Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action by David Spratt

By David Spratt

Revealing broad medical proof that the worldwide warming quandary is much worse than formally indicated, this meticulously documented call-to-action argues that the planet is sort of on the element of no go back. From huge ice sheets disintegrating and devastating losses of species to the promise that sea degrees will upward push greater than sixteen ft this century, this research exhibits that it truly is not a case of ways even more should be “safely” emitted yet even if emissions might be stopped thoroughly sooner than the Earth’s weather is past human recovery. Demonstrating that those imperatives are incompatible with politics and a "business as traditional" perspective, this survey illustrates how the surroundings faces a sustainability emergency that urgently calls for a transparent holiday from failure-inducing compromise.

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Rising sea level helps unhinge the ice from pinning points … Attention has focused on Greenland, but the most recent gravity data indicate comparable mass loss from West Antarctica. We find it implausible that BAU [‘business-as-usual’] scenarios, with climate forcing and global warming exceeding those of the Pliocene, would permit a West Antarctic ice sheet of present size to survive even for a century. Even in East Antarctica, where total ice loss would produce a sea-level rise of 60 metres, mass loss near the coast is greater than the mass increase inland (mass increase inland is caused by the extra snowfall generated from warming-induced increases in air humidity).

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These things can happen fairly quickly. ’ Much of the West Antarctic ice sheet sits on bedrock that is below sea level, buttressed on two sides by mountains, but held in place on the other two sides by the Ronne and Ross ice shelves; so, if the ice shelves that buttress the ice sheet disintegrate, sea water breeching the base of the ice sheet will hasten the rate of disintegration. In 1968, the Ohio State University glaciologist John Mercer warned, in the journal of the International Association of Scientific Hydrology, that the collapse of ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula could herald the loss of the ice sheet in West Antarctica.

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