Location: Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany

Soldier, often bored, often deployed.

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Long Summer

The causes are constantly being debated, but the evidence is clear. Planet Earth is getting warmer. Polar bear documenters are reporting the bears drowning because the disappearance of ice in the Arctic makes swims too far. The president of island chain nation Maldives says that his country may be gone completely in 75 years because of rising ocean waters. Meterologists warn that warming surface waters could cause more frequent and more violent hurricanes. But will the world end? That is highly doubtful. The big worry is how fast and how rough will a climate change be? The truth is that no one knows. Given our level of technology, it is likely that we will be able to adapt to the new climate. The big losers will be underdeveloped nations, or places like the Maldives that will have nothing left. What we could see is the largest reduction in global population levels since the Black Plague. Major interruptions to plant and animal growth patters could lead to widespread starvation. Parts of the world could become completely unihabitable. The resulting chaos could also lead to political anarchy. But don't worry. Keep driving that Ford Excursion.


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