The climate is changing.
During the past million years, carbon dioxide levels oscillated between 200 and 300 parts per million. The state of Earth’s ecology was accustomed to surviving in this particular atmospheric equilibrium.
Equilibrium is not the present condition.
The concentration of carbon dioxide has been rising sharply over the past century. Today the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is well over 400 parts per million.
There is no sanity in debating the numbers. The concentration of carbon dioxide is higher than it’s been in a million years. Believing the atmosphere is changing within its range of equilibrium does not make it so.
The scientific fact is that the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere today is forty-seven percent higher than its million - year average.
What does the fact of rising carbon dioxide levels mean? Is it inconsequential? It does not appear trivial.
The earth’s atmosphere and its oceans are strongly related. A rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations equates a rise is dissolved oceanic carbonic acid. Each year, the amount of carbon dioxide dissolved into the oceans increases by two billion tons.
In the past century the ocean surface waters have become forty seven percent more acidic. As the atmospheric carbon dioxide levels increase, the oceanic pH level decreases. Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, compounded with increased levels of other greenhouse gasses, correlate to in increasing global temperature average.
The Earth is getting warmer. The global temperature has risen about one degree in the past century. This warming is accelerating. Each passing year will likely be the warmest to be recorded. This trend, on a long enough time scale, will certainly be fatal to life on this planet.
However, human life may not survive to be baked to death, it may perish from the perils of the storm preceding. As temperatures rise, glaciers and ice shelves melt. The disappearing ice can be seen from space. Antarctica and Greenland are loosing ice mass at an ever-escalating rate.
This melting ice causes ocean levels to rise. New Orleans will be the next Atlantis. Venice and the Maldives will disappear. Global coastlines will recede. The available landmass will shrink. Human environmental refugees will flee flooded and scorched earth to seek better land elsewhere.
Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires will become more frequent and more devastating. These will destabilize the economies and disrupt the agricultural infrastructures of the unfortunate communities directly struck by these calamities. This will, in turn, exacerbate the environmental refugee situation.
The natural world will strain to survive in the face of rapid ecological changes. Acidic oceans will spill dead fish over the beaches. Species will go extinct. Pollinators will die off and leave flowers to wither. Crops will strain to grow and fail to fruit. Widespread famine and water shortages are likely.
These things are already taking place currently in some parts of the world. You may have seen them on TV. This is the reality, the storm is here, it is underway, and it will grow with intensity. These calamities have already ravaged the earth before. The current Holocene extinction event is the sixth on record. The harbingers we see are not a novel phenomenon.
This is the future that is laid out before us as a result of the disruption of the atmospheric equilibrium.
The climate is changing due to massive amounts of carbon being released into the atmosphere by the machine of industrialism and societal consumerism.
I wonder who benefits from this steady march towards disaster. Who will swing in with the magic cure and reap the benefits of the impending calamity?
We see consent and complacency being manufactured every day in the political world. Attacks are used to justify wars. The threat of danger is leveraged to push some long-held agenda.
Perhaps the existential threat of climate change is being pushed forward by large corporations on behalf of some shadowy organization. This shadow organization, or an extension of it, will then supply the cure for the chaos they created, leveraging it for some form of control.
The mass extinction can be stalled so long as the human race bends their will to the seemingly beneficent savior.
If there is no organization working to capitalize on the fear and panic created by the climate crisis, I would think the laws of the world to be turned on their head.
For this reason, I am not terribly worried about the existential threat of climate change. There will be measures taken to drastically reduce our emissions and transition to clean renewable energy sources. The looming threat will accelerate this process.
Depending on how maleficent the shadow organisation’s true objective, the crisis may continue so far as a truly apocalyptic situation. With the global population in true disarray the power that promises order and safety will be able to easily gain compliance from the frightened masses.
The most valuable resource on earth is not water or oil, but people. Humans themselves can be coerced into systems of slavery that can propel large objectives forward. Harnessing the power of human beings would be a reasonable goal of the shadow organization. Leveraging the existential threat of climate change seems like a logical tactic to arrest control of the population.
How, if at all, is the individual to avoid further subjugation. The current economic and social systems employ billions of humans, generating revenue and manpower for larger directives. What are these larger directives and can they be classified with respect to their treatment of humans?
Globalization as a trend will continue until a single supreme power controls the resources (including people) of the planet. This control may be hidden if masquerading as several fronts that push forward larger directives through conflict. The military-industrial complex benefits from the ceaseless wars abroad and uses them to boost production of arms and munitions. etc.