What are the odds?
Your mother warned you about playing with fire.
Last year was a very bad, very expensive one with regard to the climate on this planet. Mother Nature is warning us to get serious about this climate crisis — before things really go very wrong, very fast. How?
The ever-increasing temperatures we are experiencing are caused by the ever-increasing amounts of (hothouse effect) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
This causes more and more forest fires as that heat dries out vast areas of our planet.
Thus we have a possible runaway feedback loop, where those forest fires release even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Another cascading event: higher temperatures lead to less snow on the ground in the wintertime; which means fewer solar rays are reflected back into space; which means ever-increasing heating of the Earth (an approximate 25 percent increase last year).
Can’t happen? Venus has an average temperature of 864 degrees Fahrenheit. Venus is about the same size as Earth and has about the same amount of carbon. The only difference is that most of the carbon has been released into its atmosphere as heat-trapping carbon dioxide. What are the odds that we have not already reached that tipping point?
These are but two of many cascading examples of how things can go very wrong, very fast. Global warming is not linear, it is geometric. Are you willing to gamble with the only planet that we have?
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