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I get where osteopop is coming from. It was a great tragedy and we should remember that even a killing of one human cannot be belittled by juxtaposing it to a bigger tragedy. That said I know that being a resident of Asia I was also taken aback when I first heard this metric in many discovery/history programs. People who have been seeing this programs since their childhood don't get unsettled by this but for someone who is seeing it for the first time it can be unsettling. One more thing which Hansen has also stressed is that scientists are by nature reticent and they present their finding in a very objective way. This blog has been a very objective blog and had a very scientific feel to it. I too feel the desperation to communicate the level of tragedy of AGW to the people but if we use such metrics new comers may feel that this blog is just a tit for tat reply of climate change denier blogs rather than being a blog of credible science. I have been a lurker for a long time on this blog. I comment sometime too but not very often. The thing I liked most about this blog was that people responded very well to queries. Then I saw the trolls coming and destroying the experience for everybody with the result that some innocent bystanders also get hurt.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2013 on PIOMAS December 2013 at Arctic Sea Ice
John this is a perfect example of our inability to grasp the exponential function. The world population growth rate has reduced but as the video adequately explains that even a very small but constant growth proportion leads to a very rapid increase. The doubling time has reduced to 30 years or so but in 30 years the world Population will DOUBLE. That is what we as humans don't instinctively grasp. Before watching the video I thought that as the population increases the increased population pressure will itself halt the growth but now I understand that it is a great expectation from the humans of the last 30 years(the last minute) to not only realize the problem but reverse the trend in time. Seeing the response to GW I am not optimistic.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on In memoriam: Albert A. Bartlett at Arctic Sea Ice
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