Heading For Calamity Through Indifference

The Way It Is!

The Way It Is!

It is truly amazing how thick-headed some people can be even when the evidence is all around them. The UN Climate Body has just given its strongest warning yet that the human race is heading for disaster unless we change our ways. The funny thing is, people still scoff at the idea of climate change and all it entails. Here are some public comments on the news item:

“Complete and utter rubbish. Major changes in our climate occurred well before the industrial revolution, and clearly occur without any influence by human activity whatsoever then and do so now. It is unclear whether the human beings have any impact, considering all of the predictions by the highly paid lying climate change scientists have proven to be way off, there is no unbiased scientific thought into this that gets published.”

“We’re already past the so-called ‘tipping point’, thus any changes to our habits would be pointless. A ‘business-as-usual’ approach is recommended by all impartial experts.”

“Lies. lies and even more lies.”

There have of course been these warnings before, but never in the magnitude of this one, which was put together from reports by thousands of scientists across the world and 30,000 scientific papers.

Climate Change Conference 2014Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC said: “We have the means to limit climate change. The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”

The experts are telling us that we have to limit the rise in world temperature to just 2C otherwise we can expect major problems in the future like rising temperatures and sea levels, species extinctions, more heat-waves and intense storms, worsening health and poverty, water shortages and damage to food security.

Rajendra Pachauri went on to say, “To keep a good chance of staying below 2C, and at manageable costs, our emissions (carbon) should drop by 40% to 70% globally between 2010 and 2050, falling to zero or below by 2100. We have that opportunity, and the choice is in our hands.”

Ban Ki-Moon U.N. Secretary General

Ban Ki-Moon U.N. Secretary General

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, who launched the report said: “Science has spoken, there is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.”

Now, I really don’t know about you, but this news makes me fear for not only my children, but their children in the years to come. People have become so self-centred and greedy in the last forty years, they don’t even think about the world our children and future generations will have to live in providing they have what they want.

Bury Your Head In The SandWhen you have lived as long as I have, and seen the changes in the world over the past seventy years, you begin to understand a little of what the scientists are talking about. But young people today, without the experience of age, feel so secure in what they have, and the idea that their life style could be threatening the continued existence of mankind on this planet is to them hogwash. Many today do not have the education or imagination to envisage life on Earth in say 50 or 100 years time as a consequence of what we are doing today.

It is a scientific fact that  mankind produced more CO2 in the last 100 years than at any time in Earth’s history. This excess has formed a blanket in Earth’s upper atmosphere and effectively traps heat that would normally escape into space, turning the world warmer, hence the original term ‘Global Warming’.

CO2As we know, CO2 is absorbed by trees and even the oceans, which convert this gas into oxygen and so there is a cycle that keeps us all alive. But that has changed rapidly since the coming of the industrial age and any fool should recognize that we are saturating the planet in CO2 with all our factories, power stations and cars etc.

Saving One Tree Aint Gonna Do It!

Saving One Tree Aint Gonna Do It!

At the same time we are removing at a steady rate one of the major things that redress this imbalance, and that is trees. Country-sized areas of the world’s tropical forests like the Amazon have disappeared along with much of the forests that abounded in countries all over the world sixty years ago. Its like saying you are under water with a bottle of oxygen to keep you alive, but someone keeps changing the bottle for a smaller size until eventually there is not enough to keep you alive. Tests on trees in some areas have shown that many of them are saturated with CO2 and they cannot absorb any more. As the rain forests get smaller so will the production of life giving oxygen into our atmosphere.

No Ice Melt? Yes There is!

No Ice Melt? Yes There is!

Over the last twenty years or so we have seen dramatic changes in weather patterns across the world. Hurricanes like Katrina in America, massive flooding and droughts in places where such a thing is unthinkable, like the UK, and the disappearance of sea ice at the poles. Just this last two years have seen not gales, but hurricanes and even tornado’s causing significant damage in the United Kingdom. The last few years have also seen unprecedented levels of flooding on a magnitude never seen before. All changes unprecedented in our history, despite what ‘the natural weather cycle’ enthusiasts say.

Every country is pushing to produce more and more electricity to keep up with our ever-increasing appetite for power, which means more power stations to satisfy demand, and yet in every city across the world, huge towering office blocks have all their lights on throughout the night, every night. It may look pretty, but it is a disastrous waste of power.

Spreading Fertilizer

Spreading Fertilizer

On top of all this we in the west are poisoning the ground more and more with artificial fertilizers made of chemicals, and this is seeping into our water supplies. In the desperate drive to produce more and more food, with a view to extra profit, the ground has lost its natural ability to replace nutrients that allow plants to grow, so we have been forced to substitute them.

On a global scale, part of the problem with food is the ever-increasing world population that keeps pushing the boundaries of our ability to produce enough to feed everyone. There can be no doubt that our world is grossly over-populated, but currently there seems to be no way of preventing it rising further. In the future this will be exacerbated by weather changes such as draughts that will make huge areas of land currently used for food production unusable.

Sea Level Rise Sceptics

Sea Level Rise Sceptics

Sea levels are rising as more pole ice melts, not that you would notice that on your local beach, but it is happening all the same. The oceans are becoming more acidic due to man’s contamination, which if it continues, will drastically affect fish stocks. We have been raping the seas for decades with factory ships now removing a hundred times more fish in a single voyage than the fleets of old, and catches show the fish are getting smaller and smaller due to them not being given time to grow properly. As an example, when I was young fish like cod were far bigger than they are now, and the likelihood is that in a few decades there will be few left to catch.

There are many differing views on the validity of scientists claims today, but those of us who have many years under our belts will recognize the changes that have taken place over the past seventy or eighty years, and I for one can say with sincerity that the outlook is not good unless we drastically change our lives and the way we do things. Many today shrug it all off as hocus pocus because they have neither the age experience nor the intelligence to see things as they really are. The hypocrites among us shrug it off because they know it will not effect their lives and that is sad for these people will never change.

Think Of Them

Think Of Them

Despite what you may think of this Climate Report, as a species we have to start changing our ways, otherwise our continued existence on this planet will come to an end. For myself, I think this warning, like all the others will be totally ignored by the majority of governments, though some may pretend to follow its recommendations. If everything happens as predicted by the scientists, there is one thing for sure, I will not be around to say “I told you so”.

Roy.

2 Responses to “Heading For Calamity Through Indifference”

  1. It’s hard to get people to pay attention to long term problems.

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    • Hi scienceinpolitics, and welcome.
      I have to say that is very true, but I just hope everyone wakes up before it is too late.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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