Jason Samenow reports on our new climate regime. Early signs are that this summer might be as bad as last.
Simultaneous heat waves scorched land areas all over the Northern Hemisphere last summer, killing hundreds and hospitalizing thousands while intensifying destructive and deadly wildfires.
… the Earth’s Future study concluded we’ve entered “a new climate regime,” featuring “extraordinary” heat waves on a scale and ferocity not seen before.
… found heat events like last summer’s do “not occur in historical simulations” and “were unprecedented prior to 2010.”
As the climate warms, the study projects that the area affected by heat waves like last summer’s will increase 16 percent for every 1.8 degrees (1 Celsius) of warming.
“Heat waves will likely reach highly dangerous levels for ecosystems and societies over the coming decades,” the study said. [emphasis mine]
According to the study, 22% of Northern Hemisphere populated and agricultural land had extreme heat, and a similar event will happen almost two of three years when we're at 1.5◦C rise. When we hit 2◦C rise, it'll be every year, but an even larger area.
Feedback kicked in.
Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand in the past 12 months, ...
... greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning of fossil fuels, which account for around two-thirds of total emissions, rose by 2 per cent in 2018.
... energy demand growth was driven by a sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating.
... the Koch-affiliated political-action committee Americans for Prosperity, announced that the organization would be backing incumbent Democrats against progressive primary challenges in the upcoming congressional primaries.
Not only is Democratic Party blocking a Climate Debate, and preventing candidates from participating in other climate debates, the Koch money machine will now primary out Dems who'd like to fight climate change. It looks like we've just had another Climate Destabilization Step Change.
Get heat and cold extremes :: turn up Carbon use :: politicians ignore your protests. One step closer to extinction.
"Not only is the Democratic Party:
* blocking a Climate Debate, and
* preventing candidates from participating in other climate debates,
* "the Koch-affiliated political-action committee Americans for Prosperity announced that the organization would be backing incumbent Democrats against progressive primary challenges in the upcoming congressional primaries.
The factors against responsible decision-making pile up until it seems bringing about positive change is beyond our ability to change.
I wonder how the Jews felt when society became their enemy, or how the native populations all around the world felt when men with white skin introduced Capitalism to their cultures and took their resources without adequate compensation and it devastated their lives, or how blacks felt when their own people sold them to slavers and no one heard their pleas, or when ...