Here's a graph from the Hadley Center that makes a clear and strong case for taking climate action now. The graph represents the projected results of four emissions reduction models, in a sort of choose-your-own-adventure way.
I like this graph because it makes the case for immediate action so starkly. So wherever you are, if you are working to make your corner of the world a better place, know that your efforts are worth it.
This is our choice for our future and our legacy. Will we choose to act now to save the Holocene?
Thanks to Joe Romm for bringing this to our attention
The data may be from the Hadley Centre, but the diagram looks very much like it's from the Guardian -- the distinctive graphic style and fonts are the same.
To get a sense of what this really means, take a look at this map from New Scientist:
published in "How to survive the coming century", 25 February 2009 (http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126971.700-how-to-survive-the-coming-century.html?full=true).
The article also has an interactive map on surviving climate change.
It would always be useful to provide a link to the original. I can't find this graphic at the Hadley Center and I'd love to have a larger version of it. Could you point me to the original? Thanks for the tip.
The graph I picked up was from Joe Romm's blog, Climate Progress: http://climateprogress.org/2009/03/22/an-introduction-to-global-warming-impacts-hell-and-high-water/.
Unfortunately the odds of the 'Action starts in 2010 would appear to have diminished in the current GFC and the fall-out thereof. My fear is that it will be too late - i.e. we will we have gone past too many tipping points - before drastic action is taken.
Unfortunately the odds of the 'Action starts in 2010' scenario would appear to have diminished due to the current GFC and the fall-out thereof. My fear is that it will be too late - i.e. we will we have gone past too many tipping points - before drastic action is taken.