Vorpal wrote:I, too am wary of the simplistic use of data, too.
However, not being an expert at the analysis of prehistoric weather data, I have to trust that the scientists who coalate these things have half a clue.
Furthermore, I tend to look at data and analyses from multiple sources.
I think that it is clear that humans are affecting our environment. I'm not sure that it is clear that what we are doing is to our doom. I'm also not sure that it is wholly irreversible.
However, I am afraid that by the time it is clear, we might not be able to do anything about it.
I do think that we urgently need to protect our environment. But this is something that absolutely has to come from legislation, and not just in the UK or Europe, but around the world.
It will hardly matter that I (or we) ride bikes everywhere, if everyone else is driving 4X4s 30000 miles per year.
Looking at data from multiple sources and correlating it is what the IPCC does too.
Do you have any particular reason, or evidence, for your doubts about the unpleasantness of the consequences of climate change? Do you have anything more than a hunch that it is not, in terms of the human lifespan, or even in terms of the lifespan of human civilisations, irreversible?
I ask, because the forecasts for sea level rise alone, let alone the consequences for agriculture, made by the IPCC, amount to something some might call "doom", whatever it is you mean by it.