"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Extra Dimensions

This is a very creative way to display what many of us wish everybody knew.



Stolen from Lou Grinzo who stole it from CarbonTracker.

4 comments:

Gareth said...

Very cool. Might have to steal that myself... ;-)

You can see similar visualisations of recent CO2 and CH4 levels v latitude at the (relatively) new ESRL Globalview pages.

jg said...

I like this (and the ESRL one too). My compliments to the creators and those who know what to steal. May I share? I've been dabbling with something similar: Vostok Viewer.
Mine is an amateur project, but interactive (Flash required). I built it to enhance my personal study of Milankovitch cyles. Not being an authority on the subject, I put more emphasis on the source of the data.

jg

adelady said...

I've used this a couple of times.

It's really good with 'doubters' who claim to be unconvinced by the science and who rattle on about natural processes. They watch this and then ask "Why does the line bounce up and down like that for the NH?"

So then you explain about land areas and seasonal vegetation effects - thereby showing to your own satisfaction that your own knowledge about "natural processes". You may or may not get further with the conversation.

John Mashey said...

This is a wonderful visualization.