@dtluna Don’t worry, I’m only posting this ironically because it’s like one of those exaggerated clickbait headlines.
@dtluna Definitely not. I’ve had a cozy 32°C in my living room during the recent heat wave.
@dtluna Yeah, yeah I’m aware of the fallacy.
Anyway, no, I am not a “climate skeptic.”
I’m afraid my government (Germany) doesn’t really want to do antything about climate change though, which is extremely frustrating.
@lachs0r @dtluna To be fair, at this point there is not really much that can be done individually or collectively to halt climate change; barring something catastrophic like a nuclear war, we are on track for enough warming to activate quite a few climactic feedback loops, meaning more or less a collapse of society and massive disruption to most ecosystems within the century. This seems like less of a funny skit as time goes on: https://youtu.be/XM0uZ9mfOUI
@digicana @dtluna Well, governments have been warned with increasing urgency since the 60s (maybe late 50s), but big energy has done everything in its power to lobby and stay in business — which means they’ve made sure absolutely nothing is done to prevent the rise of CO₂ levels in the atmosphere caused for example by burning fossil fuels. As far as I understand it, the models used back then to predict the effects of that have proven to be quite accurate, and match our current predictions closely.
@lachs0r @dtluna Indeed, the ball was certainly dropped along the way. Or intentionally thrown off the court. But realistically, that is how humans tend to govern themselves; we can plan forward years and occasionally a decade or two, but certainly not centuries. Competitive little beasties that we are, most governments would happily solidify geopolitical advantage even if it meant a hundred years from now the entire world collapsed.
“there is not really much that can be done … to halt climate change”
Indeed, we can't halt it immediately. But we can chose whether to keep it to a mildly damaging small amount largely halted in a century or so or to allow much more damage over a longer timescale.
Whether it'd amount to a “collapse of society” is another question.
@edavies @lachs0r @dtluna We’ve likely baked in warming well past “mild damage” at this point and our foot is glued to the accelerator. Climate models are pretty adamant about this. Societal collapse is much more tricky to predict, so that is indeed speculative. But when you find yourself actually able to witness in historical time things that are supposed to occur over geological time (like a mass extinction event) and you discover that you are the cause, it’s a pretty bad sign.