‘Our models are falling behind reality.’ A professor from Oxford has issued a dire warning about climate change.
FLOODS, wildfires, storms, and extreme heatwaves are just a few instances of 2021’s “record-breaking” weather.
According to research, when carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere grow, more heatwaves and rainfall will occur. Models were created to better comprehend climate change, but recent events in British Columbia, Germany, and Belgium have been “more intense than the models.”
Timothy Palmer is the University of Oxford’s Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Physics.
He is currently advocating for a new generation of models to improve the precision with which current events are understood and future events are predicted.
Prof Palmer told This website, “The problem is that the warming is so severe, it’s literally outside the range of the model.”
“It’s not that the records have been broken; these current occurrences have utterly shattered them.
“Our ability to simulate reality is somehow exceeding reality.”
According to the most recent UK State of the Climate report, 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest, and eighth sunniest year on record in the UK.
This year’s weather is exceptional, as no other year has placed in the top ten in all three categories.
The heat intensity of flames in Turkey last Thursday, which killed four people, was said to be four times higher than any other occasion in the country’s history.
Last week, at least 85 wildfires burned across 13 US states, consuming about 1.5 million acres. More than 90% of the United States’ West is now officially in drought.
The disastrous floods that raced over Germany and Belgium killed at least 177 people. Hundreds of people are still missing.
Prof Palmer believes that governments will need to adapt and develop their infrastructure in order to combat the “new normal” climate and natural disasters.
“We need to construct infrastructure so that we can adapt to this new type of environment, or the new normal,” he said.
“That is something that each country must undertake. Drought severity may grow in some countries, such as California.
“Flooding will occur in other areas, as we have seen in Germany. In addition, certain countries will see significant sea level rise.”
Mr. Palmer and his colleagues are pushing countries to pool their resources in order to develop climate models that can be used in today’s changing environment.
“We urge all of the world’s countries to get together and.” Brinkwire Summary News”.