"It is the unhappy fate of the scientist today that he must play the role of Cassandra in the body politic, sending his fellow men to bed with nightmares in the hope to be heard in time."

- Arthur von Hippel, in "The Molecular Designing of Materials" (h/t @upbeatprof)

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/