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The 5 most important (and shocking) global warming facts that can save your life, business, and loved ones!

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A summary of the 5 most important global warming facts: 

Introduction

This article not only sums up the most important things to know about global warming, but it also simplifies the core message of our website. It is intended to assist mature and intelligent individuals to review difficult but accurate global warming facts so that they may better adapt and adjust their lives accordingly.

For many individuals, the 5 most important facts about global warming will dramatically upend their current beliefs about global warming as well as what is being done about it.

You will soon learn that there are many critical things that need to be done by our governments concerning global warming which are not being done. Luckily, there are still important things you can individually do to protect yourself and your loved ones. (This will be described near the end of this article.)

There is good news too. We can still cooperate to slow global warming down and we can still have rich and meaningful lives while we do our best to manage what we still can.

Please do not believe that we are asking you to blindly believe the following 5 facts without also reviewing the provided links to the science and analysis which supports the validity of each fact. We sincerely challenge you to also review the expanded explanations for each fact and each fact's linked documentation (found just below the summary of 5 facts,) and then come to your own conclusions.

A summary of the 5 most important and shocking global warming facts: 

Fact 1: We are not being told the painful truth by our governments, our intelligence agencies or even our biggest environmental groups about how bad global warming currently is and more importantly, how bad it's going to get in the near future.

Fact 2: Because of our long delay in fixing this crisis, many global warming consequences are not only going to be far worse than we are being told, they also are coming far sooner than we are being told.

Fact 3: We have, unfortunately, missed our critical "window of opportunity" to effectively manage global warming and prevent most of its worst consequences and crossed tipping points from occurring. (Many of the worst consequences are now unavoidable and out of our meaningful control for at least the next 50 years.)

Fact 4: If we act correctly and immediately, we may still have a small amount of time (about 6 years,) to slow down the worst of these unavoidable global warming consequences just enough to protect ourselves and maximize our individual chances of avoiding extinction. (This is possible even though most of humanity will suffer and die far sooner than anyone is ready for.) 

Fact 5: Because there is still no guarantee that we will act any differently than we have for the last 35 years to slow down global warming sufficiently to prevent a fast track to extinction, it is time for rational, wise and mature individuals to begin creating emergency backup plans and start their personal emergency preparations. This emergency preparation could even include migratingto areas that would be safer from the effects of global warming.

In the expanded 5 fact explanations below, you will find more positive news. At the very end of this document, you will also find important tips on how to better psychologically and emotionally digest this new reality of global warming.

The expanded 5 most important global warming facts with their verification and action links

 

Fact 1: We are not being told the painful truth by our governments, our intelligence agencies or even our biggest environmental groups about how bad global warming currently is and more importantly, how bad it's going to get in the near future.

These falsehoods about global warming will increasingly cause extreme suffering and loss to larger and larger percentages of humanity. In part, these false statements exist because there have been numerous government underestimation errors and intentionally inappropriate and incomplete calculations concerning the necessary fossil fuel reduction targets given to the public.

There has also been significant deception regarding the real consequences of the current escalating global warming. This government-sponsored inaccurate information creates the false belief that things are better than they really are.

This also makes us believe that we are making sufficient and steady progress in reducing global warming when the hard truth is we are not. To make this point even more alarmingly clear, more than half of all fossil fuel emissions have been generated and released in the last 25 years and stored in the atmosphere than in all of recorded history before that.

Therefore, even though we have known, with little doubt that we needed to reduce fossil fuel emissions dramatically, and we had International treaties since at least 1993 saying we would do so, we are about 67% higher worldwide in carbon emissions than the early 1990s. And fossil fuel emissions increased another dramatic 2.7% in 2018, and they are projected to increase again in 2019

We are not anywhere even close to where we should be in fossil fuel use reductions to save us from unthinkable climate catastrophes and extinction.

Click here to review and verify these global government supported underestimation errors.

Click here to review the intentional inappropriate or incomplete global government supported calculations used to create the false belief that things are far better than they really are.

 

Something to think about once you have read the above documentation links on the underestimation, and inappropriate or incomplete calculations:

a. Can you imagine what the reasons might be for why our governments and their intelligence agencies would publically give us and support such grossly underestimated global warming threat assessments and inadequate solutions when the actual threat is so much more severe?

b. Who (what types of individuals, government departments and corporations,) would benefit most by providing such false and grossly misleading information to the public?

