Friday, March 18, 2005

The Oceans Will Rise

Posted by Trent Walters at 9:05 AM
Even had we stopped CO2 levels in 2000, in a hundred years, the oceans would have risen four to twelve inches (11-30 cm) as temperatures would have increased up to 6.3 degrees F (3.5 C), depending on which climate model is used. Scientific American and PhysOrg both report on a Science magazine article although PhysOrg has a little more depth and photo to help you imagine the future effect (SciAm uses an unexplained colored map, which the original article uses as one of a series of maps to describe the changes in surface temperature).

4 Comments:

Blogger goatchurch said...

There's a stunning pattern of denial in the way these articles are falling. We start with the view that Global Warming isn't happening, doesn't exist, and humans aren't causing it. Somehow this leaps straight to: Global Warming is unstoppable, has already been caused by previous generations, and there's nothing whatever to be done about it.

How is it we managed to skip over the intervening gap which says that Global Warming is inevitable without change, but the worst effects can be mitigated if we plan for it, and our later generations will thank us for it?

Why is it not an option, even in SF, for humanity to take advantage of the predictions in science to seize control over its own destiny? Where has all the hope and optimism gone? Why has it gone?

Is the fear of looking into the future what kills us in the end?

3/21/2005 03:05:00 AM  
Blogger Trent said...

Good questions.

Sounds like a Mundane story itself.

3/24/2005 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger S.M. Stirling said...

"Why is it not an option, even in SF, for humanity to take advantage of the predictions in science to seize control over its own destiny?"

-- well, the fact that "seizing control over destiny" has generally turned out to mean "some people seizing control over other people and coercing them" might have something to do with it.

There's a _reason_ why this sort of thing got a very bad reputation, you know.

The lynch-mob tactics used against skeptics in this particular context are also a negative indicator.

I tend to be extremely suspicious of people who get enthusiastic about big, all-encompasing Causes and want everyone else to follow suit.

6/03/2005 10:40:00 AM  
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