“I’m saying this b/c I know many ppl feel deep despair about climate, especially post-election,” Holthaus stated on Twitter. “I struggle every day. You are not alone … There are days where I literally can’t work. I’ll read a story & shut down for rest of the day. Not much helps besides exercise & time.”…
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus, who has appeared a couple of times on these pages in the past (more on that shortly), is in therapy.
Well, okay, lots of people are. But get a load of what has driven Holthaus into therapy: “I know many ppl feel deep despair about climate, especially post-election.” And it’s because of this, “There are days where I literally can’t work,” and “We don’t deserve this planet.”
In his previous NewsBusters posts:
- In 2013, reacting to the latest report from the global warming alarmists at the Intergovernmental Governmental Panel on Climate Change, Holthaus reported that he “broke down in tears” when he boarded a fossil fuel-burning commercial flight and said he was “committing right now to stop flying.” Oh, and “I’m thinking of having a vasectomy.” Holthaus later backed away from that final item, perhaps after a talk with Mrs. Holthaus.
- In 2014, while at Slate (but of course), Holthaus asked, “Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq?” Naturally, the answer was “a qualified yes.”
Holthaus has now broken new ground in climate despair in the following series of (seriously) 15 tweets (Warning: some profanity; link to first tweet in the series is here; Holthaus’s Twitter home page is here; HT Twitchy):
As to the Great Barrier Reef, Holthaus somehow missed this little bit of news: “Scientists Proven Wrong? Great Barrier Reef Found Relatively Unaffected By Global Warming.” Specifically, “(the Reef) is tremendous condition, most of it is pristine, the rest is in full recovery. It shows the resilience of the reef.”
As to Tweet 10, educate yourself, man. Don’t swallow the globaloney from the self-interested gloom-and-doom community. Did you know that James Hansen said we had only four years “to save the earth” — in 2009? But here we still are.
I know you’re not going to like this, Eric. But “where we go from here” is “Don’t worry, be happy.” This bogus construct known as “climate change,” or “global warming,” or whatever is not going to doom the earth, especially because what appears to be the best evidence tells
We Americans may be inadvertently killing her infant son. Climate change, disproportionately caused by carbon emissions from America, seems to be behind a severe drought that has led crops to wilt across seven countries in southern Africa. The result is acute malnutrition for 1.3 million children in the region, the United Nations says.
Trump has repeatedly mocked climate change, once even calling it a hoax fabricated by China. But climate change here is as tangible as its victims. Trump should come and feel these children’s ribs and watch them struggle for life. It’s true that the links between our carbon emissions and any particular drought are convoluted, but over all, climate change is as palpable as a wizened, glassy-eyed child dying of starvation. Like Ranomasy’s 18-month-old son, Tsapasoa.
Southern Africa’s drought and food crisis have gone largely unnoticed around the world. The situation has been particularly severe in Madagascar, a lovely island nation known for deserted sandy beaches and playful long-tailed primates called lemurs.
But the southern part of the island doesn’t look anything like the animated movie “Madagascar”: Families are slowly starving because rains and crops have failed for the last few years. They are reduced to eating cactus and even rocks or ashes. The United Nations estimates that nearly one million people in Madagascar alone need emergency food assistance.
The immediate cause of the droughts was an extremely warm El Niño event, which came on top of a larger drying trend in the last few decades in parts of Africa. New research, just published in the bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, concludes that human-caused climate change exacerbated El Niño’s intensity and significantly reduced rainfall in parts of Ethiopia and southern Africa.
The researchers calculated that human contributions to global warming reduced water runoff in southern Africa by 48 percent and concluded that these human contributions “have contributed to substantial food crises.”
Climate Depot Response:
Unfortunately, the New York Times does not have science on its side. Droughts are not worse during the age of “global warming.” Not only are global droughts not increasing, but the notion that you can attribute them to “global warming” is not valid.
Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer in 2016: “Global warming and climate change, even if it is 100% caused by humans, is so slow that it cannot be observed by anyone in their lifetime. Hurricanes, tornadoes, …