Saturday, 14 July 2012
The New Normal
Global warming driven extreme weather events are, it seems, becoming the new normal (although the speed of the changes may soon render any sense of the terms "normal" and "extreme" provisional at best). I was pawing through James Hansen's Storms of My Grandchildren yesterday, after viewing the short film above, and was struck by the rather obvious point that it should probably now be our
Grandchildren who will be able to enjoy the turbulent and volatile weather events. It is still rather early to state with confidence, but increasingly it seems to be the case that it is the extreme IPCC scenarios and climate change predictions that are proving to be the ones that are unfolding. As Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson notes in the clip: "Welcome to the rest our lives." See Joe Romm's Climate Progress here for my original source of this film.