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Opinion: Our new reality

by Stefan Alijevikj on 3rd September, 2017 at 4:35 PM CEST

Few major events shook the world in the recent period. Unprecedented floodings claimed the lives of hundreds in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, and left more than millions of people without shelter. Schools also shut down across the region.

On the other half of the world, in the United States, Hurricane Harvey also had a devastating effect, as estimates suggest it poured at least 19 trillion gallons of water. That's enough water to cover all of Alaska, California, and Texas combined with about one inch of water. 

According to reports from the scientific community, it is official that human impacted climate change significantly strengthened this weather phenomenon, for about 30%. 

Just let's also recall the projections of the National Geographic. They suggest that with continual rise of the sea levels across the globe, due to global warming, one of the most affected regions of the Americas would be the Gulf Coast. The estimates suggest that this entire realm may vanish. The same fate could follow California as well.

In Asia, as projections show, it would be large portions of China, India, and Bangladesh, where currently live more than 1 billion people, to go underwater. 

If the latest flooding events in Asia and the United States are not an ultimate proof that we should take these projections seriously, I am not sure what else should happen on our planet before we all seriously understand the grave dangers of the climate change reality. 

Which brings me to the frustration, that it seems the world is evenly divided on the matter of climate change. One correspondence on twitter that went viral perfectly illustrates this phenomenon. Ann Coulter tweeted: "I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change.'"

A reply by Ron Perlman then read: "Ann, ANN, you're supposed to take the antipsychotic WITH FOOD! WITH FOOD Ann!"

And that's all frustrating enough until you wake up in the morning, scroll your Facebook newsfeed and see the latest updates about what's happening at the Korean peninsula.

Do we know the real strengths of the hydrogen bomb North Korea just tested this morning and which caused an earthquake measured 6.3 magnitudes?

Here's a thing: if detonated more than ten such bombs (perhaps even more powerful ones) in the circumstances of a new war, the scenario of a possible "nuclear winter" effect is scoring well on the list of possible outcomes.

That can mean prolonged global cooling and darkening, as Earth's atmosphere gets overwhelmed by sunlight-blocking smoke. Which might mean diminishing life on Earth (in percentages, that could be between 80% and 100% loss of total life on our planet).

No person on Earth should possibly like this war to happen, yet many crucial attempts for dialogue among involved nations fail recently. 

My generation just started enjoying adulthood, and all we want is a fair chance to live on a planet not affected by a nuclear war, then hopefully reach old age. 

What we wholeheartedly wish is peace.

When this is clear, we can talk about climate change.

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