Global Warming Is Accelerating. (In Other News, Democrats Reverse Platform, Won’t End Fossil Fuel Subsidies)
Yves here. As global warming keeps passing all sorts of tipping points, the Democrats refuse to make even minimal steps to Do Something.
By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny!
The three colors in the chart represent odds that a season will be perceived as cool (blue), normal (white) or hot (red). In 1950 to 1980, if represented on a six-sided dice, there were two blue sides, two red sides and two white sides. “The dice are now loaded, really loaded. … Four sides of the die are now red (hot) and one side is deep red for extreme heat, more than three standard deviations warmer than in 1951-1980. Dark red (22%) is creeping onto another side” (James Hansen et. al.)
As we contemplate the political events of the week — the Republican takeover of the Democratic Party and convention; Democratic media adjunct MSNBC lying about AOC’s Party-approved nomination of Bernie Sanders (before changing their headline); Bill Clinton daring to show his face in public, and post-MeToo leadership letting him — it’s nevertheless impossible not to be overwhelmed by this.
• “Good morning. The Greenland ice sheet has past the melting point of no return“
“[I]ce that’s discharging into the ocean is far surpassing the snow that’s accumulating on the surface of the ice sheet” — Michalea King, lead author of the study and a researcher at The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
“[S]tarting in 2000, you start superimposing that seasonal melt on a higher baseline—so you’re going to get even more losses,” meaning the melt-rate has permanently accelerated while the snowfall has not.
But there’s a bright side: “It’s always a positive thing to learn more about glacier environments, because we can only improve our predictions for how rapidly things will change in the future … The more we know, the better we can prepare.”
We’re learning how to learn sooner how wrong we are, “so we can better prepare.” That’s the bright side.
• “Record Arctic blazes may herald new ‘fire regime’ decades sooner than anticipated”
“Something’s changed in the environment there” — Mark Parrington, senior scientist and wildfire expert at the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.
“This is the type of fire event that would be described by these worst-case modeling scenarios that were supposed to occur mid-century” — Jessica McCarty, a wildfire expert at Miami University of Ohio.
Mid-century (2050) Arctic fires now occur regularly.
• “Global warming is accelerating. 12-month mean peaked just below prior maximum”
“[G]lobal temperature is clearly running well above the linear trend that existed for decades” — climate scientist James Hansen
“1) That jump off the linear trend ought to scare the crap out of you. 2) Who but the careful public managers of your emotions say that being batcrap-scared is a useless response to the climate?” — Yours truly
Nonetheless, not everyone is scared.
• “Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform”
“Roughly half of all U.S. oil reserves required subsidies to generate a profit, according to a study published in the journal Nature Energy in 2017, and that was before the price of crude plunged far below $50 a barrel.” — Huffington Post writer Alexander Kaufman.
“This platform is a step backwards” — Charlie Jiang, Greenpeace.
• “DNC’s Flip-Flop on Fossil Fuel Subsidies Follows Deep Ties the Industry”
“In August 2018, the DNC approved a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that reversed a DNC policy prohibiting it from accepting contributions from fossil fuel PACs. … Shortly thereafter, donations from fossil fuel executives began flowing into DNC coffers.” — Donald Shaw, money-in-politics editor and co-founder, Sludge
• “A-a-and we’re done…” — Yours truly
If the question is climate, who with any power is the answer? Certainly not Joe Biden.
The real answer, of course, is the people, but only if they know it.