" Guterres has become increasingly outspoken on the climate crisis in recent months, telling world leaders in April: “Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us.”
He has also recently attacked companies and governments whose climate actions do not match their words: “Simply put, they are lying and the results will be catastrophic. Investing in new fossil fuels infrastructure is moral and economic madness.” "
He's correct, of course, but it is about a game and the ideals, beliefs and values it creates. That we all share to some extent, a game of inequality and profits, with its base being morals. Those morals depending on parameters, as f.ex the GDP. It's a game everyone plays, measured in your lifestyle and your country's 'progress'. It makes liars out of most of us.
And this is a guess, but 'compressing' a climate change the way we do should have a good chance to produce a lot of unforeseen effects that otherwise wouldn't be so noticeable, or far-reaching, can't prove it, but we have already been taken with surprise over the intensity of those 'climate pinpricks', haven't we? Keeps me wondering what's next. As Thwaites glacier, Antarctica.
" Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that Earth’s climate responds to changes in greenhouse gas levels. Ancient evidence can also be found in tree rings, ocean sediments, coral reefs, and layers of sedimentary rocks. This ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence reveals that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming. Carbon dioxide from human activity is increasing more than 250 times faster than it did from natural sources after the last Ice Age."
We can't really compare it to anything else geologically. And it should make this extinction event outrun all but the most primitive organisms once it's done. Evolution takes time, that won't be here.
Think of that pot filled with water, simmering, close to boiling. You know that there will come more bubbles, but you can't predict where. You can predict it as a trend, but not pinpoint them. And as everything destabilize with global warming old trends change, and interact. And as it accelerate, it will become increasingly hard to use those statistics to define the next season.
" Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city, began tracking flood levels in 1902 and has seen seven of its worst floods over the past decade, including this year’s.
“Unfortunately, severe floods have been happening over and over in the past decade,” Luna Gripp, a geosciences researcher who monitors the western Amazon’s river levels for the Brazilian Geological Survey, told The Associated Press in a text message. “It is confirmation that extreme climate events are increasing greatly.” "
those studies are forgetting one thing, statistics are based on the past. The climate and local weather is becoming unpredictable, and I mean unpredictable. You will notice it more and more.
" It was the latest in a series of unprecedented nearly back-to-back sandstorms this year that have bewildered residents and raised alarm among experts and officials, who blame climate change and poor governmental regulations. "
Regulations, for a sandstorm? What can they do, regulate it away? It's global warming, knocking on their door.
" at 2° C, Southern Africa is projected to face a decrease in precipitation of about 20% and increases in the number of consecutive dry days in Namibia, Botswana, northern Zimbabwe and southern Zambia. This will cause reductions in the volume of the Zambezi basin projected at 5% to 10%. If the global mean temperature reaches 2° C of global warming, it will cause significant changes in the occurrence and intensity of temperature extremes in all sub-Saharan regions.
West and Central Africa will see particularly large increases in the number of hot days at both 1.5° C and 2° C. Over Southern Africa, temperatures are expected to rise faster at 2° C, and areas of the southwestern region, especially in South Africa and parts of Namibia and Botswana, are expected to experience the greatest increases in temperature. "
" The study is the latest to show the already severe impacts of global heating on millions of people, even though the global average temperature has risen only 1.2C above pre-industrial levels to date. If it rises to 2C, heatwaves as intense as the current one would be expected as often as every five years in India and Pakistan, the scientists estimated.
March was the hottest in India since records began 122 years ago and Pakistan also saw record temperatures. March was also extremely dry, with 71% less rain than normal over India and 62% less in Pakistan. The heatwave intensified in April and peak temperatures of about 50C were seen in May. "