We are in a tipping point scenario now…
Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world.
In the contiguous United States, the year was the second-warmest on record, punctuated by a December that was both the hottest and the wettest since record-keeping began. One result has been a wave of unusual winter floods coursing down the Mississippi River watershed.
Scientists started predicting a global temperature record months ago, in part because an El Niño weather pattern, one of the largest in a century, is releasing an immense amount of heat from the Pacific Ocean into the atmosphere. But the bulk of the record-setting heat, they say, is a consequence of the long-term planetary warming caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.
“The whole system is warming up, relentlessly,” said Gerald A. Meehl, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
…climate deniers and minimalists will continue their empty ego driven denial, the rest of us have to cope with the consequences.
Despite the self congratulatory hyperbole of NGOs and Environmental movements desperate to make any inch look like a win, the Paris Climate Change Conference was a failure. We are at risk of run away climate change now, at a speed never before seen on this planet in its entire history.
It n normally takes hundreds of thousands of years for CO2 to naturally build to the levels we have now. We’ve artificially done that in a mere couple of centuries. The ramifications are extreme and the response needs to be radical.
Currently we have a Climate Minister who knows nothing about climate change, NZ water being returned for being too polluted, a do nothing public policy and a political spectrum not responding fast enough.
We need the debate now.
TDB will live stream an alternative Climate Change Conference on 14th February to begin that conversation.