The following is from Climate Code Red website, this is the summary page, put here in it’s entirety, bolded emphasis mine for impact.
* The extensive melting of Arctic sea-ice in the northern summer of 2007 starkly demonstrated that serious climate-change impacts are already happening, both more rapidly and at lower global temperature increases than projected. Human activity has already pushed the planet’s climate past several critical €œtipping points€, including the initiation of major ice sheet loss.
* The loss in summer of all eight million square kilometers of Arctic sea-ice now seems inevitable, and may occur as early as 2010, a century ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projections. There is already enough carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere to initiate ice sheet disintegration in West Antarctica and Greenland and to ensure that sea levels will rise meters in coming decades.
* The projected speed of change, with temperature increases greater than 0.3°C per decade and the consequent rapid shifting of climatic zones will, if maintained, likely result in most ecosystems failing to adapt, causing the extinction of many animal and plant species. The oceans will become more acidic, endangering much marine life.
* The Earth’s passage into an era of dangerous climate change accelerates as each of these tipping points is passed. If this acceleration becomes too great, humanity will no longer have the power to reverse the processes we have set in motion.
* We stand at a time where we still have the power to make a choice. Only by dealing with the full scale and urgency of the problem can we create a realistic path back to a safe-climate world. Targets should be chosen and actions taken that can actually solve the problem in a timely manner. A temperature cap of 2€“2.4°C, as proposed within the United Nations framework, would take the planet’s climate beyond the temperature range of the last million years and into catastrophe.
* The loss of the Arctic sea-ice unambiguously represents dangerous climate change. As the tipping point for this event was around two decades ago when temperatures were about 0.3°C lower than at present, we propose a long-term precautionary warming cap of 0.5°C and equilibrium atmospheric greenhouse gas level of not more than 320 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide.
* The USA’s leading climate scientist, James Hansen, stated recently that we should set an atmospheric carbon dioxide target that is low enough to avoid €œthe point of no return€. To achieve this, he says, we must not only eliminate current greenhouse gas emissions but also remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and take urgent steps to €œcool the planet€.
* These scientific imperatives are incompatible with the €œrealities€ of €œpolitics as usual€ and €œbusiness as usual€. Our conventional mode of politics is short-term, adversarial and incremental, fearful of deep, quick change and simply incapable of managing the transition at the necessary speed. The climate crisis will not respond to incremental modification of the business-as-usual model.
* There is an urgent need to reconceive the issue we face as a sustainability emergency, that takes us beyond the politics of failure-inducing compromise. The feasibility of rapid transitions is well established historically. We now need to €œthink the unthinkable€, because the sustainability emergency is now not so much a radical idea as simply an indispensable course of action if we are to return to a safe-climate planet.
The very dangerous and current levels of 383 ppm of C02 in the atmosphere already represent catastrophic climate change in our future without ANY increase in C02 levels. New data indicates that we must reduce C02 to far lower level, immediately.
The current emphasis of course, is “business as usual” as we continue to over develop our planet, rape the land for tar sands and mineral resources and just keep on doing what we’ve already done.
It is now very clear that the worlds oceans are reaching their maximum potential to absorb both carbon and heat (as far as future life on earth is concerned). Scientific analysis has determined that atmospheric warming lags decades behind this vast reservoir of climate change indicators. The current IPCC targets for C02 levels is grossly overstated and an exceedingly dangerous target that will doom the planet to wide-spread extinction levels.
“The problem now is to engineer an emergency global mobilization and to “cool the earth” as quickly as humanly possible.”
I have previously stated that there has been a constant need to “upgrade” all of the estimates and predictions based on climate science as the planet heats up faster then everyone has predicted. This has proven to be resoundingly true, as new data is released, it is already out-of-date.
I’ve also attempted to convey what changes to our planet and our way of life will in all probability, occur. This has also proven to be true, but we’re still waiting (as always) for the other shoe to drop, meaning the panicked governmental and public response to climate change.
This is now an absolute certainty to occur – and it will lead to the disruptions, interruptions, supply shortages, relocations and police state and the military actions and resources wars I’ve predicted.
I well realize that this is far to “real” for almost everyone and that this blog has become too much “dire warning” to digest. One person told me that I should call it the “daily diet of doom” which is both laughable in a humorous sort of way, and quite accurate in a very real sort of way.
We are doomed, because I do not believe that the false optimism expressed by the “defeated scientists” in their laboratories will save any of us. “I am also aware of ‘operational psychosis’ among several climate scientists, who are in total surrender in their labs and speaking optimistically in public.
Yet despite all this negativity, I refuse to give up, because by doing so, we are absolutely certain to kill all life on the planet, including ourselves. From Code Red:
1. Our goal is a safe-climate future €“ we have no right to bargain away species or human lives.
2. We are facing rapid warming impacts: the danger is immediate, not just in the future.
3. For a safe climate future, we must take action now to stop emissions and to cool the earth.
4. Plan a large-scale transition to a post-carbon economy and society.
5. Recognize a climate and sustainability emergency, because we need to move at a pace far beyond business and politics as usual.
Giving up simply is not an option — but change is.
A lot of very misinformed people are still stupidly arguing that anthropogenic climate change doesn’t exist; that it is a UN or NWO “plot” to take over resources; that humans cannot possibly cause the planet to heat up; and a lot of other absolute nonsense which has long been discounted. This really means that they have given up. They’ve given up on logic, common sense, knowledge or change. They are quite unable (and usually quite unwilling) to see that humans have caused terrible damage to the planet.
Unfortunately, they number a rather significant percentage of the human population on Earth. Education is key for these people, if you can get them to read. Personally, I do not have the patience for this, the time for stupidity and ignorant arrogance is past, and this is probably the #1 reason why we will all wind up suffering for our own arrogant folly. We’re all too entrenched to change quickly enough, rapidly enough to forestall the catastrophic effects of climate change.
A crash program of global education is absolutely essential and long overdue, but I don’t know if this would work because it would refute so much of our present way of life and current civilization. Big business and industry hate environmentalists or anyone that has anything to do with affecting their bottom line. And our world caters to money, not science, not logic, not common sense, but greed, avarice, power and control. The “ownership” question has already been answered for these capitalists, and they’re quite happy to claim such privilege.
I’d like to see change, in time, effective and widespread — a serious, earnest attempt to stop contributing to our own destruction. So far, all I see in pontification everywhere I look. I don’t even know another person who has give up driving. A lot of excruciatingly tiny and feeble efforts have begun to change the status quo, but my great concern is that this is woefully inadequate and it probably is.
I’m advocating realism, if you’ve read the last several blog entries you’d have seen that. The more real I seem to get, the quieter this blog becomes. This entry is along the same vein, I’m trying to be very, very real about what these signals all mean. I am loathe to put a time frame on any of it, because in reality, it’s meaningless anyway. If we’re headed over a cliff — we’re headed over a cliff! The end result is the same.
We can go on digesting more and more news like this, our “daily diet of doom”, and we will. Personally, I’m moving ahead towards a low-tech, non-electric, non-petroleum future in my personal plans. It does not frighten me or frankly, even concern me, I’m looking forward to it. It’s the “best I can do” in reality and reality is where I’m trying to stand. If the world is changing and it’s my fault for my own levels of contributions — then I must change, simple as that. It does not matter if our world is out of synch with this, it’s always out of synch. I’m only able to change myself — and tell someone else about it and why I did it.
Change is essential, just as much as the “try” is, despite the outlook or the predictions. It is after all, all we can do and the most common sense, logical approach there possibly is.