Climate Change Round up


Animals

No one could have predicted that rapid anthropogenic Climate Change is having an effect on billions of years of programmed evolutionary instinct.

People

More small villages and nations are losing habitable land due to rising sea levels, while we have first world legislatures debating whether or not Climate Change exists.

“Climate change is real in our places,” Rimeta Beniamina, a government MP and vice-chairman of his parliament’s climate change committee, told me, expressing surprise at what was going on in the chamber a few metres away.

“A few years ago it was not taken very seriously. But now quite a few villages are experiencing hardship. Beaches are eroding, houses are falling down, crops are damaged and livelihoods are destroyed.

“The intrusion of salt water is very evident. The sea level may be rising millimetres a year, but it is still rising. The strong winds and rising tides are the worst part. Once the salt water enters the land, that’s it. Trees are falling along the coast, crops dying, pigs and chickens are affected.”

Once again, I would encourage refugees to pitch their tents in or near buildings where their nearest parliament or congress meets. Maybe after walking through enough tent cities, they’ll start to develop a conscience and question whether taking the campaign contributions from oil companies is worth it.

Ha ha… just kidding. Your average MP or Representative had their conscience surgically removed quite some time ago.

General

And a new study

A new study by Australian scientists projects that the world will likely warm between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels by 2100. The study published in Nature Climate Change finds that exceeding the 2-degree threshold is very likely under business-as-usual emissions scenarios even as scientists have long warned that passing the 2-degree mark would lead to catastrophic climate change.

“This study ultimately shows why waiting for certainty will fail as a strategy,” lead author Roger Bodman from Victoria University said. “Some uncertainty will always remain, meaning that we need to manage the risks of warming with the knowledge we have.”

Bear in mind those numbers are average global temperature rise, so on land and in urban areas, the rise in temperature could be even higher.

According to the study it’s unlikely that temperatures will rise more than six degrees Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit) this century. But the World Bank has recently noted that a rise in 4 degrees Celsius would lead to a world wholly different than the one we inhabit today, including agricultural collapse, economic turmoil, and mass extinction on land and sea.

So there’s that. Nature has a way of balancing itself out. Of course, that way could lead to a couple billion people dying, the collapse of modern civilization, and a return to a hunter-gatherer subsistence economy.

On the other hand, if we invest heavily in solar, wind, and other renewable energies now, and Climate Change turns out to be all bollucks, we’ll be looking at a future of… electric cars, clean energy, clean water, and landscapes that aren’t being turned into industrial waste pits due to oil, natural gas, coal, shale sands collection.

Yeah, that sounds equally bad.

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