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6 charts on climate change which should worry you

From Christopher Mims and Stephanie Gruner Buckley on Quartz

Meanwhile, a report from the US National Research Council, commissioned by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other intelligence agencies, says the consequences of climate change—rising sea levels, severe flooding, droughts, fires, and insect infestations—pose threats greater than those from terrorism ranging from massive food shortages to a rise in armed conflicts.

This is pretty scary stuff - and it should be. Of the 13,900 articles published on "global warming"(1) in the past 20 years, 24 reject it.

Scientists do not disagree about human-caused global warming. It is the ruling paradigm of climate science, in the same way that plate tectonics is the ruling paradigm of geology. We know that continents move. We know that the earth is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause. These are known facts about which virtually all publishing scientists agree.

As the video at the end points out, the cost of adjusting what we are doing is huge - but the cost of doing nothing is bigger, and growing each year. We are only seeing the results of what we did in the 60's and 70's now. What we are doing now we will not see until 2050 or so.

We live on an interesting and chaotic planet, which is only going to get more interesting(2) and chaotic.


(1) Global Warming is a shit name. Climate change is a lot better. (2) "May you live in interesting times" - Chinese Curse