Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes, Oh My!!
by Kris Trites
We already have climate skeptics who believe our presence on earth has in no way affected it. That there is no such thing as man made climate change or any other kind. They believe that the increased incidence of heat waves, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes and tornados has nothing to do with our warming planet.
Just to piss them off, lets take it a step further and add earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and other seismic catastrophes to the list. In “Waking The Giant” Bill McGuire a Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London discusses the affect of a warming planet on the stability of the Earth’s crust. “McGuire’s argument adds a whole new dimension to why we should be worried about climate change” – Yale Environment 360
Let us not forget that our planet, this little piece of terra firma we inhabit, is a living breathing organism or so says James Lovelock’s theory of Gaia. I love climate deniers who say in regard to climate change and the extreme weather it’s been causing, “oh, its just weather and all of these things have happened before”. Yes, it all has happened before!!! McGuire looks at the history of the earth, between 20,000 and 5,000 years ago and makes a convincing argument for the historical relationship between natural climate change and man-made accelerated climate change and the geological consequences. The earth went through a similar transformation then too, from what we know as the Ice Age to the temperate climate that was the beginnings of the world as we know it.
As the polar icecaps melt at an unprecedented rate, three times faster then in the early 90’s, volcanoes will erupt and faults will rupture. Alaska is already experiencing a rapid melt providing increased potential for earthquakes, as the weight of the ice is removed from the faults. The permafrost on Alaska’s mountains, is also thawing so rapidly it’s leading to a rise in rockslides and ice avalanches. This is happening to mountains all over the world, as increased landslide activity is up.
If we continue down this path of climate denial and as green house gases continue to pollute without proper regulation, our warming planet’s response will not be pretty. You can do something about it, as it is increasingly impossible to get anything accomplished in Washington with the two warring factions, and it starts at the local level. Contact your local Congressman or woman and your State Senator and demand they represent your voice when they vote on important environmental issues.
Here is a visual of James Lovelock’s interpretation of our living, breathing planet we should care about as much as we care about our current credit card interest rate or the pickup at the dry cleaners!!! You can also view Global Possibilities’ documentary, “Who’s Got The Power?” with dynamic CGI of our living, breathing planet.
Visualisation of the Gaia theory of James Lovelock: See our home, the earth, breathing like a living organism. The seasons are pumping oxigen and CO-2. A video installation by Raymond Brouwersc compilated from NASA satelite images of the world...
Bill McGuire’s other books on Climate Change include “Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet” and most recently “Seven Years to Save the Planet”.