Two degrees of warming; We are halfway there
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20-11-2015, 01:14 PM
Two degrees of warming; We are halfway there
When NASA recently updated their Giss temperature record database to include October 2015 they announced it was the first month in the record to exceed the 1951 – 1980 average by more than 1 degree Celsius. It’s a significant number because 2 degrees of warming is generally accepted as the warmest we would like to see it get. BUT, the October single month milestone isn’t really that important to the big picture. It’s just one month, and it’s a deviation from the 1951 – 1980 average.

The bigger picture is that the 30 year average is rapidly closing in on one degree warmer than the same 30 year period 100 years earlier. According to the NASA data the 1886 through 1915 average surface temperature was 13.72 degrees C. The 1986 through 2015 (to date) average is 14.51 degrees C. The 2006 through 2015 (to date) average is 14.67 degrees C. Three of the last six years have been more than 1 degree C warmer than the 1886 through 1915 average. 2010 was 14.72, 2014 was 14.74 and 2015 (to date) is averaging 14.82. We are half way there.

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http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabled...s+dSST.txt

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20-11-2015, 01:19 PM
RE: Two degrees of warming; We are halfway there
I'm on board with the Transhumanist view on the situation. It's too late to stop it from happening. That ship sailed decades ago. Our best hope is to tech our way to a solution.

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20-11-2015, 01:36 PM
RE: Two degrees of warming; We are halfway there
Most of the experts don't think it is to late stop it from exceeding the 2 degree threshold. Many of them believe the long term economic impact of stopping it would be considerably less than not stopping it.

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20-11-2015, 01:44 PM
RE: Two degrees of warming; We are halfway there
I'm all for trying. Worst case scenario, food stops growing the world erupts into chaos and we all die. I can live with that (figuratively speaking Tongue).

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