- Your lying eyes
- Climate change performance index
- Climate Safety: In case of emergency…
Your lying eyes
Let’s begin with a simple visual presentation using graphs of where we are with respect to climate change:
More on Temperature
More on Ocean Temperature
More on Sea Levels
More on Glaciers
Does there really need to be any discussion of these trends to see what is happening? Can there be any rational doubt? If there is, simply click the appropriate links and read the posts you find there.
So what are we doing about it?
Climate change performance index
“On the basis of standardised criteria the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performances of the 57 countries that, together, are responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.”
First key point, no one is doing enough, absolutely no one. We knew that, but it can’t be stated often enough.
Second key lesson, the worst ten by performance:
51 Greece 44.7
52 Malaysia 44.3
53 Cyprus 43.2
54 Russia 42.6
55 Australia 41.7
56 Kazakhstan 40.6
57 Luxembourg 40.4
58 United States 39.8
59 Canada 38.9
60 Saudi Arabia 32.8
Do you see the perennial whipping boys China or India among the worst ten? I don’t either. In fact the worst 4 are among the wealthiest nations on the planet.
Third, Index ranking of the 10 largest CO2 emitters:
There’s China and India, but until we in the West have surpassed them in our performance we are in no position to be pointing fingers. Not at them, and not at Russia either.
We are the problem, not them. The good news is that since we are the problem we are in an excellent position to take actions that will have real benefits.
Which brings us to.
Climate Safety: In case of emergency…
I am still going through it, but to an extent it is the text version of the graphs and lists presented above and more.
The description on the website: ” ‘Climate Safety’ provides a simple summary of the latest science, delivering a clear message that to have any chance of maintaining a safe climate, we must rapidly decarbonise our society, preserve global sinks, and address the problem with an unprecedented degree of seriousness.
Even with a commitment to 80% carbon cuts by 2050, “Climate Safety” warns that our current policy response does not match up to the scale of the challenge.”
It has become clear from on-the-ground measurements that, in many cases, the observed impacts of climate change have raced ahead of the predictions made in the IPCC’s 2007 report, even in the short time since it was published. [emphasisi added]
Which is a lot to pack into 45 pages, but it is certainly in accord with everything I have seen about where we are and where we are headed.
“You cannot overstate the importance of this report: it has opened my eyes to levels of climate risk far beyond those of which I was aware. Crisp, clear-headed and profoundly shocking, this report should be read immediately by everyone who cares.” [emphasis added]
More good news is that there are chapters on “Solutions” and “Actions” which will undoubtedly provide future content for this blog. They had me sold when they began the Solutions chapter with:
“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
The Lotus eaters will persist in their attempts to be Anti-Peter Pans, viz thinking that if they just focus on happy thoughts and disbelieve hard enough it will all somehow go away. Lacking fairy dust their prospects for success are bleak.
The rational adults need to get going on actual action, particularly those of us in the West. A good start would be to download the report and read it.
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 62 … still no evidence.