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Reverse Tribalism and Global Warming

by Journalist, author, blogger, musician at Pace University/The New York Times on Oct 29, 2012

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This essay asserts that some people involved in studying and communicating climate change tend to overreact when faced with strong messaging on the need for emissions reductions amid murky science on ...

This essay asserts that some people involved in studying and communicating climate change tend to overreact when faced with strong messaging on the need for emissions reductions amid murky science on what's driving some particular extreme phenomenon in the world.

There's more at Dot Earth:
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/extremes

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  • Lohmann-Bond Lohmann-Bond Good point, there have been discussions on the broader points you raise elsewhere on Facebook. While I agree that there is a need not to let scientific discussions deteriorate into half-cocked slogan mongering, I would argue that the evidence before us is such that we may presume connections between growing numbers of extreme weather events and climate change even before the results of proper statistical analysis become available. This assumption would in essence be an application of the precautionary principle and should be taken for what it is: not proof, but a basis for policy decisions nonetheless. I would rather deal with the economic consequences of reducing emissions without statistical proof than with the ecological consequences of not reducing emissions in the light of what we know already. 1 year ago
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