This business about global warming is actually starting to look like a nightmare for humanity. It's becoming more a ghastly proposal, not an "inconvenient truth."
Global warming is occurring at even a more accelerated pace than what was originally predicted, many who are expert sources on this issue posit. Most are still a bit skeptical of the Global Warming issue. It's commonplace for the press- listening and reading public to be cynical and even critical today. It's not only that opposing views of any issue are part of the mainstream "Op-Ed" consciousness; it's just good business and idea salesmanship to keep everything murky, dusty and convoluted.
The news - especially science news - is so hazy and muddled with political and religious sources traditionally centered in spin, connotation, even stigma that trying to believe in anything today is very hard. In a society that cannot decide if a little white wine each day can cure cancer or lead to alcoholism, finding a Gregorian "middle ground" is tough.
And because science is always based in theory, it's even more confusing to sort out good theory from bad; and just the way scientific theory is designed and argued, nothing is really set in stone and is not fact, per se, rather, scientific theory is just what its name implies -- it is theory. Considering much of the fingerprint and harbinger evidences surrounding global warming, however; this theory becomes more denotatively arguable and convincing with each new day.
Most people stay convicted to their beliefs even long after their beliefs have been denigrated or sometimes even proven totally false. In the case of global warming, ever increasing scientific theory is an ongoing constant, though, and this leads to a very unsettling future forecast for Mother Earth, the human race and really, most types of species that reside here. Validation surrounding the global warming theory is so stacked it's alarming.
One such truth: The rapid buildup of killer carbon dioxide in large lakes like Nyos in Africa (which saw an explosion kill about 1,700 people) creates stern consternation by those who are even slightly to the side of "green." If it happened to Lake Nyos, what's in store for Lake Superior, Erie, Huron or the "thousand lakes of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri or Finland? What's in it for Loch Ness in Scotland? How's about the Mississippi and Nile rivers? Can we include about every body of water here if our waters continue heating? Carbon dioxide buildup in large lakes is not the stuff impossible fictions are made of - this is a stark reality - and global warming is the root of the problem, scientists argue.
Just to reiterate and try to ring the alarm a bit louder: It's an enigma why people aren't up in arms about this - and if the implications behind global warming are true, it might indeed be the biggest crisis humankind has ever faced.
Scientists say the dinosaurs went extinct due to climate changes brought on by a comet hitting the earth 65 million years ago. The estimated 6-mile-wide comet slammed into the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula region "leaving a hole 112 miles wide. It wiped out the dinosaurs and more than 75 percent of the species on the planet, throwing up a cloud of dust that blocked the sun for months, killing off plants at the base of the food chain and causing ecosystems to collapse worldwide; it was a global environmental catastrophe".
Are we going to go extinct because of our factories' creation of plastic ornaments on lawns? Is the Earth heading for a quick demise because SUVs and trucks are two of the planets biggest polluters? Tables, chairs and houses are taking the place of rain forests; and through the rapid buildup of developing nations' industrial revolutions, our world has been kidnapped - and there's little that can be done to stop global warming - many who are very familiar with this issue contend.
Even the most drastic actions - which entail a global greening in very strict, drastic and complete uniformity - may not be enough to fend off the inevitable greenhouse effect that is predicted.
As things continue to unfold concerning global warming, however, a lot of us are seeing that all this fretting over the world's environment isn't a political trick or a smoke and mirrors routine. No. Our atmosphere is becoming more like a microwave and we're rotating around on the big dish inside.
I'd really like to see proof to the contrary but everything coming out lately points to making valid the global warming theory. To be honest, I'm getting quite upset over the spicy forecasting that's being done these days. With the threat of the equatorial waters getting about as hot as a chili pepper over time, what's there to even plan in the mid-century we're living within?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that this warming is due to anthropogenic factors (mankind is cooking things up here). The Intergovernmental Panel's Fourth Assessment Report, completed in 2007, found that even if temperatures stabilize, the world is expected to heat up during most of this millennium. The sea level has risen 4 to 10 inches (10-25 cm) on a global scale over the past 100 years. "With additional warming, sea level is projected to rise from half a foot to 3 feet (15-92 cm) more during the next 100 years.
On average, 50 to 100 feet (15-30 meters) of beach are lost for every foot (0.3 meters) of sea-level rise. Local land subsidence (sinking) and/or uplift due to geologic forces and coastal development will also affect the rate of coastal land loss. There seems to be a lack of real, viable solutions for keeping Mother Earth blue and green and not gray and black.
James Nash is a climate scientist with Greatest Planet (www.greatestplanet.org). Greatest Planet is a non-profit environmental organization specialising in carbon offset investments.
James Nash is solely responsible for the contents of this article.