Global Slowing: Ecological Disaster
The diverse forms of life on planet Earth mostly are adapted to limited sub-ranges of Earth’s widely varied environmental conditions. Changes in some of those environmental conditions can force some life forms to migrate to different regions with more suitable conditions, or in other cases can result in total extinction of less adaptable species. No single life form native to planet Earth is capable of thriving everywhere throughout the entire range of conditions found on present-day Earth.
Small alterations to certain specific environmental parameters of our Earth often generate great outpourings of concern in the world’s literature. A scant few of the familiar topics, which frequently receive a great amount of attention, involve:
- ocean temperature
- soil temperature
- soil moisture
- soil additives
- fresh-water content
- atmospheric temperature
- atmospheric concentration of trace gases
- loss of a notably toxic gas in polar stratospheric regions during wintertime.
Human attention to all of those trendy ecological factors is understandable, yet pathetically temporal. In the long range, devastation wreaked by rampant Global Slowing could eclipse all of those other items put together.
Compare the earth, rotating once per day on its axis, to a food object turning on a barbeque spit closely above glowing hot coals. Even when the fire is very hot, continuous rotation of the barbeque spit distributes the heat evenly around the cooking object. Stop the rotation and you’ll char the food on the hot side, while the opposite side may remain dead cold.
So it is with our planet Earth, too, except its glowing coals are a colossal, uncontrollable, 15-million-degree nuclear blast furnace a mere 150 million kilometers close! If we stop spinning, we’ll burn or freeze. Dead. Cold.
Forget Green. Everything will be Cinder Black . . . or Ice White
(Photo courtesy of "SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory,
a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA".
The photo comes from the SOHO website, http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov
(Photo credit: NASA "Astronomy Picture of the Day" for December 30, 2005,
showing the Perseus Cluster of Galaxies.
The URL is http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov
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