Once Again Climate Scientists Predict End of The World As We Know It – by Carmine Sabia
As the temperature in the Northeast has barely crept above 20 degrees for the past two weeks, climate scientists warn that the end is nigh. And they are taking a shot at President Donald Trump in the process.
Researchers are warning that a large portion of the world could become a desert if the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement are not reached, The Washington Examiner reports:
The findings published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change show that more than 25 percent of the world’s population will live in a perpetual state of drought and growing desertification if the Earth’s temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius by 2050.
The report says the solution is to prevent global warming from rising above 1.5 degrees C, which the researchers say would significantly reduce the number of regions of the world affected by “aridification,” or the drying of the planet.
“Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20-30 percent of the world’s land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2ºC,” University of East Anglia lead researcher Manoj Joshi said. “But two-thirds of the affected regions could avoid significant aridification if warming is limited to 1.5ºC.”
“The world has already warmed by 1ºC. But by reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in order to keep global warming under 1.5ºC or 2ºC could reduce the likelihood of significant aridification emerging in many parts of the world,” China’s Southern University of Science and Technology climate scientist, Su-Jong Jeong, added.
The United States was being railroaded in the Paris Climate Agreement but Trump, who has employed an “America First” foreign policy, pulled us out of the deal in June. The president said he would consider reentering the agreement if the terms were renegotiated, but the remaining parties have not made an effort to do so.
“As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens. The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production,” he said at the time.
And despite the “sky is falling” rhetoric of this set of researchers, another set last week predicted that a mini Ice Age was coming, and it could reverse the damage from supposed global warming, the UK Express reported:
Earth could be plunged into a mini Ice Age in the next few decades, but there is good news – it could override the damage done by global warming.
By 2030 comes about, the temperatures on Earth could be so low that the River Thames freezes over during winter, much like in the last little ice age which spanned from the 13th to 17th century.
Maths professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University said the Ice Age could help offset the damage of global warming.
She said: “I hope global warning will be overridden by this effect, giving humankind and the Earth 30 years to sort out our pollution.”
She added any global warming damage that is undone will be instantly reversed again when the next solar maximum begins in the 2050s.
That is probably because the Earth has been warming and cooling for thousands of years — long before humans and their machines came on the scene.
Humans would be much better off not overestimating our place in the world and assuming what we do, or don’t do, can affect the Earth.