Readers, prepare to have your minds blown. A federal report has just been released that…wait for it…humans are responsible for global warming! Who knew? Crazy, isn’t it? I’m sure absolutely no one saw it coming.
You would never have known that if you have been listening to the current chief of EPA Scoot Pruitt or to Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Like their boss, they believe climate change to be an outright hoax, the biggest piece of fake news in the history of fake news. Yet, the new first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment is as clear as it gets.
This isn’t just a hastily scrawled report created solely to disprove Donald Trump. This is a report that has been in the works for years with thousands of studies and contributions from over a dozen different federal agencies. Its conclusions directly contradict Donald Trump’s assertion on climate change and, unlike the latter’s climate change denial, the report is backed up by evidence.
Based on meticulous research and careful analysis, it backs up the views of most the global scientific community that Earth’s weather patterns and natural disasters are only going to get more extreme. For example, heavy rainfall, which causes flooding, is expected to increase over the rest of the century, and heat waves will become more frequent.
Severe weather events like forest fires and drought will grow more prevalent, and sea levels will rise by at least several inches in the next 15 years. By 2100, the sea levels will have risen 1-4 feet, endangering thousands, if not millions of people, on the coastal regions of our planet.
The report indicated that emission outputs had slowed down, but it was still not enough to stop the global temperature from rising. Scientists hope that the report will be taken seriously before temperatures rise above 2 degrees Celsius, by which point the worst effects of climate change will be irreversible.
Unfortunately, the year’s assessment comes amid concerns that the White House would work to undermine the study’s conclusions. The original draft, put out in August, was released to stop the final draft being watered down by Trump’s administration.
We’ve already gotten a taste of just how bad things might get. This year’s hurricane season is likely to be the most destructive and most expensive on record with future storms predicted to be much more deadly. The wildfires in California have ravaged the landscape, a seemingly unstoppable force despite all of the efforts and technologies of mankind Successive droughts in sub-Saharan Africa will create a refugee crisis that will dwarf the Syrian Civil War.
The most telling prediction is that some scientists predict that the next great conflict won’t be fought over oil, but over water. This makes vast freshwater sources like Antarctica strategically important. How long will it be before the heritage of mankind becomes the last great battleground?
Trump will deny the report. He will deny the facts and try to bury the truth. He will find a legion of supporters who would prefer to deny the dangers that face the only habitable planet in the Solar System for humans.
But, as famous physicist Richard Feynman once said, ‘Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.’