Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Death of Seasons...CLIMOCALYPSE..

Feeling numbed and terrified by the onslaught of climate change which is indeed intensifying at an exponential pace... Events are looking surreally unreal....the past few months have been unbelievable..... Reached California about a month ago...normally would have been a great holiday in sunny California...but since late December there has been almost continuous rain and snow in most of this beautiful state... Since we arrived temperatures have averaged about 3 to 5c below normal...

Meanwhile in other parts of US there has been topsy turvy of seasons....actually in most parts of the world the normal seasonal patterns have been disrupted...the northeast of US experienced an unusually early spring with temp reaching 65/70f in the wake of a winter which did not happen .... in fact in many places trees and plants started flowering about 25 days earlier than normal after the so called mild winter...strangely in a few places especially on the northeast coast of US there was a raging winter storm and polar vortex in some places few days ago...finally the real winter arrived......the poor confused trees and plants do not know what's has hit them...an apocalypse....

The other day as I was writing this blog the max forecast for the day was 22c...by mid day the temp in Santa Clara had hit 24c and only then the forecast for max was then changed to 28c....this was strange since the previous day's max was 25...ironically we are in the heartland of the IT revolution....and the weather forecasting algorithms are now totally flummoxed by the strange turnarounds of the climate / weather conundrum...temps are going seesaw .....weather no doubt is fickle as the old adage goes...but there was a pattern in the madness....now with climate change at an advanced stage of progress we are truly on a random walk...patterns which can be perhaps deciphered only by AI mathematicians.....

Yes truly we are on the cusp of an inflexion point in the planet's lifetime....the death of seasons and all that we knew as normal...from now on the pattern of seasons which we have all been accustomed to since time immemorial will undergo significant changes...the all too familiar cycles of winter, spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter are changing and the seasons seem to be merging into each other...abnormal is the new norm...this is happening in all facets of life on Earth..humans too are changing drastically...the more so called evolved societies of Europe and North America are exhibiting decline of marriage as an institution and rise of same sex unions and asexual behaviour....similar behaviour has been observed within nature and other species...

This year Australia has experienced its hottest ever summer...record highest temps have been recorded in most of the major cities...in fact majority of house holds with air conditioning found it searing and were paralysed by the 45c temp....even in parts of India it was 45c last summer...at this rate there will be climate refugees from these places which will become uninhabitable during summer...read that New South Wales is reeling under record precipitation and unprecedented flooding....

....few countries in South America like Brazil and Peru are going through torrential flooding as I write....in fact Peru has been it seems hit by successive years of El NiƱo...unprecedented....Europe too has been undergoing unseasonal rains and flooding. In UK 100 year flooding events are now occurring almost annually...

Arctic and Antarctica ice surface is diminishing at the fast clip...huge swathes of ice are breaking away and drifting into the sea....the majestic emperor penguins of the Antarctica are at peril along with thousands of other animals, fish and birds which facing extinction within the next 20/30 years...scientists have predicted that two thirds of animals and other creatures will be extinct in another two three decades...ocean temperatures are rising alarmingly....the great coral reef off Australia is getting bleached and dying...fish are dying due to the toxic oceans and fall in oxygen levels ......this is compounded by humans trawling and exploiting the oceans for exotic seafood for their insatiable palettes ...

The Sudan famine is yet another instance when cruel climatic conditions are rendering several regions barren...millions are at risk...and with rising temperatures several other populated regions of the world such as India are going to face famines during the next couple of decades....global population which has crossed 7 bn is rising at a frightening rate..especially in the poorer and backward communities and countries....natural resources are depleting fast including potable water and groundwater resources...most of the once mighty rivers are running dry and have become shrunken rivulets and often not able to empty into the seas...all this has occurred during the past 50 years or so...in my lifetime I have seen the Mahanadi (great river) in Odisha which used to be 5 kms at its widest during the 60s reduced to a shadow of its majestic beauty...

All continents are experiencing abnormal weather  and seasonal patterns over last couple of years or so which has intensified during the past six months or so. A frightening trend to say the least. Sometimes feel paranoid that an exponential climate change has started....CLIMOCALYPSE close at hand...

Ironically in the time of such climate change USA has a president who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax...Trump and the entrenched climate change sceptics do not want to reduce high energy intensive lifestyles...instead they want to increase coal use under so called clean coal technology...and increase shale gas and fracking...indeed very depressing that whatever little chance humanity had in staving off the climate collapse ....is being frittered away by the likes of Trump and his cronies...

even the climate change believers with their Paris accord I fear can do little to reverse the momentum which climate collapse has gathered...the efforts by us are too little and too late...nobody wants to slow down our energy intensive lifestyles...or tackle the root causes....the mad pursuit for bigger, better, faster in all spheres of our lives in the name of so called better quality of life is squarely responsible for mounting carbon emissions ....this is exemplified by cars which are the modern toys of doom ....most the respected names of car manufacturers have being bringing out more powerful cars which are claimed to be more fuel efficient...till recently it was discovered that several such companies like Volkswagen, Renault...had been cheating in their claims that emissions had been considerably reduced in their new models....the deep state will go to any extent to protect its financial and evil anthropogenic interests..

...the following excerpt from the World Meteorological Organisation exemplifies the coming CLIMOCALYPSE :

"The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016 pointed to multiple signs that our planet's weather is getting more extreme, including:

•    the record average temperature for the year of about 1.1C above pre-industrial levels;
•    millions of people going hungry after crops failed in parts of Africa as rainfall fell up to 60 per cent below average;
•    flooding that displaced hundreds of thousands of people in south-east Asia;
•    record low levels of sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic;
•    the wettest ever winter on record in Scotland and China's wettest year;
•    France's driest July and August and the record driest winter and spring that helped produce Canada's worst-ever wildfire at Fort McMurray, Alberta;
•    extreme temperatures which saw records fall from Santiago in Chile, which hit 37.3C, to Svalbard in the Arctic, which was 6.5C warmer over the year than the average between 1961 and 1990;
•    devastating wildfires in Tasmania amid a prolonged drought;
•    and then devastating floods in Tasmania after the drought ended and the island experienced its wettest May to December on record.

Climate scientists have been forecasting just such an increase in bad weather driven by the rising global temperature, with a huge amount of extra energy now being trapped in the atmosphere as a result the greenhouse gases humans pumped into the atmosphere."

Inspite of a quantum increase in extreme climate events the media is not reporting it in a holistic way....it merely reports the events as they occur without attempting to join the dots and paint the big picture....read an interesting paper by Brad Plumer in Vox...where he says if planet earth has to survive it has to reach zero carbon emission by 2050....which indeed is well nigh impossible ...suddenly the surreal landscapes of the next few decades till ...the 2020s...30s...and 40s...loom up....mankind has to give up his love affair with internal combustion cars by 2030... which seems highly improbable ....there has been a sudden spurt in dark foreboding research during the past few days...all of which seem to be pointing at 2050 as a kind of ballpark doomsday.....

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