Comments on 2019-04-01 Fixing the climate

On the last day of Google+, Brian Murphy commented:

Ah, the naiveté of youth! Young enough to think there is still time, that we can still put the genie back in the bottle, that hope can triumph over raw physics.

The Rubicon was crossed before she was even born: U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked (1989)

I said: Sure. I also thought the US could be stopped by taking to the streets when I was young. Now I’m old and bitter.

But I still think that when it comes to climate, small improvements will result in valuable delays. I don’t think it’s time for drunken revelry in the bunker as we face the Untergang, the big drowning.

1989, hah! I remember worrying about green issues back in school in the eighties and I must confess I grumble a lot when people wake up to the bitter facts, now. Where where these people when we needed green votes? Oh well. Those ships have sailed and there is no point dwelling on it.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-04-02 05:29 UTC

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole. The article points out that we found fossilized beech trees in Antarctica that grew there at CO₂ levels that we have right now. And water levels about 20m higher.

And if you think that we might as well stop worrying, then the article has you covered. If we continue pumping out CO₂ at these levels, it will get worse, like that time 100M years ago, when there were tropical forests in Antarctica and who knows what else further north.

Time to think about that border defence here in Switzerland when those unwashed masses arrive from German, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and all the other lower lands to the north (since I live near the northern border of Switzerland.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-04-03 19:24 UTC

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