At­mo­spheric Green­house Gases Surge to New Record

Trillions - - In this Issue -

Con­cen­tra­tions of car­bon diox­ide in the at­mos­phere surged at a record-break­ing speed in 2016, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the UN'S World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion's Green­house Gas Bul­letin.

The abrupt changes in the at­mos­phere wit­nessed in the past 70 years are with­out prece­dent and will lead to mass ex­tinc­tion much sooner than pre­vi­ously pre­dicted.

The last time the Earth ex­pe­ri­enced a com­pa­ra­ble con­cen­tra­tion of CO2 was 3-5 mil­lion years ago, the tem­per­a­ture was 2-3°C warmer and sea level was 1020 me­ters higher than now but it took thou­sands of years for the changes to oc­cur. At no time in Earth's mea­sure­able his­tory have the level of green­house gases risen so rapidly.

But, global warm­ing and run­away cli­mate change are just get­ting started and CO2 and meth­ane con­cen­tra­tions can only con­tinue to climb rapidly, even if hu­man con­tri­bu­tions drop to zero.

Earth's feed­back loops have kicked in and the planet it­self is now re­leas­ing mas­sive amounts of CO2 and meth­ane from the Arctic, peat bogs and dy­ing forests. Warm­ing oceans will soon be re­leas­ing mas­sive amounts of CO2 as well.

We have been warned about global warm­ing and cli­mate change for more than 30 years but the in­for­ma­tion just hasn't sunk in and most of hu­man­ity lives in de­nial or sim­ply blocks it all out. Some are aware of the sit­u­a­tion but are trapped in a cul­ture that gives them few op­tions.

Even if we can't grasp the con­cept or don't be­lieve it, we are in­deed faced with the col­lapse of our civ­i­liza­tion and a sub­stan­tial de­pop­u­la­tion.

As droughts, floods, wild­fires, ex­treme tem­per­a­tures, ty­phoons, hur­ri­canes and other storms in­crease so will crop fail­ures and the costs to cope with the dam­age. As food prices soar out of reach there will be greater civil un­rest, mass mi­gra­tion and gov­ern­ments will col­lapse.

60% of Earth's wildlife is al­ready gone. The an­nual cost of cli­mate change is al­ready in the tril­lions of dol­lars.

Why can't we wake the hell up?

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