Is Climate Change Real
Whether the predictions that warn man’s effect on our climate is ultimately going to cause an apocalypse are not is still a subject for debate.
How bad these changes could be may still not be known but with California going into it’s fifth year of drought, massive storms in the east, and high temperatures baking parts of the country it has to be accepted that things are changing.
How fast we will experience these changes and whether or not it’s because man is affecting the climate are subjects for another article.
This one looks at the potential for the climate changes that we are seeing to cause urban disasters.
Climate Change and Urban Disaster
Many people might ask why climate change and urban disaster were connected. And even if they are why we should really be worried about it since we are talking on the scale of centuries.
But the fact is that at least some of the changes won’t wait until the next century and then suddenly occur and be someone else’s problem.
A recent huge study by the UN concludes that many of the changes are going to happen a lot faster than we think.
In fact, they are happening right now and the savvy prepper needs to take these changes into consideration in their preps.
One example is the drought that California is experiencing. While some parts of the country are getting unusually large amounts of rain, places like California and Washington are experiencing drought conditions.
One climate change forecaster has stated that one major change we are going to see that is going to happen right now is with the rain patterns. When it rains we are going to get more than normal and when it doesn’t it could go longer between rains.
So California has been getting little or no rain for 5 years now. The result is that the aquifers that are being used for water are being drained faster than they are being refilled by rain.
Why This Is A Problem
You might wonder why this is a problem if you don’t live in California. The answer is that California produces much of the produce that the rest of the Country eats.
More than 80% of the water used in California is for food production. If the drought conditions continue it’s extremely likely that further restrictions will be placed on water usage that could dramatically raise the cost of produce.
Another forecast is weather extremes that we have experienced in the last few years will not only continue but get worse.
It will get colder with more winter storms and hotter in the summer with more heatwaves.
These storms and heat waves have a direct economic effect on our economy.
Like the rain the snow fall is going to become more erratic. There could be areas where snow is lower than normal and long lasting storms like we saw this last winter that drop unprecedented amounts of snow.
Since many parts of the country rely on snowfall in the mountains to fill their water reservoirs for summer less than normal snowpack can lead to summer droughts.
During heavy winter storms stores and other businesses lose money because they can’t be accessed or they can’t get supplies. People lose income because they can’t get to their jobs.
Roads become impassable and that stops or slows deliveries not only to the affected areas but also across the nation as manufactured goods stand in store rooms rather than being delivered across the Nation.
This may not seem to be a problem for you until the store shelves start to empty because food can’t be delivered or your power in your home suddenly goes off because power lines go down.
This summer we are already seeing extreme high temperatures in parts of the country.
Not only can this lead to heat related deaths but further taxes our aging electrical infrastructure as people use more power for cooling their homes.
Many of the crops that we rely on for food or that feed livestock depend upon certain weather conditions to grow.
Higher temperatures in the ocean are already affecting the supply of seafood and the jobs that are being lost as those changes affect the seafood industry.
Even a change of a degree or two in temperature can cause major changes in where or even if fish flourish and that affects not only what is available to eat but the jobs created by this industry.
Conclusion to Climate Change and Urban Disaster
The bottom line is that there are changes that are already happening. And those changes aren’t going to be spread evenly.
The poor are going to be effected more than the rich and those areas of the world that already are having problems are going to get worse.
For the prepper that means that we should strive to be more self sufficient and not rely on others to solve this problem for us.
Solar panels are continuing to lower in price while becoming increasingly efficient. This allows us to power our own home and not depend upon distant plants and fluctuating prices.
Many areas of the country are relaxing laws against or even encouraging rainwater collection for both drinking and watering gardens. This gives us the chance to grow our own food.
It’s important to become more self reliant on food production. Even a small garden can make a big difference in your food supplies.
What steps that you take depend upon what area of the country you live in and what problems you might face.
But climate change and urban disaster are a lot more closely linked than many of us would think.