CO2 levels in the atmosphere have been slowly climbing toward 400 ppm for a good while, and now at long last we’ve finally managed to bump above that level in some locations. This is the kind of shit that happens when proper legislation to prevent such measurements is lacking. Oh well, too late now.
IPS has the story;
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jun 1, 2012 (IPS) – The planet’s climate recently reached a new milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the Arctic.
The last time Earth saw similar levels of climate-heating carbon dioxide (CO2) was three million years ago during the Pliocene era, where Arctic temperatures were 10 to 14 degrees C higher and global temperatures four degrees C hotter.
Research stations in Alaska, Greenland, Norway, Iceland and even Mongolia all broke the 400 ppm barrier for the first time this spring, scientists reported in a release Thursday. A global average of 400 ppm up from the present 392 ppm is still some years off. If today’s CO2 levels don’t decline – or worse, increase – the planet will inevitably reach those warmer temperatures, but it won’t take a thousand years. Without major cuts in fossil fuel emissions, a child born today could live in a plus-four-degree C superheated world by their late middle age, IPS previously reported. Such temperatures will make much of the planet unlivable.
Why do these scientists hate business so much? Isn’t it time we introduced some reason into science curricula in our universities? Don’t these people understand that this kind of scaremongering is an extrapolative attempt to include non-linear phenomena, and that sensible people distrust such things, not least because they don’t know what the hell they mean?
Thank god the good people in North Carolina (previous post) have cottoned on to this brazen attempt to destroy America, and are doing something about it.
We simply cannot allow ourselves to be diverted by this kind of hysteria. The markets have not yet recognized it as a problem, thus it simply cannot exist.
If it did exist, and if making appropriate preparations for such conditions involved a multi-generational re-tooling of modernity, as some foolish people have the temerity to suggest, then markets would have already imposed immense pressure to begin that project in earnest, right? You know, just to be sure we didn’t run out of time.
But they have not, so therefore the problem is not pressing and the science must be wrong. Nothing to be concerned about.