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View Diary: Climate Change Reality : 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius? Life or death for Tuvalu? (87 comments)

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    Is a matter of politics, not science.

    If you can motivate the world to change based on science alone I'm very happy, but until then we need to deal with the economic imperatives of nations and settle on a trget or nothing gets done.

    In my viewpoint, these numbers are subject to revision and the modus operendi is "Feel the stones to cross the river". The water is murkey and we can't see the bottom so we don't actully know how deep it is and where all the stepping-stones are, but if we wait on the river bank waiting for the water to clear we're doomed.

    I don't think most climatologists are oblivious to the concept of energy flux; the fundamentals of the science suggest otherwise (;~)> However, the model is sufficiently complex (break out those books) that it is essentially useless as point of political negotiation, and that is what these agreements are the product of.

    Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

    by koNko on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 05:00:12 AM PST

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