Experts say 2030s are going to be noticeably worse than the 2020s. THIS IS WHY
"I firmly believe we will look back in 10 years and say, 'Wow, 2020 was a crazy year, but I miss it'"- Climate Expert
A record amount of a western U.S. state, California, is burning, stimulated by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. The north parts of Oregon that do not generally catch fire are caught up in blazes.
Meanwhile, many of the Atlantic’s 16th and 17th tropical cyclones are swirling at this time of year. This week, robust Typhoon Haishen strapped Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
Last month, America’s Death Valley hit 130 degrees; the hottest Earth has been, in nearly a century.
Siberia, famous for its icy climate, hit 100 degrees earlier this year, followed by wildfires. Before that, the Amazon and Australia were in flames.
Amid these natural disasters, scientists say all such incidents have a climate change connection —which seems to be everywhere in the year 2020. However, experts say we will probably look back to the 2020s and say those were the good old days when disasters were not so bad.
What Climate Experts say
Speaking to the international news outlet, The Georgia Tech, climate scientist Kim Cobb, said, “It will get a lot worse, I state that with emphasis because it does challenge the imagination. Also, that’s the scary thing to apprehend as a climate specialist in 2020.”
The Former Chief Scientist of NASA, Waleed Abdalati, said, “The trajectory of worsening disasters and climate change from burning oil, coal, and gas is clear with the fundamental laws of physics.
Abdalati added, “I firmly believe we will look back in 10 years and say, ‘Wow, 2020 was a crazy year, but I miss it'”.
What is happening now is just the type of climate scientists anticipated 10 to 20 years ago.
“It looks like this is what we were talking about a decade ago,” said The North Carolina State climatologist Kathie Dello.
Cobbe said, “A year like 2020 could have been the topic of an astonishing sci-fi film in 2000. Now we have to see and digest real-time disaster after disaster after disaster, on top of a pandemic. The scene could not be any grimmer. It is just a frightening sight.”
“The 2030s are going to be distinctly more damaging than the 2020s,” she said.
The Environment Dean of the University of Michigan, Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist, said that in 30 years due to climate change, “we are more or less guaranteed that we will have twice what we have now.”
“The kind of things we are witnessing is no surprise to the scientific community that understands physics rules and laws,” Abdalati said.
Explaining why it is happening, The World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, said, “Consider the world’s climate like an engine. We have infused more energy into the system because we have confined more heat into the environment.”
Taalas added that it means more energy for hot winds and changes to rainfall patterns that bring desiccation to some areas and heavy rainfall to others.
Scientists also make direct links between heat waves and climate change.
“I am not a pessimist. I do not want to create panic,” Abdalati said. “It is a problem with huge consequences.”
Overpeck added, “I hope we look back and say it was crazy enough that it motivated us to act on climate change.”
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