PS: For wanna-be climate nerds like me, here are a few articles about the “bomb-shell” Hansen study I linked to earlier. I will just quote a few hi-lights. The first is a kick-ass climate blogger, Tamino:
Hansen et al.
[quote]A big source of uncertainty is the use of truly-exponential ice sheet decay. Recent results from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment) satellite show that linear models are definitely inadequate:
It’s just one of the reasons that there is now near-consensus that the IPCC projections for 21st-century sea level rise are not just out of date, but too low. However, there’s quite a difference between nonlinear mass loss and truly exponential, and we simply don’t have enough data yet to know. But just as we can’t yet reliably claim exponential mass loss, we can’t rule it out either. Hence, although this idea is speculative, it’s also possible, and I believe it’s crucial for us to explore the consequences of what will happen if it turns out to be the case.[/quote]
In the general media, it’s mostly refreshingly appropriate skepticism:
Here’s Andrew Revkin, who wrote the first actual review of the paper (though he’s mostly just quoting relevant experts; he himself isn’t one):
A Rocky First Review for a Climate Paper Warning of a Stormy Coastal Crisis
[quote]The paper is a sweeping cross-disciplinary challenge to status-quo science on risks posed by the building greenhouse effect. The authors, led by James E. Hansen, the veteran climatologist-turned-campaigner, stitch a variety of findings and simulations into a worrisome vision of a looming and abrupt collapse of Antarctic ice sheets and a multi-meter rise in storm-raked seas. They directly call for urgent action by the world’s nations at the Paris treaty talks in December.
It’s no wonder the paper made headlines.
But, after less than two days of public review, the paper is being revealed as much more of a rough sketch, a provocation, than a thorough, deeply grounded new thesis.[/quote]
Here’s National Geo:
Prediction of Rapid Sea Level Rise Won’t Change Global Climate Talks
[quote]A bombshell climate study published this week warns that sea levels may rise a catastrophic 10 feet (3 meters) by the end of this century, rather than the currently predicted 3 feet (.9 meters). But mainstream climate scientists say the report appears speculative and is not in sync with the leading understanding of melting sea ice.
As a result, the study is unlikely to change leading scientific consensus or affect the current negotiations on a comprehensive global agreement on climate change.[/quote]
This one in the WashPo also has some interesting commentary from pertinent experts:
James Hansen’s controversial sea level rise paper has now been published online