Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Climate ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

by Doug Craig
In my previous blog, I sought inspiration from one of my childhood heroes, the original space oddity, David Bowie, as I sought to focus on just a few of the millions of climate changes happening throughout our world as we deliberately and permanently alter a planet on which we (geologically) just arrived, moments ago. In my imagining, the man who fell to earth invites us to consider the rather insane changes we are unleashing haphazardly and blindly on a world that existed quite happily without us for over 4 billion years and likely looks forward to doing so again. According to Earthweek, we now have more evidence that "far more serious consequences to climate change could be in Earth's future than just warmer temperatures" as "melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is making it easier for toxic chemicals stored in the polar region to escape into the air."

And "global warming could cause changes in the water cycle that threaten to alter stream acidity worldwide." And "an unprecedented number of forest fires are likely to occur around the planet unless global warming is not curbed through significant reduction in carbon emissions in the near future." And "global warming is also pushing ocean temperatures to record highs, causing extensive coral reef damage. Further damage as the oceans warm even more could destroy the marine food chain."

Sing it with me now: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the strange
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