A new government report has just entailed the dangers we face from not acting on climate change. We will see a 35% reduction in melbourne’s water supplies, a tripling of the number of 35 degree days, a doubling of heat related deaths (though it doesn’t mention how many will be saved by reduced cold days), snow season reduced to 21 days, increased bushfire risks, beef and dairy production cut and the mountain pygmy possum wiped out. Oh help us gracious Prime Minister, save us with your carbon tax.
Given the track record of the same people making these predictions, sorry projections, I think we are entitled to be skeptical. We all remember Tim Flannery’s preposterous claims and those of some of his collegues. The thing is, they all hinge on the assumption that temperatures will continue to rise. All the climate models said we would see temperatures rise during the last decade. They didn’t. Perhaps that is because they think our emissions will drive the climate, just a thought. This is the same people who think that emission scenarios beyond our expectations indicate global warming is worse than they thought, regardless of what temperature is doing. When the most critical assumption for these consequences, warming, is not even happening, then I think we just might be alright.