Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action   by David Spratt

By David Spratt

Revealing huge medical facts that the worldwide warming concern is much worse than formally indicated, this meticulously documented call-to-action argues that the planet is nearly on the aspect of no go back. From huge ice sheets disintegrating and devastating losses of species to the promise that sea degrees will upward push greater than sixteen toes this century, this learn indicates that it truly is now not a case of the way even more will be “safely” emitted yet even if emissions will be stopped thoroughly prior to the Earth’s weather is past human recovery. Demonstrating that those imperatives are incompatible with politics and a "business as traditional" perspective, this survey illustrates how the surroundings faces a sustainability emergency that urgently calls for a transparent holiday from failure-inducing compromise.

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An ice shelf is a floating sheet, or platform, of ice. Largely submerged, and up to a kilometre thick, the shelf abuts the land and is formed when glaciers or land-based ice flows into the sea. Generally, an ice shelf will lose volume by calving icebergs, but these are also subject to rapid disintegration events. Larsen B, weakened by water-filled cracks where its shelf attached to the Antarctic Peninsula, gave way in a matter of days, releasing five hundred billion tonnes of ice into the ocean.

Debate over climate change took a radical new turn in September 2007, when research data revealed that the floating sea-ice in the polar north was disintegrating at a frightening speed — in the words of Penn State University climatologist Richard Alley, ‘one hundred years ahead of schedule’. Eight million square kilometres of Arctic sea-ice is breaking up, and this demands that we look anew at the impact of global warming, and at what we must do to return to a safe-climate world. Industrial activity is propelling the world’s climate to a hot state not experienced for a million years, at a time long before modern humans evolved.

Why do business leaders, politicians, community advocates, and sectors of the environment movement fail to grasp fully the momentous problem that we face? How can they not ‘get it’, when the evidence is now so abundant? We hope that this book will help to identify why real action has so often been blocked, and help to map out a pathway through the barriers. Many people, including UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, now call the situation that we face a ‘climate emergency’; but it could just as easily be called a warming, water, food, or energy emergency.

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