Worse, Worst and Worsest News About Global Warming

by Mark Kneubuhl –

(December 3, 2012)  In Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, climate change scenarios seemed to be about as bad as one could imagine.  But shortly after its publication, science tempered Gore’s worst case scenario to less alarming levels.

Unfortunately, over the years since that film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, dozens of revisions have been made with consistent scientific consensus of the “real picture”, which depicts a world not far off from that original manuscript.

Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, and using the latest satellite technology to measure sea level rise recent studies have found that sea levels have been rising by 3.2mm per year for the last 30 years. That’s 50% greater than previous studies that determined the annual rise at about 2mm.

If the trend continues then sea levels could be rising by 9mm per year within a century and the total rise by century’s end could be 1.2m or 3.5 feet.

These findings were revealed while nearly 200 countries gather in Doha, Qatar for the latest UN meeting on climate change.

Meanwhile, a report from the US National Research Council, commissioned by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other intelligence agencies, says the consequences of climate change–rising sea levels, severe flooding, droughts, fires, and insect infestations–pose threats greater than those from terrorism ranging from massive food shortages to a rise in armed conflicts.

Last month two major organizations released their most recent findings on climate change with both predicting a future filled with gloom and doom if we stick to our current course and fail to take more aggressive measures. A World Bank report imagines a world 4 degrees warmer (by 2100), which most scientist agree would change predictions in rising sea levels, making a 3.5 foot rise seem rather mild.

Last week The Atlantic published an article entitled, 5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried.  

greenland ice sheet melting, climate changeThese shots published in the World Bank report show an unusually large ice melt over a four-day period, when an estimated 97% of Greenland’s surface ice sheet had thawed by the middle of July 2012.

drought graphic, climate changeThis past summer, the US experienced its worst drought in more than a half a century–severely reducing farm yields, livestock production, and raising food prices globally. The World Bank shared this snapshot of drought conditions covering some 63% of the contiguous US on Aug. 28, 2012.




David Roberts – Climate Change is Simple

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