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@Glenn T The "Texans" thing...not me. But, more than that...yes. The primary issue is, of course, our value systems. Money, faith, cultural/racial, etc. definition; each with their embedded hierarchies. And, unfortunately, not one of them seems to line up with the actual preservation of the species anymore. We've lost the forest for the trees. Literally.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2013 on Perception of the Arctic at Arctic Sea Ice
@openheart Yes, therapy...and venting. And sad at the statistics re: Climate Science study. Unfortunately, the very thing which might drive enrollment numbers is the further deterioration of our climate. How's THAT for a feedback loop.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2013 on Perception of the Arctic at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven, et al - I have been a lurker on this blog for well over a year now. I have it in my "must read" RSS feeds and make a point of reading through all of the numbers posted by so many fantastic contributors here who obviously take great care in "getting it right", since there is SO MUCH disinformation out there. This is my first comment. That said, I come here for the facts. Where is it melting/freezing and in what quantities and at what speed? I have NEVER come here to engage in or read "the debate". Frankly, I don't believe that the debate is relevant anymore. The climate is changing. The ice is melting. It isn't a question of if but of when...and the answer is, MUCH sooner than we thought. Additionally, and I realize just how pessimistic this sounds, I no longer care to engage in questions of "denialist perception". I honestly don't care if the conservatives in the US finally come to their senses and start believing in crazy things like science or empirical data. In fact, the longer they go before accepting the facts the more likely it is that they are booted out of office as the general populous wakes up. Finally, and I KNOW that this is pessimistic, I don't think there is a solution. Yes, we need to radically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and we need to do so immediately. But even then the feedback loops we've triggered and the amount of gas in our atmosphere already means that we are going to continue warming for decades even with radical change...which isn't coming any time soon anyway. Thus, we need to concern ourselves with adaptation to a new reality which has yet to come. And the path to this reality is not going to be pretty by any stretch. If we survive at all it is going to be a turbulent period filled with societal and economic collapse...and blood. I don't really know why I'm writing this. I imagine that most people here feel similarly but don't like to think about it; I get that. But since this blog is usually so factual and tends to stay away from "the debate" I felt like this post was appropriate to sound off on. Thank you so much for this blog.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2013 on Perception of the Arctic at Arctic Sea Ice
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