Regardless of the causes, much of the planet is getting pummeled by drought, wildfire, giant storms, historic flooding, crop failures and crop destruction.
It is my view that as climate extremes increase, so too will society step further into chaos- you need to be able to adapt in order to survive and thrive in the current and coming days / years ahead.
Click here for an article about sea level rise by National Geographic (with credits).
After disaster strikes, people rebuild- but doing so to the same standards will yield unsatisfactory results. People will rebuild in basically untenable locations along the coasts (90 percent of the largest cities in the world are along coastlines), and if sea level rises appreciably then all of that land, buildings and infrastructure will be just about worthless. According to the US Department of Defense, climate change is among the highest threats to our nation and the stability of world governments. National geographic has published maps showing that if all the ice melts, sea level goes up over two hundred feet. Even a few feet will flood enough infrastructure to require rebuilding elsewhere, above the expected level of sea rise. Its taken hundreds of years to build our cities and infrastructure- the current and coming generation will have to rebuild what took us at least a hundred years to build, and in order to provide housing and everything else, we’ll have to rebuild it in a much shorter time. Think about that- ninety percent of the largest cities are at sea level, all those property values could basically disappear. Every six months or so, researchers point to new data showing that climate change is increasing faster than expected, so I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if sea level rises much higher than a couple feet by the end of the century: if history is any indication, future projections will continue to be on the short side. And if sea levels continue to rise for the forseeable future, no dike or levee will adequately protect cities. It’s all got to move.
And once moved, its all got to be built to withstand hurricanes and fires, flood and drought. Otherwise, you’re back to square one: everything lost.
Following is a sobering 3 minute video about the current state of affairs, as seen by Dr. David Suzuki.
From Wikipedia: “Suzuki earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor in the genetics department at the University of British Columbia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his television and radio series, documentaries and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science program The Nature of Things, seen in over 40 countries. He is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment.”
People in Houston just a week or two after hurricane Harvey have molding homes, many with the unbearable stench of dead animals in their neighborhoods. FEMA has said they provide vouchers for most hotels but locals have often found every single one is booked indefinitely, so they’re going to homeless shelters and crashing on friend’s couches. It appears climate change has the potential to turn us all into refugees- unless we learn to build sustainable structures and get off the coastlines. Growing food and providing your own energy means you’ve got a chance at eating and having electric light even if the grocery stores are empty and the power is out. Harvey, Irma and Maria were all major storms which impacted the U.S. in 2017.
This from NPR: