Today’s report on the IPCC “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” suggests that although the science is now clear, the politics are getting in the way of the credibility of the IPCC and climate science in general. Unfortunately in my view we are not debating the important items about warming, which relate not so much to the science (that proves there is warming and suggests strongly that it’s caused by humans), but relate to whether we can do anything about this and how dangerous the warming will be for humanity. In my view there is little to do now regardless of how dangerous the warming is to humanity, but it’s also unlikely the dangers are anything like they have been advertised by many in the activist community.
So I’m hoping to explore each of the following talking points in the coming months:
Climate change Impacts from NATURE CONSERVANCY:
- Impact: Higher temperatures
- Impact: Changing landscapes
- Impact: Wildlife at risk
- Impact: Rising seas
- Impact: Increased risk of drought, fire and floods
- Impact: Stronger storms and increased storm damage
- Impact: More heat-related illness and disease
- Impact: Economic losses
It should be clear to everybody that the earth has warmed a bit over the past century – most scientists believe about 0.8 degrees. It’s also *fairly* clear now that humans are almost certainly responsible for most of that warming, although there is more intelligent criticism of that idea than many believe (climateaudit.org is the best source for the “smart skeptic” POV).
But far more relevant that those two issues are the following two issues:
1. How will this affect us?
2. What can we do about warming?
…. to be continued …