Not just climate change, climate breakdown

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.

George Monbiot: It’s time we stopped saying ‘climate change’ and started addressing the disaster | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk .

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About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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