Being," Live Science, 2018-DEC-14, at: https://www.livescience.com/
- Stephanie Pappas, "The Human Fossil-Fuel Addiction: Greenhouse Emissions Soar to Record Levels," Live Science, 2018-DEC-07, at: https://www.livescience.com/
The following reports in this section that discuss environment and climate change may be of interest to you:
Part 1: 2013: Quotes. Background. Bay of Bengal incident. Decline in Canada's arctic ice cover.
Part 2: 2013/2014: Canada loses its seasons. 316 North American cities to be under water
Part 3: 2013/2014: Christians, Republicans' & Democrats' beliefs differ. Volcanoes cause pauses in global warming. Americans' views on climate change
Part 4: 2014/2015: How Americans viewed climate change. HFC limits. Groups abandoning ALEC. Paris Conference reaches agreement.
Part 5: 2016-FEB to AUG: Climate change concerns: Ocean levels rising. Displacement of animal species.
Greenland glacier melting. "Third Pole" glaciers melting.
Part 6: 2016-SEP: Flooding on the U.S. East coast. U.S. and China ratify the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Pres. Obama: trends are "terrifying
Part 7: 2016-SEP: Obama comments on warming (Continued). 31 countries ratify Paris agreement. Trump zigzags on Climate Change.
Part 8: 2016-Summer/Fall: Events showing that climate change is adversely affecting life on Earth
Part 9: 2016-OCT: Did God send Hurricane Matthew as an anti-LGBT message to humanity? Alternate opinions. Hurricane Matthew re-enters Atlantic Ocean.
Part 10: 2016-NOV: U.S. Costal real estate threatened. Rapid temperature rise in the Arctic. Very large poll about climate change.
Part 11: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's climate change
New heads of federal
departments. Extinction of 11 species.
Part 12: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's 16 promised plans on energy and the environment.
Part 13: 2017-JAN: 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record, Ever.
Part 14: 2017-JAN:
Recent climate change measurements.
Part 15: 2017-JAN to APR:
Climate Change beliefs are changing; more people
accept it as real, and are now debating its cause.
Part 16: 2017-JAN to APR: Donald
President. EPA Foe Installed as
Head of EPA!
Hundreds Die During Flood in Colombia. Carbon Dioxide
in Atmosphere Reaches New High.
Part 17: 2017-JAN to APR: Studies of the effects
of sea-level rise in California between now and the year 2100.
- Part 18: President Trump severs the U.S. from
the Paris Accord. U.S. and world leaders
- Part 19: 2017: More Reactions to the U.S.
Withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
- Part 20: 2017: Group of 20 summit meeting. Hurricane Harvey attacks Texas.Is climate change increasing the
severity or frequency of hurricanes?
- Part 21: Can government regulations help? Is Harvey a message from God? U.S. record high temperatures. Hurricane Harvey attacks Texas.
Hurricane Irma attacks Caribbean, FL, SC, & GA.
- Part 22: 2017-SEP/OCT: The most expensive recent hurricanes to attack the United States. Does God use Hurricanes to send a message? Conflicts; climate change causes rise in hunger.
- Part 23: All UN states have signed the Paris Agreement. Government report contradicts the President. Comment by
the Union of Concerned Scientists. Temperature records broken. Some fake
news about the EPA
that is too good to miss.
- Part 24: 2018-FEB to MAY:
New temperature records in Toronto. President signs bill increasing research."Onion's" amusing fake news. Sea levels rising; cities under water.
Climate change beliefs as function of age.
Proposed Mount Trumpmore project. How global warming is affecting California.
Animal, Insect, & Bird Ranges Shrink.
Nutrients in rice reduced. California Governor's comments.
- Part 25: 2018-JUN: A very few encouraging signs. Hurricanes slowing as winds increase.
Changes in Antarctic ice and environment.
Norway's growing season increased.
A new world highest temperature.
- Part 26: 2018-JUN: New York City reports to the UN. Impacts of
humans burning up all our fossil energy. WWW.CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG's tools. Death Valley, CA, sets new record.
Copyright © 2018 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2018-NOV-23
Latest update: 2018-DEC-06
Author: B.A. Robinson