I'd like to point out that crop yields have increased a good bit since CO2 has risen from 350ppm to present levels. Anyone in favor of reducing CO2 to 350ppm is advocating reduced crop yields and the murder of countless beings via starvation.
Fair enough. Is 450 peer-reviewed papers enough?
This set of papers chiefly presents a critique of the IPCC's Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES), which claims to "provide the basis for future assessments of climate change and possible response strategies". The 40 scenarios are technically unsound in that, contrary to accepted international practice, they convert national GDP data to a common measure using market exchange rates.
Annabel wrote::( I'm sorry, Poto. I wasn't aware of that. Please know that when I am disagreeing with you, I'm still far from arguing with you. I don't enjoy arguments either, but discussions, anytime. Please don't take it personally either when I disagree. It doesn't mean I reject you as a person or think lowly of you. Not at all.
I can hardly remember you from e sangha. (My memory is hopelessly overloaded)maybe I should just leave you all alone and do nothing except work and meditate...
Oh, no, please stay. Perhaps I was wrong? You provided some very good explanations here, that I really benefitted from and that would be greatly missed by me and others.
I'm sorry to have caused you negative feelings.*sigh*
Now I feel like withdrawing behind my books...
Again, it must be done with legal means.
pink_trike wrote:Annabel wrote:
Again, it must be done with legal means.
Buddhism doesn't exist for the purpose of making sure our actions are "legal" or to protect laws. Its the careful and consistent development and perfection of both awareness and compassion so that our view is consistent with what "really is" (to the best of our ability) and our actions in the world are more beneficial than destructive. Sometimes the most beneficial, sane, effective actions falls outside legal limits - in these cases sometimes civil disobedience might become necessary. Legal limits are often corrupt, oppressive, dangerous, and/or outdated. Imo, a "legal/good, illegal/bad" view isn't consistent with the Dharma and has nothing to do with Buddhism.
Buddhism doesn't exist for the purpose of making sure our actions are "legal" or to protect laws.
Imo, a "legal/good, illegal/bad" view isn't consistent with the Dharma and has nothing to do with Buddhism.
Potato wrote:Unfortunately, the only peers who reviewed those papers were ones who agree that climate change is nonsense, and almost none of whom are specialists in climate change:
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Lampang wrote:Unfortunately higher concentrations of atmospheric CO2 mean higher temperature and pretty much all the studies show that heat stress will reduce crop yields. In addition to this, disruption to precipitation caused by climate change will also further reduce crop yields. You're the one looking forward to the premature deaths of billions, I'm afraid. And, as an aside, I think you meant "from 280ppm to the present level". 350ppm is level which many people believe is the maximum beyond which the climate system will become in the long term unsuitable for human life. We're currently at around 390ppm (though when you take into account the forcing for other greenhouse gases - NOX, CH4, CFCs, HCFCs, etc - we're a lot higher still.)
* During the Jurassic Period (200 mya), average CO2 concentrations were about 1800 ppm or about 4.7 times higher than today.
* The highest concentrations of CO2 during all of the Paleozoic Era occurred during the Cambrian Period, nearly 7000 ppm -- about 18 times higher than today.
* The Carboniferous Period and the Ordovician Period were the only geological periods during the Paleozoic Era when global temperatures were as low as they are today.
* To the consternation of global warming proponents, the Late Ordovician Period was also an Ice Age while at the same time CO2 concentrations then were nearly 12 times higher than today -- 4400 ppm.
Lampang wrote:That's a criticism of the forecasts for growth in emissions, not of ACC. Actually, as it's turned out, we're on the worst of the IPCC forecasts for increases in emissions, so I'm not sure how much point there was in posting the paper anyway. But, that said, it's typical of denialists to conflate questions about the mechanics or consequences of climate change with questions about climate change itself. The move from 'we don't know everything' (which is true) to 'we know nothing' (which is false) is very, very common. Another example, further down the page is a set of papers on deaths related to climate change. The same false reasoning seems to be at play: questioning the number of deaths which is forecast as a consequence of climate is not the same as questioning the reality of climate change. The fact that this move is so common amongst denialists is revealing. Denialists, on the whole, have no interest in establishing the truth; their interest is exclusively focused on establishing - by any means necessary - that ACC is wrong.
Also, I see that one of the articles is by Nigel Lawson. I presume this is the Nigel Lawson who is the former Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer and notorious free-market ideologue and denialist - and a man with precisely zero expertise on climate change. And I'd also wonder how much expertise the editorial board of New Concepts in Global Tectonics Newsletter bring to the complex issues of climate change.
Really, there's a Himalaya of evidence in favour of ACC and against this the denialists have a few grains of sand. I don't know why people are so adamant that black is white, but then the "Intelligent Design" people similarly hold out in the face of absolutely convincing evidence that they're wholly wrong. What seems shocking is that even if we take the denialists "arguments" at face value, it still makes no sense to hang on to an economic system based on digging stuff out of the ground and burning it. Extraction of petrol, gas, and coal is all going to peak and then go into decline (if, in the case of petrol, it hasn't already). The world is going to have to give up the carbon economy, whether it likes it or not (and, actually, it's going to have to give up an economic system based on infinite growth) so why not do it now? Even if ACC is completely wrong - and it's not - why not take the opportunity to rid ourselves of an economic system which is - by it's very nature - guaranteed to collapse and which - as we all know - is making us miserable? A life - enjoyed by the masses of the West and elites in the global South - based on the endlessly increasing consumption of things we don't want or need, funded through work we don't enjoy is crazy.
My grandparents were farmers, and I've spent a lot of time with plants. I know a lot about heat stress, and I don't buy the argument that somehow the planet will rapidly heat to the point of making crops fail or making plants not grow.
We have many years of fossil fuels left, and imho we should use that time skillfully to develop new energy sources.
Annabel wrote:My grandparents were farmers, and I've spent a lot of time with plants. I know a lot about heat stress, and I don't buy the argument that somehow the planet will rapidly heat to the point of making crops fail or making plants not grow.
I think that depends on where you live. Germany will largely benefit from global warming, except for the tornados that we are getting since recently. Before that we hardly ever had any, and if, very very occasionally a rather amusing baby tornado.
We will benefit in such a way that we will be able to grow more crops, such as mediterranean fruits, -oranges, lemons, in the south and West. Our wines will benefit too.
On the other hand, we will need more water to keep them alive.
We also observe since years that poisonous insects are migrating in from the South, they used to get wiped out in our harsh winters, but now they can hibernate, and spread, due to to milder temperatures.
A part of our Northsea coast may go downunder, or get in trouble with springfloods, however, just as we expect the Netherlands to lose land to the ocean.
But if Australia is getting any hotter, fun was had. Farmers already report more deaths in their herds on hotter days.We have many years of fossil fuels left, and imho we should use that time skillfully to develop new energy sources.
Actually, a lot of them are already developped and being installed in nations like Switzerland and Germany who don't have the oil or gas resources other nations have.
Wind, sun, and water are powerful renewable resources.
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