"TWO DEGREES: THE POINT OF NO RETURN"
|The EYE of IRMA|
Over the past few weeks we have all read our own comments and questions about the devastation brought on by an earthquake in Mexico while Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston almost simultaneously drowning the city with 50 inches of rain.
Within a week the mother of all hurricanes, Irma had started as a tropical storm on the east coast of Africa and traversed half the globe over the Atlantic and transformed into a Category 5 hurricane. Irma became the poster child for Climate Change. Irma's quick ascendancy into a catastrophic hurricane shocked meteorologists at the National Weather Service, the Weather Channel and every television forecaster.
All Americans here and in the Caribbean held our collective breath, praying for the best. We have all witnessed the destructive aftermath. However, Irma was not alone as the National Hurricane Center experts studied those tropical storms to follow: Jose and now Maria.
As I write, Jose has spared most of Florida by taking a new course up our eastern coast and now is battering shores of Long Island and New Jersey while planning a trip up to the Cape.
Worse, Maria is taking a similar path as Irma and has Puerto Rico dead in its eye.
Upon viewing all of the cable news and weather service live reporting the weekend of Irma, I then noted the History Channel's upcoming airing of "Two Degrees: The Point of No Return."
I have noticed post's on social media the concern and questioning of just "what is happening? Is this the end?" Are these horrific events the same as quoted in the Book of Revelations? I cannot answer those queries, but this documentary does present the history of climate change, the science of climatology and makes an impressive argument that the Earth is talking to us. The documentary should scare you. It presents all of the arguments that mankind has taken a toll on the global environment that will only bring more horrific storms, hurricanes, polar melting and the horrors these events will release. There will be the resurgence of disease as we already witness with zika virus and malaria. But, it gets worse as science explains. Medieval disease known as the "Black Plague" that wiped out more than half of Europe's population will make a comeback. These diseases were never eradicated or treated with a vaccine.
The future looks dire with the erosion of the permafrost of the Antarctic. As global temperatures rise, the melting glaciers are unearthing the carcasses of animals who came to a quick demise in a Ice Age. Now, man's indifference to what we have released into the ozone and atmosphere is defrosting these forgotten diseases such as the "bubonic plague."
It makes one think of Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail and the scene where the town-crier is calling "bring out your dead!" Bong, as he beats a drum. And you see the cart stacked with bodies. Hilarious at the time. Comedic genius. But, this scene may one day play out in a neighborhood near you.
I highly recommend that everyone view and study "Two Degrees: The Point of No Return." You can stream online or find on demand from the History Channel. I can guarantee you will not like some of the depicted horror of life on this planet Earth, but for the sake of future generations you will be informed and glad you spent the time. Time is in short supply, so we must all act now.
It is not all doom as the film presents remedies available right now to counteract the effects. However, as optimistic as they appear the final solution to stop a rise of one more degree will rest with all peoples, all nations in reigning in the true causes of global warming. We have a battle ahead with those who protect with our lives the fortunes of the fossil fuel industry.
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