Monday, November 6, 2017

Global Warming No Longer Fiction but Supported by Science

While no one can say that the global climate change is a fact there is compelling evidence that we are destroying our environment. A Climate Science Special Report, that has been peer reviewed by the National Academy of Science, found that we are indeed heading for global warming and there are no current viable options to this theory. At present we have already started the process of weather change.

The problem is that we as a species have only one Earth and have not found or advanced enough as a species to reduce the damage we have caused. Technology may some day get us there and we can serious reduce emissions and regrow forests, plankton and other needed "greens" to keep our environment living and moving.

Assuming that nothing changes we should be experience more extreme heat and rainfall. That includes wildfires, flooding, and sea rising. Things will change and our lives will change forcing us to adapt even more to the environment. Our "safe" world may become more chaotic for some as natural disasters become an increasingly common feature.

The Antarctic is also believed to be unstable which could cause our seacoast to rise. All those nice houses on the beach would be at risk of investing significant amounts of money to protect them. Building houses along the coast is likely to become a bigger insurance issue. The coast is expected to rise up to over 8 feet during the next 80 years.

While the report discusses a loss of 1.9 billion labor hours across the national workforce by 2090 in away that could be calculated as $160 billion annually to workers this is really not the major issue. there will be significant changes to our environment and how we live. That means cost to health, pollution, protective measures, new technology, more expensive manufacturing, etc... This is very difficult to calculate accurately.

As the impact of global climate change takes effect we will see a bigger share of our GNP going to resolve this issue. As a country it can be difficult to deal with these issues if other countries share in much of the pollution problem. International coordination will be needed to ensure that we develop the technology to save the planet as well as hold the biggest polluters accountable for their share of destruction.

USGCRP, 2017: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I[Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, D.J. Dokken, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 470 pp, doi: 10.7930/J0J964J6.

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