The Doomsday Clock, by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, constitutes a potent symbol of the danger we’re in. When taking the ‘minutes to midnight’ from statements 1991 to 2018, an added trend points at Midnight by 2021. Will it be Doomsday by 2021?
The 2018 Statement said that “world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change. [ . . ] Global carbon dioxide emissions have not yet shown the beginnings of the sustained decline towards zero that must occur if ever greater warming is to be avoided.”
Recently, Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, said: “We expect energy-related CO2 emissions will increase once again in 2018 after growing in 2017.”
Next to carbon dioxide, the outlook for other greenhouse gases is also very worrying and the situation could deteriorate very rapidly, as further described below.
[ click on images to enlarge ]Here’s how. As above image shows, oceans continue to warm up, due to the rise in greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.
[ wind speed as high as 268 km/h or 167 mph ]The image on the right shows sea surface temperature anomalies as high as as 7.1°C (or 12.7°F) in the Bering Strait (at the green
Original Title: Doomsday by 2021?
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