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2 thoughts on “Wheat Rationing? Seed Shortages?

  • March 20, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Latest from Professor James Hansen:

    “Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim?” (PDF Warning!)

    “Paleoclimate data show that climate sensitivity is ~3°C for doubled CO2, including only fast feedback processes. Equilibrium sensitivity, including slower surface albedo feedbacks, is ~6°C for doubled CO2 for the range of climate states between glacial conditions and icefree Antarctica. Decreasing CO2 was the main cause of a cooling trend that began 50 million years ago, large scale glaciation occurring when CO2 fell to 425±75 ppm, a level that will be exceeded within decades, barring prompt policy changes. If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm. The largest uncertainty in the target arises from possible changes of non-CO2 forcings. An initial 350 ppm CO2 target may be achievable by phasing out coal use except where CO2 is captured and adopting agricultural and forestry practices that sequester carbon. If the present overshoot of this target CO2 is not brief, there is a possibility of seeding irreversible catastrophic effects.”

    Professor Hansen has always been considered crazy and an extremist yet his worst case models are always below what actually occurs. I really respect Professor Hansen and his quixotic quest to wake people up about climate change but it has not worked and will not work.

    If he is correct (and I believe he is closer to correct than anyone else), we’re about to turn the planet into something more suited to the dinosaurs than mammals. The scale and extent of this change is just not possible for 99% of humanity to even grasp. As for TPTB, they won’t even see the freight train that is going to hit them.

  • March 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Our household shops Costco sometimes. We haven’t been told there’s a limit on the flour, though. But then again, we only buy fifty pounds at a time–white flour is icky, IMHO.

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