Monday, March 12, 2012

Does Earth Adapt To Humans and In What Way?


As I look at the evolution of human beings on this great Earth, I also tend to think about the evolution of Earth and other living creatures as a result of human beings on Earth.  Over the past 200 years or so, humans have taken this great planet to new highs and lows that have never been thought possible.  In the last 200 years, the world has transformed into an interconnected global society that is now filled with bright lights, sky-rocketing population, and a large smoke screen.  The use of excess electricity has gone to new limits for now we can see the entire planet engulfed in lights from space as the sun's rays are not reflected upon each area of the Earth's surface all the time during the night.  The burning of fossil fuels has also had a crazy effect on the Earth's atmospheric composition.  Before the beginning of the Industrial Revolution about 200 years ago, the global CO2 level was about 275 parts per million.  Today, it is about 392 parts per million according to the leading researchers in climate change.  It is also said at the rate we are going in terms of carbon emissions, it will rise by 2 parts per million every year, but at the same time CO2 is essential to keeping heat in otherwise we'd freeze.  The burning of coal and fossil fuels that we get from under the ground can and will only lead to even more problems.  The steps to fix this problem is quite simple though; use more efficient means to generate power, energy, and electricity by using renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric means that don't leave this carbon footprint on Earth's atmospheric composition.  This may be a daunting task for the up-front cost of this type of system is expensive for the average consumer during troubled times, but not impossible if you look at the long term financial picture. 

At the same time though, I wonder if Earth goes through natural cycles and if Earth does adapt to the ever growing intellectual and technology capacity of humans.  We say we're having global warming, yet the past 2 years in New Jersey and the northeast we've had astronomical amounts of snow, but then again our summer was the hottest it’s been in a while and the amount of rain we got in individual storms was also incredible.  Sometimes I wonder if Earth should have gone off the deep end already, or maybe the Earth adapts to the existence of humans as human adapt to new conditions of Earth.  Is it possible that if we start to work with helping our planet, if our planet will then take care of us.  I was watching the Science Channel one night at 4 am (can't sleep) and was watching a program on the atomic bomb testing in the Pacific.  It destroyed the ecosystem of the coral reefs around the area and killed so many aquatic animals.  The incredible thing is, 50 years later the fish are back and plentiful, and one of the sharks changed the makeup of their fins to adapt to the conditions of an atomic bomb explosion. 

In the end, what I want to get across is this:  If we learn to adapt and change to help fix our ever growing problems, the Earth will adapt and change just as fast we can change because the evolution of human beings has allowed us to adapt and change to any problem no matter the difficult level.  If every mind can be connected in a positive manner to promote the well-being of all that make up this great planet, than this planet will be perfect and adapted to new problems that may arise in the future.
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350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.
"Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt."

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