But forget about ice ages for as long as you, your grandchildren and their grandchildren will live – if Holocene Mass Extinction even grants us that time. We have a very different planet now, one that is exceedingly breaking all heat records. What we at Bits of Science have thus far largely ignored is that a gradual shutdown is probably equally bad news for anyone anywhere on the planet – and that science says that scenario is perhaps already underway:
The August 2015 global data of NOAA (full report) are just in. It was another record-hot month – the hottest August ever measured – already the 6th month of 2015 to be higher than any other previously recorded (February, March, May, June, July, and August).
We now know – after also record-hot months of June and July that the entire summer season of 2015 was globally the hottest summer the world has ever seen. 2015 is well on its way to become the hottest year ever measured, as we predicted quite some time ago.
In 2014 a Stanford University research group reviewed 55 scientific studies to investigate wether climate change significantly increases the risk of intergroup conflict. There conclusion is that it does:
Over 2006 to 2010 a prolonged drought, unprecedented in modern documented history, caused a farming collapse in Northeastern Syria. Winter rainfall in the otherwise green & productive ‘Fertile Crescent’ decreased by at least a third in Syria (and up to 70 percent in Iraq).
The ancient ‘Fertile Crescent’, the world’s cradle for agriculture, is increasingly threatened by climate change, new research shows
Today’s Graph of the Day has a really sobering message. Within four months of the crucial UNFCCC climate conference in Paris (‘COP21′) countries have submitted grossly insufficient emission reduction targets for the year 2030 – the target year for the new UN climate treaty that will be established at the end of that two-week conference.*