Double click the picture. This is not clip art or Photoshop. This is a picture that I took on a recent flight over Nicaragua. This is during the day time. At night, it is far more dramatic. It looks like hell on earth. It is not natural. It is indigenous people doing what they always did and that is burn down forests in the dry season for planting. The difference is there are a lot more of them. Try and count the fires, and this is from one portal on one flight at one time of the day over dense forest.
When I was a boy, there were one hundred and fifty million people in The United States. Today there are three hundred million. That is one hundred and fifty million more people doing what people do, but doing more of it. The same pattern is happening all over the planet. When I go to China, I never see a blue sky. You can taste the air in China. The climatic disruption is undeniable.
More people, more use of resources, more environmental disturbance means more change. The change is unpredictable because we have never been here before. Finite is a fact of life. We are endowed with just so many heart beats. There are but thirty two ounces to a quart. A good laying hen will produce an egg a day and to expect more is naive. The earth is no different.
I listen to some self- anointed, so called conservative talk show hosts, the experts and supporters of the military, the true patriots that never saluted and get a little less verbose when you mention a DD-214. They often have plenty to say about those concerned about the environment and global warming. It is mostly disparaging. They are also foolish and dead wrong, because six thousand million people are taking a toll.
The question is how much?
Note: I pointed this view out to three people on the plane. I asked all three what they were looking at. They all said clouds. When I explained what is was, they were shocked. The stewardess told the pilot and after the announcement, there were a lot of clicking cameras.