Never before in the history of humans inhabiting the earth have “greenhouse gases”, – the residuals of fossil fuel burning reached the levels in the atmosphere that they have currently reached. These gases transform our Sun’s radiant energy into heat. Then earth’s gravitational force holds that heat close to the earth’s surface – it does not simply dissipate off into space.
The results have been the in for quite some time now: warmer average annual global temperatures , warmer ocean waters, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, shrinking Arctic ice cap and loss of Antarctic ice shelves, more and larger icebergs, Greenland ice sliding into ocean, in the temperate and tropic zones, a growing, numbers of heat wave deaths, worse storms, flooding, drought, fires.
This is just the beginning of more disastrous consequences of the human race’s burning of huge amounts of fuels created over billions of years in just 300 years, starting at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Economists call these consequences “external costs”. Ecologists imply say there is no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to exploitation of the earth’s resources.
We need to all face the facts. Nine billion human beings, along with many more animals scattered throughout the planet, are sitting on a ticking time bomb called the earth. Global warming will ultimately cause more death and destruction than the Coronavirus, the Plague, and all the wars and “natural” disasters in earth’s long history, combined.
But because the fuse for the catastrophic ending that global warming will bring about (unless we take the necessary steps to turn things around now) is slow burning and our so-called leaders of the world and their brigade of “yes people” act as though they remain unaware of what scientists have been predicting for decades.