So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox News Kool-Aid, turn off the television set and PAY ATTENTION - because doing as we have been doing puts us on the path to a 6° C (almost 11° F) increase, which will make our planet uninhabitable for humans in two generations.
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren.
Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and Harvard University published today the most comprehensive “Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years” ever done, revealing just how stable the climate has been — and just how destabilizing manmade carbon pollution is and will continue to be unless we dramatically change what we are doing:
() data from 73 ice and sediment core monitoring sites around the world, scientists have reconstructed Earth’s temperature history back to the end of the last Ice Age.
The analysis reveals that the planet today is warmer than it’s been during 70 to 80 percent of the last 11,300 years.
… during the last 5,000 years, the Earth on average cooled about 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit–until the last 100 years, when it warmed about 1.3 degrees F.
I have several times proposed a twenty-first century version of Pascal’s Wager: the Climate Change Denier’s Wager. Blaise Pascal was of course the fifteenth century ardent atheist, scientist and math master The Church so feared that upon his death cut off his head and it is now stored pickled in a jar somewhere in the Vatican basement. At some point in his life he was famously challenged by a “priest” that he would “convert”, that he would wimp out and take the safe bet, upon his deathbed. No word yet as to whither or no he did so, but my proposed wager is really rather simple:
If I am wrong, I don’t lose a god-damned thing.
On-the-other-hand, if you are wrong, if climate change IS real and human activity is contributing to it, we as a species, we humans, our children and our grand-children, lose the only planet we know of that will sustain we as a species, we humans, our children and our grand-children. We lose the whole damned world.
You want to take that bet, fool?
The sound you don’t hear is me jacking a round into my well-oiled AR.
We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget.
You’re either with us, or against us.