‘Gigatons’

November 3, 2016

Global-Warming-keep-earth-green-33320784-800-1208Overcast this early Thursday on California’s north coast, though, the NWS forecasts ‘Partly Sunny‘ for today, and clear tomorrow.
The dinky drizzle expected for last night and this morning never even dinked at all, with the next big storm scheduled for Saturday.

Beyond the anxiety-driven despair of this election, how about some even worse shit than a T-Rump presidency — we might not be able to handle climate change. A new UN report suggests even with global climate accords, action might be too-little, too-late.
The Washington Post this morning:

“It’s just too little, and it’s not happening quickly enough,” said Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP’s chief scientist.
“If we don’t see emissions peaking by 2020, then the chances of getting to 1.5 degrees is vanishingly small.”

Optimism lacking on so-many levels…

(Illustration found here).

Maybe 2016 the year of the loser — the Cubs, however, most-likely the only real winner, but still, there’s Cleveland — and the whole shebang overshadowed by way-likely the most disruptive, disastrous individual in recent American memory — T-Rump. If you support him, you really should seek a mental-health professional.
We have ‘only’ one environment. Global warming by far the greatest problem facing all of humanity right now, though, you wouldn’t believe that during this freak-show, fuck-up of a US presidential election — almost nary a word.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus tapped T-Rump’s influence in an interview yesterday: ‘“Donald Trump talks a lot about building a wall, his pervy love of Putin, and fake colleges he can bankrupt for profit. One thing he doesn’t talk much about is climate change, because he doesn’t believe in it — and because it doesn’t have a grabbable p- – -y.”

And be afraid, way-fucking afraid if T-Rump makes the Oval Office — all/any optimism will be flushed down the giant, carbon-emissions’ toilet.
Science writer Chris Mooney continues at the Post on the UN report, and puts a way-complicated situation into this nutshell:

However, to hold global warming below 2 degrees (at least with good odds), the world can emit no more than 1,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide from the year 2011 onwards — the famous carbon budget.
And given that it’s 2016 already, that number has already shrunken a good bit, by about 150 gigatons.
And of course, the carbon budget is even narrower to hold warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This is the logic behind the inescapable emissions “gap”: If we want to hold global warming to 1.5 C, we need to be emitting only 38.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalents by the year 2030.
For 2 degrees C, there’s only slightly more leeway — 41.8 gigatons.
The promises countries have made under the Paris agreement don’t remotely get there — at best, they’d have us at about 53.4 billion tons in 2030.
The emissions gap is therefore between 12 and 14 gigatons per year if you want to keep the planet at 2 degrees, and between 15 and 17 gigatons per year for 1.5 degrees, says UNEP.
“When you think that one gigaton is the equivalent of taking all European vehicles off the road for one year, and the gap is between 12 and 14 gigatons, you see what the scale of the problem is,” explains McGlade.

Meanwhile, keep up the good work…

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