By MIKE SPINDELL
The “Pigs” in the battle to deny climate change are people like the disgusting Koch Brothers, who see a general public alarm about climate change as being bad for business. These are people who are willing to put their short-term personal goals against the long term future of human life on this planet. Were they decent human beings, rather than pigs at the economic trough, they might even be able to protect their economic interests rather than putting the people of the world at risk with their propaganda and with their bought pundits. The morons of course are those in our human population who believe this self serving propaganda despite mounting evidence that humanity is in danger. What has been done in the name of dealing with this problem is that the basic point of the danger has been subsumed in a side argument as to why it is happening, rather than what we can do about it. The most important human questions in life are “what”, “how” and “who”, rather than “why” which is always open to conjecture that solves little.
We know from the various earth sciences that climate change has been plaguing the Earth throughout its entire history. About 10,000 years ago the sea level began to rise and overran coastlines throughout the world. During medieval times there were periods of mini Ice Ages that put the world in a deep freeze causing untold human agony. A year ago I wrote about this problem here as I discussed how rising see levels would inundate many of humanities coastal settlements. A year later further evidence of this coming sea level rise, which I’ll present below, has been reported. This alone is a problem that if not dealt with soon will bring devastation upon all of humanity, except perhaps for the pigs whose wealth insulates them from the problems of the common human. We must take steps to devise solutions for this issue. With humanity though, just as settlements beneath active volcanoes continue to be rebuilt after the lava flow has subsided, economic selfishness will probably prevent humans from planning to ameliorate the coming disaster.
“CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.
Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That’s the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings, enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating.
In the worst case scenario, Antarctica’s melt could push sea levels up 10 feet (3 meters) worldwide in a century or two, recurving heavily populated coastlines. Parts of Antarctica are melting so rapidly it has become “ground zero of global climate change without a doubt,” said Harvard geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica.
Here on the Antarctic peninsula, where the continent is warming the fastest because the land sticks out in the warmer ocean, 49 billion tons of ice (nearly 45 billion metric tons) are lost each year, according to NASA. The water warms from below, causing the ice to retreat on to land, and then the warmer air takes over. Temperatures rose 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) in the last half century, much faster than Earth’s average, said Ricardo Jana, a glaciologist for the Chilean Antarctic Institute.” You can read the rest of “Glacial Melting In Antartica Makes the Continent ‘Ground Zero’ in Climate Change” here.