The Horrors Of Climate Change
heat with record setting temperatures soaring at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit along the eastern coast and mid-section of the
United States and throughout Europe, the influx of the tropical mosquito borne
disease dungy fever in Florida, severe storms bearing tornadoes marching across America’s Midwest, and flash floods
all over the world. Like it or not, global warming – alias climate change is upon us.
have seen all of this in past years, but never all of it at the same time. Can anyone still deny that global warming/climate
change is not something we should be concerned about? Can there be any real scientists willing to stand up and publically
scoff at the fact that the temperature of Planet Earth has been rising steadily since 1970.
planet has warmed 0.09 degrees Celsius since 1880, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Science, with .05
degrees of warming occurring since 1980, according to researcher James Hansen.
National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina, reports that the Earth’s temperature from January to March,
2009, was the eighth warmest on record, with a global temperature of 55.04 degrees. This marks almost a full degree over the
Twentieth Century average of 54.1 degrees.
may not sound very significant, but in the overall average, an increase of only one or two degrees has more of an impact on
our world, its weather, and the way we live than you might think.
said the planet is within one degree Celsius of the maximum temperature experienced on Earth in the past million years. “That
means that further global warming of one degree Celsius defines a critical level,” he said.
the warming rises to two or three degrees Celsius, the Earth will become a very different planet than the one we have known.
The warmer temperatures already are forcing an odd migration of plants and animals from the tropics north and southward toward
the poles, and the warming of the seas is setting the stage for extreme cyclonic storms that will be buffeting the coastlines
of the continents.
weather changes are bringing extreme rains in some areas, and causing terrible droughts in other regions. While the media
has been strangely silent about it, extreme flash flooding has been occurring in nearly every country in the world this year.
Millions of people are losing their homes and many are dying in disasters stretching from Peru north to Mexico, the United
States and Canada, and around the world to Europe, India, and China.
melting of the ice caps at the North and South Poles, and of glaciers throughout the world, will intensify the warming trend
and cause even more warming of the oceans. Warmer water means faster evaporation, more humidity in the air, and consequently
heavier rainfall and/or snowfall with each storm.
thawing permafrost will release a massive amount of stored carbon dioxide and other gasses long locked in the muck with the
frozen vegetation and animals. This will add to the carbon dioxide already being spewed into the atmosphere by the coal, gasoline
and other carbon-fired factories, home heating systems, aircraft, ships and automobiles in an overpopulated world. The additional
carbon dioxide will be even more greenhouse gas that is making our planet even hotter.
another feasible result of the warming oceans could be large bubbles of escaping methane gas from pockets deep under the seabed.
Some geologists have expressed concern that deepwater oil drilling, which opens holes in the ocean floor for not only oil
but methane, may someday trigger a major “doomsday” gas eruption. Some have worried that the British Petroleum
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may have created just such a fissure, which may yet develop into a disaster so massive it may
threaten all life in and around the gulf coast, if not worse. They believe giant methane explosions may have happened in the
the temperatures rise, living conditions will get worse. Winters could be extreme. Summer heat waves and storms will be deadly.
People will migrate north to escape the heat, pests and tropical diseases like dengue fever and malaria.
the world will become too hot to support life as we know it. This is the consequence of allowing our leaders to listen to
corporate powers seeking profit over everything else. This is the consequence of allowing our leaders to bury their heads
in the sand and refuse to do anything about this dangerous threat.
may not be a more important issue facing the world today than dealing with global warming/climate change. Yet elected lawmakers
in Washington, where they work in cool air-conditioned offices and are ignoring the triple digit temperatures swirling around
them, appear to be incapable of recognizing the reality of what is happening and unwilling to do anything about it.
proposed but watered-down energy bill that would put limits on greenhouse gas emissions and establish a national renewable
energy policy has been kicked around in both the House and Senate, without anyone moving with serious intent on getting such
a bill finished, approved and sent on to the president’s office for his signature.
is this? We believe big electric companies, automobile makers, aircraft manufacturers, the coal and oil industries are all
opposed to controls on carbon emissions. Such legislation would force the nation to turn to alternative energy sources and
force carbon burning factories and vehicles to install costly scrubbers on their exhaust stacks. Big business is telling our
legislators what to do and how to vote.
to act to stave off the accelerating disaster occurring before our eyes is the worst thing the human race can do. It still
may not be too late. But if we don’t act soon, extinction may be just around the corner. It is that serious.