Monday, July 10, 2017

Climate Armageddon

Writing at New York Magazine, David Wallace-Wells poses the doomsday scenario:
The Uninhabitable Earth
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
You can imagine Wallace-Wells asking himself "What are the worst climate-related disasters I can imagine, assuming everything goes at least as badly as the worst pessimist can fear?" This article is the compendium that resulted. The operational word in his subtitle is "could."

If Wallace-Wells is anywhere near correct, Europeans who have no children whatsoever, including the elected leaders of most European nations, have the right idea. You wouldn't wish his dystopian future on anyone for whom you felt even a little love.

Wallace-Wells foresees a real shit-storm; a climate-driven Hobbsian state of nature - a war of all against all, where life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." If you suffer from excessive elation and ebullient spirits, and feel the need of a serious downer, this article''s your ticket, an express bus to depression.

There is, of course, at least some possibility that Wallace-Wells is correct, that all our worst nightmares will come to pass. It is also possible you could be struck by lightening or a meteor, or even a chunk of toilet ice falling from an airliner.

Most of us do not dwell on such outcomes, for good reason. While possible, they aren't exactly high probability outcomes. We're much more likely to experience our inevitable mortality from cancer or a heart that quits, or a car crash. Hat tip to for the link.