Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Adaptation" versus "Mitigation" of Global Warming

This is evidently a right-wing canard designed to confuse people. What "adaptation" usually means "We don't have to worry anymore about that irritating consciousness of our fuel emissions. Thank goodness!"

But adaptation (used in particular and skillfully in the IPCC report of today) actually means that, and more (obviously).

Adaptation means curbing carbon emissions. If you don't, evidently you are not adapting. You are making it worse.

It could be profitable, or “capitalizable” as the chap on Today (BBC Radio 4) just said. Increasing efficiency and lowering impact.

The fact that global warming is already in effect (duh) doesn't mean “Hooray! We no longer need to be disturbed and conscious!” It will get ever so much worse--depending on how much carbon one emits.

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