Dear President Trump,
Congratulations on being elected the 45th President of the United States.
In all seriousness though, I have to say climate change isn’t some scheme cooked up by the Chinese, which I am one of. Look at this chart below showing the historical CO2 emissions of the US, Asia and China, my best estimate is that China will probably catch up on the US as the biggest cumulative emitter by 2045-2050. But I am hoping that you will provide much needed leadership on this regard and push both the US and China to the positive direction and for the good of all humanity.
Now here are 10 most important GIF animated pictures/maps/etc. that you may want to have a quick read/watch before entering the White House:
Ice Meltdown in the Arctic between 1984 and 2016
Yeah, it is far from where most Americans live, yet this frigid place is so important for us to foresee our climate future that it has gotten the overwhelming majority of scientists worried. It is like a canary in the coal mine, telling us what’s in store for us in the coming decades. The faster the ice melts here, the less white surface there will be in the summer to reflect a lot of the solar radiation back into space and the more heat the Arctic sea water will absorb, the more heat this ocean accumulates, the even faster the ice melts; on and on goes the vicious cycle…
Glaciers Disappearing in the Himalayas
This is close to my homeland, yet it is also remote and wild and few of my fellow Chinese ever set foot near there. You probably have heard (it’s OK if you don’t believe) that glaciers mostly everywhere are retreating and melting away. Yet what’s more alarming is that “retreat” is such a weak term to describe what’s really happening. These glaciers, taking the Earth millions of years to build up, are thinning down, or pancaking like crazy. Below is the main glacier, under the foot of the world’s tallest mountain, losing a vertical mass of 300+ feet all along its many miles of body length. That is solid ice as high as a Statue of Liberty, gone in just 80 years.
Warming Temperatures Since Late 19th Century
These below are the best temperature trajectories of our planet since record keeping started in 1880s. Things are only getting hotter.
Rising Seal Levels Impacting Coastal Cities
As the laws of physics and chemistry go, warming temperatures lead to melting glaciers and sea level rises, among other catastrophes. Here below is just one illustration of what kinds of scenarios we are faced with on 2C and 4C temperature rises. With the latter, those old days of grabbing the Bull’s balls for selfie fun will be totally gone.
Flooding in this area earlier this year has been really bad. By the way you won most of the states in this map.
Shrinking Lake Mead and Expanding Las Vegas
This is a mixed picture: both expanding human population and overdraft of fresh water resources here in the desert have played a big role in the shrinking Lake Mead. And climate here is only getting warmer and drier.
Fracking in the Heartland
Yep, you also won Texas. And the place ain’t looking pretty from space. But it looks not too bad as we cannot see another layer of the picture, which is the leaking methane that is 20 times or more potent than carbon dioxide.
Mountain Top Removal Mining
This below happened in West Virginia, also in your basket. It isn’t pretty, is it?
The Amazon is losing bigly. Below is what happened in just 12 years in Brazil. It is not, indeed, in America’s backyard, but boy it is going to haunt all of us Earthlings pretty soon.
Decreasing NO2 in the Air in the US
Oh, last but not least, there is good news too. Due to environmental regulations in the US, the NO2 pollution in the air has gone down dramatically, seen below between 2005 and 2014 (less red). China, on the other hand, has gotten worse. So let’s not take out the EPA?
I am sure you are going to have great holidays coming up soon. Please, for the well being of our grandchildren, and their grandchildren, take some time to prepare for your presidency. Let me know if you have any questions for the pictures above. If it’s beyond my expertise to help you, I am sure you could tweet Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio.
God bless us all. We are, after all, just one team, according to your predecessor.
A concerned NYC resident not far from your campaign HQ
P.S. If your family are looking for some good films with entertainment values over the holidays, here are some: