New research provides strong evidence that one of the long-predicted worst-case impacts of climate change — a severe slow-down of the Gulf Stream system — has already started.
The system, also known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), brings warmer water northward while pumping cooler water southward.
…The impacts of such a slowdown include much faster sea level rise — and much warmer sea surface temperatures — for much of the U.S. East Coast. Both of those effects are already being observed and together they make devastating storm surges of the kind we saw with Superstorm Sandy far more likely.
All of which really makes one wish that we didn’t have to beg our political leaders to do the reasonable thing, which is to a.) prepare for significant sea-level rise and weather extremes; and b.) get off fossil fuels with the greatest of haste.
Instead, our Speaker has sat on climate readiness legislation not once; not twice; but five times. And our Speaker insists on slow-rolling climate and energy legislation, even as the Senate has handed him (S.2302) a “hero opportunity” on a silver platter. Our Governor keeps trying to reach into our pocketbooks to provide the natural gas industry with somewhere from $3.3B to $6.6B so that we can afford “affordable, reliable” (and very polluting) gas.
In Massachusetts we need to counteract the malevolence of the Trump administration on climate issues at every possible turn. And our political establishment — with the exception of our exceptional Attorney General — is still failing.