Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ ‘Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging’

Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ ‘Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging’ (via Moyers & Company)

In a rare move, the world’s largest scientific society released a report nudging the public to wake up to the scientifically sound and increasingly frightening reality of climate change. “As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they…


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  1. One problem that gets very little attention is that climate (and weather) are both “chaotic systems” (see “strange attractors”.) Unfortunately we know that there is a system of mathematics that would allow us to better predict chaotic phase shifts, but as of yet we have not discovered it. This leaves scientists struggling to use linear deterministic models to predict conditions that are neither linear nor deterministic. Lorenz discovered the futility of linear models in 1963, but we continue to use them without really explaining that it is the only tool in our kit — and an inappropriate one at that. It is a lot like trying to do watch repair when the only tool you have is a hammer.

  2. Climate change is happening Much faster than predicted, and will happen faster still. The real result won’t be some slow, mild rise in sea levels that is mumbled about. The unpredictable weather will cause global crop failure, followed by famine and war. I can only hope a lot of the climate deniers are the first ones to starve. Unfortunately, the majority are in the US and we have all the guns, so others will starve first.

  3. To put it in layman’s terms for the American public, that is too concerned with their bank accounts and social status…it is like taking money from your accounts and never putting anything into it. It only lasts for so long, and then your Children that you swear you Love have to pay the consequences.

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