This story, based mainly on a ‘Science’ magazine article, is almost all pure nonsense. Well, apart from the first four paragraphs which are there purely as attention grabbers. And I don’t mean that what they are talking about is basically untrue. It isn’t. It’s just that the ‘facts’ they use in the story just do not reflect reality. But then we have come to expect that, have we not, about climate science. Experts always, always underplay the truth on the severity of climate change. It is almost as though there exists an unwritten rule to do so in order to not frighten the general population. Well, let me tell you, you need to be frightened.
They talk of what ‘may’ be if ’emissions’ are reduced, but emissions are not reducing. And even with the best will in the world they will never reduce. You are preventing that from ever happening. Yes, you. Me too, of course. I’m just as guilty. I’m not preaching, I’m just laying it all out on the line for you. There is no way in the world that mankind will ever voluntarily reduce their carbon emissions. No way at all.
So, what’s the alternative? We sit down (that’s an individual task and therefore fairly easy to organise – you needn’t worry about what anybody else is doing), and we educate ourselves with the truth on what is happening and will continue to happen at ever increasing rates. And when we have gained some grasp of the truth of the matter (which you will never find in news reports), we consider what things we need to do to best protect ourselves and those we are actually (not ‘feel’) responsible for, and we set about doing what is necessary to best achieve that – forgetting every other consideration.
I think it was back in 2014 that we were told global temperatures had risen by 0.8°C since more stable times. Last year (2018) it was known to be 1.1°C. That’s a 0.1°C annual rise, which means that the rate of increase has increased in recent years. No-one is going to convince me that with this year’s excessive heat there has not been at least a further 0.1°C rise to the new level of 1.2°C. Which means that we are destined to reach the Paris base or ‘aspirational’ point of 1.5°C by 2022 (or perhaps earlier). And 2.0°C, the least, safe, but crossover to dangerous conditions, by 2032.
Who are you going to believe? The facts, or the government paid scientific experts?
Nobody should be fooled into believing that average sea-level rises will be 77cm by 2100. The truth is that it will be something in the order of 2 to 4 metres, and could be much worse. So, such flood maps as are currently available, like the one in this article, can just be thrown out of the window.