posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 01:54 AM
As anyone who has studied the global temerature across millions of years knows the global temperature fluctuates all the time.
However it does this over thousands of years
not just a few decades. Rises in global average temperature by just 1 degree typically can take up
to one millenia, and we've seen a rise of 0.7 degress just in the past 50 years or so. This is very serious and can only be caused by man.
So in short, Yes
, we should be very worried.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
Whether it's natural or not, I'm fairly unconcerned about it. Almost 150 years with less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit difference with the first good bit
of that being without any environmental controls at all.
Well you should be.
2 degrees may not seem much when you’re adjusting your air conditioning, but it can push the snowline up mountains by several hundred feet, push the
territory of malaria carrying mosquitoes hundreds of miles further than it has previously ever been (Malaria by the way kills more people per year
than any other disease in the world), and can push temperature zones much further north at a pace which cannot be adapted by native flora and fauna,
even assuming we had not created all these blockages by building roads and fragmenting forests through our ‘progress’. And this is just the 'tip
of the iceberg' so to speak.
Increased temperature means increased energy in the atmosphere, which means far more intense storms and hurricanes heading further north than ever
before. Hasn’t the U.S. been battered enough for you to open your eyes? It also effects the world in a feedback loop meaning the wetter places will
become far wetter and the drier places will fry even more, meaning more droughts in areas which are already on the brink.
edit on 24/1/2012 by 1littlewolf because: (no reason given)