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Our glaciers are shrinking

Climate Change Déjà Vu

By Barry Piacenza

November 12, 2012

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With the re-election of Pres. Obama we now have an opportunity to make climate change a major issue, in the United States.

How do we intend to do that? We must let go of our prejudices that have been inculcated by special interests concerning climate change. We must erase this denial that has been inculcated into our psyches through a deliberate campaign. The world has changed and we must recognize it.

The elected members of the United States House and Senate now must realize climate change is real and it has serious life-threatening and economic impacts on the country and the globe. With a historic drought, now a historic storm, the United States now must turn its attention to the impact of greenhouse gases on the climate of the planet.

It is imperative that climate change be linked to jobs, as Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu stated a number of years ago that this could be the second Industrial Revolution in the United States.

It is imperative that climate change be linked to the fact that it is a national security issue. It is imperative that this be shown that if we do not pay attention to climate change that we will lose our Navy capability particularly on the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico. There are imperative circumstances concerning the Arctic which the Navy is already aware. Climate change is a war prevention issue. If we do not solve the problems affiliated to climate change and economics nation states will most likely produce wars to provide for their populations.

There is no longer a need in the United States to convince people of the dire consequences concerning the super storm’s now known as Anthrostorms1 particularly to people in the Northeastern United States. A recent article in the New York Times entitled How a Beach Community Became a Deathtrap2 an excellent portrayal of what happened on Staten Island’s Midland Beach.

It is also imperative that climate change be linked to the fact that if we do not act now the price will be much more expensive later not just dollars in lives. We have seen this now with super storm Sandy and the fact that if we do not act immediately to begin to have our cities protected and to have regional plans in place concerning such issues that we will pay a perilous price in years ahead. This campaign must be a Manhattan project circumstance (the Manhattan project was the development of the atomic bomb during World War II by the United States in New Mexico) as suggested by Dr. Hansen a number of years ago. The project has to be fast tracked because the clock is ticking.

It is also imperative that it be seen as an economic issue beyond the fact of migration from affected areas particularly in North Africa, Asia and South America where glaciers have disappeared is imperative that we now work to provide capacity for these nations to have clean drinking water for their people and at the same time increase their economic base relative to climate change and climate change economics.

It is absolutely imperative that this be seen as a global cooperative issue among nation states, businesses, conglomerates, and people to people efforts. There is an excellent opportunity for regionalism and regional cooperation concerning solutions. This could be one of mankind’s finest hours as opposed to being one of its most dire and the beginning of a new Middle Ages as some have stated.

The Anthropocene3 could be seen as a shining star opposed to the start of a new dark ages.

Barry


1Anthrostorms - Term coined by the renowned Independent Science and Environment Journalist Stephen Leahy

2 NY Times - First Thoughts, US Government's High Wire Act

3 The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period. Keywords – climate change, climate change economics, climate change editorials, national security issues, storms.