Hothouse earth?

Summers Are Getting Hotter

Heatwaves are rolling through the Northern Hemisphere – again. Is this still an exception to the rule?
Summer temperatures have shifted drastically in the past decades as the graphic below from the New York Times New York Times clearly illustrates.

Summer temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere

Source: New York Times

On the tipping point to a hothouse earth

The term hothouse earth seems to be on everyone’s lips. But what does it actually mean?

It describes a scenario where global temperatures will be 7 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 5 degrees Celsius) higher than preindustrial temperatures and sea levels will be 33 to 200 feet (10 to 60 meters) higher than today.

Scientist warn of tipping elements

A cause for concern are so-called tipping elements, such as thawing permafrost soils in Russia, which could trigger a chain reaction.

According to Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Center,  the first big goal is the complete stop of carbon emissions by 2050, but that won’t be enough. The whole world needs to become sustainable across all sectors, in order to stay away from said tipping points.

climate change tipping elements
Source: Stockholm Resilience Centre

 

Climate protection starts with you

Each and every one of us can make a contribution to climate protection. What it takes is a fundamental social change, a responsible approach to our environment.
Together we can achieve an energy revolution. There is no alternative, really. So let’s get cracking and don’t forget to check out my last post on how to save energy this summer.

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