"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
- Buckminster Fuller (h/t Suzy Waldman)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Silver Lining

I think one of the minor benefits of the huge catastrophes has been an increase in contact between climatologists and operational meteorologists. I am looking forward to conversations with a couple of them as we try to figure out exactly how weird the recent events in Asia actually were in some sort of objective sense.

2 comments:

Dan Olner said...

We could also do with re-assessing potential costs, cf.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10943606

"The UN has launched an appeal for $459m (£290m) to help victims of Pakistan's flood disaster."

The international community has thus far failed to meet that target; presumably in future that problem will only get worse.

Rick H. said...

"The skeptics are sweating"

http://climateprogress.org/2010/08/15/stu-ostro-weather-channel-global-warming/