Globe on Fire

October 2, 2017

The 21st century's consequences have led to the globe's excessive warming and can prove to be eventually life-threatening


Fire - the great boon and bane of humanity- the dancing flames; full of vigour and energy drive the modern world as we know it. The world would simply crumble if we ever ran out of fire making material and that is not all. The beauty lies only in control for an inferno knows no bounds and obeys no territorial laws. Still that is not all, because in the end 'control' is an illusion or so it seems. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, as we marveled our glorious inventions little did we know that in less than 2 centuries we would transform the world into ball of blazing conflagration. The temperature rose not to unprecedented heights but in unexpected patterns, the oceans boiled, the ice sheets shrunk, the glaciers receded and went back in retreat, and thus the sea level rose, the winds went mad and the ocean garnered in them poison in form of acids. Behold humanity's gifts to its dear old Gaia.



The causes are more or less obvious for most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the "greenhouse effect"— warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space. Certain gases in the atmosphere block heat from escaping. Long-lived gases that remain semi-permanently in the atmosphere and do not respond physically or chemically to changes in temperature are described as "forcing" climate change. Gases, such as water vapor, which respond physically or chemically to changes in temperature are seen as "feedbacks." On Earth, human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases. This inevitably is tied with global warming.



A polar bear stranded in his own habitat as a result of the effects of global warming



It is no secret that we have officially entered the Anthropocene – the geological age characterized by humans' influence on the planet. Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. And so in the end, our overestimated ability to control the unfolding of events has lead us onto the brink of environmental collapse and still our belief in control is so strong that while we discuss International security and peace issues in absolute sobriety, we reserve little significance for 'Climate Change' and all that comes under the ambit.



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