Are we going to get serious about climate change?
The following adds impetus to what I’ve been writing about, i.e. planning how to deal with millions of climate refugees who will be forced to leave coastal communities, and move inland. We need to design and build models for self sufficient communities that can be built rapidly with local resources.
There are very ominous, rapid changes occurring in the arctic now. In particular temperatures so hot that at first scientists thought the equipment was faulty.
In response to my blog post yesterday, Alarming Arctic Heat, there were comments about how people would be left to die, as in Puerto Rico. I was challenged when I suggested that millions would die. The figure 6 billion was suggested, and I and others agreed that was a more likely figure.
So far this year, besides the arctic heat eruption, we have had record breaking high temperatures in many parts of the country. Right now many states are experiencing significant precipitation and widespread flooding.
Sam Carana, editor of Arctic News, summarized the ten dangers of global warming (recommended reading). The following is from the conclusion.
So, instead of facing gradual changes that can be mitigated by planned action, we may suddenly face a future in which many if not most people will have little or no access to food, water, medicine, electricity and shelter, while diseases go rampant and gangs and warlords loot and devastate the few livable areas left. Human beings as a species will face the risk of total extinction, particularly if many species of animals and plants that humans depend on will disappear.
While each of the above points is sufficient reason for concern, many people are still in denial about the severity of the problem of global warming, the accumulation of dangers and their progression.
Once they do get the message, though, there’s a risk of over-reaction edging into panic. This may result in people buying up all the food they can get hold of, trying to get their hands on weapons, etc. Unscrupulous companies may exploit the situation by deliberately creating scarcity of medicines, etc.
This is another reason to be open about these concerns and to come up with planning that makes sense.
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