A recently published study shows that human activity has warmed the planet beyond the warmest periods over the last 11,000 years. Researchers say that the age of climate stability has officially ended. This is grim news: The world we live in today is only possible within a stable climate paradigm.
A study recently published in the journal Nature brings grim news: anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) has officially ended the era of stable climate that has made possible the development of modern civilization.
The world we live in today, based on industrial-scale agriculture capable of feeding billions of people and sustaining these vast numbers of humans, is only possible within a stable climate paradigm.
The recent study, “Reconciling divergent trends and millennial variations in Holocene temperatures,” underscores this by showing that temperatures across North America and Europe have reached levels that are unprecedented over the last 11,000 years. This research confirms the findings of a groundbreaking Oregon State/Harvard study from 2013.
The 2013 study, published in the journal Science, was at the time the single most comprehensive reconstruction of global temperatures over the last 11,000 years ever carried out.
When that study was published, lead author of the current study, Jeremiah Marsicek, explained at a news release, “we learned that the climate fluctuates naturally over the last 11,000 years and would have led to cooling today in the absence of human activity.”
The study also found that if the planet had not already been in the midst of a natural cooling phase when humans began warming it with our emissions, Earth’s atmosphere would be nearly an additional 1°F warmer now than it already is. Global temperatures have now broken with the naturally …read more