Post Carbon Fellow Sanjay Khanna's article "Adapting to the New Normal" was published in Corporate Knights a special supplement to the Washington Post.
From the article:
James Hansen is director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and one of the world’s most respected climate scientists. Earlier this year he spoke at the prestigious TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., and stated what may seem a non-threatening fact: data collected from 3,000 Argo floats that record temperatures around the world’s oceans at different depths showed that the earth’s energy imbalance is precisely “six-tenths of a watt per square metre.” The calculation represents the extra energy, trapped in the earth’s atmosphere, which feeds global warming.
Then came Hansen’s kicker.
“That may not sound like much,” he remarked, “but when added up over the whole world… it’s the equivalent to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day, 365 days per year. That’s how much extra energy earth is gaining each day.”
According to Hansen, this may be an unfortunate precursor to what could amount to global sea-level rise of between one and five metres during this century.
Welcome to the new normal...