It has allowed people to read at night, live where they want, stay warm in winter, see the world, and multiply human contact.Any costs in pollution and habitat loss have to be weighed against these gifts.” Pinker contrasts the can-do ecomodernist spirit with “the lugubrious conventional wisdom offered by the mainstream environmental movement, and the radicalism and fatalism it encourages.” We can solve problems related to climate change, Pinker argues, “if we sustain the benevolent forces of modernity that have allowed us to solve problems so far, including societal prosperity, wisely regulated markets, international governance, and investments in science and technology.” The bulk of Pinker’s essay consists of documentation of how we've handled environmental threats.
It is even broader in scope than Pinker’s essay, and I found its analysis strikingly original. He contends that the negative effects of climate change will be offset by continued progress in technology and other realms.
As an example, he examines a 2016 study that predicted that by 2050 climate change will cause food shortages that result in 529,000 deaths each year.
The implications of cheap desalination are profound.
By tapping limitless sea-water resources it could drought-proof agriculture and thus eliminate the greatest threat posed by climate change.” Boisvert notes that “when we think harder about the specific problems global warming poses—problems of water management, agricultural productivity, cooling and construction—the threat becomes less daunting.
We focus on homes and roads because those affect many people personally.
Solutions for the problems to home foundations include: building a crawl space, hiring a certified contractor, and finding more stable ground to build upon.Our logistic and technical capacities are burgeoning, and they give us ample means of addressing these problems.” Greens fear that optimism will foster complacency and hence undermine activism.But I find the essays of Pinker and Boisvert inspiring, not enervating.Melting of ice caps, permafrost, and the overall warming of the world cause major problems all over; these problems affect everyone everywhere.Melting permafrost causes some of the most damage of any other factor that global warming affects.He continues: “Shortages forced Israel to tighten its already stringent water conservation and recycling standards.More importantly, they prompted breakthroughs in reverse-osmosis desalination technology, cutting by half the energy needed to extract fresh water from the sea and dramatically lowering the cost to just 58 cents per cubic meter (1,000 liters) of drinkable water…: Climate Change: Facts Versus Opinions Merchants of Doubt Author Slams "Corrosive" Climate Change Skepticism Meta-Post: Horgan Posts on Climate Change, Nuclear Energy and Other Green Topics By the Time Science Can Pin Hurricanes on Global Warming, Will It Be Too Late? Global warming is effecting all of the world today and the affect is not a good one.I plan to assign the essays to my students, who have become quite gloomy lately.These days, despair is a bigger problem than optimism.