Our Climate Crisis and Humanity’s Extinction: Just a Question of Time?

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

As the world continues to endure the ravages of a global viral pandemic, we can easily lose our focus on the urgent need to address our growing climate crisis. Last month brought yet another record breaking climate extreme. It was globally the hottest September in the 141 year dataset record. In the image below, September 2020 global temperature differences world wide from the average are highlighted.  Those areas shaded in blue show locations up to 6°C cooler than average, while the far more dominant areas shaded in red show locations that were up to 6°C warmer.

September, temperature anomaly, global, 2020

Climate.gov image from Data Snapshots, based on maps processed by NOAA EVL from NCEI data (available at https://www.climate.gov/sites/default/files/Temperature–Monthly–Difference-from-average–Global–2020-09-00–large.png and sourced from https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/september-2020-another-record-setting-month-global-heat)

Unfortunately, there are still some amongst us who consider humanity a privileged community amongst the species of our planet, immune through our technology, intellect and acknowledged adaptability from the impacts of climate change. Our lived experience should be enough to invalidate this false belief but, if more were needed, recent research continues to undermine the thesis.

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