Two recent studies have shocked the world in regard to global warming. A phenomenon that was to happen “possibly in our lifetime” has evolved into a threat capable of transforming the world in ten years time.
A recent, extensive study of the northern polar ice caps released by climate expert Professor Peter Wadham, concluded that the
This study is a stunning compliment to research done by NASA at the South Pole, which noted that ice sheets have been losing 30 feet a year in thickness since 2003. The research concluded that the rate of melting is accelerating, creating a “runaway effect.”
As ice sheets melt, less sun is reflected back into outer space, and is instead absorbed into the ocean – known as the Albedo Effect – further accelerating the pace of oceanic warming.
The consequences will be devastating.
The International Institute for Environment and Development has studied the possible effects of rising ocean levels, and concluded that one eighth of the world’s urban population would become “climate refugees,” creating the largest displacement of people in world history. The most vulnerable countries are
Not only will massive amounts of people become homeless, but the changing climate is expected to create other environmental and social crises internationally. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in
The EPA also outlines the negative effects of climate change in
In response to the arctic ice melting, the
The friction is between NATO and
Melting polar ice caps should inspire the world to unite in cooperation, but the world today is dominated by giant corporations based in different nations, all obsessed with short-term profits.
Obama has not publicly discussed the arms race in the arctic, and has instead focused on climate change speeches full of idealism, but lacking content. Like Bush before him, Obama is putting
The influence of
Without the participation of the
Now, Obama is posing as an environmental advocate looking to right the wrongs of the past. In reality, his vision for addressing climate change would be laughable, if the situation were not so dire.
The “Cap and Trade” environmental bill that Obama is encouraging Congress to pass mirrors the insufficient methods of the
Greenpeace, like other environmental organizations, condemned the Cap and Trade bill, saying that the bill “will actually spur a new generation of nuclear and coal-fired power plants to the detriment of real energy solutions."
More evidence of Obama’s fraudulent environmentalism is his attitude towards the upcoming international climate change conference in
The Guardian newspaper recently reported that the Obama Administration was working to undermine the
Another way the
To hold such an obstinate attitude in the face of climate collapse is almost beyond comprehension. As a famous socialist once pointed out, the corporate elite are “Tobogganing to disaster with its eyes closed.” Their blindness, however, has a practical foundation. This class of people can see only the profits in front of their faces; they care nothing about the world around them, as they’ve successfully gated themselves off from it. As the world enters a period of immense turmoil, they’ve sequestered themselves in private paradises.
Thus, it is doubtful that even the loophole-ridden Cap and Trade bill will be passed or that anything of substance comes out of
First, big oil and big coal – along with other anti-change/polluting corporations – need their wings clipped. Having such socially-valuable industries run by private corporations has greatly advanced climate destruction. Their immense power allows them the freedom to destroy the earth while throwing cash in all directions to have their agendas fulfilled at the expense of everybody else. They should instead be run as public utilities.
Ultimately, the industrial basis for an alternative energy superstructure needs to be created. Only by doing this can we seriously address the needs of the planet. Transforming our giant auto plants – many laying idle – into producers of solar panels, windmills, electricity-producing buoy’s, high-speed trains, electric buses and cars, etc., while massively investing in new research and technology to deal with climate change, is the only realistic way to drastically change direction in the time allotted.
Such a solution, however, is outside the reach of a capitalist economy, whose only motivation is profit. Drastically changing society’s direction is not in the interest of those who benefit from the current version. All honest environmentalists will likely agree that such a system needs replacing. We can no longer allow giant corporations – accountable only to big shareholders – have the final say over all crucial economic and social issues. The resources of society need to be controlled by society, so we can cooperate effectively to deal with the largest crisis our species has ever faced.