Last updated July 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm
Since the second half of the 20th century, global warming events have been occurring at a rate unmatched in the last 2,000 years.
The Earth has undergone periods of warming and cooling through the last 2,000 years, but using seven different statistical methods to observe these trends, researchers have found the largest warming trends have happened in the second half of the 20th century.
“Our study shows that the most rapid warming of the past 2000 years has occurred during, and since, the second half of the 20th century, highlighting the extraordinary character of current climate change, due mostly to human emissions of heat-trapping gases.”
The entire globe is heating up, quickly
Until about 150 years ago climate variability was more regional than global, affecting certain areas of the world more than others.
But now, the entire globe is heating up – a trend not seen for the last 2000 years, and it is doing it at an extremely rapid pace.
Ian Lowe from Griffith University, sends a stark warning, saying that government officials need to stop investing time and money into projects that will ultimately further contribute to this warming climate.
“This surely means that it is now indefensible to behave as if slowing climate change is a luxury, an optional extra if it doesn’t slow economic growth.
“More than 700 local authorities and several countries have accepted that we have a climate emergency that demands urgent and concerted action. So opening new coal provinces like the Galilee Basin, or expanding exports of other fossil fuels such as LNG, are acts of criminal irresponsibility.”
“We either prepare or die”
But if government officials will not make sweeping changes to save the environment, experts say we must, at least, make changes to reduce the impact on human health worldwide.
Heatwaves can cause premature deaths, and in the face of a warming climate, are affecting not just the vulnerable members of the community but also the working class.
“We have been warned. Heat emergencies are barrelling towards us and Australia can no longer pretend this is not happening. It is quite simple, we either prepare or die.”
You can read the full AusSMC Expert Reaction here.