Climate science: Spin, science and climate change | The Economist
Posted: March 31, 2010 Filed under: arts
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Insuring against catastrophe
Plenty of uncertainty remains; but that argues for, not against, action. If it were known that global warming would be limited to 2°C, the world might decide to live with that. But the range of possible outcomes is huge, with catastrophe one possibility, and the costs of averting climate change are comparatively small. Just as a householder pays a small premium to protect himself against disaster, the world should do the same.
Now some know me as an inveterate optimist, and I’m normally skeptical about exaggerated scientific claims in popular media, but if it comes down to a choice between averting potential environmental disaster and penny-pinching to satisfy a privileged few, well…