The Harsh Reality of Climate Change
When the World Bank recently stated that Climate Change is a real imminent threat to the peace of the world has to be a wake up call to all those Republican climate change deniers. Heaven forbid we should shutter the fact that oil profits could suffer. But, like Scrooge himself stated if the multitudes suffer and die so-be-it and decrease the surplus population is the mindset of too many of the powers that be.
The real scary thought though is that global warming if left unchecked today with all the scientific evidence to back up the fact the earth is getting warmer will thrust the world into a much harsher reality within the next decade.
According to the World Bank and the United Nations climate change is rapidly pushing more people into abject poverty. By the year 2030 more than 150 million people will be faced with extreme poverty levels. The disruption of agriculture and lack of adequate fresh water will provide the fuel that will spread infectious diseases all around the globe. A world wide Pandemic would trigger man's greatest fear.
It is widely known that the impact of global warming is felt mostly in poor countries. The impacts are also felt in other countries who have large populations at or below the poverty level, like the United States. Everyone of these countries to date all are unprepared to deal with the effects that global warming is doing to our planet.
It is evident that the US is still ill prepared in safeguarding the population of the effects that climate change is doing to our country and planet. After Hurricane Katrina the US government has yet to put in place protective measures in place to guard against the rising sea levels that are increasing every day.
The other fact is that drought conditions right here in the US especially in California there has yet to be any national push to alleviate drought conditions when in fact other parts of the country are inundated with abundant rainfall and snow run offs. Many countries have so few resources to put in place the safeguards for their populations.
Then there are other countries like the United States that have the resources and yet purposely refrain or find any excuse not to implement or put in place the resources needed to offset the effects of what man is continually doing to our environment by burning fossil fuel.
What many don't realize that there are three major factors that contribute to poverty levels in populations. Agricultural shocks that increases food prices, natural disasters, and contagious diseases are all effects that are contributed by global warming that we are seeing today.
Recent studies have indicated the increase in global temperatures are responsible for crop loses. And, by 2030 those loses will be well over 5%. If left unchecked the temperature increases those crop loses by over 35% by the year 2060
The World Health Organization warned that temperature rises increases the number of people at risk for malaria and other infectious diseases. Yet, we have Republican members of congress up in arms when the present Administration vetoed the Keystone Pipeline and have made a concerted effort to do our part in reining in our output of carbon emissions.
With a congress so tied to 'Big Oil' it makes the United States still one of the member countries that really is part of the problem in reducing carbon emissions and retooling our industries using renewable green energy technologies.
Even though the US has pledged over $100 billion annually to help developing countries reduce their carbon emissions. Money that is a contributor to our debt by the way and still won't be effective because larger economies like China and India still are increasing their carbon emissions with little effort to slow down.
Let us do more than hope that these statistics the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations have put together are the catalyst that brings together governments of all the leading industrial nations to formulate a plan of action to reduce carbon emissions drastically within the next five years.
It is imperative to act on a plan of action to offset the harsh realities of what fossil fuel is doing to our planet. If governments fail to reach an accord and act on it what the World Bank predicts will come to pass and the world will continue to put populations lives in peril, not to mention the future of our planet.
We have the technology and the available resources to usher in the fuel sources that will power the third and final industrial revolution.
By Dr. Tim G Williams