I keep running into people who call themselves naturalists but are still profoundly ignorant about the ongoing climate meltdown. So let me summarize the current situation so in the future I can simply send them to this post.
1. The fact that human activity is causing an unnaturally rapid climate change has been known for decades; even oil companies accepted it as their internal documents show. It is one of the best-proven facts in recent history of science. All subsequent "controversy" has nothing to do with science (or freedom of speech) - it's a propaganda war waged by oil, gas and coal companies, politicians they have bought, and a few idiots who serve them for free.
2. Constant attacks by paid trolls have made climate scientists overly cautious in their predictions. Also, many secondary causes of accelerated warming and feedback loops making it worse are outside the realm of climate science. What it means is that all predictions are too optimistic. Even the most extreme "climate alarmists" actually have no idea how bad it really is.
3. The climate meltdown is not just unnaturally rapid, it also happens at a time when all of our planet's ecosystems are already falling apart. The pressure on them has been slowly growing since people killed virtually all large animals on one continent after another during the last fifty thousand years, but in the last 300 years it has been worsening exponentially. Many parts of the world are now basically wastelands, and the oceans are also dying fast. We just don't realize how screwed up our planet is because no human living today has ever seen a fully functional, intact natural ecosystem.
4. My prediction is that by the end of this century the planet will be 7-10C warmer, 70-80% of all plant and animals species will be extinct, the climate will be too unstable for agriculture, all ice caps will be gone, the air will not be breathable for humans above 1000 m a.s.l., and human population will be below 10% of the present level and still falling.
5. It is too late to avert the disaster, but we can still try to avoid the worst. The most effective ways to do it is to (1) get rid of anti-environment politicians by whatever means necessary (all of them without exception are thieves anyway), (2) institute steep carbon taxes, (3) strip fossil fuel, timber, fishing and other extraction industries of all subsidies, (4) heavily subsidize renewable energy instead, and (5) subsidize all methods of family planning, including abortion. It is all very simple and will make our lives better in so many ways.
Rhinoceros hornbills / птицы-носороги, Sepilok, Sabah.
Lava fountains from Fissure 8, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii (turn on the sound). The bigger one is ~60 m high, but while I was watching there was an earthquake and the lava shot up to ~200 m; the sound almost busted my eardrums. The fountains are fairly safe to watch from about 100 m, but I took photos and videos from farther away to make the fountains fit into the frame and to avoid overheating the camera. I could probably get even closer, but felt a bit uncomfortable walking on lava that hadn't fully cooled down. The fountains are feeding a massive, fast-flowing lava flow that is entering the ocean 11 km downstream, gradually forming a large delta.
Лавовые фонтаны из Трещины 8, вулкан Килауэа, Гавайи (включите звук). Тот, что побольше, примерно 60 м высотой, но пока я на них смотрел, случилось землетрясение и лава стрельнула вверх метров на двести; у меня от грохота чуть перепонки не лопнули. Cмотреть более-менее безопасно со ста метров, но снимал я с большего расстояния, чтобы фонтаны в кадр помещались и камера не нагревалась. Можно было, наверное, даже поближе подойти, но мне было как-то стремно ходить по не совсем остывшей лаве. Фонтаны - исток мощного, быстро текущего лавового потока, который впадает в океан в 11 километрах ниже по течению, постепенно создавая большую дельту.
Courtship of blue pansies, OIST hillside, Okinawa