Tuesday, August 9, 2016

We’re cooking the planet (part 14)

Last year was the warmest year on record, and this year is likely to be hotter.

That’s just the plain facts, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The New York Times says the NOAA report “is a powerful reason for rich countries to begin making good on their promises to help low-lying island nations, some of the poorest countries in the world, build their defenses against the disastrous effects of climate change, which some are already experiencing.”

The key words here—the devastating truth—is that global climate change is happening now in a progressive pattern. Translation: even if humans could magically stop polluting the atmosphere today, global warming will continue to get worse for many years….global climate change will continue to make our lives more costly and more vulnerable.

The simple recipe is: we have to stop using coal, we have to tax carbon emissions and we have to start using a whole lot more energy from alternative sources. Of course, of course, that’s easier said than done, but we must act smarter. Our inaction will cause our grandchildren to suffer.

Already, some mid-ocean island nations are visibly being submerged by rising ocean levels.

Already, droughts are becoming more intense in Africa and in the Middle East.

The August 8 item in the New York Times spells out the bottom line:
“While the world ponders ways to reduce emissions, the consequences of climate change are already underway.”

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2016 All rights reserved.

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