Climate Change Is Irreversible, But We Can Stop Digging
U.S. Department of Energy environmental researchers warn many effects of climate change are irreversible [ark | moreark | RealClimate], and even if carbon emissions are halted, global temperatures will remain high for 1,000 years. Average global temperature increases are one small aspect of what we can expect — it is the ecosystem collapse [search] including failed crops, starvation, migration from coastal cities, extreme weather, water scarcity and so much more that will kill you. This is not an excuse to go out and party, start panicking and geo-engineering a planet, or otherwise forget about immediately implementing perfectly attainable policies that exist now for saving being. It just is. The truth. And the earliest we “stop digging”, the more damages will be minimized.
The findings just further increase the urgency of policies to reduce emissions as soon and as dramatically as we possibly can, because we are determining human and planetary futures, now. In this regard, Obama's plan to have the EPA reconsider automobile efficiency rules [ark | moreark] is tepid and ineffective. I know, I know, the guy just took office. But being slightly smarter and better than the preceding village idiot is not going to cut it, and we are way past the time where minor policy tinkering can prevent a global apocalypse. We must hold the Obama administration accountable for not getting just any old climate deal, but hold him to achieving sufficient policies to solve the problem, which unfortunately at this point means minimizing it as much as possible.
We and Obama must commit to dramatic emissions reductions including ending the use of coal and ancient forest logging, essentially immediately, if we are to survive. And dramatic energy conservation, efficiency and alternative development. And having fewer babies and things. Anything less is window-dressing, rearranging the chairs on the Titanic, or perhaps best described as watching our children die as climate collapses. It has begun and there is no place to run…
Throbgoblins International: Cantankerous Frank, by Marc Roberts