Sadly, this isn’t a repeat of the previous fantasies, this is actually a new story proclaiming that someone charging their iPhone will cause all manners of bad geologic things to happen
(UK Guardian) The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane. How can what happens in the thin envelope of gas that shrouds and protects our world possibly influence the potentially Earth-shattering processes that operate deep beneath the surface? The fact that it does reflects a failure of our imagination and a limited understanding of the manner in which the different physical components of our planet – the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid Earth, or geosphere – intertwine and interact.
Got that? If you don’t believe, you have no imagination. Personally, I have plenty of imagination for fiction, but, I don’t pretend that so many of the science fiction books I read, which tend to gravitate towards futuristic, fanciful, and zombies, are real. Same with the mystery/thriller books I read.
The most spectacular geological effects were reserved for high latitudes (note: the writer is referring to the end of the last glacial period). Here, the crust across much of northern Europe and North America had been forced down by hundreds of metres and held at bay for tens of thousands of years beneath the weight of sheets of ice 20 times thicker than the height of the London Eye. As the ice dissipated in soaring temperatures, the crust popped back up like a coiled spring released, at the same time tearing open major faults and triggering great earthquakes in places where they are unheard of today. Even now, the crust underpinning those parts of Europe and North America formerly imprisoned beneath the great continental ice sheets continues to rise – albeit at a far more sedate rate.
There is, of course, some validity to the notion. Of course, volcanoes and earthquakes happened before the end of the last ice age, but, come on, any that happen nowadays are Mankind’s fault for living a modern lifestyle. The writer builds up his story, adding a bit here and there, mentioning this volcano, that earthquake, this tsunami, and finally gets to
So what – geologically speaking – can we look forward to if we continue to pump out greenhouse gases at the current hell-for-leather rate? With resulting global average temperatures likely to be several degrees higher by this century’s end, we could almost certainly say an eventual goodbye to the Greenland ice sheet, and probably that covering West Antarctica too, committing us – ultimately – to a 10-metre or more hike in sea levels.
Except, sea levels are actually falling. Sucks when science interferes with unhinged cult like beliefs, eh? But, it Could Happen!
The bottom line is that through our climate-changing activities we are loading the dice in favour of escalating geological havoc at a time when we can most do without it. Unless there is a dramatic and completely unexpected turnaround in the way in which the human race manages itself and the planet, then long-term prospects for our civilisation look increasingly grim. At a time when an additional 220,000 people are lining up at the global soup kitchen each and every night; when energy, water and food resources are coming under ever-growing pressure, and when the debilitating effects of anthropogenic climate change are insinuating themselves increasingly into every nook and cranny of our world and our lives, the last thing we need is for the dozing subterranean giant to awaken.
And there we go, it’s all Mankind’s fault. Yet, when what is supposed to be a scientific writing using the phrase “climate change”, the Warmists have lost the argument, since the climate always changes. Always has, always will. “Climate change” is simply a way to blame everything that happens on Mankind.
As stated many times, this is why more and more people are not only tuning out over the Warmistss religious tenets, but, laughing at them. The constant litany of doomsday prognostications, which all revolve around Other People using fossil fuels and their ice maker, linking real world happenings and possibilities with a whisper-thin thread to anthropogenic causes, have become so absurd that one can only laugh at them and picture Fonzie jumping a Megalodon.
And Warmists still won’t change their own behavior to match their talking points.