Not only does it now look like we're past the point of no return with climate change after our global failure to curb the use of fossil fuels, it's also looking far more extreme than could have been predicted
The polar bear is often used as a symbol of how climate change is progressing; their habitat is disappearing from around them, melting away, and they aren't able to adapt fast enough to start to new terrain and diet, even though they're very capable of eating a wide variety of foods, they just don't know yet and while their home is disappearing, grizzly bears and other more adaptable creatures are moving in.
Our emotional attachment to these beautiful creatures shouldn't be the motive for realising the threat we've collectively brought upon ourselves; it should underline instead the seriousness of the situation. If powerful, sturdy creatures are disappearing as quickly as their habitat, then frail, tubby creatures like ourselves who have forgotten how to hunt and farm anything that takes more effort than piercing a film and putting it into the microwave... we're going to find it difficult.
They now predict that the Thames Barrier will fail within a century. We're crippled by the summer's fire and the winter's frost at once. Is it really that wise that the response to the credit crunch is to prop up the banks who hamstrung us with greed and to bail out the industries that are destroying our world. Meanwhile, we're told that changing our lightbulbs will save the world. How many homes would have to recycle, insulate and switch everything off to offset the damage brought about by our industries?
The distance between ice shelf and solid ground is growing. We can't keep treading water and hoping for the best.
The world is a beautiful place with an astonishing ability to sustain life no matter what. If bees and butterflies survived the extinction event at the KT boundary, you can be sure that there'll be plenty of life left in this world once we've messed it up. The question is whether any of it will include our bald, fatty bipedal species.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Global Warming "Underestimated"