I am worried, dear reader. Really worried about the human race’s inability to take decisive action against climbing greenhouse gas emissions that we are spewing into the atmosphere and oceans.
We, dear friends, are about to cross over into unknown territory for our species. Carbon Dioxide levels are about to exceed 400 parts per million in the atmosphere, and doesn’t look like abating anytime soon. For more information, have a read of this article in Nature, “Global carbon dioxide levels near worrisome milestone“. Please note that when a scientist refers to the word “worrisome”, they are actually screaming DO SOMETHING! They are a conservative bunch.
Comfortingly, the planet is not about to end anytime soon, just because we will pass this level. We might, but it won’t.
As many of you know, we are already well past the “safe” limit of 350 ppm CO2. According to many, we have already locked in 2C of warming for at least the next one hundred years.
At 400 p.p.m. and beyond, the warming planet’s climatic system just gets scarier and scarier, being more unpredictable each passing year.
Dear readers, I am not going to offer you false hope in this post. It is what it is. Information. I believe that it is up to you to figure out what this information means to you personally.
To me, it means that I have to work harder. Harder in my efforts to adapt in place, and reduce our own private emissions in the vain hope that other will follow our example. That is of course that we, as a species, miraculously reduce consumption of everything, lower emissions to a safe limit, and live happily ever after. I can’t see this fairy tale ending anywhere on the horizon, can you?
So I won’t harp on about what you can do to prevent climate change. It is already too late for that now. It is already well underway. What we can do now, and I thought I would never have to say this, is limit the severity of the change, by transforming our energy mix to one that is less reliant upon fossil fools, to a less dense and more renewable one.
No longer can we have our cake and eat it. By the way, I am not depressed, just angry of our current failings, mine included.
Do what you think is necessary. The story should be picked up by mainstream media soon, I should think (or not).