Glaciers are Melting Fast, So Why Does It Matter?

Melting glaciers threatens tap waterThe world's glaciers are melting faster [ark | moreark] than any time in the past 5,000 years as a result of global heating. Huge population centers, particularly in South Asia and Latin America, depend upon glacial fed water sources [search]. As these glaciers melt we can expect hundreds of millions of people to be threatened with drying water sources, rising seas, failing crops, mass migration and resulting conflict.
Ecosystems [search] matter. To speak of economics, energy policy or other aspect of human endeavour is totally meaningless without them. Natural habitats and their ecosystems [search] provide not only water — but also soil, pollinators, carbon storage and many other processes — upon which life depends.
Loss of glaciers as a result of climate change is going to devastate river systems and their attendant watersheds and ecosystems. We have entered a vicious cycle where ecosystems are destroyed for resources, causing climate change, which results in more ecosystem destruction and so forth. To speak of additional resource utilization from dwindling ecosystems — such as biofuels from trees — is remarkably disconnected from what ecological science tells us regarding how the Earth System [search] works and threat it faces.

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  1. Perhaps it matters the glaciers are melting is a sign to the family of humanity that something is happening, something resulting from distinctly human “overgrowth” activities that are recklessly driving economic globalization to precipitate some sort of colossal ecological wreckage.
    What could be happening?
    Perhaps powerful people and huge human institutions are driving the relentless, and soon to be unsustainable, expansion of the global political economy, that is requiring unbridled increases of economic production/distribution capabilities, conspicuously unrestrained per-capita consumption of resources and the continuous growth of absolute global human population numbers.
    But why?
    As we having been observing in recent months, another huge “bubble” has been “manufactured” by economic powerbrokers and allowed to grow ominously within the world economy. Not unexpectedly, the sub prime “bubble” is doing now what bubbles eventually do. Bubbles burst. We can readily observe how the credit markets of the world banking system are seizing up, stocks are tumbling and the value of the dollar is sinking. Who knows, a financial meltdown of the economic system worldwide could be in the offing.
    How could this be happening?
    For a moment, let us consider that the organizers, managers and Wall Street whiz kids overseeing the global economy (and the unraveling of the worldwide sub prime swindle) are running the artificially designed economy of the human community as a pyramid scheme. This is to say straightforwardly that the international financial system is being operated so that most of the wealth rises pyramidally into the hands of a small minority of people at the top of the world economy where this wealth is accumulated and consolidated endlessly. At the same time, the vast majority of people on Earth, near the bottom of the global economic pyramid, are left with very little wealth. In the 1980s, this global financial operation was called a “trickle down” economy. We have been told over and over again how this economic scheme “raises all ships.” From this limited scope of observation, the billion people living on resources valued at less than one dollar per day and the additional 2.7 billion people being sustained on two dollars per day of resources in 2008 appear to be stuck in squalid conditions. The 'ships' carrying these billions of people do not appear to be lifting them out of poverty.
    Could anything be done to beneficially change these unfair, inequitable and, in so many billions of instances, intolerable circumstances?
    Of course. There is plenty to do. The global economy is undeniably a manmade construction. Because the world's economy is a product of human activity, our economic system is known to one and all to be imperfect. Afterall, human beings can better themselves and their imperfect products can be ameliorated. Only works of God are perfect, I suppose. With this in mind, if it is so that the human economy is imperfect, it is just as obvious that the global economy of the family of humanity can be re-designed, modified and otherwise changed, as necessary. The system of economic globalization can be reorganized, “downsized” and “powered down” so that the global economy meets the primary needs of majority of people. In this way, the economy of the human community could be sustainably reconstructed so as to realize more fully and more equitably the principles of democracy.
    What are the principles of sustainable ENVIRONMENTAL ECO:NOMICS?
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001

  2. zephyr says:

    I like that.

  3. Alice Emly says:

    Someone needs to do something about global warming, we went down to the Florida Keys last week and some of the hotels are closed because the ocean water is 4 inches deep in some of the hotel rooms.

  4. karen says:

    what actions are people taking on glaciers.the good and the are they copping with this problem and how can they over come it?

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