As I begin this post, I do so with as much objectivity as humanely possible. I equate the discussion of this subject right up there with that of politics and religion. I am not a climatologist and have done no scientific research on this topic, nor do I base my opinions on knee-jerk reactions. What you are about to read is what I have gleaned during my years on the planet or actually seen for myself.
What do I speak of, you ask? None other than global warming. If we look at the workings of our Earth we see that most things are cyclical. For instance, night and day, the monthly waxing and waning of the moon, the quarterly seasonal changes.
In some parts of the world, damaging winds and monsoons are a yearly occurrence. We know that El Nino and La Nina seem to favor a decade or so between appearances. Hurricanes increase and decrease in intensity and frequency in decade-long cycles.
If I were a betting man, I would wager that other changes occur in lengths of time outside of our ability to measure.
In the 1970s, we were told to expect an ice age. So far, I haven’t seen it.
In the 1980s, the ozone layer was being depleted by our misuse of hydrocarbons. As complicated as this problem was, we changed the chemical make-up of Freon and what do you know? The ozone boo-boo will heal just fine. Wow! I never knew the stuff that kept me cool in the summer was so deadly!
Ice. Makes drinks cold and makes cars slide. I’ve heard that it’s melting. I’m not sure if it should be or not. I do know that I could look around the world and see many beautiful, lush green valleys that were once full of ice. I guess it melted.
When writing, we seek to sensationalize our stories and characters. By the same token, it seems as though we are not satisfied unless we can glom on to the next great catastrophe that will threaten the planet on which we live. Whether it be the next comet, perilously intersecting our orbit and turning this living sphere into a dead ball or a coming ice age caused by our use of fossil fuels.
In conclusion, I hope I haven’t stepped on any toes. Just one man’s observations. I did manage not to bring the “creator” of the internet into this post because his carbon boot print would wipe out half of Rhode Island.
Post script: I wonder whatever happened to the rain forest?