“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

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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