Global Warning

Letter/poem

By Dinah Hawken

Let’s say that we are close to reaching 1 degree of global warming. Let’s say that, if we continue to use our present oil, coal and gas reserves, we will reach 2 degrees of warming in fifteen years time, when our small children and grandchildren are 15-20 years old. Let’s say the extreme weather worldwide, and in NZ, this year has been pushed to extreme by global warming. Will the drought, storms and floods occur twice as often, be twice as severe, at 2 degrees? What will the human, environmental and economic costs be? Let’s say our politicians are running around after oil, coal and gas like blind mice. What would anyone sensible do? Cut off their tails with a carving knife?

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Oh and this just out ….

July 23rd, 2013 at 2:45 am
So where are we on the way to doom –
A massive cyclone is forecast to develop in the Arctic, as shown on the image (at the link), from the Naval Research Laboratory.
Within 2 weeks the Arctic Ocean will be completely transformed. The cyclone that appears 6 days out on both the US and European ten day forecasts will massacre the sea ice in what I call “The Great Arctic flush”.
rest at
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-great-arctic-flush.html

= maybe no sea ice in the Arctic by September this year, which is a year or so earlier than ‘we’ have been predicting ?
Don’t expect any ‘scientist’ feeding off the public tit to know or confirm this.
And politicians ? yeah right

But all is well, as the Green Party gave us Kiwi Saver.

What would anyone sensible do?

Ummmm maybe STOP having children?
http://www.vhemt.org

We are @ 400 parts per million (CO2) now, plus double the amount of methane than back in 1850, and the amount of water vapor is up something like 5%.
The last time this planet was @ these levels it was 6 degrees warmer, the oceans were 23 meters higher and there were no humans.
‘We’ are injecting about 3 ppm per year of CO2 into the environment … and this figure is growing FASTER than exponential ie in 2000 it was something like 2 ppm per year, and next year it could be 3.5 ppm and up and up it goes.
The problem is this stuff hangs around for 1,000 years.
Currently we are something like 30 years behind what is already set in concrete, no matter what we do we have at least another 30 years of warming etc.
Humans will go extinct around 4 degrees above pre industrial (1850)
Some facts to ignore
Large-scale assessments

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (late 2007): 1 C by 2100

Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research (late 2008): 2 C by 2100

United Nations Environment Programme (mid 2009): 3.5 C by 2100

Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research (October 2009): 4 C by 2060

Global Carbon Project, Copenhagen Diagnosis (November 2009): 6 C, 7 C by 2100

United Nations Environment Programme (December 2010): up to 5 C by 2050

These predictions do not take positive feed backs into account.
They ignore these facts

Positive feedbacks

Methane hydrates are bubbling out the Arctic Ocean (Science, March 2010). According to NASA’s CARVE project, these plumes were up to 150 kilometers across as of mid-July 2013. Whereas Malcolm Light’s 9 February 2012 forecast of extinction of all life on Earth by the middle of this century appears premature because his conclusion of exponential methane release during summer 2011 was based on data subsequently revised and smoothed by U.S. government agencies, subsequent information — most notably from NASA’s CARVE project — indicates the grave potential for catastrophic release of methane.

Warm Atlantic water is defrosting the Arctic as it shoots through the Fram Strait (Science, January 2011). This breakdown of the thermohaline conveyor belt is happening in the Antarctic as well.

Siberian methane vents have increased in size from less than a meter across in the summer of 2010 to about a kilometer across in 2011 (Tellus, February 2011)

Drought in the Amazon triggered the release of more carbon than the United States in 2010 (Science, February 2011)

Peat in the world’s boreal forests is decomposing at an astonishing rate (Nature Communications, November 2011)

Invasion of tall shrubs warms the soil, hence destabilizes the permafrost (Environmental Research Letters, March 2012)

Greenland ice is darkening (The Cryosphere, June 2012)

Methane is being released from the Antarctic, too (Nature, August 2012). According to a paper in the 24 July 2013 issue of Scientific Reports, melt rate in the Antarctic has caught up to the Arctic.

Russian forest and bog fires are growing (NASA, August 2012), a phenomenon consequently apparent throughout the northern hemisphere (Nature Communications, July 2013). The New York Times reports hotter, drier conditions leading to huge fires in western North America as the “new normal” in their 1 July 2013 issue. A paper in the 22 July 2013 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates boreal forests are burning at a rate exceeding that of the last 10,000 years.

Cracking of glaciers accelerates in the presence of increased carbon dioxide (Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, October 2012)

The Beaufort Gyre apparently has reversed course (U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, October 2012)

Exposure to sunlight increases bacterial conversion of exposed soil carbon, thus accelerating thawing of the permafrost (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 2013)

Summer ice melt in Antarctica is at its highest level in a thousand years: Summer ice in the Antarctic is melting 10 times quicker than it was 600 years ago, with the most rapid melt occurring in the last 50 years (Nature Geoscience, April 2013)

Floods in Canada are sending pulses of silty water out through the Mackenzie Delta and into the Beaufort Sea, thus painting brown a wide section of the Arctic Ocean near the Mackenzie Delta brown (NASA, June 2013)

Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a study accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface (July 2013)

Loss of Arctic sea ice is reducing the temperature gradient between the poles and the equator, thus causing the jet stream to slow and meander. One result is the creation of weather blocks such as the recent very high temperatures in Alaska. As a result, boreal peat dries and catches fire like a coal seam. The resulting soot enters the atmosphere to fall again, coating the ice surface elsewhere, thus reducing albedo and hastening the melting of ice. Each of these individual phenomena has been reported, albeit rarely, but to my knowledge the dots have not been connected beyond this space. The inability or unwillingness of the media to connect two dots is not surprising, and has been routinely reported (recently including here with respect to climate change and wildfires) (July 2013)

Life as we know it has ended.