Thursday, September 20, 2018

Global Warming: If All Human Carbon Emissions Stopped Immediately

Q: What if all carbon emissions magically stopped completely today? A: There would be a tapering off in the rate of temperature increase as the climate catches up with all the carbon that’s on the loose. After maybe 40 more years of zero carbon emissions, the climate would begin to stabilize at a temperature higher than what was normal previous to the stoppage. This is the best case scenario, and that’s only IF mankind contributed no more carbon emissions. And this does not address the interplay of other negative effects of high CO2 on the environment such as ocean acidification, desertification, etcetera. Neither does it factor in the other greenhouse gases’ stories.

My Comment: It’s obvious to all that levels of greenhouse gases will continue to escalate. For how long and how much is unknown. Already the extinction rate is fifty times greater than normal. This clearly indicates that the Sixth Great Extinction is under way. The only difference between this one and previous extinction events is that they were because of natural catastrophes, whereas this one is man made. Therefore, “free will” is part of the equation.

“Extinction is generally the rule.
Survival is the exception.”
                            Carl Sagan

Global Warming Continues To Fuel Climate Change

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases every year, and the rate of increase is not decreasing. The emissions that we are causing today will still be in the atmosphere-ocean system thousands of years from now. Carbon dioxide levels are continuing to grow at an all-time record rate because emissions from coal, oil and natural gas are also at record high levels. We are, as a global society, making an extremely long term climate-change commitment because of the increase in gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

High-tide flooding is happening across the USA at twice the rate it was just 30 years ago. And this flooding isn't necessarily caused by a storm, but by rising seas:

Hurricanes are slowing down worldwide. While this sounds like good news, it isn’t: It’s not that hurricanes’ wind speeds are diminishing, but instead how fast the entire storm moves. As storms move slower, they can unload more heavy rain and pound coastal areas longer, increasing damage. Hurricane Harvey last year was a great example of what a slow storm can do.

Weather Patterns Stalling: