An old equipment dealer told me years ago, “It’s no laughing matter, but it doesn’t matter if you laugh.” There are two stories in the news lately. One is a laughing matter; the other is not.
According to Popular Science Magazine, in Antarctica “several of its large glaciers will probably melt into the ocean, raising global sea levels at least 10 feet in the coming centuries. And it cannot be stopped.” We’re doomed, but there’s always an upside. If you live in Lakeland, Fla., you will have beachfront property!
Don’t get the beach chairs out just yet. A friend of mine on Facebook posted an article claiming that the oceans will be dead within 40 years. That’s right, with global warming and pollution, the world’s oceans will be lifeless. This means that, if you live in Lakeland, you will have beachfront property on the Dead Sea!
In The New York Times, Justin Gillis quotes scientific reports that state, “The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States … with water growing scarcer in dry regions … heat waves becoming more common and more severe … forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.
“If greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane continue to escalate at a rapid pace, the warming could conceivably exceed 10 degrees by the end of the century. Summers are longer and hotter … winters are generally shorter and warmer.”
I obviously have a problem with all this, and I may tend to be a bit irreverent, even bordering on the irritating, but I can remember the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when every scientist was convinced we were heading into an Ice Age. In fact, if you took articles from that era and substituted “global warming” for “global cooling,” you’d have today’s articles on climate change. It would be almost word-for-word.