What would a catastrophe due to climate look like? India experiences daytime temperatures of at least 140C. Sequoias that are 1,000 years old are being burnt in California like matchsticks. Well, just about anyplace you can imagine, there is flash floods. Numerous severe droughts prevent hundreds of millions of people from accessing fresh water. On the formerly magnificent Earth, it’s just another day.
On the internet, there are rumors that climate experts are hesitant to discuss their personal worries with the public for fear of sparking a generalized panic. However, University College London’s retired professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards William McGuire is not so hesitant. He doesn’t attempt to sugarcoat anything in his most recent work, Hothouse Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality , .
According to The Guardian , the book amply demonstrates how we mere mortals have disregarded unequivocal warnings that rising carbon emissions are severely warming the Earth. Now that we have become complacent, we will pay for it with storms, floods, droughts, and heatwaves that will easily transcend the extremes of the past.
He contends that the most important issue is that there is no longer any way for us to prevent a dangerous, all-pervasive climatic breakdown. A future where deadly heatwaves and temperatures above 50C (120F) are common in the tropics, where summers at temperate latitudes will always be scorching hot, and where our oceans are doomed to become heated and acidic is what we may expect now that we have crossed the point of no return. According to McGuire, a child born in 2020 will live in a much more hostile environment than their grandparents did.
McGuire has gloomy news for those who think we can still use science to solve this problem. Many of the climate scientists I know will say one thing in public but something entirely different in conversation. They are all much more afraid of the future we face in private than they are in public, but they won’t say it. This is what I refer to as “climate appeasement,” and I think it simply makes matters worse. Before we can begin to hope to start tackling the situation, the world has to realize how bad things are going to get. Creating a book about climate change today has similar challenges to writing a book about computer chips in the 1990s. When it is released, it has already become outdated. That is how quickly things are developing.
According to McGuire, who would have imagined that a community on the outskirts of London would be nearly destroyed by wildfires in 2022. That must be the wake-up call that this nation needs. Additionally, the world has already changed as 2022 draws closer. We shall all soon be unable to recognize it. Just take a look at what has already happened to a globe that has only warmed up by a little bit over one degree. As it turns out, the climate is deteriorating much more quickly than early climate models had anticipated. That is not what was anticipated.
We have sleepwalked to within less than half a degree of the deadly 1.5 C climate change guardrail, which McGuire attributes to a conspiracy of ignorance, lethargy, bad governance, obfuscation, and lies by climate change skeptics. Barring a miracle, we will likely crash through it soon. Antnio Gutteres, the UN Secretary General, puts things quite differently. He describes it as a criminal renunciation of responsibility.
Exists any chance? Maybe. McGuire emphasizes that a genuinely catastrophic and unsustainable future can be avoided if carbon emissions can be significantly reduced in the near future and if we begin to adapt to a considerably hotter planet today. The days ahead will be more gloomy, but not fatal. We may not be able to prevent climate breakdown, but we can stop one that is severe enough to endanger society as we know it.
This is a call to arms, so if you feel the need to roadblock an oil refinery or attach yourself to a highway, go ahead and do it. Drive an electric vehicle, or even better, take the bus, walk, or bike to work. Reduce your meat intake and switch to a green energy plan. AVOID FLIGHT. Encourage your political officials to support your causes at the local and federal levels. And make sensible use of your vote to elect a government that actually addresses the climate emergency.
LIGHTEN UP ON THE GLOBAL WARMING CATASTROPH But there is one thing about people. Even in the most dire situations, they can find the funny. Laura Millan provides a compilation of climate remedies in today’s Bloomberg Green that could help slow down, if not completely stop, the impending calamity. Being the grump that I am, Eduardo Gold, a Peruvian native, may be my favorite. He remarked in 2009 that the Andes mountains’ glaciers had melted, leaving behind black ground and rocks that had absorbed solar radiation rather than reflecting it back into space like the glaciers had.
His response? Whiten the rocky outcrops. This plan would also grant Gold access to profitable carbon credits. His concept was widely publicized by national and international media, including the BBC, and he was given $200,000 by the World Bank to make it a reality. However, Millan observes that Gold’s website Glaciares Peru has since disappeared, and there have been no updates on the progress of the project or the whereabouts of the $20,000 since that time.
