A mere three weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest grim assessment of the state of Earth’s climate, delivering a message far more dire than the previous five IPCC reports since 1990. The IPCC reports cannot be expected to include every aspect of climate change, but in my view, this report missed an opportunity to emphasize the truly remarkable historical context of today’s climate. The last time the earth was as warm as it is today, sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher, forests extended northward to the Arctic coastline, and the Arctic was 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer with no summer sea ice. The time to act was 30 years ago when scientists first warned us this was coming – starting now is the next best time.
By Jennifer Francis. The Hill. September 5, 2021.