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Adapt or die…

by mel starrs on February 5, 2007

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via:: Fred Wilson

IPCC graphs

Here’s a nice depressing start to the week (having just come back from holiday feeling slightly fragile anyway having devoured Heat, Cradle to Cradle and Collapse – cheery holiday reading – not!). A report from the IPCC available here (pdf, 21 pages):

The understanding of anthropogenic warming and cooling influences on climate has improved since the Third Assessment Report (TAR), leading to very high confidence that the globally averaged net effect of human activities since 1750 has been one of warming, with a radiative forcing of +1.6 [+0.6 to +2.4] W m-2.

If all this doom and gloom is getting you down, I would recommend reading Collapse by Jared Diamond. He argues the case for human adaptation to all that is thrown at us, and whilst he has numerous cases where we got things wrong, in the most we get it right.

I’d love to write more detailed reviews of the books I read, and also catch up with all that is happening out there, but I’m desperately trying to finish my draft chapter one of the dissertation. Until that gets done, blogging ought to be light (but will no doubt seem infinitely more pressing than the chapter at times – procrastinate – moi?)