CLIMATE WARMING

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CLIMATE WARMING

Post by Stanley » 24 Nov 2017, 07:52

CLIMATE WARMING

A fortnight ago I voiced my affection for the life styles of Aborigine and Stone Age people who managed to live in a landscape for thousands of years without radically altering or damaging it. I freely admit that it would be impossible for us to follow their example, we aren't tough enough, we haven't got their immune system and it is unthinkable to even imagine that living like that would be acceptable now that we have opened the Pandora’s Box of technology and change. We are hopelessly addicted to our cars, possessions and centrally heated houses.
I saw this report two days ago; "Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years. Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable." You may remember that my complaint against the more radical vegetarians is that they blame me for Global Warming because of the methane produced by farm animals. If you seek out the report and read it you'll find that the most likely cause for the rise in methane levels is the thawing of the permafrost in polar regions and ocean warming.
I recognise that a large (but diminishing) body of 'deniers' argue that Global Warming and Climate Change is a hoax. We have such luminaries as President Trump and the Noble Lord Lawson to guide us! My argument is that it may be time for us to make the sensible assumption that the majority of researchers might be on to something and it makes sense to cover our bets. We should be taking immediate and radical action to counter the possible threat. This is arguably the best way to tackle another problem, pollution of the air in our cities.
Unfortunately this isn't happening. Our main global preoccupations are power and money. Here in the UK we are fumbling our way to Brexit and at the same time agonising over allegations of inappropriate behaviour in Parliament. On the latter point I think we should be admitting that it is a problem through the whole of society but I'd better not get diverted into that one.
A popular phrase is the 'Cliff Edge' and it is associated with 'hard Brexit'. I fear that we may be missing an even bigger cliff edge, the tipping point at which climate change is irreversible. Some scientists argue that we have already passed it. It may be that by the end of this century we might have far bigger problems as the chaos that climate change brings engulfs us. My picture this week was taken in October by friends of mine in Churchill, a town in Canada on the Arctic Circle that lives with Polar Bears. We are not only condemning ourselves to a new Stone Age but magnificent creatures like these.

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A Polar Bear in Churchill, Canada, in October.
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Re: CLIMATE WARMING

Post by Tizer » 24 Nov 2017, 10:10

Thanks for posting your article, Stanley. It all helps to get the message across to the public and to disperse the smoke screen laid by the climate deniers.

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Re: CLIMATE WARMING

Post by Stanley » 25 Nov 2017, 05:08

Thanks Tiz. The bears are rolling in what snow there is because they are trying to keep cool until the pack ice freezes and they can go hunting seals.
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