Man is the only animal that blushes or has to, according to a statement made by Mark Twain. Gold’s misadventure definitely demonstrates Twain’s wisdom.
Everyone is aware that cows, not fossil fuel businesses, are to blame for methane emissions. It turns out that camels are equally as undesirable as cows, and where do you suppose there are many camels? What region is this? Australia, nix. The Australian government devised a creative solution to the camel methane issue a few years ago. With weapons fired from helicopters, go after the 1.2 million camels that are free to wander the Outback! Every camel the hunters killed would earn them carbon credits. We all win, baby!
TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE Here are a few theories about climate created by real scientists. In 2017, Steven Desch, an astrophysics professor at Arizona State University, hypothesized that by harnessing wind energy to push water to the surface where it would freeze faster, we may stop the loss of ice in the Arctic. Assuming Arctic temperatures remain roughly where they have been for the last thousand years or so, with the right tools and a $5 trillion investment spread over a decade, ice thickness would rise by around 1 meter during the length of an Arctic winter. Sadly, average temperatures are rising near the poles faster than anywhere else on Earth, and there is almost any freezing occurring there right now.
John Latham, a former British physicist, proposed sending out ships that might spray seawater into the atmosphere to assist cool the Earth. Others have dreamt of engineering an event that would mimic Mount Pinatubo’s explosion in 1991, which caused the world’s temperatures to drop by around 0.5 degrees Celsius the year after. It doesn’t take a genius to see that, if the madman in the Kremlin gets his way, a nice little nuclear war could keep the globe cool for about ten years. If Putin lacks the will to accomplish that, perhaps Xi Jinping will detonate a few nuclear weapons. Boys and girls, run for cover!
A suggestion has been made by philosopher Matthew Liao, who also serves as the center’s director at New York University. He asserts that alternative remedies are taking too long and geoengineering may be too hazardous. He suggests shrinking infants or making them meat-intolerant in order to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint. He goes on to explain, in a further odd turn of events, that human engineering would be optional but would be encouraged by rewards like tax cuts or free healthcare.
A SUGGESTION FOR THE CLIMATE THAT MAKES SENSE Pakistani woman Malala Yousafzai earned the Nobel Prize despite being shot and almost killed by the Taliban. She founded the Malala Fund organization, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting every young girl in learning to read so she can fully participate in her community. According to a study by her team, nations that have made investments in the education of young girls have had fewer deaths due to floods and droughts than those with lower levels of education for young girls. It claims that by the end of the century, overall emissions from fossil fuels might decrease by up to 40% if females had access to modern contraception and were allowed to exercise their reproductive rights.
This is consistent with something Harry Belafonte told me following a speech at the Kennedy Library outside of Boston during the terror campaign against Iraqis that George W. Bush and his gang of criminal neocon advisers engineered. I enquired about the possibility of optimism for the future from Mr. Belafonte. He did, I was informed. the advancement of females
That might sound absurd now that the Supreme Court and the reactionaries in control of the country are attempting to force their weaponized brand of Christianity down every American’s throat, but what he said then still holds true today.
That makes me think of something Dr. Benjamin Spock once said, back when America was a kinder, gentler place and he was considered as an expert on child rearing. Although he has the ability to be the most evil creature of all, man may also be the most kind and charitable of creatures. The only person who can be made to despise millions of people who are similar to him but whom he has never met and to murder as many as he can in the name of his tribe or his God.
Although the excellent doctor’s statement was not particularly politically correct, he may have been more truthful than he thought. The mass murderers, the bullies, the supporters of more powerful, fearsome weaponry and winning at all costs are nearly usually men. Women work together more effectively and look for ideas that will be acceptable to the greatest number of people.
The empowerment of women might be the only thing that can prevent humanity from being wiped out by the looming climatic catastrophe. If so, all the books, studies, and scientific ideas won’t change the fact that the United States is moving in the exact wrong path. In the end, we might be destroyed by an excess of testosterone rather than carbon dioxide.
LEAVE HIM SMILING Here is a video of a Monty Python sketch that was meant to be humorous but may truly be gospel to the God Squad that wants to rule America today, just to keep things light for everyone. Even so, it merits a smile. Nothing like a little humor may bring the haughty New Puritanism adherents back to reality. It’s likely that these hypocrites won’t see that this piece of Python humor is intended as a jab at their overblown lust.
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