"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, August 27, 2011

Are We Having Fun Yet?


OK, OK, it's NOT a climate change hurricane. Still...

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7 comments:

King of the Road said...

Dr. William Briggs' take on it (I'm sure you know who he is).

King of the Road said...

I rode out a hurricane on a cruise ship back in the '80s. It was one of the top five or so experiences I've ever had. So, were I there, I might answer "yes."

That said, there have been fatalities.

David B. Benson said...

Did Irene put out the Great Dismal Swamp peat fires?

Dan Thompson said...

Hartford's been getting buckets of rain on and off since 10:30AM Saturday. Just a warning shot. The fear is that if the power goes out, we'll lose the sump pump, and with that everything in the basement.

David B. Benson said...

Dan Thompson --- Assume a fairly lengthy power failure once the winds pick up.

In the nonce, go acquire a gasolene powered pump or just a hand powered pump. Hook up right away and test it.

David B. Benson said...

It is a climate change hurricane in being so unusually large. Jeff Masters has commented on Irene's size more than once.

Patrick R said...

No it is not a climate change huricane.

However as Govenor Christie mentioned on WNYC August was before the huricane a exceptionly wet month. It was so wet that it had set the record for rainfall for the month of August before Irene.

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/marfc/Precipitation/Departures/NJ_counties_90_color.shtml

The attached chart shows the departure from normal rainfalls for the state.

The levels of percipitation for the month are not normal. What this means in terms of trends for rainfall I do not know. It is, as all the readers of this blog is aware, a bit of trouble to say that a particular event is unequivically due to global warming.