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Looking at the Musk Ox video took me to the Laurentide Ice Age, just a few years ago when NYC was under a mile of glacier.
That glacier created the modern Great Lakes, Cape Cod, and Long Island. This was during the Pleistocene, when great mammals occupied North America - Mastodons, Camels, and other critters like Musk Ox. Also, humans from Siberia. Wooly Mammoths in New Jersey. Climate change, for the better.
Climate disasters, slowly or quickly, have always been cooling or drying, not warming, and that is somehow never mentioned in pearl-clutching about climate change. Never. Not only not in the popular press, it is not mentioned in introductory textbooks or even scientific publications directly. Those actually do often note that the climate change that was so destructive was cooling, often with very precise data. But somehow it doesn't make it into consciousness that "Gee, has anyone noticed that it is always either cooling or drying that is the problem? Never warming? I'm jes' sayin'."
Warming is probably real and likely even mildly related to CO2. It is also not likely a catastrophe any more than any purely local change is. Sometimes local effects are actually good, and nearly all are tradeoffs rather than disasters.
If you want to get worked up about some environmental cause, I recommend overfishing or freshwater aquifers. If you find causes that specialise in those, send them a few bucks every year.
Assistant Village Idiot
Also, the (premature) shift to electric cars and the requirement for rare metals for batteries is going to come with terrible environmental degradation in mining for the metals.
Assistant Village Idiot: Climate disasters, slowly or quickly, have always been cooling or drying, not warming, and that is somehow never mentioned in pearl-clutching about climate change.
"Global climate change is predicted to change precipitation and evaporation patterns around the world, leading to wetter climate in some areas and drier in others."
How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth — in pictures
A Warming Earth is Also a Wetter Earth
Cold is bad for humanity and life in general. (Some 200 people perished in the recent Texas cold snap and resulting power failure.) We're at what most likely is the end of a warm inter glacial period. We need to be concerned about efficient and cheap energy that can be counted on when the climate turns colder. Wind and solar isn't it. Nuclear and fossil fuels are the best options currently available.
Which is the problem, of course. As climate changes, people may be forced to migrate due to disruption of existing social pattern. Consider how the U.S., with a long history of immigration, struggles with the current levels of migration. Now, consider global dislocation.
Today's massive explosion of an underwater volcano in Tonga is a reminder that cold is what we should be concerned about. It's too early to tell, but even though this eruption spewed dust up to 60,000 ft, it probably isn't big enough to cause serious cooling. Humanity hasn't been so lucky in the past. In 536ad and again in 540ad it's believed there were two massive blasts that together catastrophically cooled the globe for some 15 years, decimating crop yields and killing large numbers.
We don't have a good way of predicting when the next one will happen, but when it does, we'll need lots of reliable energy to keep us warm....