We’re all doomed if temps rise a simple 2 degrees Celsius, says Thomas Lovejoy, who’s apparently never read anything about coral
(NY Times) It is abundantly clear that the target of a 2-degree Celsius limit to climate change was mostly derived from what seemed convenient and doable without any reference to what it really means environmentally. Two degrees is actually too much for ecosystems. Tropical coral reefs are extremely vulnerable to even brief periods of warming. The elevated atmospheric CO2 also has raised the acidity of the oceans, which affects the ability of coral and mollusks such as oysters to build shells and skeletons. A 2-degree world will be one without coral reefs (on which millions of human beings depend for their well-being).
The acidity alarmist has been debunked. And corals and mollusks thrive in warm water, particularly the coral. They are a warm water species which evolved when the Earth and the oceans were much, much warmer. How do these Warmists think many coral based islands were formed? The sea levels where much higher and the water much warmer…why do I bother? These climate astrologers are bat shit insane with no knowledge of science nor history.
At current global warming of 0.8-0.9 degrees, the fingerprints of climate change can be seen virtually everywhere in nature. The coniferous forests of western North America are currently experiencing massive tree mortality because climate change has tipped the balance in favor of native bark beetles. The Amazon seems to be edging close to dieback in the southern and southeastern portions of the great forest.
The bark beetles have been debunked, as well. And nature changes. It did during all the previous cool and warm periods during this inter-glacial. I wonder how the forests did during the last ice age? And the hot periods beforehand? This is alarmism for alarmism sake, with no mention that perhaps Warmists should practice what they preach.
Unsurprisingly, the Times refused to allow comments on the op-ed, probably because Warmists get beaten like rented mules when comments are allowed.