What you don’t know might hurt you

How much do you really know about global warming?  Funny enough, very few people are actually keeping up with the science.  This is a problem, because the news from climate scientists is getting progressively worse.

Many people have a habit of avoiding critical news.  Take the passengers of the Titanic, for example.  From the moment of first impact with the iceberg to the time the ship sank there was an interval of several hours.  Plenty of time for passengers to get organized, make a plan as to how the lifeboats would be loaded, distribute life vests, and make contingency plans for those who would have to swim.  This didn’t happen, however.  Passengers were initially informed that the ship had hit an iceberg but that there was no cause for concern.  Most went back to bed.  When the lifeboats were launched, many passengers were afraid to get into them.  Some of the lifeboats launched half-empty.  Poor decision-making by passengers was the main reason that so few lives were saved.  Of the 2,223 passengers aboard, only 706 survived.  This number could have been much higher.  The ship carried lifeboats with room for 1,178 people.  Also, steps could have been taken to increase the survival chances of those who were swimming in the water, not all of whom died.

Last September, we received preliminary signs that we have hit the iceberg.   For the first time, in an area of the Arctic that has already warmed more than 7.2 degrees Farenheit, methane chimneys conveying bubbles of sub-sea methane directly to the surface were found by researchers off the Siberian continental shelf.

There is a lot of methane locked under the Arctic.  More than the total amount of carbon locked up in global coal reserves.  And methane is about 20 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  The more permafrost and ice melts, the faster the methane will be released.  And the faster the methane is released, the more permafrost and ice will melt.  If we can’t reverse this, the planet will quickly become uninhabitable.

So, now is the time to get going, fellow Titanic passengers.  Let’s try to build more lifeboats before the ship sinks. One quick thing you can do right now is join the Minutemen and Minutewomen at securegreenfuture.org

Follow the link and do it now.  It’s free, for gosh sake.

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