‘Climate departure’ will be the next phase as extreme weather becomes normal.
One of the challenges with changing people’s views and behaviors in regards to climate change is that it’s difficult to see how scattered weather and environmental anomalies fit into the bigger picture.
However a team of researchers organized by Camilo Mora – a University of Hawaii biogeographer – is hoping to catalyze a sense of urgency by showing that in many of our lifetimes we will experience a transition from climate change to ‘climate departure’.
Mora explains ‘The timing of climate departure is an index that calculated the year after which the climate will become like something that we’ve never seen … At the broadest [average] scale we calculate that year – under a business as usual scenario – is going to be 2047.
Basically by the year 2047 the climate is going to move beyond something we’ve never seen in the last 150 years’.