Doomed

WSJ: “The discussions at the U.N. summit came as many scientists warn that the threat of human-caused global warming is growing more urgent. The long-term effects are already manifest in coastal flooding, heat waves and changes in ecosystems, U.S. federal scientists said this year. The past five years have been the hottest in modern times. In September, a scientific panel under U.N. auspices said oceans are warming and ice sheets are disappearing as greenhouse-gas emissions trap heat in the atmosphere. Both human communities and wildlife are at risk. “We lack the ambition needed to avoid this climate emergency,” Norway’s youth delegate to the U.N. summit, Sofie Nordvik, said Sunday. China, the top emitter globally, is adding more coal-fired plants than the rest of the world combined, while also building them internationally. The U.S., the world’s second-largest emitter, is rolling back emissions-reducing rules on energy and transport enacted by the Obama administration. U.S. carbon emissions rose 3.4% in 2018. “Over the past 25 years, the U.S. government’s commitment to climate action has proven to be critical for progress at the U.N. talks,” said Nathaniel Keohane, a former economic adviser in the Obama administration who now leads the climate program at the Environmental Defense Fund, an advocacy group. Global negotiations suffer, he said, “when U.S. leadership is absent, as has been the case under President Trump.” The Paris accord seeks to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition to cap it at 1.5 degrees Celsius. The World Meteorological Organization said this month that average temperatures world-wide in 2019 were 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. With current commitments, global warming is on track to rise to 3 degrees Celsius by 2050 — the date many scientists say is the deadline to reach carbon neutrality or risk irreversible changes to climate patterns and ecosystems world-wide.”

Just in case you missed it, we’re doomed. Yawn.

One Response to “Doomed”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    It amazes me that people believe these fools over personal observation. The weather varies obviously, but things haven’t changed. Still gets cold in winter and hot in the summer, and every year is pretty much the same.

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