Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Year Climate Change Began to Spin Out of Control

Fires ravaged the West, hurricanes battered the East—and still emissions continued to rise.

The Climate Loop (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
For decades, scientists have warned that climate change would make extreme events like droughts, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires more frequent, more devastating, or both.  In 2017 we got an up-close look at the raw ferocity of such an altered world as high-category hurricanes battered the East and Gulf coasts, and wind-whipped fires scorched the West (see Did Climate Change Fuel California’s Devastating Fires?  Probably).

We’re also seeing with greater clarity how these dangers are interlinked, building upon one another toward perilous climate tipping points.  And yet for all the growing risks, and the decades we’ve had to confront them, we have yet to address the problem in a meaningful way (see Trump’s Five Biggest Energy Blunders in 2017).

In fact, despite all our climate policies, global accords, solar advances, wind farms, hybrid cars and Teslas, greenhouse-gas emissions are still moving in the wrong direction.  And as long as we’re emitting any at all, we’re only making the problem worse.

Here are the five most worrisome climate developments we saw in 2017.

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