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  •  Six degrees (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassiodorus

    So when the author states six degrees increase, is he referring to centigrade or farenheit?   Big difference between the two.

    Or is 6 degrees just an abstract differentiation between levels of destruction?

    •  Centigrade/Celsius and a little more on Hansen (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, Cassiodorus

      Fahrenheit is pretty much never used in science papers or journalism, although sometimes newspaper editors will convert the units.  Also, technically "centigrade" is an out-of-date term; now "Celsius" is used.

      But speaking of six degrees, I should note Jim Hansen believes we need quick and massive action because "fast feedbacks" from polar ice loss will result in a three degree change tipping into a six degree change without an additional anthropogenic push.  I don't know if Mark discusses that in his book.

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