29 Mar '12, 11am

And you thought that heat wave was bad?

And you thought that heat wave was bad?

It is debatable whether the world can avoid a 2 degrees C global warming. Many people argue that this is a limit that must not be crossed. Unfortunately, in my personal opinion, that train has left the station. We need to be asking the more difficult and ultimately more productive question, “Are there climatic conditions that we can all agree we want to avoid, and if so, what temperature characterizes that state — 5 degrees C warmer than today, 10 degrees C?” Rather than setting very stringent limits that are both unlikely to be met and with a narrow base of support — a route to inaction — it makes more sense to ask, “What’s the minimum temperature change we would all like to avoid,” and then work down from that number. This has the advantage of allowing everyone to focus on what they have in common. (I don’t think anyone wants to see millions of people dying in the street...

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