“While humans are contributing to global warming, we are not the singular cause— warming being part of Earth’s cyclical processes”. This unpopular post of mine a couple of years ago on Facebook rounded an immediate chorus of vehement denial followed by a slurry of supporting media articles links, not to mention a few rude remarks.
My own thought processes were: Though humans can and are doing an inordinate amount of damage on this planet, the sustainability and viability of this planet as a living organism is far greater than our own as a species. This planet has endured cataclysmic events from magnetic pole reversals, ice ages, to megalithic volcanic and seismic activity, not to mention asteroid collisions and destruction caused by its own evolution. Species, including dinosaurs, have come and gone due to inadaptability to the changing conditions here on Earth, of which no doubt they contributed to. Species extinction, in reality, is minimally due to human activity except in most recent history.
My postulate remains and it seems that recent scientific findings lend possibility to such a scenario based on a New York Times report on a paper led by Frédéric Parrenin of the University of Grenoble, in France, scheduled for publication in the journal of Science March 8, 2013.
So what caused the Earth to warm 20,000 years ago after the ice age? The continuous gravitational pull on Earth, as it travels around the sun, by planets such as Venus and Jupiter, but in a different phase of its circuit, resulting in intensification of sunlight. In other words, the Earth’s wobble known as axial precession.
Scientists believe that warming temperatures flush CO2 out of the ocean in the same way that bubbles arise out of soda as it warms. The latest research, according to the NY Times, has it that, “…the sharp warming that ended the last ice age occurred in lock step with increases of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”
The key point that must be considered in the important finding that warming/CO2 are interconnected, as a feedback loop. Solar flares and activity have increased over the last 100 years. In 2003, Richard Willson, a researcher affiliated with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University's Earth Institute, New York was the lead co-author of a study published in Geophysical Research Letters. The study states: "Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to have occurred over the past 100 years.”
A more recent 2009 study by Willson and Nicola Scafetta examines data regarding changes in total solar irradiance (TSI), concluding: "This finding has evident repercussions for climate change and solar physics. Increasing TSI between 1980 and 2000 could have contributed significantly to global warming during the last three decades. . . . Current climate models . . . have assumed that the TSI did not vary significantly during the last 30 years and have therefore underestimated the solar contribution and overestimated the anthropogenic contribution to global warming."
In the most recent research published in the journal Science also on March 8, 2013, scientist Shaun Marcott and his colleagues compiled the most thorough approximation of global temperatures for the last 11,300 years. In summary, the paper offers that variations in sunlight and changes in the earth’s orbital wobble contributed greatly to what is now know as the Holocene period after the ice age. This warming period allowed mankind to rise to global prominence. The paper goes on to document a temperature plateau, a cooling, followed by a temperature spike known as the Medieval Warm Period and then the cooling trend we were on. Until...
And herein lies the contentious divide in scientific community—is human activity causing all, part or possibly even having little effect on global warming? Some scientists believe that the “human induced” current spike in warming temperatures will stave off the next ice age while others believe Earth orbital changes will override any warming trend. Interestingly, current dire global warming projections and warnings do not even take solar activity into consideration. And what about the three year solar minimum study ending in 2007, published in the journal of Nature, that linked declining sun spots to contributing to global warming?
Returning back to the axial precession, it takes around 26,000 years to complete a circuit of the Earth’s axis wobble. During this time glacial ice encroaches as we tip away from the sun and then glaciers melt and waterlines rise as the Earth warms again.
Let’s not quibble that humans are contributing to rising CO2 at a non-sustainable rate. Consider, though, that we have detonated over 2,000 nuclear bombs in testing, a couple in warfare and dumped an unfathomable amount of chemicals into the air and ocean, and yet this stunning cerulean blue ball we call home remains in a state of flux and will out-survive ignorant human behavior rooted in short-sightedness.
Is this an excuse to carry on post-haste with carbon emitting fossil fuel consumption when alternative solutions are known and with the swipe of a few pens strokes, could become part of this country’s new economy, rather than its current military/industrial base? Absolutely not.
In case you are considering how much you like your SUV’s v8, the planet, in its own survivability will not permit you to keep it. We are already seeing this is so. Our home base is a “self-cleaning unit” and will continue to ramp up conditions contrary to human habitation to restore balance in the air, on the land, and in the sea. In addition, Earth and even Solar System-wide cyclical processes trump what amounts to be a blip of human activity in the grand history of this planet. If you like extreme temperatures and weather conditions, carry on. As long as we take the planet out of balance with negligent behavior, harsh conditions will persist.
Our external point of view might reveal that humans, though significant for our taking and lack of giving as inhabitants on the planet, in and of ourselves as an animal species, are more like fleas on the back of a dog, currently a parasitic relationship with the planet until we decide to “grow up”. Capable of making conditions unbearable for ourselves, it is highly unlikely we can “kill” the planet and more likely the planet can rid itself of us. And this is a good thing.
Yet, this is tempered with further consideration. One’s interests, rooted in serving the good of all, would never blindly support any one/group’s agenda or trending movement. In generating a balanced and inclusive understanding of Creation and the human condition, we would first start by going within.
The Earth’s current condition and our relationship to it is metaphoric of a larger point of view that demonstrates the symbiotic relationship within all of Creation. The Earth is affected “up the line” by cyclical orbital changes as well as “down the line”—human activity. It is not one or the other, it is both. We are affected by Earth’s cyclical changes, orbital changes and solar changes. We are also affected by the changes we create within our eco-system as a result of human habitation. Creation begets more creation, rippling both up and down its fractal-like nature in the way a stone sends ripples in all directions upon hitting the water. From formlessness to form and back to formlessness, a “coupling” is always occurring that does not just affect the part, it systemically affects the entire elephant. The symbiosis between form and formlessness, both energy forms known as the Divine Paradox, is the most mysterious of all.
The disharmony and imbalance being created on the planet by CO2 “pollution” is a mirror image of the disharmony and imbalance we carry within us individually and collectively as we focus on our external world, neglecting our internal world. Equally as important as the material world is the non-material world within, by whatever name you wish to call it, that reminds us that we are not our body, but there is non-physical aspect to our “being” that is you beyond the thinker. (Human-Being) It is when we lose sight of our being-ness that we author our own suffering as we beget binary logic leading to irresolvable debate (pollution). This is what we are seeing manifested in our external world right before our very eyes. In Eastern practices, it is said our yin and yang are out of balance.
As you review the studies cited in this article, you will note enough contradictions in them that would lead you to believe we really don’t know how much we are contributing to global warming. What the human knows is but a glint of sunlight across the pond of your soul that ripples throughout all eternity. The human without the being will always devolve into chaos. Instead, reconnect within. Lounge daily in the eternal silence of your beingness, inhaling deeply the spaciousness of your Infinite Self. This is where balance is restored and where you will find peace despite the noise and chaos of the world around you. As you reconnect with all aspects of Creation, you see you are one with Nature and to cause nature harm is to cause yourself harm, for we are one. Choice is then easily revealed for ourselves and for our home planet.
Dedicated to the advancement of human consciousness, Christine Horner is the founder of What Would Love Do Int’l and media arm, In the Garden Publishing. She is the author of the acclaimed book, WHAT IS GOD? Rolling Back the Veil, nominated for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Christine can be found at www.ChristineHorner.com. This article may be printed in its entirety with full attribution.