Climate scientist James Hansen has issued a new draft report on climate change with a warning that we are “dangerously close” to tipping points.
The paper, entitled: Global Warming: East-West Connections, co-written with Mikiko Sato, is important for both its predictions and its validation of the current climate conditions vis-a-vis the climate through both history and from a global perspective.
Some analysis below the jump…
The report states that we could be looking at a short-term to long-term temperature increase between 3 and 6 degrees Celsius (~11 F) based on the Charney climate sensitivity scale.
What does this mean?
Hansen concludes that, whether it’s 3 or 6 degrees, both impact our sensitive climate and push us toward the tipping points with: “Subsequent research [that] has not only narrowed uncertainties about climate forcings, but also suggests that global warming has brought the Earth’s climate close to dangerous tipping points.”
Here’s a link to the report (it’s a PDF):