Hot Whopper has a Dilbert Whopper article (as in Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist) worth reading through (including the comments). Hot Whopper also shared a very good rebuttal from Variable Varability – “Scott Adams: The Non-Expert Problem and Climate Change Science“.
I would not have been so polite. Adams “model” points he used are red herrings. Ultimately, “what the models say” is irrelevant. Actual, on the ground, real-life measurements, taken over hundreds of years are empirical measurements. They do not tell a “story” or a unlearned “opinion” or represent a corporate interest, they tell the real facts. This is where denialists fail so often and so badly, they don’t use facts and they don’t like empirical evidence either.
This useless and silly disagreement with reality will rage on to no good end for anyone or anything. Gravity may be invisible to the eye, but its effects are definitely noticeable.
Arctic Sea Ice Sees Strange Cold Season Retreat – The Arctic is missing a chunk of sea ice the size of Mexico. This will indeed have effect upon sea ice next year and solar absorption. Oh, let’s not forget the polar bears either. I do think their estimates are low because the effects are speeding up.
Climate Change Won’t Stop in 2016, Despite Misleading Reports is an article that takes aim at more of the misrepresentation and misleading claims being put out by the usual suspects.
I admit that asking people to read is a bit much, but what else can I do?
There is also false optimism (hopium) found on both sides. Denialists see no reason to worry (hooray for our side, let’s strip-mine the planet!) and have no concern for the future, while others such as myself certainly do. But hopium isn’t helpful because it is also denial of reality. We can limit global warming to 1.5°C if we do these things in the next ten years chooses to ignore the current reality, the lag-effect and the global stubbornness to get with the program, which is to say, more hopium disguised as future technology that hasn’t even been invented yet. How would you like your hopium? Shaken or stirred?
Somewhere between these two extremes of non-alignment to reality lies the truth, or does it? What if the truth was far, far better? Or far, far worse? What if things were accelerating so quickly that it was impossible to comprehend? Get your doom on here. There is a video presentation here.
The problem as I see it, is we do not have realistic interpretation of the facts as they stand today (keeping in mind they are constantly being updated – always for the worse). That trend towards worse and worse somehow is always missing from estimates and interpretations. And it should not be. It should be included because it has a huge impact on what the actual expected outcomes are going to be. I’ve been documenting these worse and worse estimates now for many years. Taken as a whole, it definitely means much more then the optimistic hopium claims we’re still being spoon-fed.
This is why, after digesting thousands of articles, reports, assessments and opinions (mostly from experts in their field), I continue to believe that we are well within unstoppable runaway climate change and that there is simply no possibility of reversing this as claimed. We are FAR, FAR removed from having the political will and support to do so. Government, industry, business and the people themselves have generally chosen to just go on pretending it’s not going to happen. Business as usual and more of it is the chosen path. Despite increasingly strident warnings and reports from scientists, they’re being broadly ignored. This is to our shame.
I also believe we are facing massive unrest, shortages and competition which will undoubtedly lead to war, famine and civil unrest. Frankly, I see no other alternatives to this. It’s what happens when we find essential habitat and food shortages in short supply.
Take the time to read the links. We’re facing a crisis of conscious right now. Denial on all sides to the accelerating reality. The whole of this reality needs comprehension, if not acceptance. The scale, scope, speed, severity and significance of what it means to elevate Earth’s temperature this quickly. Now toss in our other contributions of pollution, deforestation, desertification, depletion and destruction of habitat the world over. We tend to turn a blind eye to this and what it all means.
Blogging our collapse is hard. It’s a message that few comprehend. It’s even harder to share. There are hundreds, even thousands of articles on this blog that point to “the whole of this reality” for your reference.