According to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate advisor to the European Union, “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet”. As fascism and the horror of murderous hate crimes are spreading around the world, governments are presiding over runaway climate change, leading toward a mass extinction of species, costing the lives of billions and the demise of much of nature, while children are protesting the betrayal of their future.
More than 30 years since Professor James Hansen, then NASA’s chief climate scientist, presented a stern warning to the US Senate regarding the existential risk posed by global warming, the consequences are upon us of the ignorance, criminal denial, and pro-carbon ideology promoted by vested interests and their accomplices among the political classes and in the media, as the climate system is shifting into a dangerous uncharted territory. While the Earth as a whole continues to heat, transient temperature polarities between warming land masses, and Arctic-derived cold air masses lead to extreme weather events.
SOURCE: Andrew Glikson. “At a Climate Tipping point.” Social Policy Connections, 29 March 2019.
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