- In his new book, Bill McGuire argues that it is too late to prevent catastrophic climate change.
- Earth science professor says deadly heat waves and extreme weather events are just the beginning.
- Many climate scientists, he said, are more scared about the future than they are willing to admit in public.
In his new book published Thursday, “Earth’s Greenhouse: An Inhabitant’s GuideBill McGuire argues that, after years of ignoring scientists’ warnings, it is too late to avert the catastrophic impacts of climate change.
The professor of Earth sciences at University College London pointed out a Record heatwave in the UK this month and dangerous forest fires which destroyed 16 houses in East London as evidence of the rapidly changing climate. McGuire says the climate will start to regularly exceed current extremes, despite government targets to reduce carbon emissions.
“And as we move into 2022, it’s already a different world,” McGuire said. The Guardian. “Soon it will be unrecognizable to all of us.”
His view, that severe climate change is now inevitable and irreversible, is more extreme than that of many scientists who believe that, with reduced emissions, the most severe potential impacts can still be avoided.
McGuire did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Many climate scientists, McGuire said, are much more scared about the future than they are willing to admit in public. He calls his reluctance to acknowledge the futility of current climate action as “climate pacification” and says it only makes things worse.
Instead of focusing on net-zero emissions targets, which McGuire says will not reverse the current course of climate change, he argues that we need to adapt to the coming “greenhouse world” and start taking action to try to stop the material conditions. Deteriorating even more.
“This is a call to arms,” McGuire said. The Guardian: “So if you feel the need to hit a highway or block an oil refinery, do it.”
This week, Senate Democrats agreed to a potential bill that would be the the most significant action ever taken by the US to address climate change. The bill includes cutting carbon emissions 40% by 2030, with $369 billion for energy and climate programs.