October 27, 2023: 030–Robert and Eric interview Rob Paola, a retired meteorologist who worked studying weather patterns. Rob is passionate about extreme weather and climate issues including the increasing threat of climate change. For example, ice caps have a large impact on earth’s temperature and are vital to the stability of the earth's climate. South and north pole ice caps regulate earth’s temperature keeping it relatively cool and stable. As we lose the ice caps due to global warming from burning of fossil fuels, this will have a significant impact on future global warming. Once you lose the cooling effect of ice caps, global warming will accelerate, leading to a series of global impacts that will fundamentally transform society and ecosystems worldwide. Without ice caps, weather and life will become much different on earth.
Rob explains the ocean level variation that will occur due to climate change. There is an average height of the ocean regulated by global precipitation and evaporation patterns. With melting ice caps and glaciers, water volume will increase causing ocean levels to rise, possibly as much as 10 to 20 feet in some areas. This will have a significant impact on low lying coastal communities, and impact will be felt with coastal storms causing ocean water to move further inland. Moreover, warmer waters will lead to a longer hurricane season which can lead to a greater number of hurricanes, and an increased risk of more intense hurricanes. Rob explains how a two degree warmer planet holds 14% more water mass. This means the atmosphere will be able to hold more moisture, leading to heavier rainstorms in the future with more intense downpours and flash flooding events. As municipalities design their drainage system based on expected large downpours of the past, we know that most are not designed to handle much larger downpour events. Even more significant impacts are expected if the earth experiences a 4.5‑degree Celsius warming by 2100. You will see less occurrence of cold temperatures; more severe heat and heat waves; melting of ice caps and raising sea levels; more wildfires; more droughts; more hurricanes; high precipitation events; and a fundamental shift in the planet’s ecosystems, including changes in marine life and how insects impact forests. These are all impacts that will lead to social changes, including a mass exodus of people fleeing areas experiencing extreme weather. Not a pretty future all because we refuse to use 1 out of 10,000 energy from recent sunlight and stick to the apartheid against renewables.