Fact 2: Because of our long delay in fixing this crisis, many global warming consequences are not only going to be far worse than we are being told, they also are coming far sooner than we are being told.

The worst consequences of global warming will not be occurring around 2100 as we are now being told by our governments. They will be starting to occur as soon as the next 10 to 30 years in a continually worsening cycle.

Click here to review the 20 worst global warming consequences that will continue to increase in severity, frequency, and scale (area affected.)

Click here for the worst cataclysmic consequences derived from global warming tipping points that will also continue to increase in severity, frequency, and scale. (Crossing more major global warming tipping points also produces additional, unique and hyper-intense extinction-evoking consequences.)

Click here to see the real time frames in which the many worst global warming consequences will be unfolding.

Fact 3: We have, unfortunately, missed our critical "window of opportunity" to effectively manage global warming and prevent most of its worst consequences and crossed tipping points from occurring. (Many of the worst consequences are now unavoidable and out of our meaningful control for at least the next 50 years.)

In part, this is because the real facts and true urgency was hidden from us about the global warming crisis by our governments and the fossil fuel industry. We did not do what was necessary to resolve global warming over the last 35 years after we were informed about it by our scientists. We have squandered the time that could have been used while the cure was still manageable.

Saddest of all, we are still trying to do far too little far too late. Had we started fixing global warming gradually and effectively 35  years ago, we would still have had a good chance of doing so now. 

In part, what out of meaningful control means is that average global temperatures will continue increasing for at least another 50 years and there will be a series of cataclysmic consequences and more extinction-evoking global warming tipping points will be crossed that can not be stopped or avoided! 

Click here to see review the many reasons why global warming is now out of control for at least the next 50 years and a series of cataclysmic consequences and extinction-evoking tipping points cannot at this point be stopped or avoided! 

Below please find the best estimates for time frames in which average global temperatures will continue to increase for at least another 50 years. 

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Click here to see how the global warming consequences and tipping points will unfold in what's called the Climageddon Scenario.

Fact 4: If we act correctly and immediately, we may still have a small amount of time (about 6 years,) to slow down the worst of these unavoidable global warming consequences just enough to protect ourselves and maximize our individual chances of avoiding extinction. (This is possible even though most of humanity will suffer and die far sooner than anyone is ready for.) 

Because we have squandered our last 35 years of warnings with denial, inaction, and ineffective action we can't stop what is coming and what is already locked into our climate system. But luckily, we can still aggressively try to slow down the now unavoidable consequences so that, at least we can salvage whatever we can.

We slow down what is coming and prepare for it by:

A. immediately and radically reducing our fossil fuel use to the correct reduction levels. 

The absolute minimum amount we need to reduce fossil fuel use to slow and prevent the processes of likely going extinct is as follows:

a. All industrially developed nations must reduce their total fossil fuel use by 75 percent by 2025 and then continue reducing fossil fuel use to net zero carbon emissions by 2035. (This means that no additional fossil fuel emissions are going into the atmosphere that are not also simultaneously being removed from the atmosphere.) There are only about 20 countries that produce 70% or more of the world's carbon emissions. This means that all individuals and businesses within the developing nations of the world must meet these fossil fuel reduction goals. (Net zero carbon emissions from fossil fuel use by 2035 could allow for a very small amount of fossil fuel use for agriculture and medical uses.)

b. All developing nations must maintain their total fossil fuel emission levels as they are at the beginning of 2019 and not allow them to go any higher. Then by 2045, all developing nations must also be at net zero carbon emissions. This allowance for developing nations to stay at the level they are now and gradually reduce down to net zero carbon emissions by 2045 is a justice equation. The developing nations have created their wealth by producing the far greatest majority of all the carbon emissions in the atmosphere today causing our global warming emergency. 

To make the above fossil fuel reduction calculation work to save humanity from extinction, both China and India can no longer be considered developing nations. They must be required to immediately begin making the same fossil fuel reduction targets as all other developed nations. At this time China and India are producing far too much of the world's total carbon emissions. If they are not put into the same reduction category as the other developed nations, there will be no credible way to avoid the likelihood of extinction.

Additionally, because there is no effective international agreement on relative climate justice regarding the exact differences in required fossil fuel reductions between developed and developing nations. All that exists today considering equity and existing global warming treaty responsibilities is the usually ignored and unenforceable UNFCCC treaty.

