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2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #44

Posted on 31 October 2020 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 25, 2020 through Sat, Oct 31, 2020

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On Climate Change, We’re Entirely Out of Margin

Flooding in Asia

The U.S. government and the world have done far too little on climate change, and so now we must move far faster than is comfortable or convenient. Photograph by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP / Getty

In 1959, when humans began measuring the carbon-dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, there was still some margin. That first instrument, set up on the side of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, showed that the air contained about three hundred and fifteen parts per million of CO2, up from two hundred and eighty ppm. before the Industrial Revolution. Worrisome, but not yet critical. In 1988, when the NASA scientist James Hansen first alerted the public to the climate crisis, that number had grown to three hundred and fifty ppm, which we’ve since learned is about the upper safe limit. Even then, though, we had a little margin, at least of time: the full effects of the heating had not yet begun to manifest in ways that altered our lives. If we’d acted swiftly, we could have limited the damage dramatically.

Click here to access the entire article as originally posted on The New Yorker website.

On Climate Change, We’re Entirely Out of Margin by Bill McKibben, Annals of Climate Change, The New Yorker Magazine, Oct 29, 2020

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  1. If Bill McKibben thinks Joe Biden and the DNC are ever going to put the Green New Deal into a bill and put it up for a vote, he must be on some serious mind-altering drugs.

    The Democrats conspired to destroy the one Democratic candidate who was pushing the GND, not once but twice. To think a Democratic administration would even be mildly interested in saving our climate is wildly delusional.

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    [BL] Accusations of this sort really aren't appropriate.

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  2. Prometheus @1,

    you might care to check this website's Comments Policy.

    IIRC, the Comments Policy was somewhat against Concern Trolling.

    Besides ~ "concern trolling" is very boring, doncha think?

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  3. "If Bill McKibben thinks Joe Biden and the DNC are ever going to put the Green New Deal into a bill and put it up for a vote, he must be...."

    Forgive me I dont live in America so may have this all wrong, but I do recall the democrats did actually put a version of the GND to a senate vote here but sadly it lost. This may have been because of the socioeconomic content, as opposed to the climate content.

    However it does show the democrats are interested in advancing this GND, so its not clear why it wouldnt happen again with Biden. Only time will tell of course. If we want him to advance the issue, encouragement and some nagging might be better than implying hes a useless fool

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  4. Prometheus 1962@1 said "To think a Democratic administration would... be... interested in saving our climate..."  They've already expressed that interest, and the GOP has just as firmly expressed its disinterest.  So the only thing we really know, is that no solution will come from the GOP (because interest is a necessary, incomplete condition for solution).  Meanwhile, here's a quote from the guy who wants to lead the Democratic Party, speaking of the climate challenge: "A time of real peril but also a time of extraordinary possibilities.  We've seen the light through the dark smoke.  We never give up.  Always, without exception, we succeed... when we try."

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  5. Prometheus 1962 appears to be a victim of, or perpetrator of, attempts to 'raise doubt about and smear the Other Leaders' by claiming they are just like the 'type of Leader they like' - a version of the False Equivalency scam.

    The full set of evidence differentiating the Leadership candidates makes it hard for them to defend what they like. That can be especially true if the general population is becoming more aware that Leaders should be pursuing increased awareness and understanding applied to help develop sustainable improvements for the part of humanity they lead that does not negatively impact any other parts of global humanity (and understanding that the global future generations are the biggest part of humanity to avoid harming).

    Those harmfuly selfish people, liking harmful actions they hope to benefit from, have to claim the Others are the same, are equally bad. They even try to create the appearance that the Others are worse by making-up scandalous gossip where there is little evidence or where they fabricate the evidence and the story by Cherry-Picking or taking bits out of context.

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