Global warming is one of the defining issues of our time. Drastically shifting weather patterns not just disturb the ecological system but also have a negative effect on the life of humans. This problem, if not monitored, can lead to serious problems that may be experienced on a large scale in the future.
Auroop Ganguly, an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, discusses the phenomena of global climate change and its consequences on all aspects of human health and life. He explains ‘global weirding’ (a term coined by the Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Hunter Lovins) as a concise way to understand the reason behind extreme changes in climatic conditions. On the contrary, ‘global warming’ addresses the patterns of increase in global temperature only. ‘Global weirding’ also studies the consequences of this change on heatwaves, rainfall, and other environmental processes.
According to Ganguly, climate change cannot be regarded as a change in a single season or weather as it can be because of natural climatic conditions. He says,
“climate change refers to a longer-term trend in the average global temperature.”
If unusual variations in temperature are observed for a long time, then this long term-change can be given the name as ‘climate change’. Events like heavy rainfall, increased frequency of heatwaves, solar luminosity, increased concentration of greenhouse gases and extreme cold events are few of the many aspects of ‘Global weirding’.
Moreover, one of the most hazardous impacts of ‘global weirding’ is on the ‘infrastructure, resources, species diversity, and the economy’. This intense climate change is likely to pose a threat to food and water security all over the world. If there are no provisions to handle this manmade change, human life will be in danger as there will be very few natural resources left to sustain it.