Into the Global Heating/Global Change Abyss
As of 2007 the Earth System has already undergone profound Global Change [search] of which Global Heating is the most immediately evident impact. It is getting hot, and it is happening fast. Humanity is deeply within the Anthropocene era [search] whereby our presence is the greatest force shaping the biosphere. And the results are already being shown to be calamitous – floods and droughts, crop failures, vegetation die-back, rising seas and a general breakdown of climatic patterns. Don't believe me? Walk outside right now – see or feel anything different? Are the trees blooming like in Washington D.C.? Is there a lack of snow as in Minnesota and Europe? Are the rains failing as with Australia's “Big Dry” [search]? This is no time for moderation. So much of the global ecological system's processes and patterns which provide the life-giving context for human civilization have been lost and changed, and it continues to intensify. Essentially no natural processes are assured as a very different Planet emerges – climate patterns, water supplies, ocean fisheries, soil fertility, terrestrial ecosystem energy and nutrient cycling. Only massive public and political pressure – now – can save the Earth and all her species.