Australian researchers have discovered that the tipping point for ocean acidification caused by human-induced CO2 emissions is much closer than first thought. Dr McNeil warns that this is a tipping point that we don’t want to pass since increase ocean acidification could lead to large scale ecosystem changes.
No tuna fish sandwiches! Where in the heck is SEEMA? (Sustainable Environment Emergency Management Administration)
“There is no such things as SEEMA. You made that up.”
Hey, cupcake, if you believed that, then I’ve got a load of toxic trailers and 4 more years of Wait-and-See policies to sell you.
Dr Jim Hansen is one who sees the writing on the sea wall. We already have begun to see inevitable changes due to rising CO2 levels, to include ocean acidification, loss of fresh water supplies, and a shifting of climatic zones. He believes that it is essential for us now to make an energy course re-correction, i.e., beyond fossil fuels, if we are to reduce the current atmospheric CO2 amounts.
Put this story in novel form and, in the foreshadowing that occurred in the 1970s, we see that our protagonist may have had the luxury to debate how much a course correction could avert such dire consequences. The tragic flaw, as we later learn, carbon dioxide concentrations are higher today than they’ve been in 650,000 years, and our emissions rate has continued to increase. So, it was crucial that America started to cut emissions when there was such convincing evidence. Howsoever, under the guise or morally upright, fiscally sound, conservative politics, greed dictated that denial and delay become the order of the day.
“Solar thermal panels on the White House roof, what was that hick thinking!”
Something that Ole King Coal and Big Oil disfavor, eh, Dick?
Anyway, some see that such inaction has been a great travesty perpetrated upon life on the planet as we know it. As John Sterman has observed, “Wait-and-see policies erroneously presume climate change can be reversed quickly should harm become evident, underestimating substantial delays in the climate’s response to anthropogenic forcing.”
Now January hopefuls here were are with convincing evidence for an even more critical reason to cut emissions. Howsoever, it would seem that greed will dictate that delay is an acceptable strategy. Ah well, another day in Washington Theater, another chance to fret and strut upon the stage.
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