This Isn’t ‘the New Normal’ for Climate Change — That Will Be Worse
For years, we’ve conceived of climate change in terms of sea level, meaning it was often possible to believe its devastating impacts would be felt mostly by those living elsewhere, on the coasts; extreme weather seems poised to break that delusion, beginning with hurricanes.
It has continuously amazed me that we have had all of that crap on TV about sea level rise. Computer simulations of New York with 20 feet of water.
But I do not doubt that we will have altered weather affecting food production long before we get a 6 foot rise in sea level. Suppose food production drops so much that the government makes it illegal to export food.
Not knowing how bad it could get is scarier than what we are sure of which ain’t much.
True enough, accumulating compounding interest in the natural world and cascading consequences, it’s a bitch.
This is a trajectory, a vector, in motion ain’t stopping anytime soon. We should have paid attention when a little adjustments could have made vast difference.
Accumulating compounding interest and all.
Today is the best day of the rest of your life, enjoy it for all its worth.
The disasters to areas and to people we are familiar with makes the most impact. The Napa Valley fires, and coming floods, wow, that beautiful sensuous country,
fire scars heal, but, like that article alludes to, this is going to be followed by more erratic heat waves, droughts, torrential rains and snows, floods,
quick flush of green that dries out and here we go again. I got to spend a few months over a period of a year in Yountville a couple years back.
Got to do a lot bike riding, walking around, taking in that 5star beauty everywhere one looked.
yes grieving knowing that the good times were coming to an end.
That these valleys next to the Pacific Ocean were going to change very radically over the next decades.
The beautiful wineries, tourist spots and boutiques and all that glitzy entitlement, was going to get kicked in the ass.
Unfortunately, it was also going to kick the landscape and rhythms of its incredibly beautiful and bountiful biosphere in the ass.
This isn’t the first punch and there will be many more.
I first got to know the area during a couple years in the 70s with a fresh driver’s license in my pocket,
so beautiful so eternal it seemed.
So young and foolish I was.
Heck I even thought people and society would take the science of global warming serious and embrace not just minimizing fossil fuels burning but also
getting serious about birth control, and most sinful consider a general reduction consumption and focus on quality living.
It was a matter of physical and mathematical certainty even if the exact speed of this vector couldn’t be foretold.
With more attention spent getting to understand Earth so that we could work with her natural processes rather than against them.
Well not so much against Earth,
against our biosphere and future generations,
Earth seems to handle catastrophes rather well,
even if it takes thousands and millions of years to sort things out.
Then considering all the wannabe terrorists trump administration is nurturing, pissed on and pissed off people driven to crazy-ville
and realizing that with a little bitty fire in the right place, at the right time could produce unspeakable terror and revenge, living nightmare its turning into.