Thanks to computer modeling of climate change we know that world is doomed. Actually, doomed might be to strong a word, but it’s definitely in for a wild ride. A ride in which climate change is the driver. He’s a bad driver with a license that will not expire for millennia.
A bad driver with a license to kill is an apt metaphor for climate change. After all, automobiles drove carbon dioxide in the air. Due to the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere our planet will be substantially changed within several centuries. These changes could last up to 10,000 years.
We know that climate change is caused by human activity. But most people seem to think that by reducing the amount of carbon we’re putting into the atmosphere we’ll start mitigating that change soon. That’s not how it works though.
According to a new study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, even if we severely reduce the amount of carbon we create, we’ll suffer from the results of climate change for centuries.
This is because carbon sticks around. Sure, by creating less of it we’re adding less, but we’re not getting rid of what’s already there.
Climate change projections generally don’t go more than a few centuries into our future, and many don’t go past 2100, because most humans are shortsighted and don’t much care about a time after they, and maybe their kids, are dead. The problem is that we spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back about how much better we’re going to be about the creation of carbon dioxide.
We fail to realize that we might limit the temperature rise over the next century or so.
We fail to understand that it’s going to take thousands of years for those temperatures to fall.