Did You Know...

   

New global warming deadline: Reverse it in 8 years or it’ll be too late

Share
By Doug Powers  •  March 28, 2012 02:51 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

For those of you keeping score at home, the climate “tipping point” has been moved slightly forward. The old tipping point was the year 2200. However, revised climate predictions now tell us global warming will be irreversible by the time Al Gore finishes dinner — or the end of this decade, whichever comes first:

LONDON (Reuters) – The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday.

Scientific estimates differ but the world’s temperature looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.

As emissions grow, scientists say the world is close to reaching thresholds beyond which the effects on the global climate will be irreversible, such as the melting of polar ice sheets and loss of rainforests.

“This is the critical decade. If we don’t get the curves turned around this decade we will cross those lines,” said Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s climate change institute, speaking at a conference in London.

Despite this sense of urgency, a new global climate treaty forcing the world’s biggest polluters, such as the United States and China, to curb emissions will only be agreed on by 2015 – to enter into force in 2020.

“We are on the cusp of some big changes,” said Steffen. “We can … cap temperature rise at two degrees, or cross the threshold beyond which the system shifts to a much hotter state.”

These “deadlines” come and go, and those who push them remind me of Robin Williams’ old bit about Colonel Gaddafi’s warning: “This is the line of death: Cross it and die! — Alright, cross this line and die… Okay, cross this line and die…”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

blog comments powered by Disqus

The Day After the Day After Tomorrow: Leo DiCaprio to produce ‘post apocalyptic’ climate change film

February 2, 2016 09:45 PM by Doug Powers

goreleo

Meanwhile, script for “Hypocrite-World” unlikely to get Hollywood green-light

Al-mageddon hath arrived: A decade ago today, Gore issued his 10-year doomsday warning

January 26, 2016 12:22 PM by Doug Powers

gorebear

Is it getting hot in here or is he crazy?

Leo DiCaprio calls for end of fossil fuel dependence at World Economic Forum & Private Jet Parade

January 22, 2016 05:23 AM by Doug Powers

kerrydicaprio

Hypocrite see, hypocrite do

If Bernie Sanders & Michael Moore want to take Flint’s water problem to the top, here’s where they should start

January 17, 2016 10:50 PM by Doug Powers

epa

Aim higher

Clueless people: Bette Midler explains unseasonably warm NYC Christmas week to the ignorant and selfish

December 23, 2015 09:41 AM by Doug Powers

midler

Paris climate agreement not brewing fast enough?


Categories: Enviro-nitwits, global warming, Hollyweird

Follow me on Twitter Follow me on Facebook