Another look at climate change - “What else did we expect to happen?”

 
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10 September 2018 11:33
 

https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/03/09/591906007/getting-climate-change-right-in-light-of-the-stars

quote:  “Did we change the Earth’s climate?” is the wrong question. It’s been decades now since our most advanced scientific capacities provided the basic answer to this basic question.

Yes, we changed the planet’s climate.

But for reasons saturated with folly, the forces of science denial have created a fog of doubt where none actually exists. So in the popular consciousness, this question — “Did we change the Earth’s climate?” — still lives on. It feeds off political polarization and tribal inclinations.

But now, under the light of the stars, we can see this “Did we?” question was always the wrong one to ask. So what’s the right question? That turns out to be simple.

“What else did we expect to happen?”

We built a world girdling civilization that consumes a sizable fraction of the total biosphere’s power. Yes, that changed the planet’s climate. What else did we expect? That’s what happens when a species becomes really successful — when it becomes truly planetary.

This new question becomes the obvious one to ask for three reasons.”

 
 
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15 September 2018 09:59
 

keep ‘em coming unsmoked!

To take this a step further, we might even ask “Who cares if man’s activities are causing climate change?”. Regardless of the causes, we have to try to fix the problem, no?

 
 
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icehorse - 15 September 2018 09:59 AM

keep ‘em coming unsmoked!

To take this a step further, we might even ask “Who cares if man’s activities are causing climate change?”. Regardless of the causes, we have to try to fix the problem, no?

‘Fighting to prevent catastrophic tipping point”  -  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/amazon-forest-guardians-fight-to-prevent-catastrophic-tipping-point

At this PBS site, see 10 minute video and full transcript aired on the news hour 2 days ago -

quote:  “In Brazil’s Maranhao State, indigenous groups are battling a powerful logging mafia to protect the region’s remaining and fragile Amazon rainforest. After years of decline, deforestation is again on the rise, threatening a terrifying climate change tipping point. Special correspondent Sam Eaton reports with support from the Pulitzer Center, in collaboration with The Nation and PRI’s The World.” - (end quote)