<b>Climate has changed</b>

EDITOR: According to the news, the effects of global warming are upon us ("Report: Americans feeling impact of climate change," Wednesday). Remember the Mayan apocalypse? Only the past few years since Dec. 21, 2012 show us that the Mayan calendar wasn't heralding the end of the world, just the beginning of a new era.

This new era is one of severe effects from global warming, fresh-water shortages and declining oil supplies. We haven't felt the effects of shrinking oil supplies yet because of a full-tilt run at fracking and increasing railroad oil shipments from that environmental disaster in Alberta. But these won't be able to make up for the increasing shortage of the usual sources from where our oil has been coming from for the last 100 years as they dry up.

And this is only the beginning. Resource shortages, "fished out" overfished oceans, food shortages from decreasing amounts of arable land and power sources too inadequate to produce "alternatives" are on the horizon.

By the time we really begin to feel all of this, there will be more than 8 billion people on the planet. It's been said that "people vote with their feet." What are countries going to do when millions of people go on the move seeking relief?


Santa Rosa