This is the treaty most of the world signed and ratified and whose operating principles began with “Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.” The problem is there is no sufficiently detailed treaty agreement which specifies the proportionate remedial responsibilities based on who did the damage or the specifically required differences in fossil fuel reductions that each developed or developing country must make. 

To make matters worse the US and many other nations do not abide by treaties anyway. Additionally, in the existing UNFCC treaty, there are no verification, punishment or enforcement capabilities. Due to the nature of this emergency, to resolve these inadequacies it was necessary to come up with at least something workable and just that could be put into action immediately, where developing nations were given far less initial fossil fuel reduction requirements and a longer time to reach net zero carbon emissions. In short, the reductions mentioned above are necessary and will work.

Other important facts about these required fossil fuel reductions. 

1. The above shockingly large and radical amounts of fossil fuel reductions and soon arriving deadlines are absolutely needed because our past and current strategy has resulted in absolutely no reduction in emissions or fossil fuel use. Yes, you read that right and yes, you have been lied to about global warming reduction progress having been made. In fact, we have actually increased fossil fuel use more this century than the last two decades of the 20th century. 

To make this point even more alarmingly clear, more than half of all fossil fuel emissions have been generated and released in the last 25 years and stored in the atmosphere than in all of recorded history before that. Therefore, even though we have known, with little doubt that we needed to reduce fossil fuel emissions dramatically, and we had International treaties since at least 1993 saying we would do so, we are about 67% higher worldwide in carbon emissions than the early 1990s. And fossil fuel emissions increased another dramatic 2.7% in 2018, and they are projected to increase again in 2019.

2. These calculations do not include any of the false and grossly misleading carbon capture technology calculations currently being used in all International fossil fuel reduction treaties and by all governments. These governmental calculations utilize detailed compensatory calculation for the effects of negative admission technologies (NETs,) which our governments postulate will hopefully be discovered and put into operation sometime after 2150. NETs are man-made carbon capture technologies that are projected to remove an immense amount of gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere at scale without any disastrous even worse side effects.

The belief and current reliance upon these magical carbon sucking unicorns (as we call them) allow the government's of the world today to foist bogus carbon reduction targets upon their populations which then allow fossil fuel industries and fossil fuel producing nations to continue with "business as usual" and the rest of the society to believe there is no emergency or urgency regarding the real and hidden fossil fuel reduction amounts. Click here for the whole crazy story about how these magical carbon sucking unicorns will magically save us at the last possible moment and, at the same time keep the fossil fuel industry rolling in profits for another 30-50 years.  

3. If we miss these fossil fuel reduction targets, particularly the most important first 75% 2025 target we are likely to go into an extinction progression cycle that will not reverse itself for hundreds of years to centuries from now. If we fail, as much as 70 to 90% of humanity will suffer and die in as little as the next 30 to 50 years. To learn about this extinction progression cycle we call the Climageddon Scenario and why it is likely if we miss our radical fossil fuel reduction targets, click here.

4. Job One’s use of the term carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, means achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing any measured amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere with an equivalent measured amount of carbon dioxide taken from the atmosphere and being captured for long-term storage (see carbon sequestration). In the Job One Plan, this critical carbon capture and sequestration should happen almost exclusively through our already-existing natural biological, chemical, and physical processes (see this definition of global warming for illustrations of the climate’s heat controlling systems and processes). Net zero carbon emissions by 2035 for developed missions in 2045 for developing nations is a difficult subgoal to achieve. It will require that financial disincentives be placed on fossil fuel use and keeping almost all of existing fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas, tar sands, etc.) in the ground and never burned. 

Please note that the Job One Plan for achieving net zero carbon emissions does not endorse Cap and Trade methods of arriving at carbon-neutral. Current Cap and Trade methods are too often a disguise for “business as usual” and will not get us to the radical fossil fuel reduction levels we need in the extremely limited time left to keep us from crossing carbon 600 ppm extinction tipping point. In Job One’s own targeted version of carbon-neutral called Fee and Dividend (discussed further below,) you will not be able to buy Cap and Trade carbon credits to make up the difference and achieve net zero carbon emissions because that inevitably promotes more fossil fuel burning.

4. The above calculations do not include any extra reduction percentage or calculation for the massive spikes in carbon and methane emissions that will occur when we closely approach or cross additional global warming tipping points. To be safe, these percentages for fossil fuel emissions reduction should actually be significantly higher (10-15%,) to allow for approaching or crossing more global warming tipping points. Not allowing any fossil fuel reduction compensation for any tipping points in the above calculations amounts to planning for perfection using one variable. Planning for perfection is another way to plan fo fail. Click here to learn more about the tipping points it will suddenly release massive additional amounts of carbon and methane into the atmosphere. 

5. The above calculations do not include any extra fossil fuel reduction percentage or calculation for the long history of governmental underestimation of needed reductions by huge percentages because of national political or economic conditions or advantages. Click here to learn how big these underestimation problems have been. 

6. Each year we continue to delay in making the needed radical fossil fuel reductions mentioned above means that any fossil fuel reductions in the subsequent target years will also need to be even more extreme to compensate for the previous years miss targets. This makes them even less likely to be done because of the even more severe economic and other hardships that they will impose globally.

7. Once we get to net zero carbon emissions by 2035 for the developed nations and 2045 for the developing nations we still aren't safe and there is much left to get done to restore our climate's natural balance at around 270 carbon PPM. 

8. The calculations above are based on current and projected carbon CO2 levels in the atmosphere provided by the United Nations. They do not show the total levels of all greenhouse gases now in our atmosphere as tracked by CO2e. Because the calculations above also do not include the necessary reductions for methane and the other greenhouse gases as tracked by CO2e, the reduction calculations above probably should also be increased by another 2 to 4%. This additional 2 to 4% reduction would in part allow for the factor that methane is 86 times more potent for increasing global warming than carbon as co2 in our atmosphere. As shocking as it sounds, methane releases into the atmosphere from fracking or natural gas distribution is seldom measured or regulated by countries around the world including the US.

9. Here are the links to two videos by climate Prof. Kevin Anderson discussing the fossil fuel reduction calculations needed as described in A and B above. Click heref or the first professor Anderson video. Click Here for the second professor Anderson video.

And finally, the above fossil fuel reduction amounts described in points a and b above are definitely minimum reduction amounts. In fact, they should be significantly higher (based on numerous uncalculated key factors described above and elsewhere on this page.) 

Based on the best current science from climate Professors like Kevin Anderson, the targets and deadlines above are at least far closer to what we must do and, we have to start somewhere. These new working percentages and deadlines based on both science and climate justice must now replace our current governmental global warming reduction targets and deadlines which were agreed to at the Paris 2015 International climate conference. 

If we really wanted to be safe and we took in all of the other factors above that were not considered in the calculation above in a and b, we probably should be targeting an 80 to 85% fossil fuel reduction in all developed nations by 2025 or earlier and complete reduction to net zero carbon in all developed nations by around 2032. Similar adjustments would need to be made for the fossil fuel reduction targets in developing nations that would be aligned with what was just re-targeted for developed nations.

B. instituting a government-directed "in-case we fail"backup plan.(With this government-directed failsafe and backup plan we may still be able to save and salvage enough of humanity and civilization in case we once again delay and deny and fail to reduce fossil fuel emissions adequately.)

Click here to see what exactly what those radical fossil fuel reductions entail and what the government directed failsafe backup plan preparations must be.

Martin Luther King said something that is equally applicable today to the urgency of slowing down global warming enough so that at least some of humanity and civilization will go on.

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time... We must move past indecision to [immediate] action.” 

Fact 5: Because there is still no guarantee that we will act any differently than we have for the last 35 years to slow down global warming sufficiently to prevent a fast track to extinction, it is time for rational, wise and mature individuals to begin creating emergency backup plans and start their personal emergency preparations. This emergency preparation could even include migrating to areas that would be safer from the effects of global warming.

It is unwise to rely exclusively or primarily on our governments as this emergency worsens. They will never be able to reach and care for every citizen.

Having a personal plan and preparations is how you will be able to save and salvage as much of your personal life and your loved ones as is possible. This plan and prepare action is critical because most individuals and businesses are currently nowhere even close to being prepared for the severity of the unavoidable catastrophic consequences that are arriving soon.

 

Additionally, because of the high probability of as much as 70 to 90 percent of humanity suffering and dying within the global warming unsafe zones within as little as the next 30 to 50 years, it is critical to begin now to prepare your own personal Plan B and emergency backup plan.

