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Global Warming, A Disaster In The Making

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The die is cast and if the world doesn't start to eliminate the enormous amount of pollution in our oceans and drastically reduce green house gases the already noticeable harmful effects of global warming will spiral out of control sooner than we think. The Obama White House has already outlined a plan of action to utilize the technology developed to cut and eventually eliminate all together the sources of green house emissions. The United Nations confers that the cost of inaction would be catastrophic the world over.

When Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a very disconcerting report on the effects of green house gases he effectively stated that without immediate drastic reductions in fossil fuel emissions the impacts from global warming will devastate every economy in the world. The earth has already seen the effects that are caused by man's indifference to the destruction that Global Warming has already caused. The 21st century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in California and Australia, along with the deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan just show how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather. The prognosis is that these dangerous weather patterns are going to worsen as the climate changes even more due to the increasing consumption of fossil fuels.

Ever since the advent of the first industrial revolution we have entered an era where the implications of combustible fuel sources have caused irreversible damage on the earths ego systems. Blind to the fact of what we have done in the name of industrialization continues to create one of histories most horrendous atrocities against nature. Climate change isn't some kind of future hypothetical. Every known species lives in an area where impacts from climate change are already widespread and consequential. No life form is immune.

When practically every scientist around the world keeps warning that we're all like sitting ducks waiting for the enviable catastrophic disaster that will happen the political will on the other hand is still back in the early 20th century. It is not a question of if a catastrophic catastrophe will happen it is a question on when it will happen. And, the longer we delay in implementing renewable green energy sources into every mode of transport and energy production the sooner that catastrophe will happen. Then it will be to late to do anything about curbing green house gases.

Every industrialized nation from China to the United States have recognized the fact that global warming is a real eminent threat to the preservation of all life. And, yet here in the US there are several political leaders that remain unconvinced that the threat is real. In essence because of this the general public are being led like sheep to the slaughter by the oil conglomerates that continue to thwart implementing any energy sources that would reduce their profit margins.

It is well documented that climate changes are occurring more rapidly increasing the risk of an impending global disaster. The risks are both large and small. The prognosis, these risks will go well into the future. They have already hit rural areas as well a urban areas. In rural areas what is especially troublesome is the fact, like in California with drought conditions have rendered so much devastation on crops the price and availability of food is becoming a major world wide crisis. Here in the United States we are already seeing the inflationary trends in food production caused by extreme weather conditions. Other sever risks are happening all over the world. Many places either have too much water or not enough like California. We have already seen other countries suffer some of the worst draughts in history. These effects are horrendously catastrophic causing global instability and making world peace an improbability.

As the effects of climate change worsen and it already is, the greater the deterioration of a society. This is when poverty, disease, violence, and refugees all manifest to a point that the world is a powder keg waiting for one spark to ignite the flames of a world at war. We are already seeing Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. This is not just because of the civil war in Syria but the enormous impact that climate change has had on their climate.

In just the past 30 years have seen the most dramatic changes in climates all over the world. All brought on because of the increasing consumption of fossil fuel the world over. Our unwavering demand for fossil fuel have caused devastation on all continents and in every ocean. And if society doesn't change and implement the energy sources of the next millennium the future looks even worse. The problems stemming from global warming are already causing irrevocable harm to millions the world over. The magnitude and scope of global warming is already affecting populations all over the world. The breath of the effects today are mainly on the poorer populations. The most direct effect of global warming is that it contributes to the increasing gaps between the rich and poor.

Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on our doorstep? Sobering question to be sure. But the fact of the matter remains that the longer industrialized nations continue on their path of denial and apathy to what is going on especially with the polar ice caps melting at alarming rates the world will be on the brink of disaster. We can no longer continue to deny the clear cut scientific fact of what fossil fuel consumption has and is doing to the climate and the world around us.

It is known that global warming is triggered by heat-trapping gases, such as carbon dioxide, that continue to stay in the atmosphere for a years. Much of the gases still in the air that are trapping heat continue to come from the United States and all the other industrial nations. China is now by far the No. 1 carbon dioxide polluter, followed by the United States and India.

Scientists have now concluded that those recent mega storms like 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, 2012's Superstorm Sandy and 2008's deadly Cyclone Nargis may not have been caused by warming, but their fatal storm surges were augmented by climate change's ever rising seas. And in every case when a storm hits it is always the poor that are the most vulnerable. Climate change does in fact create increasing pockets of poverty and hotspots of hunger even in richer countries all increasing the inequality between rich and poor. It has been known all along that the rich benefit from fossil fuels, while poorer people lose out.

The way our political structure is today in the United States where many have concluded that we really are no longer a representative democracy but an oligarchy retaining just a few cosmetic, democratic vestiges. Over the course of just 45 years the democratic process has succumbed to the rule of the almighty dollar. The Supreme Court has ruled more than 20 times since 1975 on the matter of money in our political process and in each time the majority of Americans have lost out. All this has done is create more of an impasse of the greatest wealth disparity gap.

What lies before us today is a monumental challenge. One that would preserve the future for all and one that would reduce the human suffering caused by mans indifference to what continued extraction, production and consumption of fossil fuels is doing to every life form on this planet. It can be done but only through a combined unified effort by every nation to start implementing energy sources that have already been developed. Energy sources that do effectively have an enormous impact on reducing green house gases and would start to narrow the gap between the rich and poor. Where all would benefit from the energy sources of the next millennium. The clock is ticking and we had better act soon.


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