"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?"

Friday, August 26, 2011


There is a heat wave in Europe, and in particular, Florence has reported its highest temperature ever.

Austin has surpassed its maximum number of 100 degree days and is still counting.

The highest dewpoint in the history of Minnesota has been reported.

And there's this:


guthrie said...

I would be interested in why you found the "Perry and global warming" article interesting.
The author demonstrates no knowledge of climate science, and makes the usual lies. (Frankly, if thats the best a strategic studies person working for the dept of offence can come up with its no wonder your country gets into stupid wars)

Perhaps the questioning about evolution and why politicians need to know science is relevant?

The Peak Oil Poet said...
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The Peak Oil Poet said...

when all of what we are today
is dim dim distant past
a racial memory mostly myth
known to the shaman caste

for our sons and daughters too

Michael Tobis said...

I link to some of the opposition sometimes. It is best not to ignore them entirely.

Of course his arguments are baseless. I am leaving it as an exercise for the reader in this case.

(For future reference, the conversation with guthrie is in regard to this.)

muoncounter said...

You might enjoy this portable sign (second comment), seen somewhere is Texas.

David B. Benson said...

Don't forget last summer's events in Russia and Pakistan...

Ugo Bardi said...

From you fellow Florentine heat-waved, confirmed!!

Here, we are supposed to have hot summers, but such a hot end of August was unbelievable. A stretch of some ten days when temperatures consistently were measured above 40 deg. C in town. Absolutely horrible, except for Texan tourists who, I imagine, arriving here didn't find much of a difference

The funny thing is that in the news they keep using the term "nice weather." Nice weather? This weather is trying to bite at us!! And if it is a sign of times to come (which it is) it is very, very, bad