This emergency plan and preparation is particularly important if you also happen to live in one of the global warming unsafe zones. If so, your personal back up plan would also have to include migration from global warming unsafe zones to global warming safer zones before it is too late. 

The time remaining in which to make these personal emergency preparations or to migrate to the limited global warming safe zones is exceedingly short because of factors like immigration regulations in the global warming safe zones already becoming more restricted as well as future legal immigration becoming all but impossible as the emergency worsens. If you look closely, you can already see many areas of our overheating world where what will soon be called the greatest migration in human history of climagees has already begun. (Global warming climate crisis-related refugees are called climagees.)

Click here to learn about your needed personal emergency preparations and the factors behind the short timeframes for people living in global warming unsafe zones to assemble their emergency plan B preparations and migrate to safer zones. These Plan B personal emergency preparations will also include information on how you can physically, emotionally thrive and survive through the waves of economic, social and political trauma as well as the physical loss, and suffering that is coming.

A bit more good news

The good news here is that no matter what, even in spite of how difficult this emergency is and will become, we can still cooperate to slow it down and have good and meaningful lives for as long as is possible.

Click here for what you can still do individually to slow down global warming.

Click here if you are of a faith-based person or of a spiritual nature for a positive and helpful framework for how to make the best of this emergency. It will take you to our sister website that deals with the global warming emergency more from a philosophic and spiritual perspective.

With the information in the links above, you are now better...

What's Next?

Some of you have already reviewed the supporting science and analysis links provided above and you will soon begin the fossil fuel reduction actions and other solution options also found within the links above. Well done! You will reap the benefits. 

Some of you will not review the science and analysis verification links. This avoidance may only provide a brief escape from the discomfort of knowing the difficult facts listed above are true as well as acting appropriately using this information. Over time, as you watch the worsening news reports about the destabilization of our climate, the five facts above will begin to ring true and hopefully, you will remember this page so that you and your loved ones will know what to do.

If you're feeling fearful, upset, in denial, angry or anxious about what you have read

We have given you a lot of horrible news to digest. When we discovered this information at Job One for Humanity our staff also had to digest this horrible news. By necessity, we learned about something called the Kubler Ross model of change to help us deal with all of the strong emotions the above news evokes. 

Because we Felt it would be irresponsible to leave you without tools to manage the feelings that the proceeding facts create, we are also leaving you the following images and ideas that should stage by stage help you come to terms with the new reality of global warming. Here's how these emotional transitions normally look.

1. Even if you are a wise, mature and healthy individual, if you're like most people, what you just read will cause you to react with shock and denial and other difficult emotions. 

 

2. If you have the tenacity to keep learning more concerning the validity of the 5 facts described above, you will likely next become frustrated and angry at "how could we (our politicians and governments,) ever allow this to happen."

3. If you still continue processing the facts above, you will most likely then enter into a bargaining or experimenting phase to find some kind of a way to deal with such disturbing and disruptive information.

4. If you still continue researching and verifying what you read, you will most likely next enter into a transitional feeling of grief or depression. 

5. As you work your way through your grief or depression, you will eventually come to a level of acceptance of what is scientifically accurate, but currently is being widely suppressedby the fossil fuel industry, mass media, and the many politicians around the world owned by the fossil fuel industry.

Once you finally reach the level of acceptance for what you have read above, you may likely begin the process of experimenting with new ways to live more sustainably and you will likely begin making new decisions to adapt and integrate this critical information into your life and businesses in other ways. You may also begin emergency preparations for the unavoidable and unconscionable global warming consequences described in the links above so that you are better able to protect yourself and maximize the chances of staying out of harm's way.

The 5 main emotional transition levels above are key parts of the Kubler Ross model. Over time, it will help you understand and deal with the global warming denial, anger, fear, grief or anxiety any healthy person would experience once they truly realize the truth of what we are saying and how dire our current situation really is.

Even though the Kubler Ross model is the emotional model commonly being used to help people deal with news from their doctor that they are going to die over some known time period. It still has relevance. This is because you will likely go through these emotional phases over and over again as you wrestle with this unbearable burden of global warming knowledge.

Once you truly grasp the true scale and seriousness of our rapidly escalating global warming emergency by working through your emotional reaction to it, you too will realize that our lives and our children's lives are clearly going to be far more time-limited than we ever imagined unless we act immediately to radically reduce fossil fuel use.

 

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