Too much extreme weather is already happening all over the world and becoming much too common. Government is moving way too slow or not at all to have any noticeable impact. Governments of the world would need to coordinate and cooperate together. Seems like the average person is either to busy, think they can't make much difference, or just doesn't care. The brainwashing that goes on with the constant bombardment of commercials and ads you see every day to coax people into consumerism only adds to the pollution and waste. We also need some form of world wide population control but I can't see this ever going to happen so I guess mother nature will eventually take care of this for us but not in a good way.
All politicians do is make the right noises - just enough of a sound bite to appear sincere. When it comes to real action they just don't have any fight in them. They know if they wait it will be someone else's problem.
Tackling climate change will mean tackling capitalism and that is simply asking too much. Public debate is dominated by economics and our economy is fueled by consumerism. Corporations by their very nature are entirely focused on ever larger profits. Caring for the planet is not even on their to do list.
The will is gone, confused under those who are in denial and those who profit from destroying the environment. They will continue to block and confuse the subject until we are completely ineffective. Just like congress right now. It's not about what is right for these people; it is about greed and what is convenient for them.
Look to the lack of snow on The Himalayas, the North Pole' rapid ice melt, and the extreme weather conditions throughout the world, you have global climate change that is pretty much irreversible. Unfortunately, man' greed and need to deregulate carbon dioxide emissions has place Mother Earth in disarray. She needed help, and mankind failed her.
I say that because these things have happened in the past, such as the ice age, and will continue to happen again in the future. Nothing we do or don't do can effect that fact. Is there things we could do to minimize damage to the environment we have presently? Yes absolutely there are. But just because we do those things doesn't mean we can avoid what is called "global warming" or "global cooling" as they will happen regardless of us. So yes it's too late to do anything about global climate change, because it is a constant in the world and always will be.
The amount of energy it is taking to melt the arctic will soon be heating the oceans and land (latent heat of fusion). The pace of arctic ice melt is incredible on a geological scale. It is very concerning wondering what will happen when that energy goes into melting the ice moves on to the next phase. Unless humans can pull off a hail mary with geoengineering, the climate will continue its current momentum into warming further.
We are now triggering positive feedback loops including methane release, droughts that release more carbon from plants that would otherwise take carbon in (example the Amazon 2010), more fires which causes further ice melting, etc. The soccer ball is falling down the hill and when it gains speed, we will not be able to stop it.
To take on climate change from a carbon perspective would mean the end of capitalism as we know it and a release of power from those who have it. Sorry, but good luck with that.
Our economies depend on growth and that growth depends on fossil fuels. Without growth, we collapse. Who wants that on their watch?
There are four variables in carbon --- People * Lifestyle * efficiency * fossil fuel usage. We are gaining population by the minute. The people in the developing countries want their day in the sun and thus increasing carbon per person. As for fossil fuel usage, even if we move to more renewables, we will need fossil fuels to move in that direction. This would have to be a global movement. If the US went to renewables, the first two variables in China would wipe out any good the US did.
The last two points come into politics. We do not think in terms of years out within our society. It has been coming inwards to instant gratification. You see this in politics/society/ and in the markets. Our markets and society is so leveraged that even a negative gdp can send its own feedback loops that can get very ugly fast (example 2008 and 2009). The worlds central banks balance sheets are ballooning and we are already at zero fed funds rate. Unwinding fossil fuels will unleash an unwinding in our society that would be very ugly. That is why you see a lot of talk but no real action.
I think the late Al Bartlett had it correct "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."
Scientists are warning policy makers on the effects of burning carbon before the planet even started getting hot.Scientists have predicted this for more than a century and have foretold of the severe consequences and everybody took notice but did nothing to stop it..Why?..Because to curb climate change is to curb and change the very fabric of modern society..Man has to change how he thinks and perceives life to curb climate change and that is not happening even now when we know the effects are already too severe and will get worse in future.The warming we are seeing now is the carbon which we put into the atmosphere in 1975(there is a 40 year lag on the effects of Co2)What we did in past 40 years is much more massive and alarming and its already in the pipeline.If we stop all carbon emissions today Earth will still have negative effects at-least for next 50 - 100 years as positive feedback loops will increase warming dramatically.I weep for my childs future but at the same time feel its a good thing that man will finally see the consequences of his egoistical ignorant debauchery.
We cant reverse it but we can slow it. Scientists have noticed it for many millennium and it is possible that a way to fight it will be discovered. SO we shouldnt give up by all means. However it doesnt mean we can still continue the way we are now.
Is it NOT too late to do anything about global climate change, because we can't do nothing and watch how the world is going down.
If we want to change something, we have to do something.
It won't be damaged if we do something, The important thing is, we dare something. We can't look on how the earth is dying!
We have so many newcoming technology, so we can do it!
It is never to late to change the course of our global climate change. The problem we are facing is that not everyone seems to believe that it is happening and they are also unwilling to take part in making things better. Money is in front of their eyes and nothing will stop them from making more, especially something that they dont care about.
There must some person to stop this warming otherwise it would harm the earth and we all to it should be stop for atleast our planet also it will harm the earth to global warming can not be stop since it can make a littel bit less so we should prevent global warming
Climate change has just begun in the 20th century. There will be much more drastic effects 100 or 200 years from now. Consider that with upgraded energy sources, we can seriously prevent the dame of climate change. This green resources are in our future, and they will certainly help stop climate change.
While global climate change is already upon us and has caused a number of challenges, there are still many things humans can do to slow the process. I feel there should be a massive international effort to reduce carbon emissions and develop alternative means of energy. There should be major international fines levied on major polluters across the globe.
Although some people are too fanatic about saving the environment, it's important to try to do the little things that can make a large difference if enough people participate. Some of these things include recycling, turning off electricity-driven devices when not home, and using cleaner energy to power our homes and automobiles.