In the 1970’s everyone thought that the earth was cooling; then they started to claim that it was warming up. Nowadays there are people on both sides of that argument, and we have settled on the name climate change to cover both theories.
Generally the consensus is that the planet is warming up, and so governments have focussed on methods to inhibit that change. They have chosen to focus on a long game of reducing carbon emissions, preserving and restoring natural habitats, reducing industrial impacts on the environment, etc.
Yet there are many who support the idea that we must try something far more drastic, with far faster results, such as deliberately altering the earth’s climate on a massive scale. Plans to achieve this include building devices on the ocean floor which will cool the oceans and therefore the atmosphere as well. Another is to fire tiny particles into the upper atmosphere to create a nuclear holocaust effect and block some of the sunlight from reaching the earth.
Worryingly, using tiny particles to block the sunlight is very similar to a theory behind the K-T event which saw the extinction of the dinosaurs 65.5 million years ago … and I am not being alarmist to mention the extinction of a species. Human attempts to interfere with nature or alter the environment have not been met with much success in the past.
• Rabbits were deliberately introduced to Australia, but years later a fence had to be built across the whole continent to keep them at bay, and when that didn’t work diseases were released to try and cull the overwhelming population.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent one century straightening waterways to make them more navigable, and the next century putting them back the way they were to prevent flooding.
• The European wild boar was intentionally introduced into California for sport hunting, only to become an agricultural pest that farmers pay now hunters to remove from their vineyards.
• Salt cedar and tamarisk were deliberately planted by early environmentalists in order to help reduce erosion, and are now being laboriously hand-removed by a new generation of environmentalists to restore the native habitat.
• Suppression of small fires in national forests both interrupts the life cycle of fire-dependent species and leads to mega wildfires that destroy instead of restore.
• Scientists trying to study the effects on animals of a nuclear war under laboratory conditions created killer bees, which escaped and have proven impossible to fully exterminate.
• Westerners put in charge of environmental preservation on the island of Komodo forbade the natives from practicing a religious custom of feeding the Komodo Dragons, resulting in the hungry dragons eating people.
Examples taken from The Guardian Express Newspaper.
The climate has always been in a state of change. The question is whether human impacts are causing dangerous rates of change, and then how we should try and counter this change, or at least reduce it to a natural level.
By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com