We do indeed live in interesting times.
For years, nay decades they have been wittering on about this magic 1.5 degrees of warble gloaming. I don’t know what’s so important about 1.5 [why not 1.4 or 1.6?] but this is apparently a magic number. Again they don’t seem to know what is going to happen if this 1.5 is reached. Will the planet explode? Will all volcanoes, even the dormant and extinct ones suddenly erupt? Will earthquakes rip the planet asunder? The way they have been going on about it, it must be something spectacular.
So we’re going to reach it. My guess is that nothing will happen. Okay some places are going to get long heatwaves and others are going to get a lot of rain but that is happening anyway.
What happens when we reach 1.5? Will they finally shut the fuck up about warble gloaming because nothing happens? Will they invent another new number and start screaming about 2 degrees? That would be my bet. After all they have to have a panic event to worry us all into paying ever more “carbon taxes” and to keep themselves in a job.
But passing the level in one of the next few years would not mean that the Paris limit had been broken. Scientists say there is still time to restrict global warming by cutting emissions sharply.
Ah, so they thought of this one. If we pass the limit we have to redouble our efforts to stop passing it again.
One thing that has frequently puzzled me is their obsession with “the second half of the 19th Century”. Why not the 18th? Century? Or the 15th? Or any other century? The simple answer I suspect is that they haven’t of course got the numbers, and if they did it would show that there is nothing extraordinary going on at all, just the planet doing its thing as it always has done.
Just as an aside to all this, I read an article which was highlighted by Mac If you haven’t already, then read it..
It makes for a very interesting read if not food for thought?