Are you starting to get the idea that there are a bunch of frustrated sci-fi writers somewhere who do nothing but sit around speculating what '-might- happen in a warmer world? It seems that everyday brings at least one new scenario that results from people sitting aound a table and throwing out ideas. Then others flesh them out a bit to see if any have legs.
And the end result is always that even bad science fiction movies are better and more believable, so the media (slogan: give us your tired, your poor, your hungry ideas yearning to be free) then takes all the rejects and hypes them in print and video.
And today brings us news that:
"PARIS (AP) The number of people threatened by coastal flooding could more than triple by 2070 due to climate change while the financial impact could surge by tens of trillions of dollars, according to a prominent international organization."
Yep, it's possible. It's also possible that the number of people threatened could quintuple. And it could be by 2020 or 2170. Or it could even be that the report is accurate but that by 2071 through our own technology, all those people threatened will be reduced to zero almost overnight.
Never mind the facts, listen to Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development who sounds like an imitation of the old Hans and Franz bit on Saturday Night Live, "Hear me now and beleive me later…"
He or she (does it matter?) wants "quick action to buy time for cities at risk."
Now this is the good part, at least for me… the article notes that a report says: "It can take 30 years to put defenses for vulnerable cities in place."
OK then, if we do take "quick action," what's "quick?" And what sort of "defenses" are we talking about? Because it sounds like I might want to invest in the sand industry?!?
Then we finally get to that part of every story of this sort in which speculation has become accepted fact:
"'Climate change is already happening and concerted action is needed now to prevent its worst impacts,' the organization quoted Gurria as saying."
That first part is actually true – climate change is "already" happeneing. It happens almost every single day, in fact. You don't suppose Angel meant that -catastrophic- climate change is already happening, do you?
Anyway, I'm sure we'll get a clarification soon since: "Gurria is scheduled to take part in the U.N. Climate Change conference in Bali, Indonesia."
Now are you all flying together, Angel, to spare us unnecessary CO2? Or at the very least, are all of you taking regularly schecduled commercial flights? If that's the case, could you please make your footprint as small as possible by lighting one less candle enroute?