The answer is both: the day breaks both to doom and a hopeful dawn.
A good friend writes of his internal debate on global warming. Are we doomed or is there reason for hope?
We seem to agree that - at least for now - Obama is the very best leader if we want to see any of our DNA make it into the future. Global population decimation is inevitable. Decimation has a dual meaning; it can be 1-out-of-10 or nine-out-of-ten. By the end of the century, some scenarios, derived from IPCC models, say that our global population of 9 billion will probably be one billion - and only if we are very lucky and smart. Starting now
Although James Lovelock may stand firmly in the alarmist wing of climatologists, nothing he says is impossible. All is within model scenarios. As you can see from the combined graphic on the site http://localsteps.org/howbad.html Science can describe the projections for how bad it will be, we didn’t really know when things might unfold, but now with early arctic melting - we are starting to know the when.
Every day, I am ever more astounded that there is not rioting in the streets over this issue, because soon enough (years hopefully) there will be food riots, and refugee riots, and climate refugees etc.
“If your children ever found out how lame you really are, they’d murder you in your sleep” -Frank Zappa
Its a pity that Obama is so nice. Human civilization needs a Climate Czar with the ruthlessness of a Stalin. Otherwise we will have to wait until a sufficient number of our citizens, along with other global citizens, get the message, learn the science and decide to act to assure the future of human life.
But I am buoyed by the recent reports and the direction we are going.
report the other day had some power. Dr Hansen always has something
new to say. Be sure to check www.climateprogress.org for the news and the
policy stuff. And www.realclimate.org for the science overview to a
lay audience. We are in a time of rapid change now.
We are in constant rumination over doom or hopes. The astounding enormity of our colossal blunder is so difficult to apprehend. Denialism is a normal psychological reaction. In order to survive humans have to act with ruthless intelligence and logic. If we are lucky and smart now, in 1000 years, it will be a new species that emerges
Personally, I suppress my anger, but refuse to suppress the truth. One neighbor is a retired professor of Atmospheric sciences, who tells me that many scientists have shrugged and moved on with their lives - enjoying their days. They no longer speak out. Scientists think it is up to politics and human will-power now. They have done their job, and really shouted all they can.
Yep. Both doomed and optimistic. Now we can debate how much of each.