Thursday, 28 July 2016
Climate scientists expected 'nothing like' this year's record-breaking global temperatures
Less than two months ago the Independent carried a report concerning Abrupt Climate Change explaining how Cambridge Professor, Peter Wadhams, had predicted that the climate was changing much faster than had been predicted by the IPCC - who use the average of a variety of data to produce their model [the one used by governments to develop their nation's response to tackle climate change] - today the paper reports:
"The planet’s record-breaking temperatures every month of this year have taken scientists by surprise, according to a leading expert who said they had expected “nothing like” this level of global warming."
"The first six months of this year averaged 1.3 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, compared to the ambition agreed at the Paris climate summit in December to limit warming to as close to 1.5C as possible."
Massive temperature hikes, extreme events, methane releases, 'heat domes', floods and droughts have shown that the climate has already changed and changed in a way that global leaders did not expect nor are prepared for - we are now into a time when we should expect the unexpected.
A time when preparing for this abrupt climate change far outweighs any other issue - but politicians, with a few exceptions, prefer to focus on what might further their careers - particularly in the UK.
The full article can be read here.