Friday, September 13, 2017
Several stories have popped up recently which have global warming detractors crying, "I told you so!"
Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure". They attributed the disaster to extensive sea ice late in the summer.
That, and recent satellite measurements by NASA has shown that sea levels have fallen since last year across the planet, instead of rising which is what would happen if global warming were melting the polar ice caps.
In the face of these stories I will say something I have said before because it bears repeating; it doesn't matter if global warming is actually occurring or not. Scroll down to find out why.
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Stories like these highlight the fact that man-made global warming is still a theory, as the detractors are fond of pointing out.
But it is not important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels and other industrial poisons because the average global temperature may or may not rise several degrees in the next 50 to a hundred years, altering ecosystems worldwide.
It IS important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels because industrial poisons will kill the planet.
The proof of that is all around us. Acid rain, deforestation, desertification, poisoned water, ocean acidification, entire species being wiped out of existence, droughts, the food chain being disrupted from micro-organisms on up, increases in the rates of respiratory diseases, cancer, infertility, soil erosion, toxic waste seepage and even more subtle crises like the economic impact of a finite and dwindling natural resources.
There are dozens of environmental crises that have the potential to kill us (or at least drastically alter life as we know it) way before global warming may or may not have an effect.
The only solution is to find renewable and most importantly safer alternatives to the resources and the methods we are using now.