We are so cooked

So I’m reading James Hansen’s Storms of My Grandchildren, which is about global warming. He’s an optimist and believes that people in power will eventually do the right thing, or that they care about billions of people that aren’t them.

I used to be optimistic. I do believe that it’s possible to avoid seriously dangerous climate change, but I don’t believe that we’ll do it. There are too many short-sighted people out there. We’re going to lose our continental glaciers, arctic sea ice, and the Greenland ice caps. If we’re really stupid, and I think we are, we’ll lose some or all of the West Antarctic ice cap.

I rather suspect that we’ll see this happening by at least 2050 and likely sooner in the case of arctic sea ice. Some of it is happening now.

We are so cooked.

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