We are the self-appointed stewards of this planet
– nothing more

Climate Change

What is the difference between Climate Change and Global Warming. This is probably the first thing we should look at.

  • Climate Change encompasses several aspects that are happening to the planet such as global warming, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and the increasing melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice. these major changes have consequences that affect the planet like how plants grow and flowers when flowers.
  • Global Warming is just one aspect of Climate Change and refers to the long-term warming of the planet in relation to the charting of temperatures recorded since 1750. Between 1750 and 1880 the global average surface temperature rose by 0.15°C and since 1880 it has risen by a further 1°C.

It usually suits the establishment to call upon so called experts to end a conversation. If this was about the coronavirus scamdemic the experts apparently are never wrong. The establishment weaponises the mass media who in turn weaponise the scientists. This is demonstrated nicely in this case, where the party without any qualifications at all by comparison is afforded a voice to the world over the expert because that expert does not conform to the official line.

Dr Curry has things at least worth noting:

  • President Co-Founder of Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN)
  • Former PRofessor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Member of the National Research Council’s Climate Research Committee
  • Co-author of two books on Thermodynamic and Climate Physics

Is global warming even a thing?

It started out as a real concern but these days the world is undecided, with many people believing it doesn’t exist at all. It exists alright, because the definition of it is ‘warming’ of the planet, and the planet has been warming, so end of argument right? The debate is not about that, but rather that it has been caused by human activity during a heavily industrialised phase in human evolution. Have ‘we’ that is to say ‘humans’ caused an accelerated warming of the planet, and if one wasn’t due where we the catalyst. The fear is that things will runaway with themselves and the resulting tornados and storms will wipe out species including ‘us’.

Global warming, and therefore more broadly climate change, has happened before. The planet was formed through the most incredible turbulent times, that’s how planets are formed. How they behave after they are formed is similarly turbulent, we just don’t see it because of the timescales involved, but we know the effects it had on our ancestors through various ice ages. The point is, it is a normal cycle for the planet that we are witnessing and not some catastrophic result of human activity although for the first time it most definitely can be said that the existence or behaviour of a species has affected the natural course of planetary evolution.

So are we seeing a scheduled global warming or an accelerated one, that is the question, and does it matter or will it be detrimental that is the real question. Developed countries represent 25% of the global population but use 80% of its resources and produce 75% of its waste. In response to this, the planet has given many signs of its discomfort..

  • Average temperatures have climbed 0.8 degree Celcius around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • The rate of warming is increasing. The 20th century’s last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a number of climate studies.
  • The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850.

Greenhouse Gases

The most significant aspect of global warming discussed today is the increase in greenhouse gas levels caused by human activities. Of course there is a separate debate on whether this has anything to do with humans; some say nothing whatsoever and others agree that humans have made an impact even if it may not be a damaging one for the planet. Certainly they all agree that whatever the impact, if any, it probably isn’t beneficial to the planet.

The truth is that the planet is very sturdy and well used to geological upsets. Even a nuclear war completely devastating the planet of all life forms would regenerate within 100,000 years which is the blink of an eye on planet timescales. We could all choke ourselves to death and the planet wouldn’t blink. The subject of Armageddon and total annihilation is a human concept.

Greenhouse gases occur naturally due to changes in solar activity, variations in earth’s orbit and changes in volcanic activity. Volcanic eruptions emit carbon dioxide (CO2) in to the atmosphere. Humans create an estimated 146 times more CO2 than volcanoes do each year. Furthermore, humans cause greenhouse gas emissions from factories and transportation and add to it indirectly with things like deforestation.

The move away from deforestation and burning fossil fuels is a false hope though. Yes it may be the only thing that makes sense but as the world population moves to so-called cleaner fuel is it just a cop-out. Albert Einstein showed up that energy is matter and whether we dig up a tree to burn it or mine some coal to burn that, it’s all just converted from matter to energy. Cleaner fuels have been aligned with nuclear and electricity power but even these things need to convert matter in to energy ultimately. It shouldn’t just be about the power form but about sustainability.

Some people argue that fracking is the answer because of its abundance but this too is a false hope and perhaps for once humans are right in intuitively leaning towards technology for the answer, after all, modern technology has been humankind’s astounding achievement, and if it has just one use then it should be employed to solve the issue of saving the planet by not mismanaging its resources.

To this end the saviour has been in the form of electrical power. As discussed so far, electricity is the product of converting matter to energy so the topic shouldn’t be electricity because you get that whatever fuel you burn. Perhaps we should be looking at the danger of placing all eggs in one basket when the whole of humankind one day is totally reliant on electrical power. For example, one very visual way you can see this over reliance on electricity is with the move to electric cars. In the same way that the coal industry facilitated an age of steam engine power. Electric cars are the locomotives of the day.

See the article on Air Pollution for a continuance on this topic.”

The global village

If you could fit the 7.3 billion global population in to one village the percentage breakdown would look like this:

6% would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all be from the US.

If you have a fridge with food, clothes and accommodation, then you are better off than 75% of the world’s population.

If we think of that global village as having 100 people then it would consist of:

  • 52 women and 48 men
  • 30 whites and 70 non-whites
  • 31 Christians
  • 50% Catholic
  • 37% Protestant
  • 12% Orthodox
  • 1% other
  • 23 Muslim
  • 17 with no religion affiliation
  • 15 Hindus
  • 7 Buddhists
  • 7 having other religions

If you have money in the bank, and in your wallet/purse, then you are one of 8 people in the village with that privilege.

  • 80 would be living in poverty
  • 70 would be illiterate
  • 50 would be suffering from hunger and malnutrition
  • 1 would own a computer
  • 1 would be dying
  • 1 would be being born

Every day births outweigh deaths by 100%, the nett difference is a daily population increase of around 220,000 new people. That’s a currently estimated 80+ Million per year, or 1.13% increase.

It had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion. In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.

Previous Milestones:

  • 7 Billion: 2011
  • 6 Billion: 1999
  • 5 Billion: 1987
  • 4 Billion: 1974
  • 3 Billion: 1960
  • 2 Billion: 1927
  • 1 Billion: 1804

Future milestones are expected to be:

  • 8 Billion 2024
  • 9 Billion 2038
  • 10 Billion 2056

In comparison, the total number of animals living on the planet has been estimated by mathematician Brian Tomasik as approximately 20,000,121,091,000,000,000. That’s 20 quintillion, or 20 billion billion.

Statistics sourced from www.worldometers.info