A vision of our future by 2065? Very likely - as well as mass murders, terrorism, wars and mayhem - all from hotter temperatures!
"Global temperatures are warmer than about 75 percent of anything we've seen over the last 11,000 years or so."
Now that’s changed, and we learn warming is outpacing anything we’ve seen for the past 65 million years. A report out of Stanford University and published in the journal Science shows the extent to which the rate of climate change is going to wreak havoc and catastrophe on our human world if the projections hold up. (And with fracking and massive release of methane gas on offer in the U.S., the pace of warming will pick up if anything!)
The Stanford researchers in their paper state that the pace will accelerate to 50 or even 100 times faster than anything we’ve seen before. If this is so, it means we are well under way to experience the dreaded runaway Greenhouse effect. Scientific American explains:
As if this wasn’t bad enough, another study, this one from the University of Texas and published in the journal Nature, has found that the Antarctic permafrost too is melting at a rate 10 times anything seen before; in the case, in the past 11,000 years. While they don’t attribute the change to increased temperatures (it’s rather “altered weather patterns”) that won’t be much satisfaction to the small islands in the Pacific and elsewhere affected by much higher sea levels on account of the added methane released from the permafrost melt, and the more rapid sea ice melting.
The Stanford team has far less optimism and for good reason: To keep up with current pace of global warming, according to study author Christopher Field, we will need to start adapting on a considerably faster schedule (i.e. maybe get used to no a/c during heat waves since at the pinnacle our power grid won't be able to handle it anyway!). The outlook for mitigating its effects now, in his estimation, is not so good. As he put it:
problem is that this is about as likely to transpire as our pusillanimous
congress finding the balls to halt the NSA surveillance over reach. (Or equivalently, advanced aliens from Tau Ceti
landing to stop the NSA for the good of everyone on the planet.)