New York Times and Climate ChangeA real solution to our economic problems is not just a techno-fix as is offered at the end of this NYT article.
After warning about climate change, the article ends by offering hope that techno-fix tricks will prevent our looming extinction. Techo-tricks will not make the limits to growth vanish or stop climate change.
Nothing can stop climate change, but why make it even worse by doing nothing? Techno-fixes have our attention, but we really need a goal-fix. The most effective method of cutting emissions is changing our goal from producing as much as possible to just producing what we need. See Fleas are not parasites?
The following quotes were taken from the NYT site.If greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, scientists say, the global warming could ultimately exceed 8 degrees Fahrenheit, which would undermine the planet's capacity to support a large human population.
The first prediction that the planet would warm as humans released more of the gas (CO2) was made in 1896. The gas has increased 43 percent above the pre-industrial level so far, and the Earth has warmed by roughly the amount that scientists predicted it would.
humans are now pumping the gas into the air much faster than nature has ever done.
...climate effects so severe that they might destabilize governments, produce waves of refugees, precipitate the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in the Earth's history,
Are you rich enough to shield your descendants?
Many experts believe that even if emissions stopped tomorrow, 15 or 20 feet of sea level rise is already inevitable, but if emissions continue apace, the ultimate rise could be 80 or 100 feet.