Climate changes requires action with urgency sans fear and chaos

A wanderer searching for and sharing creativity and inspiration, who regularly comments on massage governance, on the teaching and practice of massage, on the pursuit of science and mathematics, and on family and community, offer this.

Commenting on Climate Change Language Creating Its Own Chaos, Keith Eric Grant writes:

Michael,

You have journeyed into the area other than massage in which I have relevant expertise and background. Much of my non-massage professional life has been spent as an atmospheric physicist.

I can agree that creating fear and an immediate sense of catastrophe is not particularly beneficial. On the other hand, I also know that getting the good research supporting the validity of climate change accepted and looked at as to consequence and needed actions has been difficult.

There is often a condition in which there is 95+ percent consensus among those doing the research and also a few well-funded, loud, dissenting voices, often with credentials in other branches of science, out on the far tail of the normal curve. The press too often views this as a "debate" and wants to give both sides equal weight. I'll simply note that there are similar voices in the CAM versus allopathic medicine "debate" fervently opposed to the latter.

Scientists have also noted that a "detached research voice" can lead
non-scientists to conclude that there isn't any immediate problem. An
additional conundrum is that the quite valid debate on details and certainty about specific aspects of climate change can be claimed as documentation that there isn't a scientific consensus about the seriousness of the problems and consequences. That conclusion contradicts the truth.

One of the sad truths, in my believe, is those first affected by any change are often those with little political voice. One example is those on low-lying islands, affected by both loss of land and salination of the water table as sea levels rise. Another example is the, generally poor, living on delta flood plains, affected both by sea-level rise and any increase in the severity or frequency of major storms. We also live in a world with hybrid crops selected both for growing soil type and season length, not necessarily able to be migrated north or south at will. Modern political borders also
affect the ability of people to migrate as an adaption to changes in
rainfall patterns. The issues are complex in both geophysical and social terms.

A good source for information on climate change is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC committees regularly updates reports on the current consensus of knowledge about climate change.

Partly, as a result of the frustrations and misinformation seen by those actively involved in the research, there is a blog on climate change written by such scientists.

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Thanks very much for these insightful comments and resources.

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