Wednesday, May 8, 2019

When it comes to our role in climate change, we humans are an affront to God

From the very beginning of this blog, your Scriber has been posting about the perils of climate change. This is not merely an exercise in academic research. For example, on the foreseeable horizon are extinctions of species that contribute to our own food supply. By our lackadaisical disinterest in climate change, we humans are fouling our own planetary nest. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our capitol where our president and his followers are trading the fate of the planet (and our own species) for short term economic and political gain.

Following is a chronology of posts in this blog and a new post by the Arizona Blue Meanie that is required reading for those who are concerned about the future of Mother Earth. As the Blue Meanie explains, we humans are doing a terrible job as stewards of God’s creation. Read on.

Here is the post from the Blue MeanieThe Holocene extinction: the human species is failing as good stewards of God’s creation with some selected snippets from the literature he reviewed. (Even if you know all this stuff, it’s worth a read just for the iconic images.)

The diversity of life on our planet is deteriorating far more rapidly than previously thought, with up to 1 million species threatened with extinction, many of which could be lost “within decades,” concludes a sweeping new scientific assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released Monday in Paris. The IPBES findings amount to a first-ever global report on the state of nature, and it is aimed at getting policy-makers, activists and others to place biodiversity loss higher on the list of global priorities.

The New York Times reports, Civilization Is Accelerating Extinction and Altering the Natural World at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in Human History’:

Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.

… in the Americas, nature provides some $24 trillion of non-monetized benefits to humans each year. The Amazon rain forest absorbs immense quantities of carbon dioxide and helps slow the pace of global warming. Wetlands purify drinking water. Coral reefs sustain tourism and fisheries in the Caribbean. Exotic tropical plants form the basis of a variety of medicines.

But as these natural landscapes wither and become less biologically rich, the services they can provide to humans have been dwindling.

Humans are producing more food than ever, but land degradation is already harming agricultural productivity on 23 percent of the planet’s land area, the new report said. The decline of wild bees and other insects that help pollinate fruits and vegetables is putting up to $577 billion in annual crop production at risk. The loss of mangrove forests and coral reefs along coasts could expose up to 300 million people to increased risk of flooding.

“Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before,” the report concludes, estimating that “around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken.”

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