Thursday, September 12, 2013

Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell on the CO2 hoax: "irrefutable proof", "slam-dunk evidence", "millions of refugees fleeing climate-related catastrophes", and "in the real world, climate sensitivity means zip"

Global Warming: United Nations Climate Report Proves Earth Is Suffering | Politics News | Rolling Stone
Scientists are fighting deniers with irrefutable proof the planet is headed for catastrophe
On September 27th, a group of international scientists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will gather in an old brick brewery in Stockholm and proclaim with near certainty that human activity is altering the planet in profound ways. The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report offers slam-dunk evidence that burning fossil fuels is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warn that sea levels could rise by almost three feet by the end of the century if we don't change our ways.
...If you look beyond the tables and charts and graphs that fill the reports, you can see the Arctic vanishing, great cities like Miami and Shanghai drowning, droughts causing famine in Africa, and millions of refugees fleeing climate-related catastrophes.
..."In the beginning, the purpose of the reports was to provide the fundamentals for a global climate agreement," says Watson.
Deniers have always been cranked up about the IPCC, in part because of the black-helicopter paranoia of many conservatives who see climate change as a U.N. plot to take away freedom. And from the beginning, they have fought dirty, attacking not just the science but the scientists themselves.
...By then, Santer reports, he was receiving countless death threats.

...In the real world, climate sensitivity means zip.
...According to Yale's Leiserowitz, it's also a problem that four in 10 people in the world have never heard of.
...Future readers may view IPCC reports not as landmarks of scientific inquiry, but as suicide notes from a lost civilization.
2008 Flashback:  | ThinkProgress
Jeff Goodell, our roving reporter at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting, filed his second dispatch after the talk by the nation’s leading climate scientist.

[Goodell] Maybe Justin Timberlake or Barry Manilow draws a more adoring crowd, but I doubt it. Hansen is not just a rock start here at AGU, but the one true prophet, the Man Who Saw It All Before Anyone Else. And Hansen, in his own quiet way, did not disappoint.

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