Chi Minh City, along with the rest of southern Vietnam, “could all
but disappear” by 2050.
Thailand, currently home to over eight million people, is under
Iraq, the nation’s second-largest city, “could be mostly
underwater” by mid-century.
seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously
thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some
of the world’s great coastal cities.
“The authors of a paper published Tuesday developed a more accurate way of calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way of estimating the effects of sea level rise over large areas, and found that the previous numbers were far too optimistic. The new research shows that some 150 million people are now living on land that will be below the high-tide line by mid century. Read more . . .
Climate deniers often accuse scientists of exaggerating the threats associated with the climate crisis, but if anything they’re often too conservative . The quote below is from an article in The Guardian by Dale Jamieson, Michael Oppenheimer and Naomi Oreskes.
“For political leaders and business people, we think it is important for you to know that it is extremely unlikely that scientists are exaggerating the threat of the climate crisis. It is far more likely that things are worse than scientists have said. We have already seen that the impacts of increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are unfolding more rapidly than scientists predicted. There is a high likelihood that they will continue to do so, and that the IPCC estimates – that emissions must be rapidly reduced, if not entirely eliminated, by 2050 – may well be optimistic. The fact that this conclusion is hard to swallow does not make it untrue.” Read more . . .
“Greenhouse gases are raising the Earth’s temperature faster than previously thought, according to new climate models due to replace those used in current UN projections − meaning a bigger heat rise by 2100 than thought likely.
“Separate models at two French research centres suggest that by then average global temperatures could have risen by 6.5 to 7.0°C above pre-industrial levels if carbon emissions continue at their present rate, the website phys.org reports.” Read More . . .
“We are watching this sleeping giant wake up right in front
of our eyes,” said Merritt
Turetsky, an ecologist at the University of Guelph. “We work in
areas where permafrost contains a lot of ice, and our field sites are being
destroyed by abrupt collapse of this ice, not gradually over decades, but very
quickly over months to years.”
“One-fourth of all the land in the northern half of the
globe is defined as permafrost. This long-frozen soil is home to the detritus
of life over many thousands of years: the remains of plants, animals and
microbes. The permanently frozen soils of the region hold, so far in a harmless
state, 1,600 billion tonnes of carbon: twice as much as exists in the
“And as the Arctic warms, this could release ever-greater
volumes of a potent greenhouse gas, to accelerate global warming still further,
and the consequent collapse of the soil, the flooding and the landslides could
change not just the habitat but even the contours of the high latitudes.” Read more . . .
Read the researcher’s article published in Nature (International Journal of Science) April 30, 2019HERE. It is well worth the time. The first image of the Batagaika crater in eastern Russia is stunning. Look closely at the trees to get a feel for its size and character.
Abrupt thawing of permafrost is dramatic to watch. Returning to field sites in Alaska, for example, we often find that lands that were forested a year ago are now covered with lakes. Rivers that once ran clear are thick with sediment. Hillsides can liquefy, sometimes taking sensitive scientific equipment with them.
“Air pollution in the form of aerosol particulates . . . play an important role [in climate change], but because they are washed out by rainfall, their average lifetime is in the order of a week. Hence their effects are not global but rather regional, and their production has to continue for their effects to be present. Their effects are also complex because some reflect the sun and cause cooling, some (carbonaceous) are dark and absorb the sun’s rays, and many become involved in clouds and affect the brightness, lifetime and disposition of clouds; in general, they cause a cooling effect.
“In contrast, even if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere today, the elevated concentrations already established would persist for some time, thus underscoring the need for urgent reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Hence, changes in atmospheric composition, and particularly the increase in carbon dioxide concentrations, enhance the greenhouse effect, although with important regional effects from aerosol particulates.”
2018 Ludwick Lecture — Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)