Posted by: grokscience | September 15, 2010

Future Weather

What will the weather of the future be like?  What do current trends tell us about changes to the global environment.  On this program, Dr. Heidi Cullen discussed the weather of the future.

How much will sunscreen cost? 😉

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  1. Not sure about this one. Climate change left science long ago, and now it’s in the realm of politics. Discussing it in science podcast seems out of place, especially when such nonsense as Kyoto protocol is supported by the speaker. It’s like saying I want world peace by subjecting everyone in the world to agree to my point of view. It won’t work.

    Almost every modern discussion on climate change involves solutions in carbon reduction. That is completely unrealistic (as is war on terror / drugs / poverty). Who will incur the inconvenience of moving closer to work and use bicycles and stop eating beef (or meat in general)? Practically no one (except for some hippies), not me, not my neighbors, not the developing nations, not the developed nation, and almost certainly not Al Gore. Unless there’s great upheaval, such as nuclear war that kills off billions of people, carbon reduction isn’t likely to happen, even if one subscribe to voluntary human extinction movement (http://www.vhemt.org/)

    Instead of policy or that it’s man-made, climatologists should talk about the science only. How will it shift the climate, and how will it be more or less drastic changes? What part of the world will become desert and what part will become rain forest? Where is it more likely to flood? Forget why the climate is changing (don’t say it’s man made) and suggest solutions (don’t say we must reduce carbon emissions).

    Now if we’re talking science, we can try to isolate areas of the world that might be impacted and do some engineering about it. Will that area run short of fresh water? Let’s research on better desalination or drilling for ground water. Will it be more likely to flood? Let’s see if we can prevent people from drowning; maybe we can make those into rice farms. These are real solutions that will generate real jobs, real innovation, real prosperity, real life savings, and real money for some enterprising engineers and scientists who take risks on climatologists’ advice. This is similar to Freeman Dyson’s view except it doesn’t involve government mandates.

    If there’s one thing that piques my skeptic sense (I call it BSdar, kind of like Spidey sense or gaydar) is any notion of the impending global doom. I apply the same BS detection to Jehovah’s witnesses and 7th day Adventists as I do to climate change folks today. Sky is falling stories might sell, but that kills all their credibility.


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