2011-06-21 02:21:21Jared Diamond on climate change
Rob Honeycutt


If you missed this on Climate Progress definitely check this out....

Jarod Diamond on climate change.

2011-06-21 02:57:12
Paul D


Marxist propaganda ;-)

2011-06-21 04:29:37
Julian Brimelow

Damn scientists! ;)

2011-06-21 07:09:31
Rob Painting

Enjoyed that, don't share his optimism. 

2011-06-21 07:21:09
Rob Honeycutt


Rob... I have to agree with you.  I don't have a lot of faith that power structures as they are now have the capacity to respond.  Any optimism that I have rests on getting the price of renewables down below that of coal.  They say that's coming this decade.  I just hope this decade is not a decade too late.

2011-06-21 07:32:30


The least that can be said is that it's thought provoking. On the optimistic side it's that we understand the problem and know how to manage it; it's still looks unbelievable that we won't act accordingly. On the pessimistic side is that societies as a whole not always act rationally; there are plenty of examples from the past but both good and bad.
In the end, we're left with our choices and this is, I think, the very reason why we're here. The future is unknown but we can decide the path to it.

2011-06-21 07:56:33


My optimistic scenario:

- Things fall apart sooner rather than later, so that we have less CO2 to deal with when we finally start taking action.

- There will be some technological breakthrough that allows us to sequester CO2 for real. Maybe something like zeolites, that might be able to hold it in highly compressed form. I'm not sure on the thermodynamic limitations of being able to take CO2 out of the air, so I hope we can do it without needing an unreasonable amount of power. But at this point we need to be able to reduce CO2 concentration, not just eliminate emissions.

2011-06-21 08:08:13
Rob Honeycutt


I often wonder if we're about to end the slow warming trend of the past decade and hit a sharp rise.  Not that it would slow the denial crowd down at all, but it might have the effect of causing the general public to start believing climate scientists have been right all along.