SVANTE ARRHENIUS: CLIMATE CHANGE AND DAN MARTIN
(The following is an exert taken right out of the book)
In 1896, S. Arrhenius wrote in his paper on the influence of carbonic acid (CO2) in the air and its effect on ground temperatures, that atmospheric CO2 was actually increasing. This was later confirmed in the 1930s, with the development of precise measuring equipment. In the 1970s, NASA announced we were entering into a global warming/cooling cycle. By the end of the 1990s, it was finally widely accepted (but not unanimously so) that the Earth’s surface air temperature had warmed significantly over the past century. Before this, however, the idea of polar ice caps three times the mass of Everest melting in our lifetime was derided among the public and scientific communities. There’s more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere today than in the last 45million years, far beyond anything natural, which is why we’re seeing the increased temperatures. As of the publishing of this book, millions of gallons of water melt off glaciers around the world every day as a direct response to these warmer temps.
The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference has just released its findings showing that this year’s climate change alone is directly responsible for over 21,000 deaths, which is double from that of last year. This includes record- breaking climate-causing disasters, record temperatures, floods, and a notable increase in sea level. This year has registered 770 meteorological phenomena: 53.7°C temperatures in Pakistan, which is the highest temperature ever registered in all of Asia, and 46°F in the ‘coldest’ regions of Russia, which is causing numerous brush fires and destroying 26% of Russia’s agricultural wheat fields. If this trend continues, the outcome would end in one of two possible scenarios:
- The entire southern and northern ice caps melt. If this occurs, we’d see the ocean rise more than 200 feet, 70% of the towns, cities and major cities around the world would be completely underwater. This is known as the Great Flood and is already occurring in Bangladesh, where 20 million people are about to be homeless as sea waters rise; Papua New Guinea, where entire communities have already been displaced by the rising ocean; the Philippines, which state 80% of the saltwater is already overflowing into the community; Barbados, who reports that rises in sea levels are currently threatening settlements, living conditions and the economy; Kiribati, where many of the 94,000 people living in villages have already been relocated because of climate change; Egypt, where rising seas threaten much of the country’s infrastructure and development; Tuvalu, as stated in Tree Hugger magazine, “home to some 10,000 people, the group of atolls and reefs is barely two meters above sea level. A 1989 U.N. report predicted that, at the current rate the ocean is rising, Tuvalu could vanish in the next 30 to 50 years;” and, of course, Maldives, which made global news last year as some parts of the nation are already entirely submerged. According to calculations, the country could be completely underwater by 2012.
- The United States, Canada, Europe, and the rest of the northern hemisphere could abruptly fall into an ice age as soon as 2012. As millions of gallons of cold, fresh water melt off of the north polar ice cap and Greenland glaciers, pouring into the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf Stream (which is responsible for our summers) will fairly quickly come to a complete halt, eventually triggering an all-out new ice age in as little as 2 to 3 years.
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