December 1, 2009 @ 3:52 am
Is global warming a hoax? Are the polar bears really disappearing? Will the Ganges become a seasonal river by 2035 due to rapid depletion of the Gangotri glacier? Will the sea levels rise high enough to gobble up coastal regions? Or is “Climate Change” the catchphrase of this decade, overriding some of the more serious and imminent threats to our planet?
Open Magazine’s (yeah, again!) article Climate of Chaos addresses these and many more questions related to climate change and exposes the Inconvenient Truth in a whole new light. Do read for some very interesting snatches of information. For instance did you know that:
Some, like Philip Stott, professor emeritus of biogeography at the University of London, argue that historically, there have been sharp rises in temperature over very short periods. In 1200 AD, Europe was 2 degrees centigrade warmer than it is today and agriculture flourished even in Greenland.
Or, for some perspective:
While the world’s population increased by 300 per cent in the 20th century, the use of water increased by a staggering 700 per cent. Over a longer period of 250 years since the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide formulations in the atmosphere have gone up by approximately 37 per cent, methane by 150 per cent and nitrous oxide by 16 per cent.
Perhaps it’s time to re-orient our thinking and focus on more pressing and real issues, ones we can act upon and remedy before its too late.