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Climate change: A long history of unheard prophets

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Essay. It matters little if such a failure increases human suffering and the death toll, if such measures do not fit into national and corporate economic plans.

written by Giorgio Nebbia

Topic Climate change

July 12, 2018

“Man has lost the ability to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” These words were uttered by Albert Schweitzer, the great thinker and Nobel Peace Prize winner, in 1953, as atomic bombs were being set off in the atmosphere.

The explosions from the nuclear tests were spreading radioactive and carcinogenic atoms over the entire planet. During the decades which followed, mankind developed an increase in consumption and in the use of energy and natural resources, accompanied by a corresponding increase everywhere in terms of emissions of solid and liquid waste and gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, chlorine compounds, etc., which are modifying the chemical composition of the atmosphere, with a consequent increase in the average temperature of the planet.

This increase is causing changes in the processes of water circulation, and the consequences can be seen in the form of more frequent violent storms or long periods of drought, the advance of deserts in some areas, and the increase in landslides and flooding in others.

The negative effects of climate change could be contained by placing limits on human activities that cause pollution, but so far every attempt in this direction has failed, because it would damage powerful economic interests, businesses, finances, corporations, oil and energy producers and exploiters of agricultural land and forests.

Ninety years ago, the mathematicians and biologists Volterra and Kostitzin showed that the poisoning of the environment due to waste from the activities of its inhabitants leads to........

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