Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Humanity is already behind the climate change eight-ball ... by gimleteye

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The wheels are off the climate change wagon.

As hot as it has been in Miami, who can fail to notice this extraordinary, historic warm winter? -- it is only going to get hotter. Faster.

It is going to get hotter because levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere continue to steadily rise. Temperatures will rise faster because the rate of change is logarithmic, not linear.

Consider these two shocking visuals. The first should be noted in context of the consensus by climate scientists that we need to contain the temperature rise to 2 degrees celsius, to avoid runaway global warming.  (Temperatures are soaring in the polar extremes, at a multiple rate compared to lower latitudes, as science predicts.)

"We are entering a climate space now that is entirely different than anything that has existed in the history of humanity, and way out of the range that has existed for the history of civilization."  ... climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University

We don't need more "evidence". We need political will. You need to stand up, to elected representatives in Congress and to President-elect Trump. 

It is time for Republicans to abandon climate change denial. Business leaders should force change at the US Chamber of Commerce and, in Florida, at groups like Associated Industries of Florida. The nation's electric utilities must stop sending mixed messages to consumers.

Join and support the scientists and the science mission of federal agencies tracking the massive changes in climate systems we rely upon, for food and security. 

As your members of Congress to strongly support budgets and the climate assessment missions of federal agencies like NASA and NOAA.

Fact: with climate change and its disruptive impacts to international security and food supply, humanity is already behind the climate change eight-ball. 

"These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane?"
                                                                                                                                      ... from The New Yorker

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