Matt Ridley writing in the WSJ writes that the evidence points to a further rise of just 1°C by 2100. The net effect on the planet may actually be beneficial.
Some quotes pulled from the article:
- The conclusion—taking the best observational estimates of the change in decadal-average global temperature between 1871-80 and 2002-11, and of the corresponding changes in forcing and ocean heat uptake—is this: A doubling of CO2 will lead to a warming of 1.6°-1.7°C (2.9°-3.1°F).
- A cumulative change of less than 2°C by the end of this century will do no net harm. It will actually do net good—that much the IPCC scientists have already agreed upon in the last IPCC report. Rainfall will increase slightly, growing seasons will lengthen, Greenland’s ice cap will melt only very slowly, and so on.
I recommend you read the full article HERE. The leak of the IPCC AR5 Draft makes it more difficult for the UN Policy Wonks to come up with a climate change final document that is designed to scare the general public into taking action to solve a non-existing problem.
My question is will this projected warming offset the cold associated with the next grand minimum? We will have to wait and see. According to the article, the growing season will be extended, but one of the features of a grand minimum has been shorter growing seasons. The remaining question is will the warmer growing seasons offset the shorter growing season associated with a quiet sun? This is a real world experiment and we are the observers.