Climate Change scientists' thoughts on the future

Climate change is accelerating on Earth. Its acceleration is clear here in London, where the temperature yesterday was 22 degrees Celsius. Normally, a Mid-October day in London should be cold (around 12-14 degrees) with rain; it would be time to put on the coat and scarf and dig out a pair of gloves. Instead, it was so warm yesterday that I had to take my summer shorts out of my winter storage bag and put them back on again. This is just one more day in a year, in London, of frankly bizarre weather. After a weirdly freezing March, a drought set in in the South-East of England because a weather system stayed over Ireland and Western Scotland, funnelling warm air to the hot Arctic. That weather system, created by a virtually stationary jet-stream, left London and the South-East of England to bake for months. Although hurricanes are getting the headlines, with good reason, I think 2018's weather in England is just as ominous an event.


Unfortunately, the British press is still giving scant coverage to our accelerating climate change catastrophe but there are television articles being broadcast in other countries. Below is a very good one from Australia. I wanted to put it in this blog because its climate scientists talk about our future in real terms. They know what's coming and they are worrying whether they should have children, because those children will experience its full ferocity. They are planning where they can live in a hotter world, and which countries they'll be allowed to move to, in order to escape deathly heatwaves. These are questions that we all need to be asking now.

It's true that discussions about stopping climate change are going on in the press now, but they are far too late and are connected with no concrete action. Also, there are discussions about reducing the climate change effect to a manageable level but these are based on wildly optimistic predictions and they also have no concrete action connected with them either. Tragically, the opportunity to stop catastrophic global climate change has gone. Feedback mechanisms, such as our warming arctic and the accompanying methane release, are now accelerating global warming forward, like a runaway train on a hill. This is no longer a time for discussion about what to do about stopping climate change. The only valid questions to ask now are 'who will survive what's to come' and 'how will they do it'?