In Reply to: re: Climate Change posted by Postman Pat on December 10, 2015 at 10:15:51:
Weather changes year to year and month to month - but warming the globe by doubling the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can only increasing the intensity of weather extremes.
Remember the Moon has no greenhouse gases and it's at an average of something like -50C.
We're the same distance from the Sun and quite comfortable in general with the only difference being that the Earth has greenhouse gases.
So doubling the CO2 in the atmosphere is a recipe for trouble. Average temperatures can only go up.
When experts working for Exxon warn that if global leaders don't act to cut CO2 outputs, temperature rises of 5 to 7 degrees Celsius are quite likely (not just a mere 2 Degrees C) - it's time to realise that this is more than serious.
( Exxon is one of the world's oil producers so it is salutary to hear them telling it like it is. The interview was recently in the Washington Post.)
If you think global warming isn't costing you already be prepared to pay for the damage caused by the current floods which are going to cost the taxpayer and anyone who buys insurance. Already the Govt are putting up 15 Million and there's more to come.
The likelihood of this type of flooding getting worse due to more heat being trapped as CO2 levels increase is taken very seriously too by the insurance industry.
You can pooh-pooh it all you like but they are going to put premiums up and they are going to refuse to insure locations that are at high risk from increasing adverse climate change due to the CO2 levels - from 228 pre-industrial to 400 ppm last month and it's still steadily rising.
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