Monday, March 12, 2007

Global Warming Is Here

Following is a friend's reaction to a news clip on Global Warming!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won't have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium. At the same time, tens of millions of others will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels, according to portions of a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press. Tropical diseases like malaria will spread. By 2050, polar bears will mostly be found in zoos, their habitats gone. Pests like fire ants will thrive.The rest of the story here:

Yes, the catastrophe is already upon us. The latest estimate of a warming by three thousandths of a degree per year reported over the whole globe by the IPCC makes frightening reading. This is a catastrophe of biblical proportion. The increase in sea levels of 7cm over the past century also has me fuming, as now I must park a whole 7cm further away from the waters edge. The dramatic increase in precipitation in all parts of the world and with it the relief of all droughts is not very welcome because now no one lacks fresh water which means famine-prone places like the Sudan will now be hard to govern from Washington.

With the warmer sea temps, the greater evaporation and thus more rain and snow everywhere has enabled deserts to become steppes, steppes to become forest and boreal forests to become rainforest. This is bad news for all the bumper sticker brigade because they must now remove their Save The Rainforest signs. Greenpeace have announced a barrage of new Save The Bumper Sticker campaigns. There is far more vegetation now which thrives on the increased CO2, heat, and extra humidity that increases under a warmer atmosphere. Having to eat all the free vegetables will result in new world epidemics, of extranutrition and jaw-fatigue not to mention the extra methane..The flow-on effect is more insects, birds and fish than ever before, in short, less species becoming extinct, which is a worry as we could do without streams so full of fish we can't drop a line in and gardens so full of produce there is no more room to walk on fields.

Countries to the far north and far south are now saying a permanent goodbye to cold winters and hello to tropical trees and shrubs. Bigger museums are being planned and built containing skis, snow shovels and cardigans, already relics of a bygone age. The sealevel is of course dropping everywhere due to the increased evaporation. As the sealevel is also rising this is very confusing for the poor old sea which finds itself having to rise and fall at the same time. You can sometimes see this confusion when you see waves go one way and then another. The resulting greater precipitation is causing a build-up of icesheets over both poles and surrounding regions, which means the poles are also confused, having to melt and accumulate more ice all at once. This is devastating for the poor old poles, which is why they have over time, noticeably migrated to the very ends of the earth so they can think about things and try to sort it out.

The approximately 25 million people currently classified as being "environmental refugees" have begun marching, catching planes, trains and buses out of towns. The longer queues at check-ins are examples of this mass exodus. This mass migration is projected to rise to 150 million by 2050 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is 8,000 per day starting from now, on top of the holidaymakers and business travellers already taking to international skies. Australian climate scientist Dr Graeme Pearman has predicted that a 2°C rise in temperature will place 100 million people 'directly at risk from just coastal flooding' by 2100. Where they are going to go to, as they cannot get off the globe is a decision too horrible to have to face, because wherever they do end up they all find they have to join new exoduses leaving the new country. Geographical confusion is thus rife, with people endlessly queuing at airports and landing and reboarding. This is fairly easy to spot any day when you are at the airport. Everyone will soon, if not now, live at the airport. I know I just about do.


1 comment:

... said...

This is a good one. I like the comments to the CNN articles. It goes along with what the Lord said that He will never again cover the earth with water.