Calamitous predictions are in print so they must be true?
Center for American Progress climate blogger Joe Romm summarizes “what the recent scientific literature says are the key impacts we face in the coming decades if we stay anywhere near our current emissions path. These include:”
- Staggeringly high temperature rise, especially over land — some 10°F over much of the United States
- Permanent Dust Bowl conditions over the U.S. Southwest and many other heavily populated regions around the globe
- Sea level rise of around 1 foot by 2050, then 4 to 6 feet (or more) by 2100, rising some 6 to 12 inches (or more) each decade thereafter
- Massive species loss on land and sea — perhaps 50% or more of all biodiversity
- Unexpected impacts — the fearsome “unknown unknowns”
- Much more extreme weather
- Food insecurity — the increasingly difficulty task of feeding 7 billion, then 8 billion, and then 9 billion people in a world with an ever-worsening climate.
- Myriad direct health impacts