New Video: Inside the Experiment – The Climate Does not always Play Nice

October 3, 2017

Take 5 minutes for this.

I bagged a terrific interview with Jørgen Peder Steffensen of the Niels Bohr Institute, at his field office in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, this past July.  I started by asking Dr. Steffensen about implications of Greenland melt for sea level, but he wanted to move in another direction. The potential for abrupt climate changes, triggered by human caused warming and melting of Greenland ice.

Steffensen, it turns out, is a history buff, and that makes him all the more concerned.

I touched on this topic a few years ago in interviews with Mike Mann,  Stefan Rahmstorf, and Jason Box, in relation to their study of the North Atlantic current – see below.

 

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4 Responses to “New Video: Inside the Experiment – The Climate Does not always Play Nice”

  1. mbrysonb Says:

    It’s very silly to suppose we can play with these forces without incurring very large risks. But humans seem to be very bad at taking risk seriously, until they experience real personal consequences and actually connect them to risk factors…worse, the wealthy and powerful are more insulated from those consequences than the poor, so even real damage is slow to feed back into the politics of power. Scientists and the insurance industry may be engaged enough with the evidence to appreciate the danger. But I fear ‘what, me worry’ will retain its attraction among those “who count” for a good while yet…

  2. indy222 Says:

    All the urgent – organize a million people who are concerned enough and have the where-withall to OCCUPY DC, with a specific list of demands until DC adopts: (1) A stiff carbon tax, of order $100/ton for starters, ramping up quickly (we need shock/awe)
    (2) a 28th amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the global commons (oceans, air, great forests, ice caps) are left for future generations as the current generation found them, as a matter of right.
    (3) End all oil/fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks
    (4) Appoint impartial commission to assess externalized costs for Americans from FF’s and assess as part of the Carbon Tax and Dividend math.
    (5) Some of the Carbon Tax money needs to fund urgent research and testing for large scale air capture/sequestration of CO2

    and, one could go on. But you get the picture. The point is, meekly walking hat-in-hand to legislators who are PROVEN to vote with NO care for what the average voter wants, who ONLY vote according to the Economic Elites (and this was BEFORE Trump) only communicates character WEAKNESS and your willingness to remain a fool, a mark, a sucker for getting more of the same ad infinitum (see Gilens & Page 2014 – Princeton research showing zero correlation for decades of congressional legislation). It’s time, it’s long PAST time, to grow a backbone. All future generations are counting on us, because by the time they inherit the Earth, it’ll be too late to save it. Counting on economic growth, even through more renewables, is a loser for the Earth. Energy expert Vaclav Smil observes that the population we’ve built through the largess of FF’s, will starve at the level of ~40%, if we try to eliminate nitrogen fertilizers and instead “go organic/no-till”. Wonderful as that sounds – it’ll kill us. The black hole into which we’ve climbed is deeper than you think.

  3. J4Zonian Says:

    Yeah, I’ve thought about that line a lot over the last 10 years–“You didn’t want to hear about the science when it could have made a difference.” The better-looking Cheney guy, the VP in the movie, stands in for all the members of the corporate duopoly who refuse to see.

  4. indy222 Says:

    Just found a new and articulate exposition of our very much non-equilbrium civilzation. My articulate exposition: Pouring on more economic growth, and hyping how great it is along the way, is crack to an addict. Here’s Thomas Homer-Dixon at the Equinox Summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vf-y3mv57U


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