Thursday, February 20, 2014

For the Steyniacs, a Webcast

The National Academies Press
NAS and The Royal Society to Release Joint Publication on Climate Change Science

On Thursday, February 27th from 10:00-11:30 EST, you're invited to join the US National Academy of Sciences and the UK's Royal Society for the release of Climate Change: Evidence & Causes . Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document that addresses some of the questions that continue to be asked. Miles O'Brien of the PBS Newshour will moderate a discussion between some of the authors and the audience.
Participants can join in person at the NAS building on Constitution Avenue & 21st Street, NW, or by webcast. Coffee service begins at 9:00 a.m.
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Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises (2013)
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America's Climate Choices (2011)
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Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis (2013)
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Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices: PDF Booklet (2012)

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J Melcher said...

Well, if ALL these authorities are convinced that the question is a "slam dunk", and that nothing has been in the least "sexed up" in the analysis, then I suppose the UK and US should, after all, declare war and seek authorization for the use of military force against the axis of climate change agents: China, India, and Russia, who not only are dumping mega-tonnage of chemicals of mass destruction into our common atmosphere, but have repeated refused calls from the UN and other international bodies to abide by treaties aimed to reduce the risks of such emissions.

War is a terrible thing. But it is not the most terrible of all things. We MUST end the coal-pollution and per-capital energy escalation and emission rates of these nations who scoff at the laws of men, nations, and science itself.

I call upon Appell, Mann, Steyn, Simberg, Hansen, left, right and center to join in the effort to FORCE compliance with scientifically-based emission targets upon the denialist regimes.

Unless, of course, there is any uncertainty. If we are, for example, only 51% sure that 51% of the observed warming is due to human activity and CO2 emissions, that 51% of that warming is harmful toward 51% or so of the world's region, (as 97% of our scientists tell us, "most" of this and "most of" that and the "majority of the" other) then perhaps, just perhaps, we should hold off on drastic action such as war (or economic suicide) until a bit more data has been gathered, analyzed, and debated.

Oh wait. Forget the "debate." Free speech is such an 18th century concept...

David Appell said...

J Melcher: China, India, and Russia are not the axis of climate change agents.

In fact, it is the US and Great Britian.

Per capita, Great Britian has emitted more CO2 into the atmosphere than any other country, according to Hansen's book.

As a country, the US is by far the biggest carbon polluter. As of 2010, the US had emitted 28% of 1900-2010 emissions; China just 10%. UK: 5%. India: 3%. Russia/Soviet Union: 8%.

It will be a long time until China surpasses the US. Per capita the US emits about 2.5 times that of the Chinese, and about 11 times India.

Not only that, but about 16% of China's emissions go towards products consumed in the US, and about 9% to Europe.