This is the second of a series of rap lectures about climate change. The focus here is on the consequences of global warming.
LYRICS The CO2 we’ve dumped into the atmosphere won’t disappear It’s gonna last a hundred years while trappin’ heat up in the air The reason temperature’s up less than one degree Is the climate’s inertia it responds slowly,
Oceans two miles deep and water’s high specific heat Means oceans have absorbed the heat what a feat and heat absorbing ice over Greenland and the poles absorbs more heat it’s kept things under control
And keep in mind the notion that the ocean is a huge carbon sink Keepin’ CO2 levels just below the brink But it’s lookin’ like the seas, with their dying coral reefs can’t absorb more CO2, what we gonna do?
Emissions over nine billion tons a year and rising Is there a tipping point over the horizon? Is there an increase, that will release Positive feedback, with no turning back?
CHORUS Keep those fossil fuels in the ground! We don’t need that carbon up there! Keep those fossil fuels in the ground! Keep ’em buried For another couple million years! Keep those fossil fuels in the ground! It’s time to protect the atmosphere! Keep those fossil fuels in the ground! Act like you care!
I mean one degree C seems fine no one’s dyin’ from the heat (except sometimes) What’s the big deal if we go up four or five degrees it’s just warmth we’ll all survive Summer’s fun! Who likes cold? Maybe we’ll thrive!
Life’s sweet in hot Iberia, in tropical Liberia, The Russians would love a warmer Siberia But wait! Up one degree, we’re melting Arctic seas. Note the glaciers’ in retreat if you please
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