Devils’ advocate: We are out of time

Posted on August 31, 2023 | By John Risley | 0 Comments


“There is no chance we will achieve the 1.5 C degree limit which has been targeted as the maximum which can be tolerated absent catastrophic consequences.”



No apologies for the drama resident in the headline. We are.

United Nations’ Secretary General António Guterres recently referred to the current heat waves as “global boiling”. Exactly.

Record-breaking temperatures everywhere are accompanied by tornadoes, floods, wildfires—all at unprecedented levels. The ocean off the coast of Florida is over 90 degrees F, killing coral, fish and shellfish. And these events are being accompanied by dire warnings from countless climatologists and scientists regarding the future impact of ice melt in the Arctic and Antarctic, of glacier retreat throughout the world’s mountain ranges, of the carbon-releasing impact from permafrost melt and the currently unknown but potentially dramatic effect of changing ocean currents. I doubt I need to recite more tangible evidence of these sorts of weather extremes to convince you the world is in serious trouble.

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