Or: have we lost it already?
Nathaniel Rich’s article about “Losing Earth” by climate change – and subsequent questions.
After a strong and snowy winter in the Alps, this summer really was tough, at least for vegetation, soil, glaciers etc. But also for many people. Not so much for myself, because personally, I like it warm. But as adventure blog reports, »NASA resarchers said that July 2018 was the third hottest month ever recorded, ranking just behind July of 2016 and 2017. On top of that, Death Valley — a notoriously hot place — saw the hottest month for any place on Earth ever.«
Actually, that’s nothing new so far. It’s getting warmer in here, as everyone knows (or almost), and everyone seems to talk about how tough this summer has been and, due to the overwhelming heat, many seem to be happy it’s over – at least for now.
However, climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect are, in fact, nothing new at all, since knowledge about these phenomena dates back more than a hundred years.
When I begun my study path in geoecology in 2006 (or earth system sciences, as our dean of studies Prof. Matschullat stressed to call it), climate change was already a big, if not teh biggest and most important issue. Thus, I felt compelled (and in fact was compelled) to learn more about it, so in my second semester I started visiting courses in ecology and atmospheric chemistry, as well as biology. Moreover, I read the book of PIK scientists Rahmstorf and Schellnhuber (both part of IPCC) on climate change, which opened my eyes to the huge extent and severity of this global dynamic. Apart from that, I became member of an environmentalist group at my university in Freiberg. The issue had really grabbed my attention. When I switched my study path to geography, I started specializing in meteorology and climatology. There, however, my interests changed, and the issue slid out of my focus for some years.