Yes, there IS a Climate CRISIS!
ALMOST everyone knows it–even a substantial percentage of those who deny it.
In honor of today’s Global Climate Strike, here’s a brief excerpt from the Climate Crisis article in the first ever Eagle Peak Annual. (it was a quarterly for 17 issues)
Click the link above for the entire very long article.
- A recap of what’s happening
- Climate vs weather—we’ll explain the difference
- A brief history of Earth’s climate and when it started changing
- The science (in simple terms)
- Why it’s a crisis—not something that can be put off for another day, year, or decade
- If humans caused it, humans can fix it
- Throughout the article–efforts by various scientific, governmental and non-governmental groups or organizations to deal with the crisis
- Links to additional resources at the end
You get the news or experience the weather yourself. Record breaking heat. The hottest temperatures ever recorded worldwide in June and July 2019–August may turn out the same. More severe storms. Deadly tornadoes. Multiple 100- or 500-year floods within a few years. Severe droughts in other areas. India’s sixth largest city, Chennai, is running out of water. Disastrous hurricanes or typhoons. Sunny day flooding in coastal cities like Miami. More and worse wildfires—including the Amazon Rainforest, known as the world’s lungs—which converts carbon dioxide to 20% of the planet’s oxygen.
Our planet is getting hotter—everywhere, on land and sea. The arctic ice sheet is getting smaller. Sometime soon, its disappearance may offer global shipping from one continent to another. Good thing? For some. Not for polar bears, sea life, indigenous people and fishermen.
Glaciers are melting—raising the sea level. Slowly at first, faster as time wears on. In 2005, my wife and I drove along the Columbia Ice Fields Parkway in Alberta Canada. In 1900, the glacier’s edge would have been a short walk from the road. Now it’s over a mile away from the parkway built in the 1940s.
How much hotter is it? The planetary surface has risen an average of 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the 1880s. That’s according to facts on climate change from NASA. Well, that doesn’t sound like much, does it? Except that most of it has been in the last 35 years. That’s long enough to mean climate change—not a change in the weather.