According to this article from 2004 (Read it and save it before it gets memory-holed), “Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.”
Note the use of the very important word “could.” The of this auxiliary verb in the subjunctive mood is essential to all climate catastrophe articles. “Climate Change Could Cause Octopuses to Go Blind” (Well, at least Braille won’t be a problem for them) “Climate change could bring bubonic plague back to Los Angeles” (Ah, silver linings.) “Climate Change Could Destroy Doomsday Vault (Well, what good is it, then?) You could even create a kind of “Climate Change Article Mad Libs” for these headlines. Climate Change Could Cause [PLURAL NOUN] to [VERB] [OBJECT NOUN] [ADVERB]. e.g. “Climate Change Could Cause AL GORE’S CHILDREN to EAT BOOGERS RAPIDLY.” But I digress.
The Guardian (and the Pentagon apparently) in 2004 were quite sure that we could be deep into Climate-Change-Could-Cause Mad Max territory by now.
A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. [Emphasis mine]
Already, according to Randall and Schwartz, the planet is carrying a higher population than it can sustain. By 2020 ‘catastrophic’ shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war.
Sounds serious. But wait, there’s more. It seems the catastrophe is already upon us.
By 2010 the US and Europe will experience a third more days with peak temperatures above 90F. Climate becomes an ‘economic nuisance’ as storms, droughts and hot spells create havoc
Mega-droughts affect the world’s major breadbaskets, including America’s Midwest, where strong winds bring soil loss. for farmers.
Well, that explains why the Food Ration Base in Sector 12 was all out of Soylent Yellow this morning.Published in