Alberta Climate Change Denial


For many decades, climate change denial has mislead the public and thus prevented action on climate change.

And now our climate system is spiralling out of control.

We are in a period of abrupt climate change.

We are in a period of consequences.

We must immediately declare a global climate change emergency, and deploy the metaphorical three-legged-bar-stool solutions to stabilize our climate.

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I rather liked this:

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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3 Responses to Alberta Climate Change Denial

  1. gclaudia says:

    Most media outlets and governments are in denial, so it’s no wonder much of the public doesn’t understand the urgency. Even a site like carbon brief is currently wittering on about CO2 budgets.

    I left a comment there, but failed to mention my crushing disappointment that even website specializing in climate change coverage are making so many elementary mistakes.


  2. gclaudia says:

    Carbon Brief has closed comments on that article, as well as hidden existing comments (there were two other comments in addition to mine).

    Basically, this is what I had to say:

    Current CO2 levels are based on CO2 emitted four decades ago; what we emit now won’t show up in the readings until the 2050s.

    We’re already close to 1.5C. Granted, El Nino is partly responsible, but some of the events set in motion (such as the Alberta wildfire) will probably unleash methane, which is 28 more potent as a heat-trapping gas than CO2.

    Last but not least, NASA, NOAA, et al are issuing global temperatures based on mid-20th-century averages when the 1.5C and 2C thresholds are based on pre-industrial times. There needs to be pressure on these organizations to start using pre-industrial averages as a baseline, so that we’re comparing apples to apples.

    Paul, thanks again for your continued efforts. Keep fighting the good fight, or it’ll all be over for us within a decade or two.


  3. gclaudia says:

    Comments have reappeared. Whew. It would’ve been so disheartening to discover they censored legitimate responses to their articles.


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