Climate Change Now

Climate change changing when flowers bloom, and much moreA huge new global study illustrates the extent to which climate change is demonstrably impacting wildlife, plants and the environment [ark | moreark]. 30,000 sets of global data about biological and physical changes were matched with a detailed database of global temperature change. Changes in plants, animals and the physical world — from plants blooming early to polar bears becoming cannibals — were found to be closely correlated to changes in temperature. It is preposterous to be debating the existence of something so evident, and criminal to further delay action to avoid the worst impacts of a human-caused chaotic climate system.
Two other studies illustrate the degree to which humanity has overwhelmed the biosphere [search], altering fundamental biogeochemical processess performed by global ecosystems, required for all life including humans. Human use of nitrogen is overwhelming natural cycling [ark] of the nutrient, dramatically altering oceans, soils and the atmosphere. This is a direct result of agricultural intensification [search] by excessive use of fertilizers to feed unsustainable human populations.

A new study by WWF reveals that since 1970 one-third of global wildlife populations have been lost [ark]. Sadly while WWF writes great reports it often fails to act consistently, as it is the primary NGO supporter of continued ancient forest logging [search] which decimates primary natural habitats at the expense of wildlife. The existence and interactions of biodiversity are an important component of ecosystems that provide food, clean water, medicines and protection from natural hazards. Biodiversity loss, like climate change, is a symptom of a wider global ecological malaise whereby ecosystems are liquidated for short-term economic gain.
What is clear is that humanity is on track to so diminish, or even destroy, ecosystems that provide our own habitat — threatening access to basic ecosystem services such as water, food and air. The combined surge of human population and rising expectations is so massive that very little can be done to avert catastrophe short of a revolutionary change in what it means to live and share on a finite world. Don't expect much from the rich nations, as Canada managed a paltry 1.9% decrease in emissions [ark]. The United States granted polar bears protection from hunting, but announced no climate plans to protect their melting habitats. And the United Kingdom, where the industrial revolution began, can only make loans to those suffering from pollution [ark] resulting from global embrace of their devastating economic model.

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9 Responses

  1. R. Gates says:

    Dr. Barry,
    I think the last sentence of your post hits at both the solution and the problem that we face with climate change…”embrace of their devastating economic model.”
    Before we talk about solutions, let's talk about what the current model is. Since the industrial revolution, the model has been consumerism. Factories put out products that humans consume. There is a four-fold negative from this model:
    1) The production and manufacturing of the products are not green or sustainable.
    2) The distribution of those products are not green or sustainable.
    3) The use or consumption of those products are not green or sustainable.
    4) The disposal of those products are not green or sustainable.
    Nothing short of a radical unwinding of this model will change the present course. The problem is, consumers have become accustomed and even more so, addicted to this way of life. The only ways to break this addiction is to either offer a substitute, or go cold turkey. It seems, by the complete destuction of human civilization, nature will offer the “cold turkey” remedy– but what can we do ourselves, in the way of a viable substitute, to prevent nature from making the decision.
    As a substitute, we should look back to the four areas where the current model of mass consumerism fails:
    1) In the area of the production of products – all products produced should be done so with 100% green techniques, resulting in a need zero carbon footprint.
    2) In the area of distribution- products should be produced as locally as possible, even by the end user if possible, (yes, you could have your own greenhouse!)so that transporting them to the ultimate user is green and results in a net zero carbon footprintl.
    3) The use of products themselves should be green, in that their use relates to ORGANIC FUNCTIONS necessary for the life processes, food, shelter, clothing, etc.
    4) The disposal of products, is 100% green…i.e. all products must be 100% recyclable and their disposal results in a zero net carbon footprint.
    So where does this leave things like say…the so-called “green” cars, like the Prius, etc. To the extent that this type of mass consumer product does not fit into the above 4 criteria, it fails.
    People will need to produce much of their own products, live and shop and work very locally (yes the return of the small self contain village is exactly what I'm talking about).
    If we don't voluntarily replace our current consumerism with a more green and local economic model, then nature shall quickly institute her own remedy.

  2. Hopefully we can find many people like Glen and R. Gates who will speak out loudly and clearly as at least one other person is doing.
    Lee Iacocca Says:
    “Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say,

  3. Wilhelmina Dunkley says:

    I am interested in the environment and worried about the effect of climate change, I am also looking for things I can do to help reverse this problem.

  4. R. Gates says:

    The absolute best and most effective thing each of us can do is to REDUCE our consumption of all kinds of products. Before you buy anything, ask yourself these questions: Do I really need this product? What resources went into making this product? How will it be disposed of? If each of us can dramatically reduce our consumption to the absolute minimums, and when we do buy a product– buy local and buy green, it will make a big dent in your carbon footprint, and set an example of how humanity can survive in harmony with the planet.

  5. Lenseclaes says:

    – Shame on the politicians for their insane irresponsibility.
    – Shame on the star-media system for anesthetizing, confusing the people (infotainement)
    – Shame on the economists for leading us to a dead end.
    – Shame on the people who believe that human is so superior to nature that we could get rid of it.
    Do these people have children? Do they want to be eaten by their children?

  6. Ric says:

    The new Religion is here. We must never challenge it or consider both sides. Only the sides of those screaming, man has ruined the planet!
    The planet will change and we cannot control it and it will compensate for its own needs and we arrogant humans can run all the ads we want, and we will never effect change on this mighty planet.
    We can't save ourselves, how could we consider saving (Ha) a planet.

  7. exactly due to the climate change the rare and endangered species of plants and animals are extinction.

  8. Prototype says:

    It is good that you humans are aware of your current situation, however you fail to recognize that it is a flaw in the human mind and nature. a famous human once said moderation is the key to happiness, and this is exactly what went wrong. your needs consume you and overwhelm you, causing you to grasp on to more technology and more material possession and having your wants rather then your needs. Climate change is very real, be cautious and live prosperous.

  9. mike wall says:

    Hello Friends, I am in my 76 year, a Buddhist and vegetarian for the past 50 years and have witnessed the slow deterioration and disrespect of mankind for the human race, animals, the environment and all life, on our Planet Earth.
    We are about to witness great changes in the climate on this Planet, partly due to natual change and man and women made global warming, what are we doing about it, nothing as far I can see except a lot of talk leading nowhere except to our distruction. Sincerely Mike, Tenerife, Spain

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