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28 February 2012 16:10
 
Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (Rob) - 30 January 2012 01:18 PM

This is interesting. Or maybe disturbing.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/29/nasa-visualization-global-temperature-changes_n_1239137.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=013012&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily Brief

The graphic here puts things in perspective. The last time climate change as rapid as this occurred was, well, never, as far as we know. Isn’t it too fast? Can we and the rest of life adapt to such rapid change? I can’t see this ending well for most of us - whether it be for individual humans or individual species. Oh, I mean, in a 100,000 or a million years things might pick up again. Or not. But something will surely survive. The question is, Will we be among the survivors?

The graph is alarming, but you say ” The last time climate change as rapid as this occurred was, well, never, as far as we know” I might misinterpret the data but I think the graph started at 1880? - and spans over a period of 120 years or so, my guess is that it’s the period where exact measurements were available to us, however considering what a fraction of historical time it represents, isn’t it too much to be drawing cataclysmic conclusions?
this might cheer you up.
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/matt_ridley_when_ideas_have_sex.html
Peace,
George.

 
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