This story was first published on Planet Save. Reprinted with permission.
James Hansen is perhaps the world’s most most vocal proponent for remedial action on global warming. The former NASA director held a press conference on October 3 in which he said the last time the world was this warm, the oceans were 20 feet higher than they are at present. That was 125,000 years ago. Despite the Paris climate accords and the greening of the electrical grid and the gradual changeover to electric cars, Hansen says we are fooling ourselves if we think the world is doing enough to address global warming and climate change.
“There’s a misconception that we’ve begun to address the climate problem,” Hansen told reporters on Monday. “The misapprehension is based on the Paris climate summit where all the government leaders clapped each other on the back as if some great progress has been made, but you look at the science and it doesn’t compute. We are not doing what is needed.”
Hansen has co-authored a new research paper along with 11 other climate scientist which suggests that the earth is already 1.3º Celsius warmer than it was prior to the Industrial Revolution. It says that the concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have been accelerating in recent years.