Prepare For Climate Collapse – Part II
Please read Prepare For Climate Collapse – Part I if you have not done so already. I’ve outlined what climate collapse really means. In Part II, I’m going to outline steps you can take to prepare yourselves whether you are a business or a family.
Extreme Weather Events
Climate collapse means more extreme weather events, seasonal disruptions and unusual weather phenomenon increasing in frequency and severity. Human civilization has been designed around predictable weather patterns. Our cities, businesses, industry, homes and infrastructure were built to endure normal weather and climatic events. We’ve also organized our agricultural practices and harvests around the seasons, which since time immemorial have also been reasonable predictable. “Bad years” usually meant bad weather, sometime it meant pestilence. Insect infestations are also heavily affected by weather patterns. A dry winter or warmer then usual will mean more insects and their larvae will survive. Food production has usually been able to account for these weather variations – but not always.
Both infrastructure and agriculture will be directly affected by inclement weather; the worse the weather / season is, the greater the impact will be on our civilization. 2015 has now already broken all previous records for highest number of hot days in recorded human history, this is expected to get worse every year as higher and higher temperatures are reached. The hottest year on record killed many thousands of people through heat stroke.There were also quite a few extreme weather events that killed many more people (flooding, mudslides, hurricanes, tornadoes) and lightning strikes caused some of the biggest fires in history.
Climate scientists are expecting hotter, drier and longer summer temperatures each year. Winter variations will be abnormal, with droughts extended through the expected rainy season, and other regions receiving huge levels of rainfall and snow. No longer can the normal weather patterns be expected to remain the same. Abnormal is now the new normal – and it will be worse then what we have experienced before.
Excess heat creates excess evaporation (water vapor), which in the form of clouds and precipitation events (rain and snow) will come down in greater intensity then before. We are already experiencing at least 7% more atmospheric water vapor then before, for every 1C in temperature increase, there is a corresponding 7% increase in water vapor, which is also a heat trapping gas. More atmospheric water vapor also means higher temperatures.
Buildings, businesses, homes, roads, bridges, power lines, virtually anything above (and below) ground will be required to withstand extreme weather events. Dry weather, and even drought conditions will be the easiest of all to endure structurally speaking. Roads don’t wash away or flood out in dry weather, but dust storms can and will occur and the high risk of fires. Fire fuels can be reduced provided it is extensively done, yet as recent events have just shown, it will be very hard to deal with these things if the response is too little or too late, or if entire regions and states are impacted by drought year after year. This means it will burn – and there isn’t much we can do about it except get ready.