Bulbs and shrubs are blooming with astonishing rapidity, and out of sequence. There are tulips in full regalia before primula, the traditional harbingers of spring - and magnolia already fading before the generally earliest redbud has bloomed.
"While emissions of nitrous oxide, a precursor compound in ozone, have declined in the United States by about one-third since 1985, the study found that ozone levels had increased by 29 percent over the same period."
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Some very intolerable disasters are guaranteed to hit well before we could or will replace fossil fuels. Crop failure will occur worldwide. Much life in the oceans is already doomed, and thus seafood for humans. Summers will become intolerably hot, and power will fail as wild thunderstorms and tornados knock hundreds and thousands of trees down. When the lights and air conditioning turn off, the cities will be filled with roving bands of dangerous, hot, angry, armed young men. Huge icebergs will calve, rising sea levels, inundating coasts, creating millions of climate refugees. Battles and wars will break out over increasingly scarce fresh water supplies. Insane end-of-times religious cults will preside over mass suicides.
So I think we had really get busy transitioning to clean energy ASAP.