Scientific Gradualism Losing Warming War

by Val Germann

Scientists are gradualists by temperment, believers in a “rule of law” creating a universe that is consistent across vast stretches of both time and space. Abrupt changes in natural systems upset this general theme and throw monkey wrenches into the operations of scientific law. But the evidence is accumulating, every day, that gradualism is not the correct model for the Earth’s climate at this time. No, something else is in charge and gradual it is not.

Nowhere is this more obvious than among the tropical glaciers of our planet, as this quote from today’s Washington POST clearly shows:

Earth’s climate is undergoing an abrupt change, ending a cooler period that began with a swift “cold snap” in the tropics 5,200 years ago that coincided with the start of cities, the beginning of calendars and the biblical great flood, a leading expert on glaciers has concluded.

Note the strong implication here that civilization itself is somehow tied to climate, a view that if upheld would cast a pall over the whole planet, if the fortunate weather of the last few millennia really is coming to an end. Or as Lonnie Thompson, who has been studying glaciers and climate for about a quarter-century, says:

“There are thresholds in the system,” Thompson said in an interview in his lab at Ohio State University. When they are crossed, “there is the risk of changing the world as we know it to some form in which a lot of people on the planet will be put at risk.”

So they will, so they will, and it becomes more and more apparent every day that something has to be done about this, and soon. The price for inaction now may be incalculable later.

Read the entire article here.

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About Val

I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.
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