Monday, May 26, 2014

Syria Today Is a Preview of Memorial Day, 2030 - by Joe Romm

Climate Wars, by Gynne Dyer - Click to visit.
The worst direct impacts to humans from our unsustainable use of energy — over the next few decades — will, I think, be Dust-Bowlification and extreme weather and food insecurity:  Hell and High Water.

But all of the impacts occurring at once will have an even more devastating synergy.  This means the rich countries will be far less likely to be offering much assistance to the poorer ones, since there will be ever worsening catastrophes everywhere simultaneously so we’ll be suffering at the same time.  Heck, the deep economic downturn and the record-smashing disasters of the past three years have already exacerbated media myopia and compassion fatigue to help those around the world staggered by floods and droughts.

And that suggests another deadly climate impact — far more difficult to project quantitatively because there is no paleoclimate analog — may well affect far more people both directly and indirectly: war, conflict, competition for arable and/or habitable land.

We will have to work as hard as possible to make sure we don’t leave a world of wars to our children.  That means avoiding decades if not centuries of strife and conflict from catastrophic climate change.  That also means finally ending our addiction to oil, a source — if not the source — of two of our biggest recent wars.

In November 2011, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “said rising temperatures and rainwater shortages are having a devastating effect on food production.  Failing to address the problem will have repercussions on health, security and stability.”

On Sunday, Tom Friedman wrote a column, “Memorial Day 2050,” which begins:
Of the many things being said about climate change lately, none was more eloquent than the point made by Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State in the Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously, when he observed:  “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”
Syria Today Is a Preview of Memorial Day, 2030

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