George Monbiot describes how the science of climate breakdown is revealing that we’re destroying our planetary habitat even faster than we thought:
- Past IPCC estimates on sea-level rise did not take into account meltwater from glaciers in Greenland
- As the Arctic warms, so enormous amounts of bacteria could become active, biodegrading organic matter currently locked away in permafrost to add vast amounts of additional CO2 to the atmosphere.
- Four degrees of warming could destroy the Amazon rainforest, adding that too to the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide.
Clearly the time for half measures is past: businesses and citizens must demand firmer actions from governments, while taking every possible step in our own realms to contain our energy use.