It’s The End Of The World…July 4, 2006 1:02 pm Education, Random Thought
…as we know it. I’m not so sure I feel fine, though. I just saw ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ a couple of days ago. It stars Al Gore (he used to be the next president of the US). It’s actually a documentary style flick following his campaign against global warming. The facts he presents in his presentation are easily followed and show a dismal future for anyone living through and beyond the next 10 to 20 years.
The correlation between atmospheric CO2 and temperatures are somewhat (slight understatement?) disheartening. Through natural processes, the CO2 in the atmosphere has gone up in the past to the same approximate levels as we are seeing now, with the atmospheric temperatures following suit. However, this time it is our polluting of the atmosphere (primarily due to our dependence on fossil fuels) and deforestation of the land that is causing this escalation of atmospheric CO2. While the amount of fossil fuel being used by the population will have to fall in the near future, we don’t seem to have that much time before the projected increase in our atmospheric CO2 causes the temperatures to rise to levels never seen before in the history of life on Earth.
Oddly, and somewhat confusingly to the layman (me), this will actually cause another ice age (along with other weather related catastrophes). This is due to the way that the oceanic currents keep the temperatures moderated in the gaseous atmosphere. It is proven that temperatures rising in the past (at the end of the last ice age) caused the glacial ice on the north american continent to melt and rush into the North Atlantic. The desalinization caused the temperature regulating oceanic currents to change, which, in turn, caused a continuation of the ice age.
I know the Mesoamerican people’s calendar ends on December 21st 2012 on the Winter Solstice. Maybe this destruction of the atmosphere, and thus our ability to survive in it, is the reason. I have heard other theories as to why their calendar ends at this time (alien contact, comet impact, etc.), but this seems to be a highly plausible explanation. Of course, ‘explanation’ doesn’t really work here, as there is so much that is currently unexplainable about future predictions by ourselves and our predecessors. I suppose only time will tell. While your waiting for this time to pass, I highly suggest that you go see ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ at a theater near you as soon as you get a chance. It just might change the way you live.