In August, the journal Nature Climate Change published a meta-analysis examining how increased acidity will likely impact 153 species of corals, echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, and fish. On September 4th the National Wildlife Federation released a report detailing the ways global warming is threatening fish habitat. Freshwater fish are dying off as rising water temperatures and extreme weather caused by climate change increasingly affect their habitats across the United States.
The Bible says that God charged mankind the task of being stewards over His creation on earth. It is pretty obvious man is thumbing his nose at God. We have allowed greed, pride, and indifference set us on a path that is destroying the earth we live on and making our fellow creatures extinct. How long will it be before our actions destroy us as well?
The absurd part of this is that the biggest polluters and the loudest climate change deniers call themselves Christians, and they say they read the Bible regularly
The Arctic is melting; the Antarctic is melting; our forests are burning; floods destroy farmland and cities while drought dries up lakes and rivers and destroys crops. Too many people just ignore the problem assuming it will just go away, or are content to let their children deal with it after they are gone. We are not good stewards of our own children and grandchildren!
Ocean Acidity killing species and accelerating climate change
Oceans make up 70% of the earth’s surface and provide most of the world’s food. Oceans are the drivers of the weather systems that produce needed rain. Oceans also regulate the temperature of the earth by absorbing heat and cooling the atmosphere. Yet, man is messing with oceans warming them, and making them acidic.
The study released in August shows that the acidity is threatening to make many ocean species extinct, and disrupt the balance in the food chain because the species that are more resistant to acidity will out-compete other species. The authors found higher carbon dioxide concentrations will negatively affect all species studied, with the strongest impact on corals, echinoderms, and mollusks.
Hans Poertner, co-author and professor of marine biology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, stated that “we cannot give with any certainty the year when people will start to report extinctions due to climate change. It depends on what temperature change and carbon dioxide concentrations we allow.”
There is another problem with acid oceans. Acidification would lead certain marine organisms to emit less of the sulfur compounds that help to seed the formation of clouds and so keep the planet cool. Atmospheric sulfur, most of which comes from the sea, is a check against global warming. Some of this enters the atmosphere and reacts to make sulfuric acid, which clumps into aerosols, or microscopic airborne particles. Aerosols seed the formation of clouds, which help cool the Earth by reflecting sunlight.
Fresh water ecosystems are threatened
The NWF report detailed the ways global warming is threatening fish habitat. NWF found that 37%of freshwater animals are at risk from climate change-exacerbated stressors like habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. The declining freshwater populations are also threatening the livelihoods of people who work in the sport fishing industry, which generated $25.7 billion in revenues in the United States during 2011.
We could do something about this. The study authors proposed a few steps to halt this trend including improving water quality through the restoration of upstream forests, wetlands and flood plains. The study also stated that the United States needs to cut the root of the problem: carbon dioxide emissions.
It appears, however, that as a society we are going the opposite direction. Instead of restoring forests, we are clearing them for development. Man-made climate change is burning them down. Our political leaders are drunk on the money that comes form coal and oil companies and they are doing everything they can to stop development and use of green energy and they are doubling down on carbon pollution removing all environmental regulations and demanding that Keystone XL be built.
The bottom line is that we are not good stewards of God’s creation.