Global Warming - Denial
By Bill Henderson
19 August, 2006
scientific debate about human induced global warming is over but policy
makers - let alone the happily shopping general public - still seem
to not understand the scope of the impending tragedy. Global warming
isn't just warmer temperatures, heat waves, melting ice and threatened
polar bears. Scientific understanding increasingly points to runaway
global warming leading to human extinction. If impossibly Draconian
security measures are not immediately put in place to keep further emissions
of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere we are looking at the death
of billions, the end of civilization as we know it and in all probability
the end of man's several million year old existence, along with the
extinction of most flora and fauna beloved to man in the world we share.
Runaway global warming: there
are 'carbon bombs': carbon
in soils, carbon in warming temperate
and boreal forests and in a drought
struck Amazon, methane
in Arctic peat bogs and in methane
hydrates melting in warming ocean waters. For several decades
it has been hypothesized that rising temperatures from increased greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere due to burning fossil fuels could be releasing
some of and eventually all of these stored carbon stocks to add substantually
more potent greenhouse gases to the atmosphere..
time lags of 30-50 years, we might have already put enough
extra greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to have crossed a threshold
to these bombs exploding, their released greenhouse gases leading to
ever accelerating global warming with future global temperatures maybe
tens of degrees higher than our norms of human habitation and therefor
extinction or very near extinction of humanity.
"(T)he science is
clear. We need not a 20% cut by 2020; not a 60% cut by 2050, but a 90%
cut by 2030 (1). Only then do we stand a good chance of keeping carbon
concentrations in the atmosphere below 430 parts per million, which
means that only then do we stand a good chance of preventing some of
the threatened positive feedbacks. If we let it get beyond that point
there is nothing we can do. The biosphere takes over as the primary
source of carbon. It is out of our hands."
Time Bomb by John Atcheson , a geologist writing in the
Baltimore Sun, is the best and almost only mainstream media explanation
of runaway global warming and how close we are to extinction.
"There are enormous
quantities of naturally occurring greenhouse gasses trapped in ice-like
structures in the cold northern muds and at the bottom of the seas.
These ices, called clathrates, contain 3,000 times as much methane as
is in the atmosphere. Methane is more than 20 times as strong a greenhouse
gas as carbon dioxide."
The recent alleged terror
threat to bomb planes could have resulted in the deaths of approximately
3000 people - another 9/11 sized tragedy. This plot captured the headlines,
untold amounts of newspaper space and uncounted hours of prime TV news
time. This (perhaps orchestrated) news was common knowledge, on everybody's
But as we drift over an unseen
threshold most of you have never even heard of runaway global warming.