Don't want to ruin your day with scary news - and probably won't anyway. But you ought to set aside a s little time to read National Geographic's terrific cover story on climate change in the September issue. Without spoiling the plot about a planet in serious trouble from climate change, we are once again reminded that there is genuine scientific agreement by the experts that we can expect a different world by the year 2100.
Coastal cities will be under water as seas rise more than three feet; massive glaciers will have melted; thermal expansion will drive up sea levels. As the article notes:
"A profoundly altered planet is what our fossil-fuel-driven civilization is creating, a planet where Sandy-scale flooding will be more common and more destructive for the world's coastal cities...We have irreversibly committed future generations to a hotter world and rising seas."
The Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration adopted 6.6 feet (two meters) sea rise as its highest of four scenarios for 2100. The U.S. Corps of Engineers says planners should be prepared for a rise of five feet.
I know. Many of us will be gone by 2100, so why worry? Well, Hurricane Sandy, described as the "second costliest" in U.S. history, claimed more than 100 lives. Sandy proved that there is already plenty to worry about.
Meantime, I wish there were a way to flood the mailboxes of such climate change deniers as Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher with this issue of National Geographic. During his failed campaign against Sen. Sherrod Brown, Mandel hissed that climate change research was "riddled with errors" - as if he were on the highest ground to know about such things. And Rohrabach, as well as many of those wingnuts who agree, continue to sneer that the notion of climate change is a "fraud".