Many poo poo the idea that we are likely to adapt fairly easily to global warming changes because they are so tiny and take place over such a long period. However I have seen very few well reasoned discussions of this topic – most true believers simply dismiss it out of hand and most global warming skeptics can’t even see the obvious warming trends.
At first glance it would seem we really don’t have much to worry about. The earth has warmed less than a degree in the last 100 years, and even if that rate accelerates we are talking about tiny fractions of a degree every year. Every day we and other animals adapt easily to temperature changes of 30 degrees and more. Of course this type of daily change is not the same as gradual long term change, but it’s not clear to me why we can expect all hell to break loose as a result of very gradual temperature increases of fractions of degrees.
Here’s a good starting point for what I hope will eventually be a case by case examination of the negative potential consequences of warming.