The Ticking Time Bomb of Global Warming

Want to be scared? Go visit OneHundredMonths.org and listen to the ticking time bomb. Tick. Tick. Tick. We are on the way to a climate tipping point, a “point of no return” if we hit 400 parts per million of CO2. And there are only 43 months left before we reach this point!

Or 39 months if you add the days or hours from the countdown timer to today. I guess someone should explain to them that they lopped off about four months from their countdown timers, but what are four months among friends? So by December (or September) 2016, the global warming ticking time bomb will explode, and at that point it will be too late. If we don’t fix global warming by then, “we could be beyond our climate’s tipping point, the point of no return.” (Cue the ominous music)

I bring this up because the New York Times wrote that we had hit the 400 ppm level of CO2 at the Mauna Loa observatory in May, 2013, years ahead of what OneHundredMonths.org has predicted.

The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.

Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering.

The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea.

400 parts per million of CO2! Levels not seen for 3,000,000 years! Quelle horreur! Everybody panic!

Well, not so fast. Mauna Loa observatory says that we didn’t break 400 ppm after all. Whew! We are safe! The LA Times article reports that the numbers have been revised to 399.89 ppm. That means we are only 0.11 ppm away from OneHundredMonths.org’s tipping point of 400 ppm. Cue the ominous ticking noise again! Engaging panic mode… PANIC!

OneHundredMonths.org isn’t the only place telling us that the climate change clock is ticking. The Miami Herald quotes Noel Brown, the director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, that we have only a 10-year window to fix global warming.

A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed…. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of “eco-refugees,” threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the United Nations U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.

Ten years. That’s all we have before entire nations are wiped off the face of the Earth. I hope you have good flood insurance. Have you considered moving to higher ground?

Oh, wait. Noel Brown issued that UNEP report in the summer of 1989, almost 24 years ago.

Never mind.