Three more years to stop global warming or it's too late, "experts" warn. We've been given these phony deadlines for over two decades (I believe it was Prince Charles who kicked things off with a year 2000 "irreversible" deadline) yet every time the deadline passes without result, the experts behave like preachers who've gathered their flocks to the mountain top to witness the end of the world: "okay, then next year! I read the bible wrong."
The world has three years to start making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions or face the prospect of dangerous global warming, experts have warned in an article in the prestigious journal Nature.
Calling for world leaders to be guided by the scientific evidence rather than “hide their heads in the sand”, they said “entire ecosystems” were already beginning to collapse, summer sea ice was disappearing in the Arctic and coral reefs were dying from the heat.
The experts, led by Christiana Figueres, who as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change played a key role in the Paris Agreement, said they must start to fall rapidly from 2020 at the latest. . .
Figures, according to her biography, has a masters degree in social anthropology, which obviously makes her an “expert” on climate change. (By the way, I love this detail in her Wikipedia entry about her family with husband Konrad von Ritter: “The couple have two daughters with Arabic names: Naima (March 1988) and Yihana (December 1989).” Surrender early I guess.)
But wait, there’s more! “Experts,” that is:
The article was signed by more than 60 scientists, such as Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, politicians, including former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and ex-Irish President Mary Robinson, businesspeople like Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, investment managers, environmental campaigners and others.
Anthropologists and politicians - works for me.
Can we please this time hold them to their word and demand that they just STFU on New Year's Day, 2021?