In an article entitled “Did climate change cause California drought?” Adam Sobel argues that “California developed the infrastructure and system of legal rights it uses to distribute water at a time when the population was much smaller than it is today — and when the climate was in an unusually wet phase, historically speaking. This led to a system that all but encourages heavy water use in dry parts of the state, with little consistency in allocation or pricing and little disincentive to waste. This has never made a lot of sense, but the new measures are the strongest acknowledgment yet that it just isn’t tenable today in a serious drought.” (1). In order for us to understand whether or not California’s current problem with droughts has its origins in the global problem that is entitled climate change we need to clarify certain aspects and to answer questions that are vital in comprehending the topic. Climate change refers “to a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time such as a decade or millions of years” (2), in other words climate change is in fact the unfamiliar changes that occur in a region of the earth that has been dealing with a certain type of weather activity. The climate change might also refer to a differential in average weather conditions, or the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions. It is essential that we know that the climate change could take place by the fact that it is caused by “factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions.” (3)
Adam Sobel states that “What California does now has global significance: Lack of clean fresh water is a serious problem in much of the world. On the Indian subcontinent, where supply can’t meet the demands of rapid development, groundwater is being depleted much as it is in California, and is an equally unsustainable practice in both places.” Thus, as he said, not only California struggles with the drought problem but Indians as well, not being able to meet up with the demands that they have as their society tends to grow and develop. The problem with the climate change is very seriously acknowledged by every population, according to Sobel, while being in Australia, a country that has been struggling with drought problems he saw some polls that exemplified the fact that a proactive climate Government has won the sympathy of voters in the detriment of the climate-denialist Government. People tend to be aware of their health and that would be the best explanation for their choices.
Sobel states that “being able to blame climate change for a specific extreme weather event shouldn’t be the only thing to spur action on reducing greenhouse gases.” (4) And I think that it should be us who try to reduce the devastating effects that climate change has on societies whatsoever and that we can do it if we try to realize the fact that every egoistic decision that we make could be affecting us and the others and even maybe our children and their children.
As a remark, Adam states that “The scientific case that human emissions of greenhouse gases are changing the climate, and that these changes pose serious risks to humans and other species, doesn’t rest on single-event attribution, but rather on the statistics of large sets of weather events. That big picture is what should motivate us.” (5) And by this, he tries to implement the idea of seeing what’s beyond our first impression and that we might need to understand that all the weather changes are somewhat connected throughout each other.
In order to understand the climate change we should take into consideration the fact that there could be no connection at all between climate change and the disasters that we are witnessing even in our own country, as in every summer for the last three or four years we had witnessed floods and an anomaly of seism’s that have had their origins in the Vrancea’s area, and sure, it could be said and demonstrated by scientists that the region is well known for seism’s and that it is something that normally occurs in the region, but there were a lot of them and in a short period of time, almost consequently. We might think that climate change does not affect at all those kind of disasters but we need to ask ourselves if this kind of activities have happened before and if they did if they could match the ones that we witness nowadays. “California could have had this drought, and worse, without global warming. Similarly, sea level rise is increasing the risk of coastal floods, but cities such as New Orleans, New York and many others were (and are) too vulnerable already.” (6).
In conclusion we need to ask ourselves what we are willing to do for our next generation’s well-being, what type of Planet do we want them to live in and if we can change something today, are we willing to do that in order to provide them with a better world or are we going to keep wasting the Planet’s resources and not pay attention to the warnings that the nature is constantly giving us?
- Climate Change. Wikipedia. Page was last modified on 6 April 2015, at 08:23, Accessed on April 8 2015
- Did climate change cause California drought?. Accessed on April 8 2015