(07/05/12) When you inject pollutants into an environment, whether it’s by nature, a volcano, for example, or by humans, it affects that environment. No one has affected the earth as much as humans have in such a short time. Climate change is already here. The Colorado fire is the future of North America. Now we are beginning to see the ways planet earth will pay us back for our dismissal of ample warnings. This century is for all the marbles.
Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University:
“What we’re seeing is a window into what global warming looks like…It looks like fires, it looks like this kind of environmental disaster…This provides vivid images of what we can expect to see more of in the future.” (Reuters)
Steven Running, forest ecologist, University of Montana:
“Mountain snows melted an average of two weeks earlier this year. That just sets us up for a longer, drier summer. Then all you need is an ignition source and wind.”
“Warmer-than-usual winters also allow tree-killing mountain pine beetles to survive the winter and attack western forests, leaving behind dry wood to fuel wildfires earlier in the season.
“Now we have a lot of trees to burn…it’s not even July yet…Trying to stop such blazes driven by high winds is a bit like trying to stop a hurricane…There is nothing to stop that kind of holocaust.”
October 25, 2008:
This type of destruction of the forests the past decade has been ongoing across North America. And it continues. The cause is the continuing drought and heat in the Southwest United States. Due to these conditions, “Bugs and diseases are killing trees at an alarming rate across the West, from the spruce forests of Alaska to the Oak woodlands near the San Diego-Tijuana border.” Read more.
The danger to forests across the continent is real. This century the forecast is for the United States to become drier and hotter, putting forests in permanent peril. And of course, the people too. A massive forest die off is possible, from tree beetles and forest fires:
- Alex Woods, forest pathologist in British Columbia-”For as long as people have been looking at such things, we have never had the series of attacks on forest health all occurring at the same time that we are currently experiencing.”
- Barbara Bentz, entomologist, Utah Forest Service- “Several of the current bark-beetle outbreaks across North America are the largest and most severe in recorded history.”
- In British Columbia, mountain pine beetles have infested more than 30 million acres.”
“In some places, slightly warmer winters allow more insects to survive from one year to the next. In others, warmer summers give the bugs a chance to reproduce more quickly. Researchers also report that insects are moving higher up the mountains because they can survive in areas that used to be too cold.” (Mike Lee, Union-Tribune Staff Writer)
James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says “global warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening.” It is the reason he opposes Canada’s exploitation of it’s dirty tar sands, which would, if fully utilized, and we “continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago…”
The result for the long term: “Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planets’ species would be driven to extinction. Civilization would be at risk.”
His forecast for the Western United States in the short term is extremely bleak but doesn’t include population growth. Hansen:
“Over the next several decades, the Western United States and the semi-arid region from North Dakota to Texas will develop semi-permanent drought, with rain, when it comes, occurring in extreme events with heavy flooding. Economic losses would be incalculable. More and more of the Midwest would be a dust bowl. California’s Central Valley could no longer be irrigated. Food prices would rise to unprecedented levels.” See Opinion.
Fire and Global Warming:
“Massive wildfires that have become increasingly common in recent years are a flash point for climate change, which in turn will spark additional devastating fires, research [the journal Science, April 24, 2009] indicates. The investigation…suggests that the Earth is caught in a damaging feedback loop. Wildfires emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide, increasing the rate of global warming. The warming then increases the number and severity of wildfires.” Read more.
This is a comprehensive report (link above) on global warming and states that the climate change models underestimate the problem. Global warming is here. You are experiencing it now and you will experience it all the way through to 2050 and beyond. Easy reading with plenty of sites, maps, photos, and videos. Keep this document for a resource.
Few have factored in the population explosion. The U.S. Census Bureau in 2008 predicted up to 138 million more people in the U.S. by 2050, many of those from Mexico, who also have extreme hostility for white Americans (documented). Bankrupt governments will need to build new roads for 106 million more vehicles on the road, 36,000 new schools and 52 million more housing units.
Farmland, especially out west, will be plowed under and used for homes and businesses. The shortage of water in the region will become widespread. Flooding rains will replace vegetation. Food crops will fail because of the continuing dry, warmer climate predicted for the United States the rest of this century. Will bio-fuels continue production while people starve? Food will be scarce and expensive as more “refugees” enter the U.S, from Central America and the Caribbean. The U.S. will maintain the world’s third most populous country (soon to be part of North America) amid growing unemployment among American citizens. Over 9 billion more people in the world by 2050 means more workers to choose from. Wages will go down as Mexican workers will have the right to live and work anywhere in North America.
Many of you will be witness to, and suffer from, the great debacle taking place globally, the result of allowing corporations to run the world for their benefit. For the water sustainability level in your county by 2050, taking into account the impact climate change will have on your area, go to this interactive site, scroll down and pick your state, then the county you live in. Florida is my home and my county has been in a drought for some time. The forecast for water sustainability and crops in my home county is extreme by 2050. Not good. (Once again, the most important factor in all of our problems is too many people but we’re going to get more, many more.)
A growing number of companies do understand that their viability in the near future is most likely to end as their resources (water) or a favorable climate disappear:
Major companies are concerned about global warming and the future of resources, such as water, for manufacturing and growing crops. ” Starbucks is looking at other regions to grow coffee beans. Forget about supper sizing into the trenta a few years from now: Starbucks is warning of a threat to world coffee supply because of climate change.”
Jim Hanna, Starbucks:
“What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road-if conditions continue as they are-is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the Arabica coffee bean,…”
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
“While many factors continue to influence climate, scientists have determined that human activities have become a dominant force and are responsible for most of the warming observed over the past 50 years. Human-caused climate change has resulted primarily from changes in the amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but also changes in small particles (aerosols), as well as from changes in land use, for example.”
“The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas emissions increasing, a significant warming trend is expected to also continue. This warming will manifest itself in a variety of ways, and shifts in climate could occur quickly, so while society needs to continue to wrestle with the difficult issues involved with mitigation of the causes of global warming, an increased focus should be placed on adaptation to the effects of global warming given the sensitivity of civilizations and ecosystems to rapid climate change.
“Powerful outcomes range from moderate and manageable to extreme and catastrophic, depending on a number of factors including location and type of effect, and amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Not every location and its inhabitants will be affected equally, but the more the planet warms, the fewer ‘winners’ and the more ‘losers’ there will be as a result of the changes in climate. The potential exists for the climate to reach a ‘tipping point’ if it hasn’t already done so, beyond which radical and irreversible changes occur.” The Weather Channel Position Statement on Global Warming
This new world order will soon be a world in disorder. It has too many people and it has the wrong people governing nations, regions or the world. Their reason for existence is to rule, to grab all they can, with no second thoughts on being responsible for the destruction of a beautiful planet. And they certainly have no regrets for their crimes against humanity on a global scale.