You may not believe in it, but it apparently believes in you. According to a new federal scientific report, the National Climate Assessment, all the pollution we have put into the air is the main cause of the churning disaster story that America has become recently. From the floods that hammered Florida to the heat-baked wild fires that are scorching the West, the chemical mix we have put into our atmosphere is changing the way we go about our daily lives, and we can expect more of it unless changes are made.
“[Extreme weather anomalies] are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond.”
In the report, the scientists claim that the wild weather has caused a substantial amount of turmoil in how we do our day to day business, such as the 100 tornadoes that touched down in April of 2012, following 289 tornadoes that hit America in April of the previous year.
Nature doesn’t stop at tornadoes when it comes to punishing humans for their laziness either. Nailed with the heaviest rains in 130 years, the Florida panhandle was inundated with over 2 feet of rain in just over a day. Seven states, including Texas, have been under threat of wildfire this month alone, and as the temperatures heat up, the number of states having to prepare for such emergencies is expected to grow exponentially.
“We’re still on the pathway to more damage and danger of the type that are described in great detail in the rest of this report,” stated Henry Jacoby, study co-author and co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the Institute of Technology in Massachusetts.
His voice joins others in both the scientific community and in the White House that say the report is the most detailed and U.S.-focused document to date on “global disruption,” the newest name put on global warming.
The report does say there is still time to avert the worst of what these new changes to our atmosphere can bring, and the White House is using the recommendations to try to bolster more action from the House and Senate, which have been well-known for blocking any kind of effort to deter the advancement of national pollution issues.
“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience.”
What comes from above appears to come from below, as well, when it comes to climate change. The lack of rain and drier grounds in some areas of America are causing giant sinkholes to swallow up homes, resorts and roadways. Some believe that climate change is also responsible for the recent activity in Yellowstone Park, home to a gigantic super-cauldron.
According to the National Resource Defense Council, (NRDC), the mosquito-borne virus, Dengue Fever has now spread to more than 28 states, due directly to the increase in temperature and change in rain patterns caused by climate change; claiming as the summers grow longer, “these insects can remain active for longer seasons and in wider areas, greatly increasing the risk for people who live there.”
So we have the sky battering us with tornadoes and floods, the ground attacking us with fires and sinkholes, and nature itself ready to wipe us back into the stone age with plague-like viruses. Is there any good news this report can show us about climate change? Fortunately the answer is yes. Scientists from around the globe have been working to try to fix the many problems that have risen since our climate has taken a turn for the worse. The Obama administration is eager to get the projects rolling, while moving away from foolish projects of the past that included putting trillions of mirrors out into space to reflect light away from our planet. Scientists have come up with some very sound and ingenious ways to tackle the many problems associated with climate change, putting common sense, not daydreams, into how they approach it.
For example, Biologist Allan Savory is making great headway at stopping the desertification of the planet, where the dry heat and blowing wind breaks down soil into sand. Twenty- year-old Boyan Slat has devised a way to clean the oceans using very little manpower. His idea can also create green energy to power itself as well as coastal communities. Economist Tim Jackson speaks of why many of these crucial programs are not put into place, even when the cost is very small.
For the moment, however, it seems all those nasty storms and flooding will be commonplace for Americans. Businesses will have to adjust to fewer workers as traversing the roadways become more and more dangerous. Families will have to be concerned about loved ones going off into areas that are being hit the hardest. And if we don’t want our children and grandchildren to grow up in the life we are just starting to live in, everyone will need to take the advice the report offers…to take a much greater responsibility for the planet you live on, to stand up against those who do not wish to stop polluting because it would cost them too much, (though we still have to pay our fines if we litter), and remember that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If all we do is party away today, there is going to be far more to clean up tomorrow.
And to those politicians that say the problem is too big to fix, I offer the words of a very wise woman, my mother.
“Here’s a broom and dustpan. Start working, it will get smaller as you do.”
Lots of data shows climate change isn’t real as long as the only sources you cite are soda commercials starring polar bears.
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) May 6, 2014
— Mashable (@mashable) May 6, 2014