Grasping Climate Change

(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Some people honestly question the existence of global warming and its effects on the climate.

Part of the problem – outside the general atmosphere of denial the media helps promote – is the scope and scale of climate change itself coupled with our puny brains trying to deal with it.

We humans have a miserable sense of scale. We see what’s immediately around us, and have difficulty extrapolating to the greater world. Even those of us who travel around the country and the world can still easily fail to grasp the scale of humanity’s presence. There are more than 7 billion of us! And billions of cars, millions of buildings, billions of houses, all of which use up energy and contribute to the emission of carbon dioxide.

But we can’t hold those numbers in our hands and so our impact seems like it must be small. …

bad_astronomy 2016/08/29 climate_change

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