In the coming days, weeks and months ahead, the people of the world are going to read and hear about deepening levels of collapse, despair and disaster, with endless litany of words written about promised hope, rescue, mitigation and assistance.
Government and business will finally be turning much-needed attention to averting even more climate related disasters. Additionally, the planet will undoubtedly go through other upheavals that are not climate related, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, plate shifts and so forth, all of which will contribute to the vast array of human response efforts.
This post will be about what is happening; and what will be tried to save civilization, but most importantly, it will be to dispel the hopium and false advertising that is occurring.
Atmospheric carbon emissions continue to increase. This contribution to the chemical composition of the atmosphere has immediate and long term impacts. Due to lag time and inertia, the felt climate effects are 30 – 40 years “behind” the rate or amount of emissions currently occurring. This means that the climate extremes that we are experiencing today is from emissions way back in the 1970’s when emissions were significantly lower, and the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide was also much lower.
The emissions we are now releasing are of course, considerably higher. Future climate effects in 30 – 40 years can be reasonably expected to be far greater and have a much more significant impact than what we have today. This is exactly what climate science predicts.
Ocean acidification through carbon saturation has reached a critical point, impacting sea life and the future of the oceans quite negatively. The affects on hard and soft shelled crustaceans has been devastating, and all the billions of people that rely upon the oceans for food and income.
The same is happening with modern agriculture, which is energy intensive and subject to the vagaries of climate. It will only take a single failed harvest cycle to rapidly accelerate collapse effects that will be felt by nearly all humans (hunger). We’re living precariously close to severe disaster. Continue reading »