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NASA scientist on 2016 global temperature trends

NASA scientist on 2016 global temperature trends

(4:07) Even though temperatures continue to rise, NASA's senior Earth scientist Compton Tucker is more optimistic than most that we can actually reverse the trends.

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guest123456789 guest123456789 (734 days ago)

Warmest year on record (insert small print "Since 1880").

That leads me to believe it was warmer in 1879 but they don't want to say that. It is amazing how people forget that there were temperatures before 1880 and humans have been around for 200,000 years and temperatures before human existance too. When you factor in all the dates, our current temperatures are still about 9 degrees lower than the average.

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Warmest year on record (insert small print "Since 1880").

That leads me to believe it was warmer in 1879 but they don't want to say that. It is amazing how people forget that there were temperatures before 1880 and humans have been around for 200,000 years and temperatures before human existance too. When you factor in all the dates, our current temperatures are still about 9 degrees lower than the average.

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So what should we do now? Do nothing and see how our granchildren will end up?

I don't see how temperatures eons ago are relevant to our situation today. Our cities and infrastructure is built along the coastlines, our agriculture is adapted to the current temperature regime. I doubt if a world 9 degrees warmer easily can support a human population of 7.5 billions (and rising).

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So what should we do now? Do nothing and see how our granchildren will end up?

I don't see how temperatures eons ago are relevant to our situation today. Our cities and infrastructure is built along the coastlines, our agriculture is adapted to the current temperature regime. I doubt if a world 9 degrees warmer easily can support a human population of 7.5 billions (and rising).

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guest123456789 guest123456789 (733 days ago)

Not saying we should do nothing but we should at least be more honest in our reporting of the temperature and the historical record. The planet is warming but it's a normal cycle that happens when a planet comes out of an ice age. People living on the coast should consider the future water level rise when deciding their long-term events. Everyone should own an airconditioner and have a backup plan in place.

Humans thrived 200,000 years ago so I'm pretty sure they could continue if the temperatures went back to what they were then. If you cannot survive in those temperatures then that is too bad for you.

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Not saying we should do nothing but we should at least be more honest in our reporting of the temperature and the historical record. The planet is warming but it's a normal cycle that happens when a planet comes out of an ice age. People living on the coast should consider the future water level rise when deciding their long-term events. Everyone should own an airconditioner and have a backup plan in place.

Humans thrived 200,000 years ago so I'm pretty sure they could continue if the temperatures went back to what they were then. If you cannot survive in those temperatures then that is too bad for you.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (733 days ago)

Humans didn't thrive 200,000 years ago. They started to thrive about 10,000 years ago when the climate stablised enough for to farming evolve.

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Humans didn't thrive 200,000 years ago. They started to thrive about 10,000 years ago when the climate stablised enough for to farming evolve.

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Ace7 Ace7 (729 days ago)
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He's right. I recommend reading Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. Beyond 10k years ago the earth was in an iceage and not conducive to farming. Humans were hunter-gatherers meaning it was favourable to have small nomadic communities. We have had a stable climate that has allowed farming for the last 10k years. Farms mean fewer people are needed to make more food. This allows larger communities and frees up labour for roles such as full time soldiers, priests, politicians, educators, tool makers artisans etc. and hence the start of civilization. Now we are coming to an end of stable weather. Some people deny this (about the same number that think the moon landing was a hoax) and some people think it is just a coincidence that it is happening post human industrialisation (possible, but they’re long odds… very long).

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He's right. I recommend reading Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. Beyond 10k years ago the earth was in an iceage and not conducive to farming. Humans were hunter-gatherers meaning it was favourable to have small nomadic communities. We have had a stable climate that has allowed farming for the last 10k years. Farms mean fewer people are needed to make more food. This allows larger communities and frees up labour for roles such as full time soldiers, priests, politicians, educators, tool makers artisans etc. and hence the start of civilization. Now we are coming to an end of stable weather. Some people deny this (about the same number that think the moon landing was a hoax) and some people think it is just a coincidence that it is happening post human industrialisation (possible, but they’re long odds… very long).

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TheBob TheBob (733 days ago)

"Everyone should own an airconditioner."

I am in awe of such an elegant and long-term solution!

And presumably evreyone affected by sea-level rise should own a house-boat! Brilliant thinking!

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"Everyone should own an airconditioner."

I am in awe of such an elegant and long-term solution!

And presumably evreyone affected by sea-level rise should own a house-boat! Brilliant thinking!

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