The Climate Change Series – Introduction

23 Oct

INTRODUCTION

Well for some reason I like to choose very big topics for myself to write about. This is a topic close to my heart, I studied a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Environmental Dynamics and Climate change in 2010.

My focus has always been on the past history of the earth or “Palaeo”climate (which just means the ancient climate of the earth), my masters thesis was on the penultimate de-glaciation and the mechanisms which brought us into the last interglacial (not the one we are experiencing now but the one before:).

I’m going to give anyone who wants, a basic view of climate change, its mechanisms (although these are still not at all fully understood), the politics of carbon currency and the problem with the way a lot of climate information is modeled and presented.

I am not going to try and convince you climate change isn’t happening, but I will put forward an argument that it is not necessarily a bad thing and is actually potentially, a rather good thing.

Before I get flamed, I’d like to iterate that I think the way that we live, pollute, destroy habitats and kill things is disgraceful. It is these actions which need our full attention. Creating a sustainable, respectful way of life is key to our planets survival. Climate change will certainly bring its own problems, but as humans we seem incapable of thinking about adapting rather than stopping any kind of change.

Climate has always changed, on huge dramatic scales, flora and fauna survive and adapt. The reason why things are becoming extinct has actually very little to do with climate change and an awful lot to do with us *killing* them, destroying their habitats and polluting their waters.

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3 Responses to “The Climate Change Series – Introduction”

  1. eclectic X November 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    This planet is so complex and how it keeps going regardless of the human activity, keeps amazing me.

    • wileykit November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      the earth has many feedback mechanisms and a much vaster threshold (certainly in terms of atmospheric carbon) than people might be lead to believe. Throughout its history, CO2/Methane levels have always been much higher than now. The last couple million years mark abnormally low Co2 / methane levels – compared to the earths history.

      The earth will be fine (unless we go nuclear)… whether or not we survive climatic change is another matter, but if we dont it will be entirely our own fault

      Hope you carry on following for my next post as it will include this data!

      • eclectic X November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

        I am half way through watching Allen Savory and it is a bit unexpected, but obvious about land use and desertification http://vimeo.com/8239427

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