As long-time readers of this blog know, I am certain humans affect the climate. But, I am also not nearly sold on the scientific case for catastrophic global warming. It is far too weak to base spending (literally) trillions of dollars. I am also an atmospheric scientist, so I'm sure Mr. Adams would say, with reason, "You are just one of the many scientific voices on the subject," and he would be right.
So, let me try to persuade him of my belief there is no immediate catastrophic global warming crisis. I propose to do so by going outside of scientific channels.
Also, today, I ran across this in a travel piece:
You are probably asking, "What in the world does this have to do with global warming?"
This a brand new resort in a United Nations biosphere area. Question: If global warming and the (long overdue) increase in the rate of sea level rise it is supposed to cause in the Maldives -- which is supposed be among the first and most severely affected locations -- why would anyone construct a new resort there?!
In fact, there is a new construction boom in the Maldives. What does that tell us?
A new Four Seasons hotel in a remote, UN-protected, area is a huge, huge investment. Why would these companies, all of which are for-profit, be building big new hotels if they thought sea level rise was going to accelerate? For that matter, why would they do it if they thought storms were getting worse? Between the two, the probability their investment would be wiped out would be too high.
What this tells us is that the "smart money," outside of climate science, doesn't think global warming is a big deal. And, that they can construct numerous resorts and hotels at "ground zero" location for climate changes' worst effects.
I rest my case.