The job I had before my illness was all connected to global warming and carbon emissions. Believe me, I am no expert, far from it, but maybe I know a little more than the ordinary person in the street. I am sure that most of us are aware of what global warming [I prefer climate change personally] and carbon emissions are about and how much effort and resources are going into trying to combat their effects on the planet. I could go into a whole load of statistics now, but that’s not what this blog is really about.
Coupled to what my job was about, I developed an interest in what the possible outcomes could be in the face of global or local disasters. I watch a lot of documentaries on various issues that are related to the changing environment we live in. I do think, that due to media coverage, the whole situation surrounding climate change and the fallout from it, can be sensationalist, but there are also truths within.
We live in an age where fossil fuels will become depleted if we continue use then at or above the current rate. The population of the planet could potentially double in the next forty/fifty years and there are just not the resources to sustain that growth. Alongside the issue of fuels and their uses and following depletion is water supplies. Due to the effects of climate change, fresh water will become an even more valuable commodity than it is now. There are moves that are attempting to lessen the impact of these changes wherever possible. I do think it’s seriously flawed to ask emerging nations like China and India to limit or reduce their carbon footprint, when Europe and North America have ignored their own impact on the planet for a generation. I also believe that due to many factors, more information is available now and greater research into problems with climate and its coverage, we are more aware of situations that arise across the globe, whereas 20 yrs ago, that was not the case.
But [yes, there’s the but again] one thing that many people are unaware of, or know little about is the disasters that can be bought on by nature, without any help from mankind. I have just watched a very recent documentary about the effects of a Super Volcano could have on a global scale. There is seismic and volcanic activity across the planet on a daily basis. The earths crust is made up of plates that constantly move and grind against each other which can trigger earthquakes. But deep below the surface of the planet, molten rock, or magma, boils and bubbles away and we know very little about it and what its effects could possibly be.
This documentary focuses on Yellowstone Park in the USA where a Super Volcano exists and is active. A few of us will remember Mount St Helen and more recent eruptions and what chaos they can cause. Recent eruptions in Iceland grounded flights across Europe for days and that in itself cost most countries a lot of money in respect of lost income. But they are nothing when compared to a Super Volcano erupting. Constant monitoring nowadays expose us to more and more data about these events and the catastrophe they could unleash. It doesn’t frighten me, its extremely interesting and much of the science behind it all can only speculate when [or if] the next event will happen of this magnitude.
So anyway, if any of you enjoy this kind of stuff, then please use the link provided to watch a couple of very interesting programmes, by the BBC, who excel at this type of thing.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I just have.