Charlie Loyd argues “It’s no good talking about the climate tipping point. The climate is a thing in motion and it never stays on any path. Maybe we are too late to avoid millions of refugees; maybe we have another five years. Maybe we will thread a gap in the dragons by chance; maybe the only one out there will take us. It doesn’t help to worry, because we know what we can do and that sooner is better.”[more]
mt has an article up on Medium called “CO2 on Trial” which argues that our climate conversation has emphasized proxy issues[more]
Roy Spencer, one of the few better-qualified naysayer climate scientists, has come up with an intriguing suggestion, in the hypothetical event that he is wrong and everybody else is right, i.e., that CO2 accumulation really is a serious problem. In that case, he says, we would need to burn even more of it.[more]
CNN reports a silver lining to ongoing midwestern flooding.[more]
There has been an extraordinary snowfall in Duluth Minnesota this month.[more]
Chicago has received near-record one-day rainfall totals yesterday, and this was a very widespread event, with flash flooding in several states. A vigorous frontal boundary between very warm, moist air and very cool air proceeds across the US today. Much of Northern Illinois saw a 40-year recurrence event.[more]
The EU carbon market is failing due to international pressures, in turn putting international pressures on others, according to a recent story in the Financial Times. This can be taken as a point in evidence for the need for an enforceable, global agreement.