Climate Change is a real and serious issue. In this video Bill Nye, the Science Guy, explains what causes climate change, how it affects our planet, why we need to act promptly to mitigate its effects, and how each of us can contribute to a […]Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye | National Geographic — News on Climate Change
Breaking away from the utopian assumption that the international community will agree on a single emissions allocation scheme, this study assesses approaches to setting country-level mitigation targets in line with the 2[thinsp][deg]C goal.
Climate hawks are familiar with the framing of climate policy credited to White House science advisor John Holdren, to wit: We will respond to climate change with some mix of mitigation, adaptation, and suffering; all that remains to be determined is the mix.It’s a powerful bit of language. It makes clear that not acting is itself a choice — a choice in favor of suffering.But in another way, Holdren’s formulation obscures an important difference between mitigation reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent climate effects and adaptation changing infrastructure and institutions to cope with climate effects. It makes them sound fungible, as though a unit of either can be traded in for an equivalent unit of suffering. That’s misleading. They are very different, not only on a practical level but morally.