Abrupt Run-Away Climate Change Is Now

2005 was the warmest year since the late 1800s, according to NASA scientists. 1998, 2002 and 2003 and 2004 followed as the next four warmest years. Scientific predictions regarding the rapid rate and serious impacts of climate change caused mostly by fossil fuel emissions have proven correct. Long-standing warnings that climate changes may be abrupt and particularly severe due to runaway positive feedbacks are also appearing to be confirmed. Our response will determine the extent and seriousness of extreme weather, drought, sea rise, agricultural collapse and forest die-back which are now upon us. The future of humanity lies in the balance – we shall either change our ways and evolve, or suffer a hell on Earth and a grisly death of civilization.

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  1. Barend van der Merwe says:

    Dear Dr Barry
    There has indeed been a lot of hipe in recent years regarding the whole process of Global Warming and climate change. What concerns me is the uncertainty regarding the role of humans in this process. In comparison to the geological timescale, our measured climatic data is infinitesimal and our inferred climatic data from other sources such as ice cores scarcely allow us to glimpse into the distant past (distant being a relative term in itself). This gap in our understanding on how the climate of the earth has changed (and the agents responsible for that change) over the span of its own lifetime, makes me wonder if what we're seeing happening now in terms of climate change is not merely natural change.

  2. Dr. Barry,
    I'm a recruiter who would like to support forward looking companies and forward looking professionals who want to plan strategy specifically for surviving the coming changes. How can I gather the information needed? What companies are taking this seriously? Who are the people, inside these companies, who are known to be taking this seriously?
    Businesses that depend on location will be faced with things like water in the basement and insects in the office, not to mention disruptions in distribution and the effects of hurricanes on operations. We saw a lack of the right people before, during and after Katrina. I'd like to help the right people find the right jobs.
    Connie Hampton

  3. Julian says:

    Dr Barry
    I read with interest the article on the Conveyor. My question pertains to, what key features will we note or experience to indicate that the Conveyor has stopped?

  4. Glenn D D'Angelo says:

    Dr. Barry
    I agree with you on your data finding's. You cant get away from the new's on record high and low temp's. Snow and rain new high record's. Ice shelf's breaking off and melting. Europe right now look's like the north pole. Were having a blizzard in the north east right now. When last month was the warmest on record for january up their. We had 14 inche's of rain in tampabay last week.The weather people were shocked. This week it's 19 degree's below normal. It's not going to happen 20 year's from or 10 year's from now it's happening NOW.

  5. Glenn D 'Angelo says:

    Dr. Barry
    The great Nor-Easter of 2006. As it's being labeled by the media. Record snowfalls in the North-East. The last time New-YORK had that much snow,was in 1947 with 26.8 inche's recorded in Central -Park. It's now at 22.6 and climbing. The data just keep's adding on, leaning toward's Very Abrupt Climate Change. Not the other way. We are seeing a repeat, of the start,of a New Mini Ice Age developing. Both Event's had higher than normal temp's.Both had the slowing of the Gulf-Stream, just before it started. Both had record breaking Snow Fall's both in Europe and the U.S. This is a pattern that can't be denied. I think we have reached a threshold, that can't be reversed. By itelf it does'nt mean much.
    But add on Record Hurricane's last year. The strongest ever recorded. On top of record breaking Snow Fall in Japan as much as 13 feet in 42 citie's. Record cold in India , Snow in China. The list goes on and on. All toward's the ladder it can't be denied. Now we have to find a way to live with it, if we even can.Our worst nightmare is here- The Iceman Has COMETH!

  6. Uncle Pongo says:

    I have kept a garden journal for my New England home for 15 years…
    in 1992 the first frost came on Sept 6th. Each year, literally, it has appeared later. This past year it was nearly Thanksgiving before frost came.
    We had dandelions and candytuft bloom in January. Mosquitos at Christmas.
    And native shrub and tree species are disappearing up and downstream from me. Populations change year to year.
    Anecdotal, but frightening.
    Will the conveyor cease, or will it pick up as the Arctic clears of ice and travel over the pole instead?

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