Note to media: The Ghost of Climate Yet to Come says, “It’s not too late!”
RealClimate makes a good point with the title of its post, “Irreversible Does Not Mean Unstoppable” about the recent NOAA led paper (see Climate change “largely irreversible for 1000 years,” with permanent Dust Bowls in Southwest and around the globe):
We at Realclimate have been getting a lot of calls from journalists about this paper, and some of them seem to have gone all doomsday on us.
Indeed, this is the perfect paper for someone, like say, Lou Dobbs, who can go from hard-core doubt/denial to credulous hopelessness in one breath, as he did Friday (h/t ClimateScienceWatch):
Let’s assume, for right now, that there is such a thing as climate change, let’s assume it’s manmade. What indication–what evidence do we have, what reason do we have to believe that mankind can do anything significantly to reverse it because a number of people, as you know in the last two weeks, are reported that, that, this is a 1,000-year trend irrespective of what we do.
Yeah, let’s assume, for right now, there is climate change and let’s further assume its manmade since there’s like no factual basis for actually knowing those things. Then let’s tell the public the latest research means if there is manmade climate change, the situation is now hopeless — when in fact the latest research makes it all the more urgent to keep total emissions and concentrations as low as posisble
Seriously. This guy has his own hour TV show on a major cable network — albeit one that fired its staff covering science and environment and hired a psychic to cover climate change (OK, let’s assume, for right now, that I made up that last part).
The whole world has become Dickensian (see “A Tale of Two Disasters“), which just happens to remind me of another Dickens story relevant to the theme that irreversible does not mean unstoppable: