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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Risk Management...the strategy of logical people

“The sooner we make a concerted effort to curtail the burning of fossil fuels as our primary energy source and releasing the C02 to the air, the lower our risk and cost will be.”

"In a rare intervention into a policy debate, the American Association for the Advancement of Scientists urged Americans to act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and lower the risks of leaving a climate catastrophe for future generations. “As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do,” the AAAS said in a new report, What we know. “But we consider it our responsibility as professionals to ensure, to the best of our ability, that people understand what we know: human-caused climate change is happening, we face risks of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes, and responding now will lower the risks and costs of taking action.”
The seven summers with the lowest minimum sea ice extents have all occurred in the last seven years. Photograph: NASA/Reuters
Despite “overwhelming evidence”, the AAAS said Americans had failed to appreciate the seriousness of the risks posed by climate change, and had yet to mobilise at a pace and scale needed to avoid a climate catastrophe. The scientists said they were hoping to persuade Americans to look at climate change as an issue of risk management. The report noted the climate is warming at almost unprecedented pace.“The rate of climate change now may be as fast as any extended warming period over the past 65 million years, and it is projected to accelerate in the coming decades,”"

http://whatweknow.aaas.org/ 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/18/climate-change-world-risk-irreversible-changes-scientists-aaas 

Even though it isn't a photo of the Loyalhanna, sea ice directly affects us, convenient or not. Denying things that aren't convenient serves no one in the long run.  Risk management...we don't avoid house repairs in the hopes that holes in the roof won't really be a problem and carbon emissions are the same thing.