2014 29 x 39” 74 x 99 cm Acrylic on Canvas
Record keeping on climate began in 1850, since the turn of the millennium, almost 94% of countries have recorded their 10 warmest years ever. January 2013 was the hottest month ever recorded in Australia, in June of 2013 the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was taken in Death Valley California. “The evidence for climate change itself is ‘unequivocal’”. What we don’t know and can only speculate on, is exactly what effect Climate Change is going to have on humanity and the planet.
Climate change is caused by carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gasses being released into the atmosphere, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels. These gasses act as a blanket or mirror, reflecting the sun’s rays back towards the earth thereby trapping heat, rather than letting them bounce back into space. It is not however a simple matter of the planet warming. Because of the warming, ocean currents are shifting and this is causing weather patterns to shift. As a result drier regions are becoming drier, and these droughts are causing devastating fires. Also shifting weather patterns are causing, hurricanes, tornadoes, and typhoons to become more intense, unprecedented rains are becoming more common, and crippling snowstorms are falling in areas where snow was not typically seen in the past.
Insurance companies are no longer able to base their risk assessment on historic records, they now have to factor in the growing frequency of “catastrophic weather related disasters,” including floods, wind storms exacerbated in coastal regions by rising sea levels, and droughts which can cause fires.
“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.” according to a United Nations Scientific Panel Report, the report is based on more than 12,000 peer reviewed scientific papers. This is only one of many reports by leading scientists raising the alarm bells about Climate Change. Of all of the Scientists worldwide who are not working directly in the fossil fuel industry, 95 % believe that the looming effects of Climate Change are alarming, or very alarming.
This painting has participated in the following International Exhibit
"Fear IIX" Projekt 30, Online, New York, NY, USA 2014