Saturday, May 11, 2013

400 ppm. What could possibly go wrong?


Graph kindly borrowed from The Economist article this week: The only good news about the Earth's record greenhouse gas levels is that they have been well measured.

Hurricane Sandy: 72 American deaths and 1.2% of GDP of the affected states.

Bangkok flooding: World surge in rice prices and economic growth slashed.

Texas drought and wildfires: Cost to homeowners exceed $100 million and farmers $7.6 billion.

Summer heatwaves in Europe: 2,200 deaths per day in France and 70,000 in total across Europe in 2003

Freezing winters: deaths across Europe and economic growth harmed.

Ocean acidification (it absorbs your carbon): No more fish n'chips.