Hawaii News Digest, 07 August 2017, 00:10 hrs, UTC.
Author: Hawaii science writer Jan TedBruggencate.
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Hawaii science writer Jan TedBruggencate presents a sobering, realistic appraisal of our attempts to mitigate the effects of climate change in Hawaii and on the mainland United States. While much of our state and national efforts are well-meaning, Jan believes that current attempts to insulate and protect us from the more devastating consequences of a warming planet will be ineffective and futile in the long term.
Hawaii, like California, is feeling the initial wave of climate change with sea rise, loss of coral habitats, increased flooding, and continuing beach and land erosion. According to Jan, the latest predictions of climate warming “suggest that by the end of this century, there is a 90 percent chance that the earth will be significantly hotter than the 2 degree rise that folks have been preaching.”
Jan contends that recent studies of climate change issued by the International Panel on Climate Change have “seriously downplayed worst case scenarios which are most likely going to happen.”
Jan says her less than optimistic climate change projections are supported by a wide range of ongoing studies that point to deadly times ahead:
“We are already so far down the climate change turnpike that even really strong measures would only keep the warming to 2 degrees, said the paper’s lead author, Adrian Raftery, a University of Washington statistician.”
“Our analysis shows that the goal of 2 degrees is very much a best-case scenario. It is achievable, but only with major, sustained effort on all fronts over the next 80 years,” he said in a Eurekalert article.”
“Scientists have long known it could be that bad, but the International Panel on Climate Change and others have downplayed the worst case scenarios, in part because they are so horrific as to be easily rejected. Imagine cities under water. Farmlands poisoned by saltwater intrusion. Coastal resorts washed away. Flooding in dry areas and drought in our breadbaskets. Storms. Massive wildlife losses.”
“Damages from heat extremes, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise will be much more severe if 2 degrees C or higher temperature rise is allowed. Our results show that an abrupt change of course is needed to achieve these goals.” said one of the paper’s co-authors, Dargan Frierson, a University of Washington associate professor of atmospheric sciences.”
If the world doesn’t do something collectively very soon, future generations will be faced with starvation, destructive weather, loss of livable habitats, and severe water shortages.
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