In the tradition of Peak Oil: The Real Scoop?, I submit the following:
What’s the real deal about runaway greenhouse effect? Do we need to worry? Can anything be done? Is anything being done?
This has a GQ feel to it, but the above referenced thread had a nice, lively debate, exactly the kind I’m interested in reading. They both deal with a lot of scientific speculation that is rich fodder for debate, anyway.
Peak oil and the runaway greenhouse effect are the two things on Exit Mundi that gave me the shivers. Knowing that the site uses hyperbole to inject entertainment value into its doom stories, I trotted over here to see multiple viewpoints. I found what I was looking for in the peak oil thread, but runaway greenhouse effect is even scarier and a search turned up very little.
I’m more troubled by this runaway greenhouse thing now, because after learning all about peak oil, I’m less worried about the economic reprecussions of peak oil than I am about a big shift in carbon emissions possibly triggering the runaway greenhouse effect. I swear I saw this suggested in one of the things I was reading about this peak oil stuff, but I can’t find it now.
Here’s the Exit Mundi article. I assume there is some hype there, but how real is this thing? (Keep in mind that the site’s modus operandi is to start out the article with a more “colorful” description, and ease up on the hyperbole towards the end of the page, so don’t quit reading in disgust before you finish it.)