If you still think global warming is some kind of hoax, or theory made up by democrats to push foreign cars, some political stunt, or Al Gore’s crazy made up delusion, you are living under a rock of naivety. And I can see why someone would do that, ignorance is bliss, right? It is easier to not concern one’s self with non-human matters, and at least temporarily avoid the anxiety and worry of what is to come. Many don’t like change, and fear it, but don’t comprehend that changes now will avoid bigger and more detrimental changes later. The adverse impacts are in our face with “super storms”, the average temperature increasing every year, erratic weather patterns, and the most undeniably timely is the sea level rise. We can’t make this stuff up people. These are the facts, not the theories.
Many have had obnoxiously cold winters, I saw the frustration of the Buffalonians this past weekend while I struggled through pelting hale and whipping snow at the end of March. And one may take that and say “Global warming is BS!” and understandably so. However, the truth is that the increased population causing increased carbon emissions to the atmosphere is trapping more heat and the global average temperature is still increasing every year. Erratic weather conditions: colder winters, warmer summers, strange cold and warm spells are all results of the melting of the polar ice caps. Everything is connected in this world.
As this report, as well as the NASA report states, the heat waves, droughts, flooding, storms, will cause further problems which will be felt by the poor first, while the rich continue to make things worse prior to seeing the adversity for themselves.
If you really aren’t worried about the future and are one of those people who say “well I won’t be alive for that”, think again, because unless you are already deceased, (which would make it quite difficult to make any statement without Zac Bagan’s Ghost Box), you are alive, so you are around for “that”. So let’s talk about “that” which you are obviously alive for, the undeniable result of increasing temperatures…sea level rise. Right off the bat, our first thought is the implications this can have for all those people, businesses and infrastructure on coastlines, what will happen to those low elevation cities? These are huge issues, however, right now we are already dealing with sea level encroachment and struggling to protect our freshwater sources. Lakes and rivers provide for fun weekends of boating or fishing, but more importantly, millions of people depend on these freshwater sources for drinking water. The skeptic will say, well, we already have ways to turn salt water to drinking water, so that’s an easy solution. Well, no it’s not, and it’s extremely expensive, uses a lot of energy, and a lot of water is wasted in the process. The issue that you cannot contest is the loss of habitat. The skeptic may say “good, I don’t like gators anyway, especially because their representative team keeps winning championships”, but the world as we know it runs on the circle of life, where nature has its way of checks and balances, and when one species is missing, another fills in the gaps, and this can be a catastrophic change. Anyone can do a little experiment right in their own home, get rid of the spiders and see how many mosquito bites you end up with. Again we are all connected and the loss of this habitat will impact everyone, everywhere.
The earth is a living thing, with natural balance and cycles. If we interrupt those cycles, the earth will find a way to stabilize. The earth is resilient, and human resiliency is no match.
Some comment from the attached article:
“Climate change will worsen problems that society already has, such as poverty, sickness, violence and refugees, according to the report. And on the other end, it will act as a brake slowing down the benefits of a modernizing society, such as regular economic growth and more efficient crop production, it says.
The expected outcomes in the near future are stated to be: “Twenty-first century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan highlight how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather, according to the report from the Nobel Prize-winning group of scientists. The dangers are going to worsen as the climate changes even more, the report’s authors said.”