Global Warming Investment
The United States military is preparing for threats related to global warming. Recently published scientific reports tell us that huge glaciers are calving off of the Antarctic ice shelf which could raise sea levels by four feet in a generation and eventually by twenty feet, endangering coastal populations around the world. Tribes in the sub-Sahara are fighting to the death over rights to water sources that are drying up. Our focus in this regard is global warming investment. Terrible things may indeed happen due to climate change but the world will go on. Those who adapt, invest wisely and prepare for the future will prosper. Successful global warming investment will require both a defensive and an offensive posture. If you believe that your coastal business or home will be at risk it might be a good idea to sell before that becomes apparent to everyone else. And if you catch a glimpse of a technology that will help protect coastal areas, support military efforts to maintain peace, bring water to dry regions of the earth, and purify dwindling supplies of clean water now is the time to invest in the future. The fundamental analysis of global warming investment starts with sorting out the facts from the hype.
How Much Water is Trapped in Glacial Ice?
Ninety percent of glacial ice is in Antarctica and ten percent is atop Greenland. According to the United States Geologic Survey, glacial ice comprises 1.7 percent of all water on earth but two thirds of all fresh water. Total global water is about 332 million cubic miles. Glacial water is about 5.7 million cubic miles. During the last ice age when glaciers extended across North America and Eurasia, sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. During the age of the dinosaurs 100 million years ago sea levels were as much as 165 feet higher than today and in the pre-glacial period 125,000 years ago sea levels were 18 feet higher than today. Sound estimates are that if all the glaciers on earth melted the sea would rise 230 feet!
The Energy of the Weather
El Niño is a weather phenomenon that recurs every several years and is due to temperature changes in the South Pacific. The extra energy that El Niño brings to the western shores of the Americas results in strong storms as far inland as the Midwest. Likewise such phenomena result in droughts in some areas while causing floods in others.
Human Reaction and Global Warming Investment
When water supplies dwindle in some areas the result is not just water rationing.