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:: Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip

+ 25.12.2009 + It’s much, much later than you think. This really isn’t about polar bears any more.

At this very moment, the fate of civilization itself hangs in the balance.


It turns out that the way we have been calculating the future impacts of climate change up to now has been missing a really important piece of the picture. It seems we are now dangerously close to the tipping point in the world's climate system; this is the point of no return, after which truly catastrophic changes become inevitable.


Think of it like this: For the past three million years, our planet’s climate has always been in one or the other of two stable states, with small changes in solar radiation providing the energy to push us from one to the other. When we are in this cooler dip, the planet has an ice age; when we are in the warmer one, the planet’s climate is very much as it is now, and has been throughout the whole of human history... more



Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip is a short, animated film about climate change by Leo Murray. View it here, or read the script, with extensive references and additional links:

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