Re: Global climate change is more than an evironmental issue
- Forwarded message, with permission from Mike Wood.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, <npat1@j...> wrote:
I think your note is bothersome, that:
> It is also worthy of note that it is now being said
> that the warnings of tsunami were not given by some
> governments "in deference to the tourism industry".
If the government had known of the magnitude of the devastation that
was about to happen it likely would have sounded the warming.... but
not knowing is NO excuse for not acting... it was irresponsible to
downplay the danger and do nothing, which is what the U.S. government
continues doing in regards to global warming.
My hope is that the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami in the Indian ocean has
jarred the U.S. enough to stir the people and government in the U.S.
into action on global warming. Then at least some good might come from
the horrible devastation caused by the tsunami.
I think your post is informative. I would like to forward this to the
P&C groups if that's ok with you. Also, I hope you will consider
--- In email@example.com, "Michael Wood, Cincinnati"
Good point Pat.
When we look at the fall of previous civilizations, environmental
changes seem to be much more important factors than internal decay or
external threats. Of course environmental changes engender mass
movements of populations, as they head for "better" locales, and in
turn, the massive influx of refugees would tend to stress existing
civilizations or create the conditions that would lead to war. It
always amazes me just how a slim difference in temperature, rainfall
or sunlight has such a great impact on the growth of traditional
From relatively recent history (1884, "the year with no summer") we
might look at how the ejection of material and energy from a volcanic
explosion caused 120 foot high tsunamis, two full days of darkness, a
drop in temperature for more than a year, and widespread starvation
and misery throughout the world.
This type of activity, although unusual, is repeated in many histories
around the world. It is worth noting that the explosion of Thera, in
the Aegean, and Mt. Vesuvius, in Italy were much more intense than the
activity at Krakatoa! If the last two thousand years is any guide,
such events as these happen on a 500 year or lower frequency.
It is now being proposed (by David Keys, Ken Wohletz and others) that
a large volcanic event in Indonesia precipitated the fall of the Roman
Empire and the creation of the so-called "dark ages" in Europe. In the
light of the past weeks tragic events, where a large earthquake in the
same area killed more than a hundred thousand and destroyed structures
in such a wide area, by a mere 20 foot tsunami. these theories might
well be re-examined.
It is also worthy of note that it is now being said that the warnings
of tsunami were not given by some governments "in deference to the
tourism industry". There are other industries with much more intimate
relationships with governments around the world. Who can you trust?
Now I don't raise these issues to negate or belittle the effects that
man has on the environment, but to examine the results of
geographically remote environmental events on the entire globe. A rise
or fall of a few degrees, no matter what the cause, can mean the
difference between success or failure, between comfort and starvation,
between civilization and barbarism.
Mike Wood, Cincinnati
>Global climate change includes major changes to Earth's water and
life systems. Global climate change may mean life or death on the
planet. As such, it encompasses all other issues.
>Many people are loosing sight of what's important to them, and to
>their families. Many people have no clue about what's really
happening to the global climate. People have a responsibility to learn
what's going on. They should know where to go to for advice. But
>Managers of government agencies that have the responsibility to
inform the public on safety and the environment are failing in their
duties. There is no doubt that global climate is changing much too
rapidly to sustain life. There is no doubt that the accumulation of
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from fuel burning is driving rapid
global climate change. The time scale for rapid global climate change
is now, and in the future.
>It makes no sense to me that that some people think that they have to
>travel to Europe, Asia, Australia, even Africa, etc. in order for
them to have meaninful lives. At what cost?
>Upward trend in atmospheric CO2 concentrations
>Upward trend in global temperatures
>For more information...
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