„Most intense Heat Event“ featuring „All-time heat records“, update 🌞
Neues von der globalen Hitzewelle made by Klimawandel:
Telepolis: Hitze ohne Ende: „Die Trockenheit in weiten Teilen Nord- und vor allem Ostdeutschlands hält weiter an, und auch in der nächsten Woche ist wenig Besserung in Sicht. […] Mehr noch als Deutschland sind weite Teile Skandinaviens von der Hitzewelle betroffen. […] Im nordschwedischen Dorf Kvikkjokk am Polarkreis seien am Mittwoch 32,5 Grad Celsius gemessen worden, die höchste dort je registrierte Lufttemperatur. Auch in den benachbarten Regionen Norwegens und Finnlands wurden neue Rekorde registriert, wobei dort das Thermometer an einigen Mesststationen noch um bis zu einen Grad Celsius höher kletterte.“
May 2018 marked the 401st consecutive month in which temperatures exceeded the 20th century average. Climate change, in other words, is not a hypothetical future event — it’s here. We’re living it. And at a major science conference this month, some of the world’s leading climate scientists said it was changing our world in ways beyond what they’d anticipated.
“The red alert is on,” Laurent Fabius, who was president of the 2015 international climate change negotiations in Paris, told an audience last week at the EuroScience Open Forum, Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting. As of 2015, global temperatures had risen about 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. “It’s a race against time,” Fabius said, and the political challenge is to avoid acting too late.
A draft of a forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that leaked earlier this year concludes that global temperatures are on track to rise in excess of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by about 2040. The 2015 Paris climate agreement set limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as a sort of stretch goal, with the less ambitious target being 2 degrees Celsius. The IPCC report, which is expected to be released in October, says that even if the pledges made under the Paris agreement are fulfilled, warming will still exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report also says that the differences between the present day and just 0.5 degrees more warming are “substantial increases in extremes,” including hot temperatures, “heavy precipitation events” and extreme droughts.
NYTimes: In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable: „a recent analysis of climate trends in several of South Asia’s biggest cities found that if current warming trends continued, by the end of the century, wet bulb temperatures — a measure of heat and humidity that can indicate the point when the body can no longer cool itself — would be so high that people directly exposed for six hours or more would not survive.“
The Guardian: Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map': „'The rate of sea level rise is currently doubling every seven years, and if it were to continue in this manner, Ponzi scheme style, we would have 205 feet of sea level rise by 2095,” he says. “And while I don’t think we are going to get that much water by the end of the century, I do think we have to take seriously the possibility that we could have something like 15 feet by then.' […] The man seated next to me leans over. 'If what he says is even half true', he whispers, 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map.'“
Der einzige Vorteil, wenn man sich das Geschrei in den „sozialen“ Medien anschaut: Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure: „The dense network of cables that make up the Internet is likely to be inundated with saltwater as sea levels rise, a new analysis suggests, putting thousands of miles of critical infrastructure along U.S. coastlines underwater in the next 15 years.“ Immerhin.
Fuck yeah, humanity!