PLANETARY CLIMATE CRISIS

 ENVIRONMENTAL WARNING SIGNS WE CANNOT IGNORE

 

Below are a list of early warning signs we are witnessing with increasing frequency, with regards to global temperature rise since the pre-industrial age.

 

SEA LEVEL RISING

For over the last 150 years, the oceans had risen by only 4 to 8 inches, but between 1988 and 2000, the rate of sea level raise doubled to around three millimeters per year. According to The Weather Makers by Time Falnney, in 2002, a team of scientist led by NASA researchers discovered that Amundsen Ice Plain and extensive area of sea ice off the cost of West Antarctica, was thinning rapidly. “As there is enough ice in the glaciers feeding into the Amundsen Sea to raise global sea levels by 4.3 feet., their increasing rate of flow, and the incipient breakup of their ice plain ”brake”, are of concern to everyone. The West Antartctic ice sheet is also tenuously anchored to the bottom of a shallow sea”. If the entire West Antarctic sheet melts, global average sea levels should rise by at least 3.3 to 3.5 meters, affecting over 3.2 billion people – that s half of the world population – who live within 200 miles of coastline. And US scientist from the National Snow and Ice Data Center now say that if all of Antarctica were to melt, the sea level could rise to a much higher level than expected, some say even to 70 meters.

Source: the Weather Makers p.15-150

 

OCEAN DEAD ZONES

The number of oxygen-starve “dead zones” in coastal waters around the world has roughly doubled every decade since the1960s, massive amounts of marine life at the base of the food chain, according to a study released in August 2000. There are more than 400 ocean dead zones worldwide, with a combined area of 05,000 square miles. Ocean dead zones are caused primarily by chemical fertilizer runoffs. Since 36% of crops are fed to livestock, the meat industry contributes substantially to the increase in dead zones.

 

WATER SHORTAGE

Droughts are affecting populations around the globe. More than 1 billion people on the planet do not have access to clean water. It takes up to 1,200 gallons of fresh and good clean water to produce just one serving of beef. In contrast, a full vegan meal requires only 98 gallons of water. That is about 90+ percent less. If we can have adequate water for human beings to drink and use then the need to cheek usage of clean water and its channel is of a great necessity.


WORLD FOOD SHORTAGE

 Due to inconsistencies in our weather condition and high level of drought or flood, food productivity will reduce drastically as against rise in demand. Meaning very few people can have access to sufficient food supply and this will lead to world food short. Also majority of our farm produce such as grains, Soy etc. are fed to animals in the factory farming also contributing to world food shortage.

 

RISE IN TEMPERATURE

The top 11 warmest years on record have all been in the last 13 years, according to data sources obtained by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In 2003, a record heat wave hit Europe, claiming 35,000 lives. Heat waves also preceded the worst wildfires ever in Australia’s history. PLUS MORE

 

STORMS

The intensity and duration of hurricanes and tropical storms has increased by 100% over the past 30 years, which scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the USA say is due to climate-related increases in ocean temperature.

 

WILDLIFE DISAPPEARING

Leading ecologists say that the decline of wildlife due to species extinction is so rapid that there is no modern comparison. Scientist also now predicts that the earth’s 16,000 endangered species may become extinct 100 times faster than previously thought.

 

 

DROUGHT AND DESERTIFICATION

Wildfires this year have been severely intensified by drought conditions. In Africa, people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan have been crippled by drought. According to the United Nations, desertification which often results from felling too many trees and damages that occur from such activities as cattle grazing, is affecting the well-being of more than 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries at risk. Overgrazing by livestock which occupies nearly a third of our Earth’s land surface worldwide, is a major causes of desertification and other damages, and is responsible for more than 50% of land erosion.


CLIMATE REFUGES.

 Disaster victims and displaced people as a result of climate crisis needs to be attended to by providing them with the basic amenities of life. This becomes a problem on national leaders and the economy people in such situation have lost a their livelihood, jobs, shelter and families. Mass evacuation of people in disaster marked zone needs also to be assisted in several ways. Since we live in a global village, what affects your neighbor affects you as well. So it is our responsibility to take good care of the the planet because Natural Disaster does not know the Poor or Rich, Strong or Weak, President or Messenger, it sweeps anything that stands in its way. NO DISCRIMINATION.    

 

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