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(NY Times) Climate change is arguably the most important issue humanity has ever faced. The Earth’s average surface temperature continues to climb and weather is increasingly volatile. Our current trajectory looks perilous.

Except, there has been no global warming in 16 years. The average global temperature has risen a whopping, humongous, immense .28 degrees Fahrenheit between 1990 and 2012. Oh, and if it’s so damned important, why they hell is it being discussed on the crosswords pages of the Times? That’s write, this whole article about the mathematics of climate change is on the puzzle page.

Is the situation really that critical? I asked atmospheric chemist Dr. Laura Foster.

The future world will be a warmer place with different weather patterns and disease patterns and coastlines. We will have to adapt to these changes.

The pessimist in me thinks of human beings on Earth like bacteria in a petri dish: we’re going to pollute our petri dish to the point that we can no longer survive in it.

The situation is that critical. Climate change is real. Responding to it will be full of challenges. But there will also be opportunities — an aspect of climate change emphasized by Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, a climate scientist based at the British Antarctic Survey.

Dr. Shuckburgh speaks widely about climate change, and if you happen to be in San Francisco next week, you’ll have the opportunity to attend one of her talks. Dr. Shuckburgh will be giving a public lecture titled “Climate Disruption: What Math and Science Have to Say” as part of a Mathematics of Planet Earth series being sponsored by the Simons Foundation.

Wow, the climate of the planet can actually change? Who woulda thunk it? That never happened before. Oh, and how does Dr. Shuckburgh get to Antartica? I’m sure she take a wind powered sailboat from Antarctica to San Fran, right?

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Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-02-26 13:05:04

Good thing we have that pesky global starvation solved. we have that global Islamic vs Everyone war solved. we have that global slavery solved. we have that global territorial and resources battles solved.

Now that all that is done, finished, and resolved, we can move on to the next global crisis.

And, as increased taxes had solved the other issues mentioned, so will increasing taxes on the poor solve the natural global warming.

Comment by john
2013-02-26 15:33:56

Teach please post what the average temp was during the last glacial period in North America. You will be very surprised that there is not a big difference only about 3 or 4 degrees C. 1 degree in AVERAGE temp change means a lot. 2 or 3 degrees AVERAGE temp change means mangos grow in Maine., but no lobster can survive.

Comment by john
2013-02-26 15:43:47

of course she doesn’t claim to live a completely carbon neutral life, nor is that required by any reasonable person.

Comment by gitarcarver
2013-02-26 16:17:02

of course she doesn’t claim to live a completely carbon neutral life, nor is that required by any reasonable person.

So you are saying that “reasonable people” are free to pollute the planet and cause global warming? (At least cause it in your mind.)


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