Friday, January 1, 2010

If the predictions of British scientist James Lovelock are any guide....

If the predictions of British scientist James Lovelock are any guide
to the future, climate change and global warming are unstoppable now,
and the next 500 years will bring major changes to life on Earth as we
know it now. Billions of people from central and temperate regions
will move north, Lovelock says, finding refuge in climate refuges
known as polar cities in Alaska and Canada.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin does not believe in Lovelock's
predictions, preferring to base her life and thinking on the baseless
predictions of the Bible and the debunked ideas of Intelligent Design.
While she believes that global warming is real, she also believes it
is caused not by men and their machines but by the natural cycles of
the Sun and Moon.
> But with her head in the sand, Palin -- widely tipped to be the
> Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential elections in the USA --
> cannot fathom the ideas of Dr Lovelock. Nor can she fathom the ideas
> of a former Alaskan resident named Danny Bloom who bills himself as
> "a modern-day climate Jeremiah" on blogs and websites worldwide.
> Bloom, taking his cue from interviews with Lovelock, is predicting
> that millions, perhaps billions, of climate refugees will flood Alaska
> in the coming centuries, beginning around 2121 A.D. and continuing
> until well in what he calls "The Great Interruption" (a 10,000-year
> period in which all of mankind will migrate north to polar cities in
> the Arctic regions in order to serve as breeding pairs for the
> survival of the human species).
> Bloom says that as the Earth heats up in the next 100 to 500 years,
> temperatures will rise, sea levels will rise, food will become scarce
> in the Lower 48 due to soaring temperatures in agricultural areas and
> millions of Americans (and Mexicans) will move "north to Alaska". The
> modern-day climate Jeremiah predicts that these events will not signal
> the end of the world but the beginning of a new chapter in human
> history, with a lot hanging on the outcome.
> "If we survive The Great Interruption, the human species will be okay,
> and we will thrive again later," Bloom, 60, says. "I am an optimist
> and I fully believe we will survive, the breeding pairs in the Arctic
> will become part of Lifeboat Earth and all will be well, in the end.
> Around 12,500 A.D, humans will come out of the polar cities in the
> north and begin to repopulate the Earth again. I only wish former
> Governor Palin could understand the massive shift that is about to
> begin. Sadly, due to her education and upbringing, she cannot see the
> forest from the trees. She thinks everything is okay now, and that Al
> Gore and James Lovelock are nuts, not to mention James Hansen or Mark
> Lynas. But the descendants of Sarah Palin in the next few centuries
> come to learn just how wrong their famous relative was!"
> Bloom predicts that by the year 2500 A.D. the entire U.S. government
> will have relocated north to Alaska and parts of Canada. The Northern
> White House will be in Juneau, he says. The U.S. Congress will be
> housed on the campus of what is now the Univeristy of Alaska in
> Fairbanks. And the Supreme Court will be located in Anchorage, Alaska,
> housed in the buildings that were formerly part of the then-defunct
> Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport there. By 2500, Bloom
> says, there will be no more aviation fuel and all airplanes worldwide
> will be grounded.
> So get ready, Alaska, for an influx of millions of climate refugees
> and climate stragglers within the next 500 years. The flood will occur
> slowly, glacially, over time, and the state will be able to handle the
> mass migration events as they occur. But it won't be a pretty picture,
> Bloom says, comparing it to something like when "'Mad Max' meets
> Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'."
> Bloom's jeremiads on the Internet are worth reading, if only to get a
> glimpse of what the future might be for our descendants, a few
> centuries down the road. On the other hand, this modern-day Jeremiah
> might be completely off his rocker and not worth listening to at all.
> Would you wager he's right or that he's going to be way wrong? It''s
> food for thought, if nothing else. Sarah Palin might even consider the
> consequences.
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