The True Understanding of Climate Change and How to Prepare for Unpredictable Events

Today, in climate news, we might hear quite a bit about global warming, forest fires, mega-quakes, superstorms, heat waves, CO2 increase, polar vortex winter storms, bomb cyclones and flooding.  What does all that really mean in the global scheme of things?  Why do we hear global warming, then when it floods, we hear climate change?  To sum up the weather channel, it is all climate change.  Something that is very challenging to predict and we will discuss why throughout this article.  The unpredictable events that are occurring all around the globe to make us wonder how prepared we are for the unpredictable.

Misconceptions of climate change

There are many concepts to learn about concerning climate change.  This is something new to all of us and more research is needed to be done.  Not having a full understanding of what the Earth is going through right now leads to many misconceptions.  News headlines also can exaggerate current events and add to the confusion of what is really going on with the climate. Since climate change is a new concept for everyone, it is best to keep an open mind.

Global warming is not climate change

You may see the term “Global Warming” more in the news headlines.  This is because it is an easier concept to think the world is headed in one direction which is heating up rather than the world is heading in multiple directions and is very unpredictable.  There are many parts of the Earth that are warming at an alarming rate including parts of the Pacific ocean and the ice caps.  The difference in climate change is that the ice caps can also see an extreme decrease in temperatures during unexpected times and the oceans currents are changing as well.

Different parts of the oceans may be warming due to increased CO2 levels, decreased salination, and reduced ocean currents. There are still many oceans doing different things. Parts of the arctic may be melting and other parts are building ice back up. Some regions are getting hotter, but it really could be staying hotter later in the year, but then getting colder in the winter. The term global warming is a bit of propaganda, but climate change is fact.

For example, the wandering polar vortex does not feel like ‘global warming’. That is because it’s not, it is climate change. Winter weather in Texas 2021 is an example of this type of climate change.

CO2 emissions, not the only factor affecting climate change

Increased greenhouse gases are causing parts of the world to heat up at certain times.  CO2 causes heat to be trapped in the atmosphere like a greenhouse effect.  The leading cause of CO2 emissions is coming from transportation vehicles.  What we may not know is that CO2 may not be the leading cause of climate change.  It certainly contributes to world problems and warming temperatures, but there is another greenhouse gas that is increasing at a much faster rate and has snuck up on us from down below.  This greenhouse gas is methane gas.

Research led by the University of Reading indicates that emissions of methane due to human activity have, to date, caused a warming effect which is about one-third of the warming effect due to carbon dioxide emissions – this methane contribution is 25% higher than previous estimates. – University of Redding, 2017,

The warming temperatures melting the ice caps have released this powerful methane gas that has been trapped in the permafrost for centuries.  The ice caps are not closely monitored and the problem is just now going public as a concern.

Oil and frack-well drilling will also release these gases and cause weak points in the ground increasing earthquake activity.  Cracks in the ground will also release gas along with the geothermal activity around the world.  These are recent discoveries of hidden methane gas in the ground and it has not been measured how much has been released over the years but it is releasing at an incredible rate.  Methane is 30% more harmful than CO2 gasses.

The EPA has only released methane coming from industry, natural gas and petroleum systems, agriculture, and landfills.  This accounts for roughly 9-11% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are only being documented by the EPA.  That percentage is definitely higher than recorded if they haven’t measured the methane being released from underground.  Even if the CO2 content in the atmosphere remains a higher percentage than methane gas, keep in mind methane is 30% more harmful.  This means if the actual percentage of numbers, for example, is 70% CO2 and methane is 30% between the two gases than the percentage of harm would feel more like 40% CO2 and 60% methane.  That’s a rough estimate and something to put into perspective.

On the flip side, the CO2 levels could be helping us stay warmer during a potential ice age. New research from Andalusian Earth Science Institute discovers that melting of icebergs can eventually lead to lower atmospheric CO2 levels and the ocean water absorbs CO2 becoming more acidic and ocean currents changing. Less CO2 would in turn make the Earth colder. A perfect example of more research needed and climate change being unpredictable and unprecedented.

What might be causing climate change

Climate change is a change in our weather patterns, wind and ocean currents, and temperature and precipitation fluctuations.  These are all highly unpredictable events.  We can only theorize about the causes but it is multiple causes contributing to climate change.

Here is a list of possible causes all contributing to the current unpredictable climate change events:

  • Increased Greenhouse Gases
  • Decreased Forests
  • Ocean Pollution
  • Grand Solar Minimum
  • Polar Reversal
  • Planetary Alignments

Increased Greenhouse Gases

This cause is nothing new to most of us.  Greenhouse gases consist of CO2, Methane, Ozone, Nitrous Oxide, water vapor and a few other gases.  Greenhouse gases are known to cause a greenhouse effect trapping heat inside the atmosphere.  The gases are coming from factories, vehicles, drilling, plant decay, deforestation, geothermal activity, to name a few.  Also in a greenhouse, humidity can increase.  We should also expect an increase in precipitation that we have already started to see.  Flooding all around the world has seen a 50% increase in the last decade.

The increased precipitation is still in areas that normally see it, just a lot more of it.  Flooding and increased water can cause some serious problems we are not prepared for.  See 22 Infectious Diseases and Illnesses to Watch Out For This Summer 2018.  This article describes what to expect during flooding and hurricanes to prepare you for unexpected diseases after the event.

