The Trial Lawyer Summer 2018 - Page 88

climate scientists and the founder of the “hockey stick” that Al Gore popularized, told me on my radio/TV program April 24th: This is a potential tipping point in the climate system, which is to say it could happen very abruptly once it starts to happen. The danger is that we’ve already seen a substantial slowdown in this ocean circulation pattern, [and that] suggests the possibility that we could be right up against that tipping point where it essentially just shuts down. Mann added that until the recent research came in, pretty much everybody thought we had 100 years or so before we needed to begin to even seriously consider this potentially catastrophic scenario: If you talked with climate modelers even five or six years ago, they would have told you that this scenario isn’t likely to play out for at least another century or so. … So something that we didn’t expect to happen for the better part of a century is happening already. Accelerate Your Settled Case Fees Today! It's really that simple. And lest Americans think this will only be a European problem, shutting down the AMOC/Gulf Stream, which warms the American northeast, would also have a catastrophic impact on that region of the United States and Canada. As NASA’s scientists note on one of the few climate-change web pages the Trumpies haven’t yet removed: Without the vast heat that these ocean currents deliver — comparable to the power generation of a million nuclear power plants — Europe’s average temperature would likely drop 5 to 10°C (9 to 18°F), and parts of eastern North America would be chilled somewhat less. Such a dip in temperature would be similar to global average temperatures toward the end of the last ice age roughly 20,000 years ago