El Nino ends 12 years of dearth and brings the two-season year: six months of rain, six months drought.
Without traveling south we have moved into the tropics!
Hey, tourists! This is what happens when we leave the sunny lands. Then it begins to rain, and rain and rain. Soon there are floods and mudslides; avalanches bury whole towns; dry creeks and river beds fill with rushing water and overflow-erosion silts them up again; they change course and washout roads. Houses collapse, large buildings tilt over; the cranes to raise them upright sink into the mud and disappear.
Humidity reaches saturation point; the ambient temperature hovers around the same degree as the human body-98.6. The air itself becomes a vast biological culture; bacteria and viruses proliferate and spread on the warm, damp air. Funguses and parasites invade our blood and flesh, weakening our immune systems; they evolve to cause strange disease and early death. Heat and humidity together spawn insects swarming in clouds between raindrops. Even the plants turn hostile!
This is what's in store for us when Global Warming takes over. You ever wonder why civilization didn't begin in the tropics? Now you know! Toynbee was wrong.
There are more vital connections to us, too. Only listen to the way we turn to the media for weather reports. What's up? What's tomorrow? Rain or shine? Warmer or colder?
Our questions warn us the weather is not just good or bad; it could threaten even civilization itself! The fertility of the soil might leach out, or blow away in dust storms. Sea levels might rise, or fall, drowning great city ports or leaving them stranded, high and dry. Increased erosion weighs heavy on continental shelves, levering up earthquakes in the land beyond.
Well, yes, we are right to be concerned! Our deepest subconscious connection to our species evolution warns us that climate ultimately determined how we evolved. Now it's also connected to civilization, the way we know it-or to something else.
Could it be something better? Or worse?!
Remember when people built the first civilizations in the Middle and Near East? Those lands had a different ecology then, with a temperate zone climate. Now they're mostly tropical desert and salt marsh. The ancient cities are long gone, turned to dust, for archaeologists to puzzle over. And the deserts are covered with oil derricks-and new oily cities.
Did the people who built those first cities have a hand in the destruction of their ecology and their civilizations?
Or was it inevitable, given the meltdown of the Great Glaciers toward the end of the Ice Age?
And what do we have to do today with such ancient eco-connections? Is human activity actually bringing on a Global Warming:? What kind of lifestyles will we have, living under t