Climate change is escalating and it is expected that within the next 50 years, we will completely run out of some crucial renewable resources. However, recent studies point to signs that we are actually beginning to cut back our impact on the environment. In order to determine the rate at which we are degrading the planet, we must first look to population and economic growth rates and compare those to the rate of degradation.
Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society collected data using satellite surveys and ground surveys found that the population increased 23%, the economy grew 153%, but the global human footprint only grew 9%.That is significantly less than the other two percentages, displaying a decline in exploitation. 9% still is not that great, however, it does exhibit a step in the right direction. So, are humans truly starting to cut back on their environmental impact, and if so, how much is required to ensure we don't run out of earth? (Photos included for situational irony)
While California is experiencing one its worst droughts in the last 12 centuries, Louisiana is drowning. With 4+ inches of rainfall every 48 hour, Louisiana is in a state of emergency.So far the flooding has claimed the lives of 13 people, and left over 35,000 homes completely destroyed. The Red cross has claimed that this is the "worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina". As the water continues to flood the state, many are questioning whether or not they should rebuild.
With such a destructive calamity, many are wondering why science did not predict the flood's extremity and warn the citizens as they did with Hurricane Katrina. The simply answer is that this storm was not supposed to materialize. With the flood originally having a .1 chance of occurrence it is very clear what the cause of it was. I'm sorry Donald Trump, but climate change is real. Just about every climatologist claims this is a result of climate change and would be have been unlikely to take place naturally naturally. It appearsour atrocious ways of treating the earth is finally starting to catch up to us.