People Still Don’t Believe In Climate Change

Storm Surge

Storm Surge

Pictures in the Press and the TV news programmes have brought home once again the devastation caused by the weather. Britain and other North European countries only recently suffered hurricane force winds that caused a great amount of damage, and now it has happened again, breaking all previous records.

Philippines - whole towns destroyed.

Philippines – whole towns destroyed.

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines recently, it killed more than five thousand people and caused billions of dollars worth of destruction to the country. The devastation was so widespread that it took a long time before help could reach some areas. With its force and strength it broke all records. Surely anyone with even an iota of intelligence should come to the conclusion that these weather phenomena are not normal.

The Heartache In The Aftermath Of Katrina

The Heartache In The Aftermath Of Katrina

The global weather scientists have been warning us for years that such things were about to happen. Even after Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of the USA in 2005, people brushed it off. However, the kind of weather currently being experienced by Britain at the moment is unheard of. Way back in the forties, fifties and sixties the most we ever got in bad weather was a gale, that once in while reached wind speeds of 40 or 50mph. But currently you can add another 100mph on top of that.

Co2 Levels By Year

Co2 Levels By Year

So what is happening to our weather. Well, scientists believe it is all to do with the massive amounts of CO2 we are pumping into the atmosphere. If you believe the scientists, and there is no reason not to,  the current unusual weather can be traced back to that fact. The CO2 is hanging in the atmosphere and stopping excess heat from dissipating. In effect, trapping it in the atmosphere.

The Rescue Services Still At Work

The Rescue Services Still At Work

There can be little doubt, to all but the most hardened sceptics, that the planet is warming up because of the increasing CO2 emissions world-wide.  The proof is clear in the massive melting of ice caps at the poles. Never before has so much ice melted at the north and south poles. The sea ice has all but disappeared in the north,  just like the glaciers. For those who care to look, the evidence is all around us but ‘oh how blind are they that cannot see’.

A Train Driver Braves The Weather

A Train Driver Braves The Weather

There has been one international climate conference after another. All countries were to agree on measures to reduce CO2 emissions in an effort to at least slow down the global warming. The politicians might just as well have gone for a picnic by the sea for all the good they have done. Half-hearted measures were approved, but no-one stuck to them. It was ‘business as usual’.

Factory Pollution In The USA

Factory Pollution In The USA

The biggest polluter on the planet is the USA, but following a close second and third are the emerging economies of China and India. Naturally, these last two countries are loath to stop their progress towards becoming a force in the world as their manufacturing base grows by the day. With people becoming more affluent, they start buying cars for example, which is adding a huge burden to our climate along with the factories. The number of cars on the road in China has quadrupled in recent years as more and more people can afford to buy them. While the western nations have done much to make cars cleaner, this has not yet reached the emerging markets.

Floods Met With Traditional Stoicism.

Floods Met With Traditional Stoicism.

Britain has for the past twenty years or so years experienced extreme flooding in parts of the country, but this is usually in areas where houses have been built on floodplains, i.e. low lying areas near rivers etc. The extreme flooding of towns and villages on the coast due to excessively high tides was until recently a rarity. In the latest storm to lash the English coastline, a storm surge of 5.8 metres  was recorded. That’s close to twenty feet! Its no wonder cliff-top houses have been washed into the sea. It was reported that the tidal surge was so great, it forced, and held, so much water in the harbour at Whitby Yorkshire, that all the harbour front houses and businesses were severely flooded. Forced into the harbour by the surge with no other way out, the water had nowhere else to go but over the quayside.

Storm Causes House To Collapse

Storm Causes House To Collapse

Naturally, we have had heavy storms in the past, but records show they have never been as severe as at present. Looking at the news, you have to wonder where it will all end, and how bad will it be next time. Of one thing I am certain, we have no choice but to get used to it.

Roy.

2 Responses to “People Still Don’t Believe In Climate Change”

  1. that was funny there can be no doubt except only the most harden skeptics the planet is warming up due to co2 really? you have proof that this is the cause? might it be because of more people, more infrastructure more money pay outs from insurance might not have something to do with it? or maybe fabrications in the mix? maybe more people are living near the coasts where hurricanes happen? or maybe global cooling can explain it? maybe it is the chemtrails they keep spewing up in the atomosphere, or the reflective satellites in the sky maybe? or maybe it is just crying wolf to attain some political or financial goal? do you believe everything your told by the tv news and what poisonous waters come out of the un’s mouths?

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    • Hi Roberta,
      Thanks for your comment. I take it you are a sceptic, but never mind, we are all entitled to our opinion. I have to say though, that when it comes to the crunch I would rather believe the men and women who have spent years in the scientific world studying the facts. Of course there are other factors contributing to the current environmental problems, like over-population which has the knock-on effect of producing more CO2. I doubt however if any causes you describe are significant. But who am I to say that “more payments by insurance companies” or “reflective satellites” are not a factor.
      What saddens me, is the current generation seem hell-bent on taking everything they can get out of our world, without putting anything back. Unfortunately, it is not we, but our children and their children who will pay the heavy price for our excesses. Whatever happens in the future, one thing is certain: We will reap what we sow! I am just glad I will not be around to find out.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.
      For a broader view on the subject you may like to read the following:
      https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/the-climate-debate-who-is-right/
      https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/hastening-the-death-of-our-planet/

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