The New Normal

The cards have been dealt and we need to flip them over to look at the effects of the global warming, but statistics say that the 1st decade of the 21st century has already been the warmest ever.  It is time for all of us to honk our horns on this issue, to gain the necessary attention, as it is better to be safe than sorry.  I think that global warming will pluck us out of the pan and throw us right into the fire.  Extreme weather events are going to become the new normal in this world that continues to warm up and on Friday the 5th of July Anchorage Alaska hit an official 90 degrees for the first time on record.  Whether you call it global warming or climate change, it has become the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.

They are actually two different things as global warming applies to the long-term trend of rising average global temperatures, while climate change is a broader term that reflects the fact that carbon pollution does more than just warm our planet.  Carbon pollution is also changing rain and snow patterns and increasing the risk of intense storms and droughts.  The greenhouse effect is warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.  Humans have increased carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere by more than a third since the Industrial Revolution began.  This is the most important long-lived forcing of climate change.

On Earth, human activities are to blame for creating the greenhouse effect.  Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).  This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2.  To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases.  Carbon dioxide levels have risen from 280 parts per million to 400 parts per million in the last 150 years.  Venus has about 154,000 times as much carbon dioxide in its atmosphere than Earth does and this accounts for its average surface temperature being 864° Fahrenheit or 462° Celsius, which is hot enough to melt lead.

A 500-year flood isn’t necessarily something that happens once every five hundred years, rather a 500-year flood is an event that has a 1 in 500 chance of occurring in any given year.  We must take immediate action to address global warming or these consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet.  Global warming is already having significant and harmful effects on our communities, on our health and our climate.  Sea level rise is accelerating, the number of large wildfires are growing, dangerous heat waves are becoming more common, extreme storm events are increasing and more severe droughts are occurring.  A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events.  However with Trump in charge, White House officials have stopped scientific information on climate change from being submitted in a written testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, 6 July 2019 hosted by weejars aka Sarah and our challenge is to use the three onomatopoeia words “Pluck, Honk and Flip”.

4 thoughts on “The New Normal

  1. “…with Trump in charge, White House officials have stopped scientific information on climate change from being submitted in a written testimony….” I don’t know if humanity will survive much beyond his presidency, given how he has rolled back so many environmental protections and continues to aggressively promote fossil fuels while lying about alternates (green) energy sources. Well, humans had a good run, I suppose.

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