Rainlover sent in this link: ‘Faster Than We Thought’: An Epitaph for Planet Earth
My own views on the future of our grandchildren are even worse. Too many virtually unstoppable positive feedbacks already in motion.
The picture to your left is not from the year 2100 — it’s from January 2012.
It’s hard to even image what the Earth will look like in 2100.
Be sure to read the article on the ticking time bomb – the sudden 50 Gigaton Methane Release.
They’ve been detecting methane plumes wider then 1 kilometer wide outgassing into the atmosphere.
And it’s speeding up.
I’m not a subscriber to the oft-bandied views that this is a ‘fixable’ problem. It simply doesn’t make any sense on the scale of human lifetimes.
Perhaps in 50 generations or so… but then again, who could believe there will even be 50 more generations?
Or even 10?
Our ability to live here is what is at stake, growing enough food, avoiding climate disasters, plague, pestilence, disease, famine and the inevitable resource wars to come.
In the years 2000 – 2012, in just twelve short years, we’ve seen unprecedented environmental disasters, one on top of the other — and they’re accelerating.
From the Heat Is Online:
* Trees absorb less CO2 than IPCC calculated (May, 2012)
* Warming is killing off Minnesota’s moose population (May, 2012)
* Extreme rainstorms in midwestern US have doubled since 1960 (May, 2012)
* Australia’s temperatures since 1950 are the hottest in 1,000 years (May, 2012)
* Climate change will outpace mammals’ race to new habitats (May, 2012)
* Decline in ocean salinity intensifies weather extremes (April, 2012)
* Warming ocean speeds Antarctic melt (April, 2012)
* Climate changes exert biggest influence on corn prices (April, 2012)
* Poll: public is beginning to link weather extremes to warming (April, 2012)
* Britain struggles through its worst drought in 36 years (April, 2012)
* Midwestern US raked by 112 tornadoes in one day (April, 2012)