With dire warnings of catastrophic sea level rise and superstorms capable of pitching 1,000 tonne mega-boulders onto shorelines, scientist James Hansen sounded an alarm over continued global warming.
The paper, Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms, claims at the current pace of burning fossil fuels and using greenhouse gasses, humans are inducing an eminent climate shift, and could lead humanity “past a point of no return”.
“We’re in the danger of handing young people a situation that’s out of their control,”
said lead author James E Hansen, a retired NASA climate scientist and director at Columbia University.
He said that ice melt from Greenland “raises questions about how soon we’ll pass the point of no return in which we lock in consequences that cannot be reversed on any time scale that people care about.”
The paper, published in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal, says sea levels could rise to 20 to 30 feet levels within 50 years, not centuries as believed by many scientists before.
“We suggest that a strategy relying on adaptation to such consequences will be unacceptable to most of humanity, so it is important to understand this threat as soon as possible.”
So if Hansen is right, the world does have a global emergency!