Looking Climate Change in the Eye
Global media is abuzz with discussion regarding whether the massive and deadly heatwaves hitting Europe, Asia and the United States, particularly California, are caused by and/or an indicator of global warming [more | more2]. Many capture the fact that while no single weather event can be conclusively linked to climate change, clearly it plays an important part in current global record temperatures. Scientists explain using probability metaphors, speaking of “stacked decks of cards” or “weighed dice”. What human caused global warming does is increase the likelihood, duration and severity of not only heatwaves but also hurricanes, droughts, flooding and other extreme weather events. To deny what is happening now globally in terms of extreme weather events is delusional, deadly wishfulness.
Yes, we must adapt to climate change happening now. But just as importantly we MUST begin a program to reduce emissions immediately and substantially to avoid mid to long term impacts that are beyond the capacity of the Earth and society to withstand. Make no mistake, climate change is not only real, it is well advanced. The only questions of any real importance now is whether it can be recognized as such, its ramifications and remedies better understood, and societal changes on a massive scale developed and pursued in time to save us all. And this almost certainly is going to involve strict regulation, carbon taxes and even carbon rationing [more].