Friday, May 16, 2014

Sobering







The above are from this one of many videos I've been watching in a course on climate change. Given the carbon we've already introduced into the atmosphere and the ocean, even if we virtually stopped tomorrow, we're committed to seeing very significant and damaging continued warming. And as long as US policy is driven and/or blocked by teabagging right wingers in Congress, the prospects of doing that are nil.

Plus we face the irony that warming is being mitigated by the reflective effects of otherwise intolerably dangerous pollution.

And if that makes you feel bad, then you may not want to watch this one.



I guess we can only hope that other countries aren't as stupid as exceptional we are and that between their own reductions and their willingness to spend time and money on finding better solutions, we'll be taken along for the ride.

Meanwhile, wisely, people are thinking -- given the inevitability of continued very significant warming -- about adaptation.


Courtship

Having been through it a few times, we've all come to understand that Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominees reveal exactly nothin...