Summary: Scientists and journalists bombard us with news about the coming climate catastrophe, described as certain unless we drastically change our economy. This has plunged many into despair. The hidden key to these forecasts is RCP8.5, the worst case scenario of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report -- often erroneously described as the "business as usual" … Continue reading Manufacturing climate nightmares: misusing science to create horrific predictions
Summary: Collective action is democracy in action, unrestrained by the machinery of the formal political parties. Does the surge in political action of the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movement represent a new morning for America, appropriate at the start of a new millennium. Or are these peasants' protests, venting steam while the 1% … Continue reading Occupy & Tea Party are alike, both saving America through cosplay
Summary: One of the major themes of the FM website is that The End of The World Will Not Occur as Scheduled. Publication of the new IPCC report sparked yet another round of doomsterism, quite unrelated to its contents. Today we look at the IPCC's description of the climate science consensus. They warn about the … Continue reading The IPCC rebukes the climate doomsters. Will we listen?
Summary: We face so many shockwaves -- potentially high-impact events, usually estimated at low probability over years or decades (global warming being the exception). How do we assess the danger and decide how much of our scarce resources to allocate for prevention and mitigation of each? Today we look at two ways to assess these … Continue reading Preparing for the future: should we be precautionary or proactionary?