I'm especially concerned about Climate Change. Whatever our individual intensity of concern, I suspect that we all want to lessen the potential effects and improve our chances of success as parents, farmers, city planners, etc.
I found the recent quote from Jim Hansen useful. Hansen is a retired NASA climatologist and author of the book Storms of My Grandchildren. If you're going to read a book on Climate issues (finally!)... this may be the one.
As you might imagine, Hansen receives a great deal of criticism. The rage against scientists has always puzzled me. Here's what Hansen said in a recent radio interview on that subject.
“How did I get dragged deeper and deeper into an attempt to communicate the gravity and the urgency of this situation? More grandchildren helped me along. Jake is a super positive, enthusiastic boy. Here at age 2 and a half years, he thinks he can protect his two and a half day old little sister. It would be immoral to leave these young people with the climate system spiraling out of control."
"So now you know what I know that is moving me to sound this alarm. Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. That is the equivalent of what we face now, yet we dither taking no action to divert the asteroid. If we'd started in 2005, it would have required emission reductions of 3 percent per year to restore planetary energy balance and stabilize climate this century. If we start next year, it is 6 percent per year. If we wait 10 years, it is 15 percent per year - extremely difficult and expensive, perhaps, impossible. But we aren't even starting.”
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