Friday, February 02, 2007

Warming 'likely' man-made, unstoppable

The world's leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is "very likely" caused by man, and will be unstoppable for centuries, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

The scientists -- using their strongest language yet on the issue -- said now that world has begun to warm, hotter temperatures and rises in sea level "would continue for centuries" no matter how much humans control their pollution. The report also linked the warming to the recent increase in stronger hurricanes.



So what's the answer? Depoliticize global warming. Forget whose fault climate change is. Drop the "We were serious about it before you were" game. It really doesn't matter. Hell, if it makes people feel better, let's concede for the sake of argument that climate change is a natural phenomenon and start addressing it as an engineering problem.

Even that's a tall enough order - there aren't going to be any engineering solutions to climate control that will take less than at least several decades just to get rolling, and none whose success will be measured in anything less than centuries. To beat global warming, we're going to have to become a species that thinks in geological time frames.