In Brief— A presentation of facts verifying that humanity and other species are endangered by man-made climate change. [Written in December 2016-January 2017.]
Neither Science Nor a Deity Will Save Humanity—
Whoosh. Splat! Representative Ignoramus throws a snowball in congress exclaiming that because it’s snowing like crazy in Washington D.C. climate change is a hoax. Not only is he ignorant but he believes that the local weather is indicative of the climate all over the globe.
Otherwise intelligent people believe this myth proving once again that people will believe what they want to believe even though they are proven wrong by solid evidence. If some of Donald Trump’s appointees say human-caused global climate change is a hoax and this nonsense is reported on television by guests on Fox News or is written in Breitbart News then that’s good enough for credulous people who want to believe it.
If crazy Uncle Charlie—who dropped his pants and danced on the table before astonished guests at last Saturday’s wedding—says global climate change is a hoax, that’s enough reason for some people to buy Uncle Charlie’s hogwash.
NASA photos and 97% of climate scientists believe that human-caused global warming is taking place. Note that these are scientists who have researched the world’s climate and have written peer-reviewed papers that show how humans are affecting our planet. Only about 3% refute that percentage and attempt to cast doubt on the causes of global warming, often saying that what we are seeing is merely a temporary phenomenon. One wonders if they may have an ulterior motive such as support for the fossil fuel industry.
Human-Caused Global Climate Change Examples—
Let’s look at a few examples of how global climate change is affecting the planet.
Coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, particularly the northern part of the reef, is bleaching, dying or already dead. Why? As you may know, warmer ocean water heated by global warming is deadly to coral which is made up of colonies of little creatures that require cooler water to survive. The coral is like a nursery for numerous fish that feed the hunger of the world’s people. Those fish are disappearing along with the coral.
How about the North and South poles? At the North Pole, the sea ice is melting at such a rate that during the summer of 2017 ships will probably be able to transit from one great ocean to the other. What this portends for the near future has climate scientists alarmed. The New York Times points out the impact of the melting sea ice on the polar bear population indicating that the bears are headed for extinction thanks to human activity.
The South Pole presents a different picture. Wind patterns result in a small increase in interior ice but coastal areas show a marked increase in melting. Within months, scientist expect to see the collapse of an ice shelf that will create an iceberg the size of Delaware. That iceberg will melt in the warming waters of the sea. Ice melts; oceans rise. Global warming strikes again.
Now let’s move to little Sweden. The glacier atop the country’s tallest mountain, Kebnekaise, is shrinking because it is melting. The tree line of Sweden’s pine forests is climbing. Insects previously seen in the southern part of the country are now regularly found in northern Sweden.
The glaciers in Glacier National Park will soon be only a memory. I’ve personally seen a glacier on South Island in New Zealand that used to reach the sea but now requires a hike of several kilometers before one arrives at the face of the glacier. The rivers that supply the food and water to millions of Asians depend on the glaciers of the Himalayas. Those glaciers are melting. The story is the same wherever you go on Earth. This era is known as the Anthropocene. Humanity is making its mark on the climate, on Earth itself.
Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States. Contrary to the overwhelming evidence and simple common sense, he has taken steps to reverse America’s commitment to lowering the amount of of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although America’s commitment is already inadequate, the impact of a further assault on global climate change guarantees the extinction of numerous species and possibly humanity itself.
Global climate change is real. We are going to experience its wrath. Check the evidence out yourself and prepare for the worst.
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