Be Aware Right Now
Last year, in one of the earlier posts on climate change
I indicated that the rate of increase of CO2 was increasing,
and that this acceleration, if true, is a big concern.
Here is the story that makes that concern official.
Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded
By David Shukman
BBC science correspondent
"US climate scientists have recorded a significant rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, pushing it to a new record level.
BBC News has learned the latest data shows CO2 levels now stand at 381 parts per million (ppm) - 100ppm above the pre-industrial average.
The research indicates that 2005 saw one of the largest increases on record - a rise of 2.6ppm.
The chief carbon dioxide analyst for NOAA says the latest data confirms a worrying trend that recent years have, on average, recorded double the rate of increase from just 30 years ago.
"We don't see any sign of a decrease; in fact, we're seeing the opposite, the rate of increase is accelerating," Dr Pieter Tans told the BBC .
The UK government's chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir David King, said the new data highlighted the importance of taking urgent action to limit carbon emissions.
"Today we're over 380 ppm," he said. "That's higher than we've been for over a million years, possibly 30 million years.
Mankind is changing the climate."
I don't know how you read a story like this
and then go about your day as if everything is hunkey dorey.
But that is exactly what I'm going to do.
And I bet you do too.
When I see a scientist say we need to take "urgent action"
I pretty much blow it off.
Especially if he is the head "Lord Professor" for the UK or something.
Yesterday I visited with an activist friend who said he was thinking
about selling some property he had inherited
in order to buy some property some where else
that takes the reality of climate change into consideration.
It seems like the basic advice is simple.
Go north and/or up.
But the devil is in the details.
You should probably avoid the coastlines and hurricane zones.
You might also want to avoid the tornedo alleys,
and the marginal deserts,
and the semi arid grasslands,
and the jungles.
You might also want to avoid the cities,
as well as the rural areas where law and order might break down.
Actually, places to run are going to become pretty hard to find.
But the place to fight is right here,
And the best place to be is
I'm late for my pedicure.
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