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This is The End

Back to 1988 on CO2, Says NASAs Hansen - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog

James E. Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who has long had a habit of pushing past where many colleagues dare go in describing the risks posed by global warming, has done it again...arguing that the world has already shot past a safe eventual atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, which they say would be around 350 parts per million, a level passed 20 years ago....To avoid a centuries-long slide to conditions profoundly different than those that saw the rise and spread of modern civilization, the paper concludes, humans need to reverse course on emissions rapidly.

"We must begin to move now toward the era beyond fossil fuels. Continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions, for just another decade, practically eliminates the possibility of near-term return of atmospheric composition beneath the tipping level for catastrophic effects.

The most difficult task, phase-out over the next 20-25 years of coal use that does not capture CO2, is herculean, yet feasible when compared with the efforts that went into World War II. The stakes, for all life on the planet, surpass those of any previous crisis. The greatest danger is continued ignorance and denial, which could make tragic consequences unavoidable. "

As that other notable Climate Scientist Jim Morrison said:

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end...

Comments

Hansen is sufficiently discredited now (he is Mr. Hockey Stick after all) that very few people will care much as his verbal extrusions grow ever shriller.

But one is forced to wonder whether he has noticed that since 2001 CO2 has continued to increase but there has been no warming.

Does he, in his heart of hearts, feel just a little smidgeon of worry about this, do you think? That perhaps the whole house of card might come crashing down?

Interesting times.

What about POLAR CITIES for future survivors of global warming?

http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

Good post. Does "be prepared" also mean to think about polar cities for future survivors of global warming, and start planning and designing them now, or is that term "polar cities" forbiggen to mention here?
If not verboten, see images here: http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

-- Danny Bloom
Tufts 1971

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