17 Nov '11, 8pm

Science and the Dangerous Climate Question

Asking a climate scientist to define a “safe” or “dangerous” level of global warming is like asking a weather forecaster to decide whether you should cancel your wedding, school sports day, or other event because he’s issued a severe weather warning. The weather forecast is only one factor in the decision to cancel the event – other factors include how sensitive the event is to weather, how easy it is to make adjustments either in advance or on the day in order to cope, and the consequences of cancellation compared to battling on. Ultimately the decision to cancel or not will be a judgment call, which you will have to take yourself once you have carefully considered all the angles. The same is true for defining “dangerous climate change.” The science suggests that, by and large, the risk of major negative impacts of climate change increases with higher levels of global war...

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