The International Energy Agency has bad news for us all: We’re screwed. As in all of Planet Earth.
Well, those are my words, but they’re as accurate as I can make them in regards to the latest news.
The supposed “2°C warming window” is “about to close” (it already has). But the really bad news is we are on track for 11°F Warming — and that part is NOT coming from me.
“When I look at this data, the trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius [11°F], which would have devastating consequences for the planet.”
Just “4°C (7°F) warming would destroy the livable climate 7 billion people have come to depend upon”.
The bottom line: No crops, no food, no civilization. Much of the world’s forests dead and dying. Oceans so acidic that nothing can live in them.Freshwater scarce (where it’s not flooding). Climate refugees by the BILLIONS. Cities and entire States and even countries, utterly uninhabitable.
No doubt, plans to go underground are being rapidly developed and deployed, but this won’t save those that try to escape, just forestall the inevitable.
Some people do seem to get it:
“Im 17 and been into climate for my whole life. Im sad. I cry at night sometimes, sometimes i wonder if its even worth trying in school and life, since civilisation is pretty much screwed,try and enjoy life while its good. And if any oil/coal people are here i have one thing to say: I hate you. I hope you all die a horrible death, preferably caused by climate disasters. If theres a hell i hope you burn in it. everyone i know pretty much accepts that the future will suck but few know how bad. 🙁 🙁 :(“
Some are still suggesting that we “vote” the problem away. I completely fail to see why anyone would still believe this. Democracy is DEAD.
There is only one way out of this, but it’s so big, so gargantuan in scale, scope and impact, that it will never, ever be tried.
We’d rather die first, and so we shall.
For a current analogy to our collective indifference, consider this story: Crowds On Top Of Mt. Everest
Jockeying for space on the peak of the world’s tallest mountain. As Rainlover said, “Indeed, the latest debacle on the world’s highest peak makes me wonder if any of those extreme mountaineers had an epiphany about the excruciating irony associated with trying to summit Everest IN A CROWD.”
Maybe one or two of them did, after picking their way through the trash, gasping for air.
It’s hard to believe that we’re this dense, facing catastrophic disaster, yet willing to go on doing what we’ve always done.