The Corpus Callosum

The draft for
the href="http://www.ipcc.ch/">IPCC report for this
year paints a distinctly disturbing picture of the near future.
 As reported in href="http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/globalwarming/2007-03-11-climate-report_N.htm?POE=NEWISVA">USA
Today (among many others)…


  • Tens
    of millions of Latin Americans who now
    have water will be short of it in less than 20 years.
  • By
    2080, between 200 million and 600 million
    people could be hungry because of global warming’s effects.
  • About
    100 million people each year could be
    flooded by 2080 by rising seas. [Think Central America]


The biggest problems will be in Asia and Africa.  Rich
countries will fare better, of course.  But we are already
starting to see altered patterns of animal migration, as noted href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/09/us/09polar.html?ex=1331096400&en=7706d486966fc1ab&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss">here:

With
increasing frequency, polar bears are
being found near the villages of the Chukchi in part because their
migrations have shifted as warming trends alter the sea ice.


What is going to happen next, is that we will see changes in the
pattern of human migration.  Whatever your
stance is on immigration, we are going to have to be prepared for this.
 If you don’t want more immigration, then you ought to support
efforts to minimize climate change.

Also, we can expect to see changes in microbial
“migration.”  Granted, microbes do not exactly migrate, but
their hosts do.  We are going to need a lot of epidemiologists
and public health workers.  Whatever your views on evolution
are, we are going to have to be prepared.  And guess what?
 Those epidemiologists are going to have to understand
evolution.  Because that is what is going to be happening —
those microbes are going to evolve — and
it is going to pose threats to all of us.

Comments

  1. #1 bigTom
    March 12, 2007

    Didn’t you hear big brothers edict “Thou shall not mention polar bears”!
    Better watch your back.

  2. #2 Martin R
    March 13, 2007

    Aha! So you’re basically saying those climate scientists ringing the alarm bell are a bunch of xenophobic White Supremacists! (-;

  3. #3 Joseph j7uy5
    March 13, 2007

    Martin,

    I see you get the point. Cognitive dissonance is one way to get people to stop and think. Although it probably is never possible to have a value system that is completely internally consistent, when a gross inconsistency is pointed out, it makes people uncomfortable.

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