Saturday, December 22, 2012

LA Times editorial: "The effects of climate change may not be as dramatic as the reappearance of Satan on Earth, but they are a lot more imminent"

Doomsday isn't what we should be worrying about - latimes.com
What's odd is that despite our apparent obsession with global catastrophe, we're surprisingly reluctant to confront the complications of actual, documented threats to our planet. Science and observation seem to indicate that real planetary crises will come more quietly and slowly but just as sadly — and perhaps more so because by that time we will have had years, if not decades, of legitimate warning. The effects of climate change may not be as dramatic as the reappearance of Satan on Earth, but they are a lot more imminent. Scientists around the planet have urged political leaders to counter the threat with a variety of conservation measures, some of which we have pursued, some of which we've ignored. Meanwhile, global temperatures are already up, ice masses are melting, polar bears are being stranded on diminishing frozen habitats.
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It may be more fun to consider theatrical endgames and far-fetched predictions of doom, but really, shouldn't we be concentrating instead on resolving the complex but scarily real scenarios facing us? At least then, Earthlings might stand a chance of surviving.

4 comments:

Harry Dale Huffman said...

"Reappearance of Satan on Earth"? Monumental ignorance (or contemptuous arrogance), mixing up Christ (and his traditionally prophesied "Second Coming") with Satan (who is defined as being the constant temptor of man, always with us--like the little devil pictured on man's shoulder, whispering thoughts of evil into his ear). This is typical of the sorry level of intelligence displayed by those intent upon misleading the public into supporting the "climate change" (global warming) scientific and political fraud.

Anonymous said...

CO2 is a trace gas, but even so, it is an extremely powerful heat-trapping gas that makes a substantial contribution to the greenhouse effect. Man has simultaneously increased the amount of this gas (40% extra and rising) while destroying the carbon sinks which help keep the CO2 in balance.

These facts are scientific certainties and lead to only one possible conclusion:

More heat-trapping gasses in the atmosphere add more heat to the atmosphere.

Paul said...

My incandescent light bulb in my basement that I sometimes mistakenly leave on in my basement adds more heat to my home. This is a fact akin to CO2 and the warming of the atmosphere. How much does it matter on a cold night?

Derfel Cadarn said...

If the climate is truly changing, and it may very well be, there is very limited scientific evidence of it being man made.However if it is natural, much more likely we had best do our best to adapt. As we can clearly see from the fossil record that climate change is indeed a common occurrence in Earth's history. We can also see that 90 to 95 % of the species that have lived upon the Earth have become extinct. The message here is adapt or die, nothing we can do will stop climate change it is a foolish waste of effort and resources to believe we can.