A comprehensive new study by the Global Carbon Project (GCP) indicates that between 2000 and 2008, atmospheric carbon emissions rose by an alarming 29%.
If continued, humanity will face a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius by as early as this century. The findings of this study were corroborated by a report from the United Kingdom’s Met Office, funded by the European Commission, which also forecasts steep temperature increases for Europe that would impact food production, industry and direct human survival.
Forecasts include sweltering summer heat waves that could kill thousands as they did in 2003, along with staple crops that would succumb to pests or simply not grow. Floods and extreme storms would continue to increase, with physical and mental health costs along with their financial burden.
Furthermore, in the Arctic region, temperatures could rise by up to 10 degrees Celsius, causing massive permafrost melt and release of greenhouse gases that would easily trigger unstoppable global warming.
Leading scientists of both studies emphasized that this devastating potential is another signal of the need for strong commitments from world leaders at the coming Copenhagen climate conference.
Our heartfelt appreciation, Global Carbon Project, Met Office, and European Commission for these real and important forecasts that could seriously affect us all. May government leaders and co-citizens hasten to halt the worst scenarios by making the most effective lifestyle choices today. In a September 2009 videoconference with environmental and health experts in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai reiterated her reassurance that disastrous climate changes are avoidable and, through right actions, even reparable.