Six Degrees Could Change the World
This is a documentary detailing the possible effects as temperatures rise throughout the world degree by degree. We are shown deserts spreading out across West/Central America (Stretching from Texas up into Canada) as rains fail to reach there. New York becoming inundated as seas rise and storm surges increase due to the increasing strength of
storms across the Atlantic.
3 degrees of temperature rise leaves the Amazon and its jungle little more than a dust bowl. Coastal cities around the world are flooded and glaciers disappear as seas rise.
4 degrees and above is cataclysmic on a global scale.
This shows the beauty of the world, how we once managed to fit within its limits and how, over the last two centuries, we have gone beyond what the ecology is capable of assimilating. Fantastic photography shows the shocking beauty of huge lakes on the central glacier of the Greenland ice sheet. Millions of tonnes of what was once fresh water (one of the rarest and most precious of substances) flowing into hectares of toxic waste from the mining and refining of the Alberta Tar Sands into useful products.
Over all it’s a message of hope but it gives a time frame for that hope. 10 measly years to try and stop two hundred years of industrialization massively altering the ecology of the world to the point where life will exist in a couple of temperate bands at each end of the planet.
The new projections, published this month in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, indicate a median probability of surface warming of 5.2 degrees Celsius by 2100, with a 90% probability range of 3.5 to 7.4 degrees. 4 degrees is no longer an outside chance but a near certainty.
We have ten years to not only stop business as usual but to actively start decreasing the global economy. The promise of eternal exponential economic growth that brings about universal prosperity has shown itself
to be a mirage. We can no longer delude ourselves that continued economic growth is good. It isn’t, it’s the path to destruction.
Draco T Bastard