I’ve struggled whether I should post this video because frankly its data and message is staggeringly daunting and depressing. But avoiding where we are in terms of climate change doesn’t make it go away or become false. Changes are happening much more quickly than many of us think. As Philip K. Dick once said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
The following presentation was given by Dr. Kevin Anderson November 6, 2012 at the University of Bristol, Cabot Institute. Dr. Anderson is Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester and the Tyndall Centre in the UK. This is an intense presentation about where we are globally now and where we’re headed in terms of climate change. The data on emissions and emission trends, and what that means for projected global temperature increases by 2050 and through to 2100 is clearly, and without rose colored glasses, laid out. Its not good news but its information that every person on the planet needs to digest, understand and become part of the dialog and action to address. There are deeply profound implications for humanity whether we deal with our emissions or not and Anderson lays them all out. If you’ve been reading scientific papers, journals and blogs on climate change research you probably know how dire the situation is. But the realization that working climate scientists have that climate change is progressing faster and accellerating isn’t widely know or discussed. People who know the data are worried. I’m worried. Interestedly, along with Anderson’s presentation, just this past few weeks in 2012, three significant reports–from the World Bank, International Energy Agency, and the UN–all raise similar data and forecasts as well as alarm. Here’s the first line from the World Bank November 2012 report “4 Celsius: Turn Down the Heat”, by the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim…”It is my hope that this report shocks us into action.” Please take the time to watch Anderson’s presentation.