A series of stories are leading to a disturbing conclusion that nature may not be an ally, but an all too willing partner in the coming Global Climate Catastrophe, at least as far as human civilization is concerned. More and more evidence is coming to light that as human accelerated Global Warming, Or Anthropogenic Global Warming, AGW, environmental thresholds are reached. Each of these thresholds marks a tripwire in which the environment itself becomes the driver in AGW. Rather like a campfire which grows to become a firestorm, out of control, wholly independent and feeding itself from multiple sources, in which the terrain, atmosphere and forest (or homes) all become partners in the process.
Recent articles in earthtimes.org and Nature discussed the accelerated expulsion of carbon from the soil as Global temperatures increase. 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. It is evidence that those thresholds or triggers are being reached. In the Nature article, Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration rates enhanced by microbial community response, taken from a number of studies discusses findings that “warming induced stimulation of soil microbial respiration rates could increase soil carbon dioxide emissions and hence induce a positive climate feedback effect…” and that, “…substantial carbon stores in Arctic and boreal soils could be more vulnerable to climate warming than currently predicted.” In other words the environment maintains stores of carbon which would otherwise be loosed to the atmosphere, making it warmer and less hospitable to life.
Satellite imagery recorded a record low in Arctic Sea ice in 2012. This year, due to continuing record low levels of sea ice more than 35,000 walrus came ashore in Alaska. The phenomenon was first reported in 2007, but the numbers this year are unprecedented. Alaska in 2014 recorded an unusually warm winter. Additional evidence also has emerged from previously unrealized effects of global climate change in Greenland which shows it is more vulnerable than previously believed. It is estimated that melting of Greenland glaciers releases 200gigatons of fresh water into the oceans annually. Antarctic is melting at a vastly accelerated rate as well, and though sea ice covers a wider area around Antarctic this year, it is feared that warming of the continent has spread ice over the wider area. There is also concern that it is the result of fresh water melting from glaciers. Fresh water freezes much easier than salt water. Fresh water and Sea water do not mix, but instead form layers and disrupts currents which in turn drives and affects weather. Rising sea levels will also impact aquifers, contaminating ground water essential for human consumption, crops and livestock. One can imagine the ramifications to society, the economy and instability worldwide.
Rush Limbaugh yesterday was cheering the absence of hurricanes striking Florida in the last 9 years, ignoring, of course, hurricane Sandy and other powerful storms striking Mexico or affecting the Atlantic. Lost to Limbaugh, and others how think narrowly in terms of the weather exactly where they are standing, is an alarming warming of the Atlantic ocean, and the historic super storms in the Pacific, like Hayan and VongFong, the two most powerful storms ever recorded on earth. Cancun was devastated by hurricane Wilma in 2005. This year hurricane Odile, the most intense cyclone to hit the region on in more than 4 decades, pummeled Cabo san Lucas.
Humanity has its own tripwires. We, as a species, are beyond the point of addressing Global Climate Change and now must look to adaptation. If we fail to heed that warning, the next may be survival, a partnership and community enterprise mankind shows itself daily to be incapable of doing rationally. The point here is not to create panic or hopelessness, but engender a deeper understanding of the supreme balance that allows for life to exist on this planet, and which allows for human life to exist. The evidence is clear, that with each passing day the planet reaches and crosses thresholds. With each line, each trigger we lose the chance to chart our own fate and instead enter into the disastrous realm of the unknown in which calamity and the chaos of global climate change decides our fate instead.
WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com