From the washington post on the AR4: Global Warming Unstoppable, