"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?"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene


No, nothing human caused a 9.0 earthquake. But the worst parts of the tsunami were very strange. Perhaps unprecedented?


Things are all connected now. We are a force of nature.


3 comments:

ozhamlet said...

While we can't pin the Sendai earthquake on global warming, just as we can't pin any particular extreme weather event on global warming, there is a straight forward mechanism linking global warming to seismic activity: melting ice sheets mainly in Greenland and Antarctica are causing the tectonic plates on which they sit to move upwards in the viscous upper mantle. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isostasy#Isostatic_effects_of_ice-sheets

Michael Tobis said...

The forces are too small for a major tectonic event once you do the numbers, though there may be smaller quakes in the ice retreat areas.

David B. Benson said...

I've seen a picture of a lrage ocean vessel completely washed up on a wide beach in the Bay of Bengal. I assume a tropical cyclone what done it.