Decreased Forests

As the heat is on the rise during the summer and some places will see a colder winter, plant life will have a challenge adapting to climate change.  Increased humidity and heat brings more diseases to forest land.  The fluctuation of temperature is also very stressful for plant life.  The rate of climate change is increasing much faster than a plant has time to adapt.  In the desert, even cactus are not surviving the changes in weather.  A 5% increase or decrease in temperature is enough to put stress on plant life.

The rainforest is not only being cut down by human activity, they are also dying.  When a tree starts to degrade after death, it releases all it’s CO2 back into the earth.  We are seeing fewer trees to absorb CO2 and they are also releasing increased amounts of CO2.

Ocean Pollution

Pesticide and fertilizer run-off and an astronomical amount of garbage in the oceans is causing an environmental disaster.  The pollution also includes oil spills and the chemicals they use to dissipate the oil after the spill.  Lets also not forget the continuing nuclear contamination from Japan’s megaquake in 2011.  Marine life is dying too fast, the ocean is heating up too fast to adapt, and ocean currents are also slowing down.  All of these changes and pollution is creating an environment more suitable for algal bloom.

Algae taking over the water systems causes a lack of oxygen in the water and increased heat.  This will cause more marine life death.  Some algae produce toxins in the water causing more damage to marine life.

Such changes in the water cycle could significantly impact not only ocean circulation but also the climate in which we live. – Nasa

The salinity in the oceans is also changing from melting ice caps into the ocean introducing fresh water decreasing the salt content.  A change in ocean temperature and salinity will cause ocean currents to change.  The change in ocean currents leads to unpredictable weather patterns.

Grand Solar Minimum

What is a solar minimum or maximum?  The sun goes through cycles of increased sunspot and decreased sunspots over about 11-year cycles.  Sunspots are generated over active magnetic regions on the sun.  The magnetic force is stronger in a sunspot and causes solar flares, increased UV rays, and heat.

We are coming up to a solar minimum which is the cycle of decreased sunspots.  Not just a solar minimum, but a grand solar minimum.  A grand solar minimum is when the sunspots decrease more than normal.

The decrease sunspots in the grand solar minimum coming by 2020 are predicted to create cooler temperatures.  Earth will be fighting to heat up from greenhouse gases while the sun will be trying to cool the Earth down.  Again, unpredictable weather patterns.

The last time we had a grand solar minimum was around the 17th century and is known as the ‘mini’ ice age.  The Earth did not have the global warming back then as we do now.  The grand solar minimum may keep temperatures down for a little while but the solar maximum will follow in the suns normal cycles possibly causing extreme heat added to the greenhouse effect.

Keep in mind the magnetic fields around the Sun, Earth and other planets in our solar system.  There will be some unpredictable events with the suns magnetic field being weaker with few sunspots.  This leads us to discuss the Earths magnetic field.

Polar Reversal

It is true that the magnetic poles do move but there is a theory that we are due for a polar reversal meaning the north and south poles will flip places so to speak.  Pole reversals take place over time, the amount of time is not known but the magnetic field can weaken during periods of movement.  The weakening invites higher levels of radiation.  The amount of weakening and exposed radiation could be slight or could be concerning.  Nobody really knows but the movement of geomagnetism could very well cause some unpredictable events.

August 19th, 2018 saw the biggest deepest earthquake in history in the Fiji region.  A magnitude 8.2 at a depth of around 600 km.  It was followed by close to 50 other deep earthquakes ranging from magnitudes of 4’s to 7’s.  At the same time, this deep event happened, the magnetic field around Earth pulsed very quickly for a few seconds and went back to normal.  It was an anomaly seen by satellites but shows something is changing in the magnetic field.

The magnetic field of Earth comes from the core.  There is a correlation between the magnetic field movement or changes and deep earthquakes.  They have also discovered previous polar reversals occurring in history from changes in magnetism in the soil.  If scientists can discover the magnetism changes in soil, the magnetic field definitely has a direct effect on the movement of the land.

Planetary Alignments

During the months of July and August this year, 2018, ALL of the planets in our solar system were on one side of the sun at the same time.  This is a rare planetary alignment that has only occurred 6 times in the last 120 years we have recorded it.  During those times this alignment has occurred, all but one time there was increased volcanic activity and earthquakes.

You can also read the article we wrote about the influence Jupiter has on us as it passes by What We Should Know About Jupiter and the Effects the Gas Giant Has on Climate Change.  If one planet has climate effects on Earth, all of the planets closer together on one side of the sun will also influence our climate.  As you read that article, you will notice the kickback could have happened during the deep earthquake event we had in August as we released Jupiter’s gravitational force.  September this year, 2018, the United States should see more earthquake activity from the deep earthquake event.

What can we expect during climate change

  • Unpredictable wind patterns
  • Fluctuation in temperatures
  • Periods of increased precipitation and decreased precipitation
  • Land degradation
  • Higher sea levels
  • Earthquakes
  • Larger storms
  • Increased air particulate
  • Water contamination
  • Decreased marine and animal life
  • Decreased plant life
  • Increased algae bloom
  • Increased viruses and infectious diseases – 22 Infectious Diseases and Illnesses to Watch Out For This Summer 2018

How can we prepare for climate change

  • Stock up on supplies
  • Build a greenhouse and learn how to grow food indoors
  • Move to safer land
  • Build relationships

If you have noticed some weird changes in your environment, reach out and let us know what is going near you.  The important take away here is to be prepared.  We are entering a time of new discovery and wait and see what happens.