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UN weather report: Climate woes bad and getting worse faster


UN weather report: Climate woes bad and getting worse faster06-11-2022 17:20
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UN weather report: Climate woes bad and getting worse faster
By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Earth's warming weather and rising seas are getting worse and doing so faster than before, the World Meteorological Organization warned Sunday in a somber note as world leaders started gathering for international climate negotiations.

"The latest State of the Global Climate report is a chronicle of climate chaos," United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. "We must answer the planet's distress signal with action -- ambitious, credible climate action."

In its annual state of the climate report, the United Nations' weather agency said that sea level rise in the past decade was double what it was in the 1990s and since January 2020 has jumped at a higher rate than that. Since the decade began, seas are rising at 5 millimeters a year (.2 inches) compared to 2.1 millimeters (.08 inches) in the 1990s.

The last eight years have been the warmest on record, the WMO said in a report that didn't break new ground but was a collection of recent weather trends, data and impacts in one central place.

"The melting (of ice) game we have lost and also the sea level rate," WMO chief Petteri Taalas told The Associated Press. "There are no positive indicators so far."

The only reason that the globe hasn't broken annual temperature records in the past few years is a rare three-year La Niña weather phenomenon, he said.

The data on sea level and average temperatures are nothing compared to how climate change has hit people in extreme weather. The report highlights the summer's incredible flood in Pakistan that killed more than 1,700 people and displaced 7.9 million, a crippling four-year drought in East Africa that has more than 18 million hungry, the Yangtze River drying to its lowest level in August, and record heat-waves broiling people in Europe and China.

"This latest report from the World Meteorological Organization reads like a lab report for a critically ill patient, but in this case the patient is Earth," said climate scientist Jennifer Francis of the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Cape Cod, who wasn't part of the report.

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide all reached record high levels, with potent methane increasing at a record pace, the report said.

That means more than just warming temperatures on land. Ice, both Greenland's ice sheet and the world's glaciers, are shrinking precipitously, the report said. For the 26th year in a row, Greenland lost ice when all types of ice are factored in. The volume of glacier snow in Switzerland dropped by more than one-third from 2001 to 2022, the report said.

But 90% of the heat trapped on Earth goes into the ocean and the upper 2000 meters (6561 feet) of the ocean is getting warmer faster. The rate of warming the last 15 years is 67% faster than since 1971, the report said.

That ocean heat "will continue to warm in the future – a change which is irreversible on centennial to millennial time scales," the report said.

Outside experts weren't surprised by the report and said no one should be.

"What climate scientists have warned about for decades is upon us. And will continue to worsen without action,'' said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd. "Two things must go away: Climate delayism and speaking about climate change impacts in the future tense. It's here."


Really don't know how these people can still print this nonsense, and expect anyone to believe it. How in the hell do they measure sea level rise to the milometer? Hell, measuring the height of a person, can vary an inch. Besides, water is added and removed from the oceans, constantly. Hurricane Ian sucked up a lot of water, and dumped it on Florida. Surprised they didn't mention that 'catastrophe' in their report. Embarrassed maybe? They have been fear-mongering stronger, more frequent hurricanes for decades, an it's just not happening. Milder than past decades. Historically, all the weather events they are crying about, have happened throughout written history, some times worse than more recent years. Surprisingly, no mention of the huge, gaping hole in the Ozone Layer...
08-11-2022 18:24
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HarveyH55 wrote:Really don't know how these people can still print this nonsense, and expect anyone to believe it.

The sad truth is that we live in a world where convenience is king. Convenience stores that charge double for their products wouldn't succeed otherwise. They offer consumers the ability to fill up the gas tank, grab a large soda, some candy, a slice of pizza, a new USB cable to charge your phone, a magazine and be back on your road trip in a few minutes.

Regrettably, this is characteristic of human nature. Humans want convenience. They demand it. Just as convenience stores are happy to make lots of money making commuters' lives more convenient, there are people who are happy to acquire wealth and power providing people the service of doing their thinking for them. The article you posted is just a sample of that service.

You asked how they expect anyone to believe it. You are asking about the very demand of their intended market sector. This world is awash in people who are intellectually lazy who absolutely eat this stuff up because it is so very convenient. Read that article again. Notice how it is so neatly packaged. Notice how no thinking is required, i.e. it's all provided for the reader. Everything that must be assumed and believed in advance is built right in. Please notice how the article does nothing to prepare the reader for any difficult questions because no questions will ever be forthcoming. Those who crave convenience aren't going to arbitrarily give themselves additional work to offset any convenience achieved, i.e. asking questions and seeking verification will always be avoided.

The short answer to your question is that they can continue to print the most absurd crap in full anticipation that large cross-sections of the population will eat it up.

If you ever want to test that theory, post an article about "quantum computing" and see who can't wait to totally believe it.
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