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"We're all sitting ducks" -Princeton professor Michael Oppenheimer

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To improve your adaptation, see, for instance,

Orlov focuses on economic threats, but his adaptation advice is relevant to the collapse in general.

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  • Dave Gardner
    Dave Gardner Monday, 31 March 2014

    Thanks for posting this, Grant. Very good reporting and it's great to see scientists telling it like it is. Very telling that one scientist withdrew because he doesn't want to be "alarmist." That kind of PC BS is what got us into this mess (among other things).

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    Grant Monday, 31 March 2014

    Thanks. I heard that the major IPCC reports have to be approved by every U.N. member, even the OPEC countries, who often insist that language be watered down well below the level of alarm the authors intended. I don't know the details on this process though. Amazingly, IPCC many scientists are not even funded enough to do their IPCC work as their primary job. For instance, Chairman Pachauri has a separate full-time job (and is busy--in a podcast interview with him, he was at home and I could hear kids running around). So the IPCC makes a Herculean contribution under the circumstances, but has been seen to consistently underestimate threats or embed them alongside unrealistic best-case scenarios. Last I checked, emissions were exceeding even the _worst-case_ IPCC scenario from AR4, the A1FI scenario.

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