Dahr Jamail, independent, award winning journalist – (watch here on Vimeo).
Between 150 and 200 species are going extinct every single day. We are likely to begin seeing periods of ice-free Arctic by as soon as this coming summer, or the summer of 2016 at the latest. The 14 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last 16 years. August, September, and October of 2014 were each the hottest months ever recorded, respectively, and 2014 is already tied with the hottest year ever recorded. All this and we are only .85 °C above pre-industrial temperatures. Have we already gone off the climate precipice? What can we expect in the climate disrupted future, and what should we do now?
It’s still t-shirt weather here (mid-day). I’m working outside wondering where all the snow is (ZERO snow here). But Chicago is sub-zero and most of the East is getting pounded by snowstorms.
The cause of these extremes is the extremely erratic jet stream and unbelievably warm water off the East coast (over 21F higher then normal temps). These recordings have been taking place all over the world. It is very evident that the oceans have regulated the temperatures for our survival, but when they’re are “off the charts”, then land dwellers are going to be in big trouble.
It’s extremely obvious to even the most obtuse that our climate has changed. Check out this report from Arctic News. Above freezing in Alaska, and -40 cold headed down to the lower 48. That’s EXTREME. But I suspect that it’s nothing compared to what we’ll see in time.
Got your food preps in yet? Yeah, a bit of shameless promotion, but anyone who thinks they’re going to be unaffected by the climate changes is nuts. What will happen when we start having average temps of just 2°C warmer? If .85 C has already caused these huge disruptions, 2°C or higher (6 °C is now expected) will be rather huge. It won’t be an issue of “breaking all the records”, it will be an issue of “will anything survive?”. Experts say nothing will survive, not even us. But between now and then, it will be degrading climate and decreasing survivability. Life will get harder and harder until we simply can’t survive here anymore.
The need to make individual preparations now cannot be more emphasized. I’ve been issuing this warning for years and years, but climate change has been largely ignored by the American public as any kind of threat. This is a huge mistake.