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In July 2010 the British Government’s Meteorological Office and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued findings that they said showed unequivocally the world was warming. Using 10 indicators, seven temperature measures and three ice or snow cover measures, they said that each of the last three decades has been warmer than the last and successively broken temperature records.
The oceans will rise and will get warmer, much warmer. Where once there were islands there will be only sea. Entire cultures will be forced from their ancestral homes as a result of seal level rise, and those who are not will face devastating storms the likes of which have not been seen in thousands, if not millions of years.
The fact that the Earth’s climate has changed over its history – sometimes with cataclysmic consequences, called mass extinctions, for many of the planet’s inhabitants – is not disputed. However, what has been the cause of fierce debate is whether or not human activity is currently causing a warming of the world.
The trigger event is global warming despite the protestations of the less than intellectual on the right. It is a matter of science, pure science, not Jesus, his Daddy, or the Bible. There were no apocalyptic predictions, only the gradual warming of the world brought about by runaway technology without attention being paid to the deadly consequences of pouring millions and millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
What climate change, man-made or not, is not – is short term weather. These trends are much bigger and much longer term than a hot summer or a cold winter, we’re thinking more of ice ages than cold snaps when we talk about climate change.
The culture of climate change deniers is an unfortunate dynamic of living in a country that preaches creationism and eschews evolution. It is part and parcel of a nation that is leaning more and more toward theocracy, away from science and toward the nonsense of the Jesus myth.
(Newser) – Peru may finally have an answer for the 5,000 birds and nearly 900 dolphins that have died on its northern coast: climate change. As waters warm, food supply is disrupted, says the country’s deputy environment minister. A weather expert also confirms warmer waters due to El Niño could be a factor. The minister also reiterated that so far, it appears neither contamination nor bacterial infections are to blame for the death of the dolphins.
The reason why climate change has become so controversial is because people are being asked to make significant lifestyle changes to help mitigate the effects of man made global warming. If action on climate change amounted to legislation to outlaw, say, wooden pencils then, while scientists may debate the rights and wrongs of the issue, you can almost be sure that our media would not be filled with the dispute.
The world needs to prepare for what is coming, as it is coming and no power can stop it. There was time when something could have been done; measures could have been taken to curb greenhouse gases and to stop ravaging our environment, but our greed for oil and energy wouldn’t admit there was a problem, so now there’s a problem. In 20 years the changes will be dramatic, and in 50 they will be stark. What our young people enjoy today they will not enjoy tomorrow. It is the cycle of the life of man, evolution’s greatest mistake.