Source: 2006 HBO documentary, Too Hot Not to Handle.
Notes: In a June 2012 speech, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson admitted that global warming is real, but he then stated "We'll adapt to that. It's an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions."
Oh really? Dr. Richard Somerville, a climate scientist and distinguished professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, would probably strongly disagree with Tillerson.
In the 2006 HBO climate change documentary, Too Hot to Handle, here is Dr. Somerville's
"The very elaborate infrastructure that has been put together: the damns, pumps, reserviors, and canals, won't work because they were designed for the climate we have had, not the one we are going to have."
This documentary then gave this example from how adaptation does not work:
If the weather is warm in winter in the western US mountains, according to Dr. Michael Scott, scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "the precipitation tends to fall more as rain than snow. Or, if it falls as snow, it tends to run off early. What it means is that the water escapes down the rivers before we need it."
In 2005, water in a river he was studying "came down the river at the wrong time and we do not have the capacity to hold that water back. The manmade storage is not large enough, so we loose the storage."
Again, can we adapt to climate change? It may a lot be tougher that Rex Tillerson and others believe.
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