The climate is heating up far faster than scientists had predicted, spurred by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India. At least it is according to a “top climate scientist”. Again. Which is strange, because as we all know, the world has been cooling down for the past ten years straight and right now, I’m freezing my ass off.
Chris Field, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, said recent studies suggested the continued warming of the planet from greenhouse gas emissions could touch off large, destructive wildfires in tropical rain forests and melt permafrost in the Arctic tundra, releasing billions of tons of greenhouse gases that could raise global temperatures even more.
Uhm.. What continual warming?
“The consequence of that is we are basically looking now at a future climate that is beyond anything that we’ve considered seriously,” Mr Field told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.
“There is a real risk that human-caused climate change will accelerate the release of carbon dioxide from forest and tundra ecosystems, which have been storing a lot of carbon for thousands of years.”
Look, we’ve never seriously considered the future climate. We have seriously considered man made and flawed models of future climates, but never the actual climate. And as for the “real risk” of man made acceleration of released gases, well, there is also a real risk that it won’t. Mainly because, it’s getting colder, not hotter.
However, all that aside, the dire and dreadful warnings continue:
He said that "the actual trajectory" of climate change was more serious than any of the predictions in the IPCC’s fourth assessment report called “Climate Change 2007, which had underestimated the potential severity of global warming over the next 100 years.
“We now have data showing that from 2000 to 2007, greenhouse gas emissions increased far more rapidly than we expected, primarily because developing countries, like China and India, saw a huge surge in electric power generation, almost all of it based on coal.”
“Actual trajectory”? As in “Hockey stick”? And so what? As I understand it, CO2 is what plants thrive on. Could this be the answer to desertification? I can’t help wondering how all this is affecting the percentage of O2 in our beleaguered atmosphere? Maybe this is why I’m so short of breath in the mornings? The damn chinks are suffocating me, albeit very slowly. I mean, our atmosphere is only so big, there’s only so much oxygen to go round. Dilute it with CO2 and there you go. Strange as it may seem though, that isn’t actually happening. O2 percentage is constant. I wonder why and breathe more easily.
He said that trend was likely to continue if more countries turned to coal and other carbon-intensive fuels to meet their energy needs. If so, he said the impact of climate change would be“more serious and diverse” than the IPCC’s most recent predictions.
Oh no. What could be more more serious and diverse than my slow suffocation and eventual slow roasting in the hot dry winters ahead? I’m so glad the IPCC made me aware of that. Mind you, they didn’t tell me how, or what, would be more serious and diverse. Rainfall? Snow? Fish and chips? Anybody?
As if all that scary stuff wasn’t enough the article then goes on to list some pretty wild figures about gassy stuff that really knocks my socks off with worry.
Research presented at the AAAS yesterday suggested that the frozen soil of the tundra stored far more greenhouse gas that previously thought, with about 1,000 billion (one trillion) tonnes of carbon now believed to be frozen in permafrost soils.
By comparison, the amount of CO2 that has been released through the burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution is around 350 billion tonnes.
Ooh.. Research. Must be true then. Mind you, it only suggested, didn’t really confirm. Notice too, “more than previously thought”, not “previously known to be”, and “now believed to be” and not “now proven to be”. Sounds a bit hit and miss to me. A sort of guesstimate. Or maybe just grabbed out of thin air. Or should that be thin, CO2 enriched, air?
Meanwhile, new research on the Southern Ocean surrounded Antarctica suggest that the sea, a vital “carbon sink,” is sucking up less CO2 than before.
More new research. More suggested figures. Pretty lousy research for a genuine scare story. Sorry. Just my humble observation.
I’m sure we’re going to get even more of this claptrap now that we have a brand new president in the USA who is labouring under the Gorian belief that the world is on the verge of atmospheric disaster and that we’re all gonna fry by the year 2100 and that CO2 is the denizen of the planet. Frankly, I never believed it. CO2 levels follow global warming, they do not lead it. The world has been a whole lot warmer than it is now and polar bears and penguins survived that too, otherwise, they wouldn’t be here now.
I also realise that taxes have to be paid to finance this rubbish. Rubbish which feeds itself with our money which is fraudulently raised by idiotic green taxes which help proliferate and finance this stuff. It’s the serpent, eating it’s own tail.
I’m tired of it.