“It’s happening that fast,” says Mark Eakin who is with NOAA’s Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division. Global warming turmoil is our new climate reality. The monthly temperature has been above average since 1985. And we are now entering an era of climate consequences. And it’s alarming!

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Credit: daulon/Shutterstock.com (sunset image); NASA/JPL (data and overlay).

It’s Happening That Fast

Monthly heat records are now commonplace. NASA has reported record-shattering warming in 2015. And NOAA has confirmed that May was the 13th consecutive warmest month on record. A string of 13 of them is without precedent.

Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Last year was the first time the global average temperatures were 1 degree Celsius or more above the 1880-1899 average. (NASA)

We Must Declare a Global Climate Emergency – Paul Beckwith

In the following videos Paul Beckwith discusses two of many abrupt climate change and climate weirding events the planet is experiencing. These are the result of Earth’s relentless warming, illustrating once again that it’s happening that fast.

Blue Ocean Event

Paul Beckwith: I discuss the state of Arctic sea ice. Will we have a blue-ocean event this summer, or in the next few years? What are the global implications if this happens? How will the climate system rearrange, and what will happen next? I ponder these extremely important questions, that will affect all people on our planet. Most people are oblivious to what is coming quickly, and will soon reach a state of panic.

Published April 2016
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Jet Streams Crossing Equator

Paul Beckwith: The jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere has crossed the equator and joined up with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. This seems like new behaviour, and indicates that climate system mayhem is ongoing. Our climate system behaviour continues to surprise us in new and scary ways that we have never anticipated, or even seen before. Welcome to climate chaos.

Published June 2016
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NASANOAA, and the Japan Meteorological Agency all agree that the climate extremes of 2016 are unparalleled in modern climate record-keeping. And there’s every indication that 2016 will surpass 2015 as the warmest year ever recorded.

“If you are 30 years old or younger, there has not been a single month in your entire life that was colder than average,” writes Chris D’Angelo, Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii.

Yes, it’s happening that fast!

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Paul Beckwith

Paul Beckwith is a part-time professor with the laboratory for paleoclimatology and climatology, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa. His PhD research topic is “Abrupt climate change in the past and present.” More from Paul Beckwith’s Blog.

 

climate ironyRolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. He’s a Climate Activist and a blogger. He’s a member of 350.Org (Ottawa), Climate Reality Canada and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Ottawa). Rolly has been published widely in both print and online publications. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterLinkedin and Pinterest.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Weirdly, just as the climate is entering wild swings of unpredictable weather extremes, the earth’s electromagnetic field is weakening in many places, strengthening in odd places and the magnetic poles are shifting dramatically causing many scientists to ponder if a magnetic pole flip is coming?
    http://www.universetoday.com/128899/earths-magnetic-field-getting-ready-flip/

    The above report suggests that the shift of magma below the earth’s mantel is altering our protective magnetic shield. This may have added consequences for a climate that becomes alien to many. We are heading into ‘unchartered’ territory and we better make certain that we do our best to keep coping with the extremes that nature may throw at us.

    Certainly, the naysayers of climate change as a man-made acceleration of climate events, will be dancing up and down saying “I told you so,” but they will be wrong to do so.

    Our scientific modelling of our natural world is in its infancy. Indeed, latest Quantum Physics chaos theory is beginning to unravel some of the most difficult theories of how are world works (such as how birds recognise how and when to fly on a migratory journey) and the new theories are astounding! For instance, our hearing is not working the way we think, nor is our sense of smell…all of our senses are actually explainable in the scientific discoveries the smallest bits of our physical world.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/jim_al_khalili_how_quantum_biology_might_explain_life_s_biggest_questions?language=en

    We must not assume that we cannot affect our climate with our actions. Indeed, we can affect so much on this planet with just our presence, let alone our various questionable practices, that we must err on the side of caution and deliver the most environmentally stable action plan for our future that we possibly can. Our survival depends on human’s becoming something greater than bickering individuals constantly pointing fingers of blame at each other. We all need a lesson in taking the moral high ground!

    I watch world events with increasing worry because we appear to be wandering away from accountability and entering a time of ‘every man for himself.’ There are weak excuses for wars, arm waving extremists everywhere, and polarising of cultures, races, religions, and politics that are ripping the fabric of society apart.

    My last word here is that if we don’t find common ground to work on making our natural world a good place for all humans and other animal species to live, we will lose the right to survive on a planet that becomes toxic for our survival.

    • Colette – not a day goes by that I don’t wonder if our world can be saved. I too watch world events with increasing anxiety – Brexit, Trump, Brazil, extreme weather, crises, terrorism and on and on and on. I’m spending a lot of time watching Downton Abbey lately. It seems that the aristocracy had its own problems back in the early 1900s like saving its way of life. Now the stakes are so much higher. Never mind saving the abbeys in England’s countryside. Now we’re faced with saving the planet – a slightly more daunting task.

      Thanks for your comments.

      • Downton Abbey is a really good example of how society changed in Victorian and Edwardian Era’s. The Great War (a tradgedy of human slaughter through the ignorance of the war mongers) did actually wake up the common man into fighting for the right to have a decent life, for women to have a say (the vote) and for children to have automatic rights to an education. It was the beginning of society wrestling off the chains of poorly paid servitude and poverty at the hands of a powerful few.

        In a sense, while Downton Abbey portrays the losses of the aristocracy and the great houses of Britain (not to mention the equivalent in Europe), it is also the story of how the poor begin to find equality and a voice of opinion in matters that affect their own future and that of their children.

        The parallels with today’s disaffection within society to our political leaders (do we trust any of them) are striking. Life will change because it has to….our politicians need to change their ways and embrace a partnership with their constituents. The days of dictatorial governence are dead. No longer should governments make decisions against our will, but must make every effort to embrace a new society that brings environmental wellness to everyone (not just an elite few at the cost of everyone else).

        We are on a new road to building a better world. The politicians and the elites just haven’t realised it yet and are shaking their heads because they don’t see what is happening!

        • The advances of social media have changed our democracies for the better. Leaders can no longer hide in their ivory towers because people on the street are prepared to bring down the towers if need be. Ant that’s a “good thing”.

          Mostly I agree that we are on the path to building a new world but it is a tortuous path to say the least. The advances of terrorism are worrisome. The planet keeps on warming. There is plenty of instability to go around. But then it was the same during the Dowtown Abbey times – societal norms were changing, World War I, Irish tensions, economic instability and more.

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