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Climate chaos refers to the runaway and unpredictably interacting effects of Global warming. It poses a globally catastrophic and even potentially existential risk. Climate chaos may lead to the need for massive Geoengineering projects in an attempt to address the problems it creates.
Climate chaos will be manifested in such forms as increased severity and frequency of natural disasters and storms. Erratic regional rainfall, loss of glaciers, and sea level rise could contribute to massive flooding in some regions whilst other regions undergo severe droughts. The global food supply could become an international issue due to famines and crop failures. However, even more devastating may be water shortages, particularly in temperature regions and for the large portion of the population that relies on glaciers for water. Future wars in the Middle East may not be fought over oil, but the basic necessity of water.
With even a small sea level rise, the number of people who would need to be relocated from low-lying countries such as Bangladesh would far dwarf the refugees in need of aid after Hurricane Katrina. Without a transnational government, even beginning to coordinate relief efforts would be a serious challenge.
As global warming reduces access to natural resources, the need to sacrifice the environment for those resources will only become greater. The complex and intricate feedback cycle between loss of resources and greater exploitation of them will have severe and unpredictable consequences. For instance, loss of agriculture can lead to the accelerated cutting down of forests, and the need for alternative fuels could further exacerbate the scarcity of food.
Predictions about the rate of global warming are increasingly pessimistic, and signs of climate chaos can already be seen. Arctic and Antarctic ice are both melting far faster than predicted, contributing to powerful feedback loops. New models of climate change suggest far higher temperature changes than earlier models. Even with a new United States president, the likelihood of nations taking all the actions needed to stop the growth of climate chaos is incredibly low. It will likely take several serious disasters linked to climate change before serious action is taken. At that point, any action taken will have less impact, and demand for limited resources will put an even greater strain on the climate. This is why radical solutions including molecular manufacturing and Geoengineering are worthy of careful assessment.
Because of thermal inertia, even if humans stopped all greenhouse gas emissions, global warming would continue for several decades.
Climate chaos could interact with a Participatory Panopticon. Ubiquitous mobile monitoring devices could lead to greater scientific understanding of the planet’s changes. As the seriousness of climate chaos becomes apparent, monitoring may be implemented to track the behavior of individuals and groups and their effects on climate. The more action to mitigate climate chaos is delayed, the more likely it becomes that such monitoring would be considered necessary.