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New Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change
NYT.

A lengthy history of the topic at NYT. (8-1-18)


Prologue

The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and already unheeded treaty signed on Earth Day in 2016 — hoped to restrict warming to two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one in 20. If by some miracle we are able to limit warming to two degrees, we will only have to negotiate the extinction of the world’s tropical reefs, sea-level rise of several meters and the abandonment of the Persian Gulf. The climate scientist James Hansen has called two-degree warming “a prescription for long-term disaster.” Long-term disaster is now the best-case scenario. Three-degree warming is a prescription for short-term disaster: forests in the Arctic and the loss of most coastal cities. Robert Watson, a former director of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has argued that three-degree warming is the realistic minimum. Four degrees: Europe in permanent drought; vast areas of China, India and Bangladesh claimed by desert; Polynesia swallowed by the sea; the Colorado River thinned to a trickle; the American Southwest largely uninhabitable. The prospect of a five-degree warming has prompted some of the world’s leading climate scientists to warn of the end of human civilization.

Is it a comfort or a curse, the knowledge that we could have avoided all this?
Because in the decade that ran from 1979 to 1989, we had an excellent opportunity to solve the climate crisis. The world’s major powers came within several signatures of endorsing a binding, global framework to reduce carbon emissions — far closer than we’ve come since. During those years, the conditions for success could not have been more favorable. The obstacles we blame for our current inaction had yet to emerge. Almost nothing stood in our way — nothing except ourselves.

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We'uns: and the meta-Stupidity of our species ... never more consequentially.
(Despite all these words--du jour--the Stupid ..it Burns.
New think of how many nuke plants could have been built by now
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New think of how many tons of radioactive waste
that would have been generated in that time, and we would not have anywhere to store it or any way to reduce the radioactivity.




Satan (impatiently) to Newcomer: The trouble with you Chicago people is, that you think you are the best people down here; whereas you are merely the most numerous.
- - - Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar" 1897
New Everybody wants to go to heaven, nobody wants dead
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New Even taking the waste issue into account, nuclear is best for the environment
for generating baseload.
     Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change - (Ashton) - (4)
         think of how many nuke plants could have been built by now -NT - (boxley) - (3)
             think of how many tons of radioactive waste - (lincoln) - (2)
                 Everybody wants to go to heaven, nobody wants dead -NT - (boxley)
                 Even taking the waste issue into account, nuclear is best for the environment - (pwhysall)

I let her go after 4 hours, told her why, so she blamed me personally for ruining this country.
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