Global Disruption” More Accurately Describes Climate Change, Not “Global Warming”–Leading Scientist John Holdren
This is a great interview with John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and lawyer Stephen Susman who is representing Kivalina islanders, Native Alaskan people who have to be moved, because of global warming, to the mainland.
On the one hand it's a shame that scientists are being reduced to "spin" to sell their message. On the other hand, if they can deliver the message more effectively and in a way that will resonate with ordinary people then we can really start moving forward on climate change.
Susman also makes some interesting comments on how the United States (and presumably other countries) can participate in Kyoto and then force non-participants into compliance through the courts. It's an interesting approach that if viable would negate many of the arguments of those western governments (like Canada) make for not participating.
Leading scientist John Holdren says “global warming” is not the correct term to use; he prefers “global disruption.” “‘Global warming’ [is] misleading. It implies something that’s mainly about temperature, that’s gradual, and that’s uniform across the planet,” says Holdren. “In fact, temperature is only one of the things that’s changing. It’s a sort of an index of the state of the climate. The whole climate is changing: the winds, the ocean currents, the storm patterns, snow packs, snowmelt, flooding, droughts. Temperature is just a bit of it.”