By Frosty Wooldridge
“A simple look at the upward path of global greenhouse emissions indicates we will continue to squeeze the trigger on the gun we have put to our own head.” Eugene Linden, The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather and the Destruction of Civilization
Worldwide, millions upon millions of smokes stacks exhaust billions of tons of chemicals, carbon dioxide and particulate into the air 24/7. Those chemicals fall as acid rain on the land and into oceans. They change the chemistry of the soil, water and oceans. All of it deadly. Photography by www.captainkimo.com
In the United States, 254,000,000 (million) cars, hundreds of thousands of planes, boats, trains, lawn mowers, snow machines and other combustion engines burn fuel 24/7. They exhaust enormous amounts of pollution every second without end.
In the United States, millions upon millions of homes, office buildings, schools and factories burn billions of tons of energy to operate the engines of commerce. They also exhaust billions of tons of carbon pollution.
It all adds up to an enormous load on the Natural World that cannot be mitigated. Note that the USA houses 319 million people. The rest of the planet carries 7.2 billion humans also burning colossal amounts of energy to create horrific impact on the ecology of the planet.
At some point, something must give, and it will! Systems that cannot withstand the assault must collapse.
Mother Nature deforms to fit humanity’s onslaught
Earth's average temperature rose 1.4°Farenheit over the past century. Scientists project a rise of 2 degrees F to 11.0 degrees F within this century.
Small changes in the average temperature of the planet translates to large and dangerous shifts in climate and weather. It also transforms our oceans with temperature changes and acidification from carbon infusing with the water.
(Cities burn millions of gallons of oil and billions of tons of coal 24/7 in order to keep up with demand. All that pollution falls back to Earth. It devastates the ecology of the planet.) Photography by www.captainkimo.com
Previous to the Industrial Revolution, the Earth’s atmosphere carried 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide. In March of 2013, that figure rose to over 400 ppm for the first time in millions of years.
Since that time, oil, gas and coal became energy sources that overwhelm the Natural World’s ability to mitigate their impact.
The evidence grows stronger with each passing year. Rising global temperatures caused Hurricane Katrina, Sandy and Haiyan in the Philippines. Tornadoes touch down in February throughout the Midwest in America.
Many regions face extreme drought like California while extremes express themselves all over the planet. Glaciers melt at lightning speed in Asia, Greenland and Alaska.
(Cities around the world house up to 36 million residents such as Tokyo, Japan that intensify air pollution and carbon footprint. Lung cancer rates rise while water pollution rates scream off the charts. Everyone breathes toxic air with every breath 24/7.) Photography by www.theguardian.com
Oceans warm while becoming more acidic, which translates into unlivable habitat for marine creatures. Extinction follows.
So what’s causing our massive environmental warming trend?
Essentially, human beings burn up the planet
The United Nations weather
agency chief Michel Jarraud said, “Ocean temperatures are rising
fast, and extreme weather events, forecast by climate scientists,
showed climate change was inevitable for the coming
We humans set a course beyond our understanding. We tinker with the mechanism of climate and ecology beyond our capacity. We very well could become our own executioner along with much of our fellow travelers.
(Shallow-water creatures, like these corals, are extremely vulnerable to carbonic acid. Scientists are calling for drastic measures to avert massive bleaching of the world's reefs.”)Photography by Ove Hoegh-Guiderg/AFP/Getty Images
Scientists understand the
Earth’s oceans absorbed half of anthropogenic, or man-made CO2
since 1850. But research shows the introduction of massive amounts of
CO2 into the seas alters water chemistry, which affects the life
cycles of many marine organisms throughout the food chain.
During an overpopulation conference in Washington DC, I attended a lecture by Dr. Camilo Mora, professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii. He said, “When you look at the world ocean, there are few places that will be free of changes; most will suffer the simultaneous effects of warming, acidification, and reductions in oxygen and productivity.
“The consequences of these co-occurring changes are massive everything from species survival, to abundance, to range size, to body size, to species richness, to ecosystem functioning are affected by changes in ocean biogeochemistry.”
Humpback whales are among the many whales that feed on krill, which will be subject to multiple climate stressors. (Photo courtesy International Whaling Commission)
If we humans continue our 24/7 carbon footprint attack on Mother Nature, she will respond. For example: if the oceans become overly acidic, the krill that feeds endless numbers of creatures in our oceans may go extinct. If they die, the entire food chain dies.
It’s called “cascading extinctions”. As one creature in the chain dies off, everything that fed upon that creature dies off in a chain-reaction that cascades into massive extinction rates for other dependent creatures.
What do we face? Humans add 80 million of our kind annually, net gain. We add 1 billion every 12 years. We expect to increase from 7.2 billion to 10.1 billion within 36 years and continue to increase indefinitely. The United States expects to add 138 million within 36 years. That will increase our carbon footprint beyond measure.
Should we accept our fate and keep heading down the same road? Result: it won’t be pretty for our kids.
Solutions: world leaders must gather to speak about human population stabilization. We must address one child per woman families. Because if we don’t enact some methodical birth control measures quickly, we won’t enjoy a planet that can support us. In fact, this planet will respond with deadly force with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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