introduction to gcc – global climate change

(a blog about the changing world we live in)

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

MOST OF THE ARTICLES YOU WILL FIND HERE on the GCC – Global Cli­mate Change blog are por­tals to other ar­ti­cles. I am cer­tainly not an ex­pert in any field that even re­motely touches on the var­ious sci­ences that ad­dress cli­mate. Readers will find enough ma­te­rial from each ar­ticle to serve as a teaser and in­tro­duc­tion to the orig­inal ar­ticle on an­other website.

Each piece will in­clude a link to that other ar­ticle; click on the link and go and read the en­tire ar­ticle be­cause the times they are a-changing!

I will also in­clude an oc­ca­sional orig­inal ar­ticle, such as a look at Arnold Feder­bush’s ab­surdly under-appreciated novel Ice! (Bantam Books, 1978) in which a new ice age is brought about overnight by var­ious tech­no­log­ical and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties of man. 


Introduction: cover of the paperback edition of Arnold Federbush's novel ICE! from 1978.

This is the 1978 pa­per­back edi­tion of Arnold Feder­bush’s apoc­a­lyptic cli­mate change novel Ice! Bantam be­lieved in the book enough to issue it with a spe­cial front cover that folded open into this gate­fold pre­sen­ta­tion of Lou Feck’s painting. For a lim­ited time, Bantam of­fered an 18 x 18-inch poster of the Feck painting via mail order.

This book used fairly sound sci­ence as it was un­der­stood at the time, which the au­thor turned into a com­pelling tale of modern tech­nology versus an­cient methods of sur­vival in a brutal environment.

An­other orig­inal will ad­dress my in­volve­ment with the first Earth Day in 1970, and what some of the major is­sues were then (some having been for­gotten by to­day’s en­vi­ron­mental groups).

For that event, we cre­ated and pub­lished North­eastern Penn­syl­va­nia’s only (?) un­der­ground news­paper, The Wyoming Valley Free Press, which was en­vi­ron­men­tally themed.


Introduction: photo of a the arid floor of Death Valley in the Mojave Desert in California.

FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is from the Austin Ad­ven­tures web­site. It ac­com­pa­nied an ar­ticle ti­tled “10 Ridicu­lously Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Death Valley.” Death Valley Na­tional Park is the largest na­tional park in the Lower 48, coming in at more than 3.4 mil­lion acres:

“The highest recorded tem­per­a­ture in the world was recorded in Death Valley’s Fur­nace Creek at 134 Fahren­heit in July 1913. For al­most one hun­dred years, a false recording made in Libya over­shad­owed Fur­nace Creek’s claim to fame. In 2012, how­ever, the record went back to Death Valley after it was con­cluded that the Libyan recording was made in error.”



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