Saturday, October 20, 2018

Climate Scientists Share Personal Views

[Note: Since I’ve started blogging heavily about global warming induced climate change, my readership has dwindled to almost zero. I don’t blame people for not wanting to read more on the subject. But, when you have a president who lies as easily as he breathes and a significant portion of the population actually pay attention to him, it makes me queasy and I feel compelled to say something.

Though they are right to be concerned about immigration, we haven’t seen anything yet. The onslaught of climate change induced mass migration will be horrific and completely overwhelming.]

Climate scientists rarely speak publicly about their personal views. But in the wake of some extreme weather events in Australia, the specialists who make predictions about our climate reveal they're experiencing sometimes deep anxieties.
“Climate Scientists Share Personal Views” (9 minutes):


“....Many people do not really understand how big a threat climate change is to humanity.
The changes that we see right now are much faster than anything we have seen in the climate history and that concerns me because it means that ecosystems might not be able to adapt.
It's going to be dramatic. It's going to be very dramatic....”

"Are we doing the right thing? Is it right to bring kids into this world with me knowing how bad it's going to be.
There is so much wrong with climate change and there are so many impacts that we're already looked into that I can't change, that no-one can really change. It's going to be bad and it's almost why would you inflict that on someone?”

“We need to be able to plan our cities better, we need to be able to design them better, keeping in mind what's coming...”

“Climate scientists are under a lot of scrutiny. We get ridiculed a lot by certain people for being alarmists, by going too much into detail. Where in actual fact we're actually probably reservists and are very conservative in our estimates and make sure we're so sure of the numbers before we actually get them out there.
I don't like to scare people, but the future is not looking very good.”

“I don't think there will be any safe places... the impacts are going to be big. So my approach is to be as mobile, as flexible as possible to be able to adapt to whatever is going to happen. My children are bilingual and we're working on a third language.
Both children have three passports, and they actually have the freedom to be able to study and work most anywhere in the future.”

Silver Lining in Bad News

After many years of watching and observing, I feel that the odds of the human race taking sufficiently meaningful proactive measures to diminish global warming will not occur until well after enough dramatic climate change events and weather patterns imbue even the most ardent science denier with enough fear for reactive measures to be initiated. Bipartisan measures can be taken, but unfortunately, the greenhouse gases already in the biosphere will remain to haunt us for ages. Hopefully, this will come to pass before a self sustaining feedback loop of carbon dioxide and methane release establishes itself, which would occur once oceanic methane hydrate gasification enters the feedback loop.

So, understand me when I say that I find any disruption of civilization’s consumption of fossil fuels to be the ‘silver lining’ in what are calamities otherwise. [If we, as a species, cannot take sufficient positive action, then negative consequenes will necessarily increasingly manifest in the world.]