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Climate Russian Roulette:   But what's in the loaded chamber?

BiteContinued release of greenhouse gases is like playing "Russian Roulette with the climate, hoping that the future will hold no unpleasant surprises. No one knows what lies in the active chamber of the gun."

-- Oceangrapher, Wallace Broecker, 1987.
Nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Bite"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
-- James Baldwin
Science drags us 'kicking and screaming' toward truth

Bite"Science is so powerful that it drags us kicking and screaming towards the truth, despite our best efforts to avoid it."
Noticed that a drink stays cold until the last ice melts?

BiteThe faster Arctic ice melts and the more open sea is revealed, the more heat that becomes available to melt the remaining ice and heat up the sea. It's a tipping point of sorts. That's why your glass of Cinzano and lemonade stays cool until the last slivers of ice melt and then the temperature ri...
The bad news: It's us. The good news:  We can stop it.

BiteThe bad news: we are causing it.
The good news: we can stop it.
Earth's climate is an ornery beast...that overreacts

Bite"The paleoclimate record shouts out to us that, far from being self-stabilising, the Earth's climate system is an ornery beast which overreacts to even small nudges." -- Reknowned paleoclimatologist, Wallace Broeker
Why Woolworth's?  Drinking coffee won't end racism!

BiteSaying 'stopping the Keystone pipeline won't stop global warming,' is like a civil rights skeptic saying in 1960, 'Why Woolworth's lunch counter? Getting served a cup of coffee won't end racism.'
Waking the "Sleeping Giants" of abrupt change

BiteThe longer global warming continues, the greater the risk of "waking the sleeping giants"—major feedbacks such as ice sheet collapse, methane "burps," or ecosystem collapse—that could ignite abrupt or runaway warming beyond our control.
Distant danger:  Try warning a teenager to stop smoking!

BiteIt's hard to change habits, especially when the most harmful consequences lie in the distant future. Try convincing a teenager to stop smoking because he might get lung cancer... in 20 years!
An extra 2°C and you'd have a fever!

Bite"When we look at the last 4 decades, we've seen 0.5°C global warming. Some people say, 'well that's not much!' Then I tell them to think of their bodies: 2°C extra and you'd have a fever. An extra 4°C and you'd be dead!"—Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.
'Tropic of Chaos'

BiteThe 'Tropic of Chaos'; the band encircling the middle of the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where already-destabilized nations are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of increasingly extreme weather patterns.
Temperature change is like walking the dog.

BiteWhen CC walks his dog, he moves in a straight line, but his dog, TC, tugs on the leash and wanders right and left. TC is Temperature Change (short term variance) and his owner, CC, is Climate Change (long term trend). Of course, they both arrive at the same destination.
A very dangerous threat, not a "cocktail hour curiosity"

BiteClimate change is not a "cocktail hour curiosity." It is a very dangerous threat. Our climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with a sharp stick. - inspired by Wallace Broecker
Natural cycle? Even the dinosaurs would disagree

Bite"The last time climate change happened this fast was the Cretaceous (time of the dinosaurs) and the oil was being made then." - Stephanie Carter, park ranger at Crater Lake National Park
Don't like big government? Then act now to solve climate change

Bite"I do not want the government telling me what to do. But, the longer we wait, the worse this problem gets...then you are going to see a lot of government interventions that you do not want to see at all." — Naomi Oreskes.

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