Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Climate change? There ain't no climate change
It's estimated that 50 million people will migrate to the North by 2020 to avoid starvation due to the change in climate. We're seeing the beginnings of it right now. Notice an influx of people from the African continent in your northern European country? We don't really notice it much in the U.S. because we have so many coming here for education. The last big migration I've noticed was with the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 90s. And of course there's always been an influx of Mexican and those from South America. The only problems with that are when immigration locates too many of them to one area straining a town's resources. If it's done right nobody really notices. I forget the exact numbers but in the late 70s and early 80s a whole bunch of folks from Southeast Asia came here but they were neatly spread out across the U.S. Now we'll face a rapidly growing number of people moving just to survive much like the potato famine in Ireland of the 1800s.
You'd think that we would have learned something in the last 200 years about human survival but I guess not. We tend to deny events until they become a disaster. The other day I was throwing out a bunch of furniture and clothing at work. The thought crossed my mind how people are literally starving in other countries while I was there throwing away a country piece by piece. The insanity of it all.
People tend to deny what's about to happen much like we take the weatherman with a grain of salt but based of all the scientific evidence we're in for some real changes. Never in the last few hundred years has anyone been able to circumnavigate the Northwest Passage. Countries are fighting to claim areas for oil drilling near the Arctic once totally covered in ice. And waterfront villages in Malaysia are now underwater. People can adapt to many things but when there's major shifts in climate and weather patterns on a large scale all the planning would be for naught. And if you thought the Gulf oil spill was a big deal you ain't seen nothing yet. But rather than a big quick event this will swallow us slowly like a snake with us barely realizing it.
But the real issue is what this will do to our food supplies. With weather patterns changing you can get drought in one area and monsoons in others. We saw a taste of it in Australia. This isn't about opinion it's about facts. I think I'd trust a few hundred scientists over a politician with an alterior motive any day.