Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Prior Global Warming Climate Change Postings

My previous couple of dozen postings on global warming climate change that immediately precede this posting  are in an uninterrupted sequence. Prior to that, they're interspersed with other subjects. So, I'm listing a couple dozen of those in their sequence:

A History of Earth's Climate and the Greenhouse Effect

Viking Shipwrecks Face Threat From Woodboring Shipworms

"Nanook of the North": Life in the Actual Arctic Of 1922

Climate Change: Why Should We Care?

Columbus: An Early Discoverer Of A Climate Change Factor

Ocean Acidification: The 'Other' Global Carbon Problem

How Can A Gallon Of Gasoline Produce 20 Lbs. Of CO2?

2175: Past the Point of No Return

Global Warming: Are We Doomed?

Fear and Climate Change Denial

Avoiding Anthropogenic Global Warming?

Is Milankovitch Cycle Tempering Global Warming?

Back-to-the-basics in Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect Demonstrations

Larsen Ice Shelf C Calves Huge Iceberg

Common Misconceptions About Global Warming

Global Warming: Fear Is The Mind Killer

15 Of The Greenest Countries In The World

China: Leader In Building Coal Plants

The Greenhouse Effect Made Easy To Understand

Climate Change: Sea Levels As An Indicator

Global Warming Induced Climate Change Facts Not Decreasing

Climate Change Beliefs and Poor Risk Perception

Climate Change and the Second Coming

Global Warming: Climate Change and Immigration

Silver Lining for Climate Change Future

Global Warming: A Misnomer

There are more prior to this.....

Climate change: Will doomsday scenarios backfire?

"After years of attacks from climate skeptics, the scientific community has become overly cautious in its predictions of how climate change may impact life on Earth, and how quickly. Behind the climatologists’ public “reticence,” however, there is growing evidence that unless we act now to dramatically cut carbon emissions, by the year 2100 the human race could be living, or rather dying, on an “uninhabitable planet.” Temperatures are already rising rapidly, particularly in polar regions, and within the next few decades warmer air could melt the Arctic permafrost, releasing 1.8 trillion tons of trapped carbon—twice as much as is currently in the atmosphere. This chain-reaction effect will greatly accelerate the rate of warming, rapidly raising global temperatures by more than 8 degrees. Baking heat and drought will quickly turn most of the planet’s agricultural regions into deserts. Seas will rise by as much as 10 feet, inundating coastlines. People all over the world will literally die of 110-degree heat and suffocating humidity. The worst can still be avoided, if this scenario shocks us out of our complacency, but right now, we’re on course to destroy our planet.

But, “climate doomism,” in fact, can be just as destructive as climate-change denial. By painting an “overly bleak” picture, we risk demoralizing the public into fatalistic passivity. If an overcooked Earth is all but inevitable, why should we change our way of life now? 

However, while laying out the worst-case scenario, we need to explicitly state that the planet could still be saved with prompt and concerted action. The fact is that “most people simply have no idea how scary climate change is.”

.... there are two equally true but conflicting narratives here. On the one hand, our hotter planet is already experiencing more “mega-droughts,” wildfires, and long-lasting heat waves, at the same time President Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate-change agreement. “On the other hand, a strategy for addressing climate change is coming together,” with the plunging cost of solar and wind energy, the dawn of electric cars, and serious emissions-control efforts by most nations. To focus on the first story risks demoralizing the public, while to focus on the second risks sending the message that the problem is well in hand. The truth is that at this point in history, no one knows whether our efforts to head off disaster will be successful. Did Wallace-Wells exaggerate the threat to terrify his readers into action? No doubt. But a steadily warming climate is still “the worst problem in the world,” and terror is appropriate.