THE CLIMATE BUS / WORLD / AUTHOR: BALKAN GREEN ENERGY NEWS
Author: Professor Vladimir Đurđević, PhD, the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade
Increasingly frequent floods, droughts, wildfires, and weather disasters that are no longer happening only “out there” come as no surprise to climatologists. All this was forecast decades ago, in reports whose clear conclusion is that the only way to steer a different course is to end fossil fuels – coal, oil, and natural gas – writes Vladimir Đurđević, PhD, a professor at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, in an op-ed for Balkan Green Energy News.
“Hey kids, are you ready for a wild ride?” This line from a popular Serbian movie surely rings a bell for local audiences. As someone whose job it is to read the results of climate analyses on a daily basis, and as someone who reads reports about weather disasters hitting all parts of the world, including Serbia, it seems to me it’s almost like planet Earth is asking this question of all of us.
In the past few weeks, many parts of the world have indeed been on a pretty “wild ride” – from Serbia and its capital Belgrade hit by floods; to Western Europe, India, and Alaska by heatwaves; Guadalajara, Mexico covered in 1.5 meters of ice after a hail storm; a new round of wildfires at a number of locations around the world; flooding in Russia; and weather disasters in Italy, Croatia, North Macedonia, and Greece. The reason for this extensive list, compiled in a very short period of time, is simple. Our planet’s climate has changed.
Our planet’s climate has changed
The average global temperature of our planet has increased by 1 degree Celsius since the mid-19th Century, marking a complete departure from the climate of the last 10,000 years. For climatologists, the fact that the average global temperature has risen so sharply over such a short period of time is as significant as media reports about the recent weather disasters. The speed of this change is something that does not compare to anything our planet went through for millions of years in the past.