Saturday, June 18, 2016
The Burning Planet and the Nasty Surprise
It's going to be a really hot weekend in the place where I live, so I'm hoping to spend as much time as possible at the beach.
But I wonder how much longer I'll be able to do that, as the world just keeps getting hotter and hotter.
For this couldn't be more alarming.
May was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records according to figures published this week that are the latest in 2016’s string of incredible climate records which scientists have described as a bombshell and an emergency. Seven climate records set so far in 2016.
The series of smashed global records, particularly the extraordinary heat in February and March, has provoked a stunned reaction from climate scientists, who are warning that climate change has reached unprecedented levels and is no longer only a threat for the future.
This couldn't be more disturbing.
“There is some unexplained part to this and it is concerning, because we don’t understand it and it is hotter than expected,” he says. “I hope the data coming in the next six months or so will bring us some important clues.”
“What’s worrying [about the record-breaking 2016] is that we are in unprecedented territory and we don’t really know what the consequences will be,” he says. “There are likely to be plenty of surprises, some of which will be nasty.”
And what bothers me is how little is being done in Canada to cope with any nasty surprises, or for that matter try to limit the damage.
For beyond our endless debates about building more pipelines, which I'm pretty sure will one day be seen as absolute madness.
There is also the fact that most Canadians appear in no hurry to change their way of life.
For while countries like Norway are making bold plans for a greener future.
We still love our cars, this is what rush hour looks like in a city like Toronto...
And we're still heading blindly towards an ever more dangerous future.
Which seems to be arriving much sooner than anyone had expected.
And one can only wonder, what are we doing?
And where are we going?
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