01 October 2009

A 4 degree world



A recent conference in Oxford attended by the best and brightest of the climate science academy examined the prospects and impacts of 4 degrees of global warming. The prognosis is not good. New Scientist have done a good summary with a Google Earth interactive guide (download .kmz file), but if you have a spare hour listen to some of the presentations available on the conference website; Prof. Schellenhuber's and Richard Betts' from the Met Office are a must.

3 comments:

  1. I ran across your blog as I was exploring environmental blogs, and am adding you on my blog to my list of enviro blogs... I'm ordering your book to read. Scarey stuff, but people need to get their heads out of the sand and push the politicians...

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  2. Most of the known world cannot survive what that map reveals. Most plant and animal life will die. Plants cannot adapt anywhere close to the time frames this signifies. Animals will attempt to migrate, but will be restricted by dying plants that support the bottom of the food chain. Humans will also suffer terribly, unable to produce enough food.

    This is the terrifying secret that we're not being widely told, although some people have figured it out already.

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  3. This is the terrifying secret that we're not being widely told, although some people have figured it out already.
    When a species overshoots* the inevitable result is population crash and dieoff.

    * Overshoot, which in this context is shorthand for ecological overshoot, occurs when a population’s demand on an ecosystem exceeds the capacity of that ecosystem to regenerate the resources it consumes and to absorb its wastes.

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