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t_paynes_ghost
03/15/19 7:42:28 AM
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/13/arctic-temperature-rises-must-be-urgently-tackled-warns-un

Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found.

Winter temperatures at the north pole are likely to rise by at least 3C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, and there could be further rises to between 5C and 9C above the recent average for the region, according to the UN.

Such changes would result in rapidly melting ice and permafrost, leading to sea level rises and potentially to even more destructive levels of warming. Scientists fear Arctic heating could trigger a climate tipping point as melting permafrost releases the powerful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, which in turn could create a runaway warming effect.

What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic, said Joyce Msuya, the acting executive director of UN Environment. We have the science. Now more urgent climate action is needed to steer away from tipping points that could be even worse for our planet than we first thought.

The findings, presented at the UN Environment assembly in Nairobi on Wednesday, give a stark picture of one of the planets most sensitive regions and one that is key to the fate of the worlds climate.

Last years stark warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, setting out the dramatic impacts of 1.5C of global warming, did not include the impacts of potential tipping points such as melting permafrost.
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If melting permafrost triggers a tipping point, the likely results would be global temperature rises well in excess of the 2C set as the limit of safety under the Paris agreement. Nearly half of Arctic permafrost could be lost even if global carbon emissions are held within the Paris agreement limits, according to the UN study.

Even if all carbon emissions were to be halted immediately, the Arctic region would still warm by more than 5C by the centurys end, compared with the baseline average from 1986 to 2005, according to the study from UN Environment.

That is because so much carbon has already been poured into the atmosphere. The oceans also have become vast stores of heat, the effect of which is being gradually revealed by changes at the poles and on global weather systems, and will continue to be felt for decades to come.

The assembly heard that there was still a need to fulfil the aims of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change and to take further action that could stave off some of the worst effects of warming in the near term. We need to make substantial near-term cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, black carbon and other so-called short-lived climate pollutants all over the world, said Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finlands environment minister.

Making drastic cuts to black carbon and short-lived pollutants such as methane could reduce warming by more than 0.5C, according to previous research.
Bat178
03/15/19 7:43:33 AM
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God, can this day get even more depressing? First the New Zealand massacre, now this?
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Kazi1212
03/15/19 7:44:51 AM
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If were already doomed might as well keep using cheap oil and coal
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DemonBuffet
03/15/19 7:47:07 AM
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Its ok, King Trump says this is fake news.
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apolloooo
03/15/19 7:59:03 AM
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Good. Erase this cancer called homo sapiens off the face of earth
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Solid Sonic
03/15/19 8:04:02 AM
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I told you that there's no coming back from climate change.
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Antifar
03/15/19 8:07:21 AM
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Kazi1212 posted...
If were already doomed might as well keep using cheap oil and coal

That's the wrong reaction. Climate change is a sliding scale, not an on-off switch. We should not just say "oh well, we're in for a little bit, might as well make it even worse."
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Solid Sonic
03/15/19 8:08:12 AM
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Antifar posted...
Kazi1212 posted...
If were already doomed might as well keep using cheap oil and coal

That's the wrong reaction. Climate change is a sliding scale, not an on-off switch. We should not just say "oh well, we're in for a little bit, might as well make it even worse."

The problem as I see is it is when I'm an old man, I feel like I won't want to live on this planet anymore because we did so much damage.
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KamenRiderBlade
03/15/19 8:12:13 AM
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Solid Sonic posted...
The problem as I see is it is when I'm an old man, I feel like I won't want to live on this planet anymore because we did so much damage.
That's a bad attitude, humanity should be working to fix it, no matter what.

All people of all ages should be contributing to that solution.

Not just clocking out because you're old.
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t_paynes_ghost
03/15/19 8:12:46 AM
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Solid Sonic posted...
Antifar posted...
Kazi1212 posted...
If were already doomed might as well keep using cheap oil and coal

That's the wrong reaction. Climate change is a sliding scale, not an on-off switch. We should not just say "oh well, we're in for a little bit, might as well make it even worse."

The problem as I see is it is when I'm an old man, I feel like I won't want to live on this planet anymore because we did so much damage.


Can you really not broaden that scope of vision to more than just yourself?
Solid Sonic
03/15/19 8:13:28 AM
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KamenRiderBlade posted...
Solid Sonic posted...
The problem as I see is it is when I'm an old man, I feel like I won't want to live on this planet anymore because we did so much damage.
That's a bad attitude, humanity should be working to fix it, no matter what.

All people of all ages should be contributing to that solution.

Not just clocking out because you're old.

All I'm saying is that heat and extreme weather patterns are going to make living anywhere on Earth a drag when I'm like 70.
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Kazi1212
03/15/19 8:15:54 AM
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Antifar posted...
Kazi1212 posted...
If were already doomed might as well keep using cheap oil and coal

That's the wrong reaction. Climate change is a sliding scale, not an on-off switch. We should not just say "oh well, we're in for a little bit, might as well make it even worse."


Only were not in for a little bit, as the article says - 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable. Climate change is already pretty bad, and a rise in 2C being inevitable basically spells doom and gloom for humanity regardless of whether we switch to cleaner energy sources. Additionally, at this point its almost impossible for the world to agree on drastically cutting carbon emissions anyway, and America isnt the biggest problem on that front, China and India will be more of a problem in that regard. Tl;dr good luck thinking a push to convert to cleaner energy will somehow save us from doom. The better hope we have is to invest our collective resources into new technologies and inventions that can reengineer Earths climate, not try to get the whole world to agree on cutting emissions which is a fantasy if there ever was any.
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Bat178
03/15/19 8:18:37 AM
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On another climate change related subject, students are going on strike today to protest: https://www.vox.com/2019/2/21/18233206/march-15-climate-strike
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