Earth’s Frantic ‘Wake-Up Call’

September 6, 2009

Global warming is not only about oceans and weather, but also the land.

(Illustration found here).

Just as more bad global warming news gushed forth — sea level rise, unprecedented regional droughts, and, the Arctic is warmer than its been been for 2,000 years — comes research that indicates the land masses of earth (the ground) will be literally shifting as well.
From UK’s The Guardian this morning:

Scientists are to outline dramatic evidence that global warming threatens the planet in a new and unexpected way – by triggering earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and volcanic eruptions.
Reports by international groups of researchers – to be presented at a London conference next week – will show that climate change, caused by rising outputs of carbon dioxide from vehicles, factories and power stations, will not only affect the atmosphere and the sea but will alter the geology of the Earth.

“Not only are the oceans and atmosphere conspiring against us, bringing baking temperatures, more powerful storms and floods, but the crust beneath our feet seems likely to join in too,” said Professor Bill McGuire, director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, at University College London (UCL).
“Maybe the Earth is trying to tell us something,” added McGuire, who is one of the organisers of UCL’s Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards conference, which will open on 15 September.

“Global warming is not just a matter of warmer weather, more floods or stronger hurricanes. It is a wake-up call to Terra Firma,” McGuire said.

Yes, maybe so…

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