The land in Netherlands is subsiding quicker than expected. Climate change is playing a major role in the Netherlands sinking more than expected, say researchers.
A team of researchers have incorporated three different types of measurement data into the underlying model: satellite radars, GPS and gravity measurements. The data has been used to create an interactive map on a website accessible to the public. Because the map not only shows the different types of soil in the Netherlands, but also the location of oil and gas fields, it clearly reveals the causes of the subsidence observed.
The new data clearly demonstrates that if subsidence continues at its current pace, it could mean the end for the typical Dutch landscape of meadows, cows and windmills or cause huge damage to historic city centres. This damage will reach € 22 billion by 2050.
This damaging Dutch report came almost at the same time when federal scientists in the United States warned that climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth. Furthermore, without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century.
Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur.
This issue is an issue for the entire mankind where it would only be wise for the U.S. leadership to take charge in different fronts and tackle this issue. That said, it is next to impossible when one political party – read, the Republic Party – is in such denial about the global warming that it only begs one question: has there ever been an organisation in human history that is dedicated, with such commitment, to the destruction of organised human life on Earth with their denial of global warming, and their plan to absolutely “do nothing” to tackle this issue that effects every single human on the earth?
The only answer I can come up with is that Republican Party is criminally insane for denying global warming and derelict in their duties for doing nothing about it.