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It's only climate; Adapt!

April 24, 2006

Before I say anything else, allow me to admit I was wrong. It’s snowing. (A week ago, I mentioned that this might be the first year Colorado’s Front Range missed a April snowstorm.) Global Warming hasn’t gotten to our yearly spring chill—yet. Of course, I’m not the only one looking for the early signs. The New York Times ran an interesting piece (complete with a video and some nifty charts) this morning on the topic, suggesting that while the catastrophic changes aren’t happening yet, such changes may be the only thing that gets people’s attention:

By the clock of geology, this climate shift is unfolding at a dizzying, perhaps unprecedented pace, but by time scales relevant to people, it’s happening in slow motion. If the bad stuff doesn’t happen for 100 years or so, it’s hard to persuade governments or voters to take action.

And there is the rub. Many scientists say that to avoid a doubling of carbon dioxide concentrations, energy efficiency must be increased drastically, and soon. And by midcentury, they add, there must be a complete transformation of energy technology. That may be why some environmentalists try to link today’s weather to tomorrow’s problem. While scientists say they lack firm evidence to connect recent weather to the human influence on climate, environmental campaigners still push the notion.

There could be a problem with that… if you’re crying wolf or sunny days.

There was one line in particular that caught my eye:

A growing number of experts are also saying what was once unthinkable: humans may have to adapt to a warmer adapt.gifglobe.

The emphasis is mine… but this is what I’ve been saying all along. It’ll be impossible to return the climate to the state it was once in, before we came along to play. We might be able to lessen the blow, but we should be thinking now about how future generations can adapt. In this spirit, I’ve been brushing off and polishing up my adapt fish. One of these days, I’ll get them printed as stickers, so everyone can have one.