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Why is Climate Change so Hard to Address? (Article for #SciRoom)

Back in November we held a public discussion with The Science Room, which as part of their mission to get scientists to answer direct questions from the public we responded to the community questions of  “Why is Climate Change so Hard to Address?”, “Could climate change cause another refugee crisis?”, and “What if ocean currents change due to global warming?” The discussion included the role of climate tipping points and human psychology in making climate change a “Wicked Problem” that’s so hard to address, and how that might affect how we respond to climate change. 40 more words

Technological Tipping Points

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting occurred last week in Davos with a theme of responsive and responsible leadership. The session had me thinking back to research conducted by their Global Agenda Council in March 2015 on the Future of Software & Society. 215 more words

The Future Of Humanity

Is There a Future Tipping Point in the Atlantic Meridional Thermohaline Circulation (AMOC)?

by Emil Morhardt

The AMOC is the set of ocean currents that begins with cold seawater off Greenland sinking to the bottom and flowing south, being replaced by warmer water flowing at the surface past Florida from the south, transferring warmth from the tropics to the east cost of North America and the West Coast of Europe. 513 more words

Ice

Any Reason to Expect a Tipping Point with Arctic Sea Ice?

by Emil Morhardt

Williamson et al. (2016) examined the satellite data looking for signs of a tipping point in Arctic sea ice loss, but found none (my Jan 1 post). 333 more words

Ice

Are There Early Warning Signals of Tipping Points in Arctic Sea Ice?

by Emil Morhardt

Everyone agrees that it would be helpful in making climate policy if we had some advance warning of climate tipping points. Williamson… 520 more words

Emil Morhardt

Climatic Tipping Points and Optimal Fossil Fuel Use

by Emil Morhardt

Should we plan to decrease fossil fuel use as quickly as possible to decrease damage from global warming? Maybe not according to Gustav Engström and Johan Gars (2016), Swedish economists, who consider the possibility that planned reduction of fossil fuel use might cause suppliers of it to increase production now in advance of potential decreased value of it in the future. 542 more words

Emil Morhardt

Climatic Tipping Points and Optimal Fossil Fuel Use

by Emil Morhardt

Should we plan to decrease fossil fuel use as quickly as possible to decrease damage from global warming? Maybe not according to Gustav Engström and Johan Gars (2016), Swedish economists, who consider the possibility that planned reduction of fossil fuel use might cause suppliers of it to increase production now in advance of potential decreased value of it in the future. 540 more words

Emil Morhardt