Monday, January 14, 2013

Reuters finally catches up

By Donald Sensing

Climate change doesn’t have to be all bad | The Edgy Optimist:

But what if climate change isn’t the disaster we fear but instead one more obstacle that humans can meet, one that may spur innovation and creativity as well as demand ever more resilience? What if it ultimately improves life as we know it?
It only took Reuters six years to catch up to me.
Folks my age and maybe a little younger can remember when the Environmental Apocaplypse was not global warming but global cooling. So let us suppose two things: first that global warming really is occurring and human attention to it can reverse it, and second, that we do reverse it. Are we then to agree that a cooler earth really is in our best interests? Why? 
I've always kind of suspected that underlying much of environmentalism is a desire for the impossible: stasis. For the earth will either get warmer or cooler, but it definitely won't stay the same. Even if everyone were to agree that the globe really is warming, can we please see some scientifically-sound documentation that it is worse than the alternative?
I also recounted some of the great things about the Little Climatic Optimum (LCO), a period stretching roughly from the 10th to the 13th centuries, in which the average temperature was anything from 1 to 3 degrees centigrade higher than it is today. How warm was it? Grapes grew in Greenland.

What happened when temperatures started crashing in the late 13th century? Then came the Great Plague, killing a third to half the population of Europe.

So the question still remains: What if global warming is a good thing?