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ClimateBites - Climate Soundbites

Tags: risk

Gravity theory has uncertainties too.  So jump off a cliff?

Bite"Science isn't "yes or no." Science is gradually reducing uncertainty. Consider gravity. We know gravity with a fairly high degree of understanding but there are still little areas of gravity theory that scientists are still arguing about exactly how it works. But just because scientists don't h...
Insurance companies don't care if you believe in AGW.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Insurance companies don’t care if you believe in climate change or not: Your premiums are going up anyhow...home insurance premiums are going up across the board in response to the record number of tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards and other heavy weather that hit the country in 2011."—Dean Kuipe...
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.
"We depend on the natural world... for our very sanity"

Category:Extinctions
Bite"We are dependent on the natural world for the very air we breathe and every particle of food we eat. Many people, including me, would say we are dependent on it for our very sanity." — Sir David Attenborough
CO2 is plant food?   Yeah, like steroids. . .

BiteIncreasing CO2 for plants is like giving athletes anabolic steroids: it may produce short-term weight gain, but often with long-term, negative side effects.
It's like a big tsunami, headed our way...

BiteClimate change is like a big tsunami, far at sea but headed our way. To get our families "off the beach" and to safety, we need to act now. If we wait until we can see wave breaking, it will be too late.
Ignoring symptoms is common..and can be fatal

BiteSome people ignore a suspicious lump in their body, hoping it will go away. When they eventually go to the doctor -- because of night sweats, pain, weight loss, etc -- they are told that it's 'too late,' but that if they'd come when they first noticed the problem, the situation might have been salv...
Coral:   Don't worry; it's not cancer (it's coronary thrombosis)

BiteTelling the inhabitants of a coral that island that they're safe because sea level won't rise, is like a doctor telling a smoker, "stop worrying, you aren't going to die of lung cancer", while knowing full well that they're doomed to die from a coronary thrombosis. Ocean acidification (OA) and b...
When in doubt, ask... your insurance company!

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite“The prospect of extreme climate change and its potentially devastating economic and social consequences are of great concern to the insurance industry.” — Kyoto Statement of The Geneva Association, 29th May, 2009
Even schoolchildren know it'll be devastating

Bite"The world is perfectly on track to six degrees Celsius increasing the temperature, which is very bad news. And everybody, even school children, know this will have catastrophic implications for all of us."—Fatih Birol, IEA
Would you argue with your doctor over a heart condition?

Category:Who to Believe?
BiteSome people say ‘When you are sure about climate change, then we will do something about it.’ Suppose your doctor says ‘Well, I am very concerned about your heart condition. I think you should be on a low cholesterol diet and exercise.’ Would anybody say to their doctor ‘If you can't tell me pre...

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