Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Lethal 4th Degree
I'm not talking about any Gung Fu Black Belt here, but something infinitely more devastating.
As recently as 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected a global temperature rise of 2 degrees C (3.2 degrees F) by century's end, and the world just shrugged and carried on business as usual. Now, we're talking about 6-7 C (9.6-11.4 F) perhaps as soon as 2050, or even sooner, and at this still without taking the Methane Time Bomb into serious account. And the world still shrugs, saying, "Leave it to our grand-kids."
But to reach 6-7C/9.6-11.4F, we have to first cross 4C/6.4F, perhaps by 2030, or sooner, and by then it would have been game over.
Why 4C/6.4 F? It is the threshold beyond which all phytoplankton in the ocean will die off, and most land plants will shut down. These two groups share the vital task of oxygen regeneration, so when they collapse, we can begin to count our remaining breaths.
Plus, the phytoplankton is the foundation of the marine food pyramid. If/when it gets wiped out, so will all the fish and marine mammals.
The way we are going, perhaps we should begin to count our remaining breaths now.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)