Our bio-hazard team looks out at what is now left of what used to be the city of Miami Florida, which unceremoniously joined the island chain known as the Florida Keys long ago, and was eventually anointed as being the "southernmost" key, the moniker that only a few decades ago belonged to the now submerged Key West.
The old sprawling metropolis of Miami-Dade (now referred to as Miami-Dead by Dave Barry) had slowly shrunken down to a small island. Not that many people care or even know what has transpired at these previously subtropical latitudes anymore.
But, little does the size of the still-shrinking island matter, since the evolution of category 6 and 7 super hurricanes brought on by global warming have leveled the remaining land area infrastructure with numerous massive storm surges of from 30 to 60 feet.
As our team explores what is left of Key Miami -- or "Key Miasma" as some now more appropriately refer to it -- just before sunrise on an already searing 98 degree "winter" morning, we find that amid the remaining wreckage of a flattened steel and concrete jungle, no tropical flora or fauna has survived in this radioactive, suffocating heat.
Even the hardy Florida roaches and palmetto bugs eventually were eaten up by the highly acidic ocean water that frequently over-washed the high ground. The mosquitoes and flies had long ago evacuated north and south to cooler climes, chasing after what was left of the human race, which has been attempting to migrate to the cooler polar regions.
Yet we hear that the Southeast Florida Climate Compact is still meeting at their annual Southeast Florida Leadership Summit to look at once again refining their Regional Climate Action Plan to hold back the still rising seas from the new southern tip of the Florida peninsula in Orlando, and that Florida Emperor Rick Scott will be again doing his "WHAT Global Warming?" presentation from his residence in the Disney World castle compound...
The usual morning water spouts have fired up and some are headed our way, so as we turn back to our submarine -- coincidentally dubbed the USS Miami Heat after the team that finally won an NBA championship in 2012 -- we ponder all that had transpired which had brought about so much generally unsuspected disaster, even though the possibilities were well documented by a consensus of climate scientists over four decades ago...
The sea levels had risen by over 30 feet in the last 50 years due to the abrupt runaway climate change scenario that climate scientists first warned of at the turn of the century.
As early as 2010 many climate scientists were warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be significantly reduced within 5 to 7 years or the circular cascading feedback loops that had already been triggered by global warming would exceed their irreversible tipping point thresholds, resulting in the release of hundreds of trillions of tons of naturally stored greenhouse gases, which are a hundred times more potent than carbon dioxide, all within only two to three decades after it started.
Although many nations around the planet did attempt to reduce greenhouse emissions, the major contributors to those emissions -- the "western" industrialized countries, along with China, Brazil, and India -- continued to increase rates of emissions by 3 to 6 percent each year.
Emerging third world nations also added to the increase in emissions simply by bettering their economic status and joining the mechanized, electrified, carbon fossil fuel consumers of the planet.
The predicted increase of the world population from 7 billion to 9 billion by mid century was progressively overshot by an increase to an unsustainable 11 billion, which significantly abetted tipping the scales of the planetary temperature rise. Even so, the population overshoot was actually an undershoot considering the last several doublings of the planetary populace, which had been occurring in time spans of less than 50 years.
Ultimately, the climate scientists were proven correct in their abrupt runaway climate change scenario, as well as others who more fittingly labeled the coming disaster as abrupt catastrophic climate destabilization. The atmosphere became clogged with greenhouse gases, trapping 90 percent of solar heat instead of 9 percent, changing the greenhouse into an overheated hot house.
The Arctic then became an ice free zone; the 1.5 million square mile West Antarctic ice sheet lost it's increasingly shaky moorings and then uncorked into warmer waters to melt away; many other country-sized ice fields such as the 450,000 square-kilometer Filchner-Ronne ice shelf in the Wedell Sea on the eastern side of the Antarctic also broke away into the ocean; the once two mile high Greenland ice sheet fell into the predicted "slippery slope" scenario so that most of it had slid or washed or melted into the ocean "10,000 years ahead of schedule"; and the remaining planetary glaciers, ice fields, mountain snowpacks, and country-sized permafrost regions had yielded to the overheated hot house, making "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" a long lost fairy tale...
We confess that the above future perspective was not an original concept on our part. Rather, it was our much more realistic interpretation of a much milder rendition of the same scenario from the introduction titled "Miami Beached" in the book titled "The Flooded Earth" (link below), and did look at the region circa 2120, with Miami having become an island.
However, that book -- like so many other documents on the subject of sea level rise -- took the typical dont-infuriate-the-rabid-deniers approach (referred to as "scientific reticence", the well-known affliction of the reluctantance of scientists to be entirely forthcoming in realistic conclusions that are open to being attacked as "crying wolf") in order to avoid abuse and death threats from unconscionable deniers, and ignored the circular cascading feedback loops, their irreversible tipping point thresholds, and the resultant runaway abrupt climate destabilization.
Two other relevant books (links below) which substantiate our contention of underplaying climatologists are "With Speed and Violence" which addresses tipping points and abrupt climate change, and "The Great Ocean Conveyor" which addresses the shutdown of the thermohaline current ("The Day After Tomorrow" movie was based on this phenomena) as another contributing trigger to sudden climate change, first resulting in an overheated planetary hot house which then transitions to an ice age...
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Link to our climate knowledge base.
Link to detailed information on the circular cascading feedback loops exceeding their irreversible tipping point thresholds.
Link to The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice on Google Books.
Link to preset search on WorldCat.org for The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice at a library near you (might have to enter your zip code).
Link to With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change on Google Books.
Link to preset search on WorldCat.org for With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change at a library near you (might have to enter your zip code).
Link to The Great Ocean Conveyor: Discovering the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change on Google Books.
Link to preset search on WorldCat.org for The Great Ocean Conveyor: Discovering the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change at a library near you (might have to enter your zip code).
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