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Climate change in the Evolutionary Process of the Planet Earth and Catastrophic Consequences of Human Intervention

A study of climate change and dramatic events through evolutionary history of the planet earth and the catastrophic consequences of human intervention as affecting life on earth and the urgency of the need for international cooperation to mitigate the imminent threats to life on the planet.

Book Review: Climate Change in the Evolutionary Process of the Planet Earth and Catastrophic Consequences of Human Intervention. By S.M.J. Neangoda.

Many indicators inform us that anthropogenic climate change is not an abstract construct that could become manifested in the future, but is already affecting us in many ways. Most scientists now agree that there are increasing trends in atmospheric CO2 and ambient temperatures. The past three years, 2015, 2016, and 2017, have been the warmest on record. Weather patterns are also changing; the predictability of the tropical monsoon seasons are breaking down. Rainy seasons are erratic, with short, heavy deluges alternating with long droughts being the norm. These patterns conform to the outputs of climate change models.

These changes have serious socio-economic and ecological consequences. They disrupt livelihoods. For example, farmers are no longer able to sow crops with the expectation that there will be a predictable period of weather conducive to growth and harvest. Event planners will no longer be able to plan in advance based on seasonality. Disaffected people and communities whose livelihoods are constantly affected will give up practices and move, creating societies of immigrants that can affect governance and social stability.

But climate change has a longer pre-history. The Earth’s climate has been changing for millennia, with a cycle of rising and lowering sea levels that have caused isolation of species and ecological communities, and allowed connectivity and movement across land bridges that have mixed species and populations, respectively. These complex processes have cause species extinctions, as well as evolution of new species. But there is a difference between the more recent anthropogenic climate change and the pre-historic trends. The former is accelerated by human impacts, and the pace of change is faster than the adaptation and evolutionary capacity of most ecological communities, human societies, and even individuals, leaving them vulnerable.

Eric Wikramanayake Ph.D.California , Chairman and Senior Science Advisor, Environmental Foundation, Ltd.

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Climate change in the Evolutionary Process of the Planet Earth and Catastrophic Consequences of Human Intervention

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  • ISBN : 978-628-95102-0-3
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Language : English
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A study of climate change and dramatic events through evolutionary history of the planet earth and the catastrophic consequences of human intervention as affecting life on earth and the urgency of the need for international cooperation to mitigate the imminent threats to life on the planet.