Friday, May 29, 2015
Global climate models (GCMs) predict that increases in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will result in increases in global temperature, and a direct manifestation of the global warming will be unusually long and intense heat waves. Many countries around the world have experienced unusually intense heat waves in the last several decades, including India which experienced unprecedented heat waves in 2007 and 2010, the latter heat wave resulting in over 3000 deaths. Now, eight years later, global warming has produced an even more severe heat wave in India, resulting the death of over 1500 people so far. Some people think the death toll associated with the current heat wave in India may actually have caused many more deaths then reported, because heat waves tend to disproportionately kill elderly people whose cause of death is usually attributed to their age rather then the heat wave. By comparison, an unprecedented heat wave in Europe in 2003 is thought to have caused the deaths of up to 70,000 people, the vast majority of them being elderly.
Killer heat waves are one of the most obvious manifestations of global warming. The instrumental data clearly shows that extreme heat waves are occurring more often and with greater intensity then seen in the past, consistent with global warming predictions.
The global weather data collected so far this shows that 2015 is on track to be the hottest year seen on earth since instrumental records began to be recorded. As more and more CO2 accumualtes in the atmosphere the earth will inevitably become even warmer, and with the hotter temperatures will come thousands and tens of thousands more deaths in India and other countries caused by global warming inducing more and more heat waves in the decades to come
And there's only way to stop it---- planetary geoengineering is the only possible way to counteract global warming.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Recently President Obama gave a speech at the Coast Guard Academy in which he told the young Coast Guard cadets that global climate change was a national security threat to the United States and exhorted them to use their time in the Coast Guard to fight global warming. While I appreciate the President's zeal in giving speeches about global warming, I have to question his judgement on this occasion.
What exactly is it that President Obama expect the Coast Guard to do about global warming?
Does he want the Coast Guard to sail their ships on patrols along the coastline of the United States and then to intercept global warming before it can come ashore? Does he want the Coast Guard to keep watch from their ships for global warming and radio warnings back to Washington DC when they encounter it? What in heck can they do?
The fact of the matter is that the US Department of Defense, of which the Coast Guard is part, is one of the largest CAUSES of global warming on the planet. Every time an Air Force plane takes off, or an Army tank rolls by, or a Coast Guard ship cruises out to sea, they are burning fossil fuels and releasing CO2 and CAUSING global warming.
The only way for the Coast Guard to fight global warming is for it to greatly reduce its activities or even stop being the Coast Guard altogether and never go to sea again. And thats not going to happen.
Lets face facts.... Even if the Coast Guard shut down, and the US Air Force mothballed all its planes, and every American turned off his car and pledged to bike to work for the rest of his life---even if the entire USA simply disappeared in a big magic POOF!, it wouldn't be enough to stop global warming. CO2 emissions in China are growing so rapidly that they would entirely replace the missing US emissions in just seven years. And now India is starting to grow even more rapidly then China.
Thats why it is so important to develop effective methods of climate geoengineering that will remove CO2 from the atmosphere. ----We're going to need it.