Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math: Three Simple Numbers Add Up to Global Catastrophe


This summer has been a record breaking year for our planet with the hottest summer of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of our planet is significantly higher than the 20th century average.  The odds of these events occurring are 3.7 x 10-99. British journalist, George Monbiot, wrote “I can say with some confidence that we’re losing the fight, badly and quickly – losing it because, most of all, we remain in denial about the peril that human civilization is in.”

Scientists want to point out the importance of three numbers:

The first number is 2 degrees. The world’s nations gathered in Copenhagen in December to recognize that “the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below two degrees Celsius.” So far we have raised the average temperature of our planet to .8oC, causing more damage than expected.  Given all this information some scientist believe 2o   would be a catastrophic target. Kerry Emanuel of MIT states “Any number much above one degree involves a gamble.

The second number is the 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide that will pour into the atmosphere by the midcentury. Other computer models show that even if we stop the increase of CO2 emissions, we will still raise another .8o, meaning we are already 3/4ths of our way to our target maximum.

The third number is the 2795-gigatons of fossil fuels we plan on burning. With these numbers, we are put into a position where our fate has basically already been chosen, unless everyone decides to do anything to try and stop the already undergoing catastrophe. To read more please visit:

Alejandro Rey

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