Quote from tntrn
The writer cites an expert under most of the categories and the others are historical in nature.My point in posting this is that not all experts agree with Al Gore, who isn't a scientist either and a lot of he's predicted hasn't come to pass or has been disproved. There are always two sides to a story.
What's Al Gore got to do with anything?
The whole article is one long non sequitur, in my opinion. The author's argument is that catastrophic weather occurred before human societies began frantically pumping waste into the atmosphere, therefore greenhouse gasses have no effect on climate which isn't changing anyway.
A bit like saying that people died of lung disease before we started smoking tobacco and besides, my grampa lived to 98 smoking a pack a day, therefore tobacco is harmless and lung cancer doesn't exist.
Thirty years ago, we thought we had plenty of time ... a hundred years at least ... before we would start to see big changes. We were wrong. Predictions are coming true now
Small Island, High Mountain States Plead for Climate Action
..."The Maldives, as a low-lying small island state, is particularly vulnerable to the perils of global climate change, a point brought sharply into focus by the recent sea swells which submerged a large part of the country," said the Indian Ocean nation's Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.
..."More serious and more immediate" is the speed at which Himalayan glaciers are receding, Bhutan's Foreign Minister Yeshey Dorji told the delegates. Bhutan's agricultural sector, the mainstay of nearly 80 percent of the population, is at risk.
Spring runoff is an important source of agricultural water ... and not just in Bhutan.
A deadly trio of factors - warming, acidification and lack of oxygen - is creating the conditions associated with every previous major extinction of species in Earth's history, the panel warned.
The combined effects of these stressors are causing degeneration in the ocean that is "far faster than anyone has predicted," the scientists report.
...The group reviewed recent research by world ocean experts and found firm evidence that the effects of climate change, coupled with other human-induced impacts such as over-fishing and nutrient run-off from farming, have already caused a dramatic decline in ocean health.
...Dan Laffoley, marine chair of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas and senior ddvisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN, and co-author of the report, said, "The world's leading experts on oceans are surprised by the rate and magnitude of changes we are seeing. The challenges for the future of the ocean are vast, but unlike previous generations we know what now needs to happen. The time to protect the blue heart of our planet is now, today and urgent."
Where do you suppose a significant part of our oxygen comes from?
It's time to stop obsessing over Al Gore and start thinking about whether your grandchildren will be able to eat or breathe.