In the Spring of 2010, the East Coast of the United States was nearly drowned in an extreme precipitation event. Ditto parts of Australia, and Rio in Brazil. This is the other half of “global warming” – global wetting. Scientists have been warning about it for years – now it’s happening. Can anyone say “Extreme Rainfall Events?”
Right afterwards, Eastern Canada went way above any temperature records, hitting summer beach weather, the eighties – 25 degrees C – in the first week of April. Still, hardly a single Network weather person mentioned “climate change”. That’s because a George Mason study shows that 67% of “weathercasters” believe that global warming is a natural event, and 27% think it’s just a scam that isn’t happening at all.
About half of those authoritative (but good looking!) faces on TV, telling us about the weather, have a degree in Meteorology. The other half just have the pretty or handsome face. Practically none have any scientific training in climate – but they talk like experts anyway. It’s very damaging.
Our first guest says humans are very close to climate collapse. David W. Orr is a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, at Oberlin College, in Ohio. He’s been a pioneer in greening higher education. He advises many leaders and foundations. His latest book is “Down to the Wire: confronting climate collapse.”
Gaia theorist James Lovelock has just given another disturbing interview to the BBC in London. Lovelock claims it’s too late, we shouldn’t waste our money on things like wind energy, but spend it all on adapting to the inevitable climate shift. How do you answer that?
Another worry proposed by Lovelock, is that climate change may not develop as a steady rise in either temperature or sea levels. It might happen as sudden jumps and reversals. He says previous climate records show a long-term heating can include intervals – perhaps decades or more – of cooling as well. Given all the global cooling nonsense from last winter’s snowfall in the U.S., can any climate action plans can survive unsteady weather?
But Lovelock is making increasingly bizarre statements as well. Like this one: China is planning on moving it’s population to Africa. Really? In this show I look into “Twelve Batty Things About James Lovelock”.
I raised Lovelock’s worries about irregular progression of climate change, partly because of another paper almost unknown to the general public. A theoretical ecologist at University of California Davis, Alan Hastings, says that climate tipping points may not be predictable at all. According to his work, there may be no signals or warnings, before a radical shift. For example, temperatures could go up rather suddenly, and stay there.
Hastings’ paper didn’t get much press, but it’s quite important. As far as I can tell, Radio Ecoshock has the only original interview on the new paper from this distinguished scientist.
I’ll send out a second blog entry, with more links for you to follow.