According to the Rolling Stone article; "Some context: So far, we've raised the average temperature of the planet just under 0.8 degrees Celsius, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected. (A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the atmosphere over the oceans is a shocking five percent wetter, loading the dice for devastating floods.)
Given those impacts, in fact, many scientists have come to think that two degrees is far too lenient a target. "Any number much above one degree involves a gamble," writes Kerry Emanuel of MIT, a leading authority on hurricanes, "and the odds become less and less favorable as the temperature goes up."
Thomas Lovejoy, once the World Bank's chief biodiversity adviser, puts it like this: "If we're seeing what we're seeing today at 0.8 degrees Celsius, two degrees is simply too much." NASA scientist James Hansen, the planet's most prominent climatologist, is even blunter: "The target that has been talked about in international negotiations for two degrees of warming is actually a prescription for long-term disaster."
At the Copenhagen summit, a spokesman for small island nations warned that many would not survive a two-degree rise: "Some countries will flat-out disappear." When delegates from developing nations were warned that two degrees would represent a "suicide pact" for drought-stricken Africa, many of them started chanting, "One degree, one Africa.""
The trajectory of acid and global warming CO2 emissions is INCREASING rapidly upwards, not slowing down or leveling off. The speed of global warming is INCREASING, not the opposite. This has not happened in the entire history of the planet going back 3 MILLION YEARS, before there were human beings on the planet.
Then add in radiation, chemicals, GMO seeds, killing the soil with carbon based fertilizers and spraying everything with poisons, while spewing carbon based pollution laden with mercury, radioactive elements and acidic sulfur compounds, and we are setting ourselves up for disaster. It is like a slow motion train wreck with a suicidal engineer at the controls. He is speeding up the train on a track that ends at a cliff.
Do we really want to do this? All of the answers are there... We can raise food organically. We can eliminate GMO seeds, as many countries have outlawed GMO foods. We can turn off nuclear and oil fired electricity generating plants and switch to zero carbon renewable energy sources. We can switch our healthcare system to a sustainable model instead of one that is treating only symptoms, while ignoring root causes.
What works for seven future generations? Because we are not asking or answering this question, we SUFFER and will die horrible deaths. We are condemning future generations to WORSE futures than we have enjoyed, because we are pushing the cost of pollution, debt and poisons that we are responsible for creating on to them. They do not deserve this and they did not ask for this.
Start acting locally. Start with your own household and neighborhood. Be an example.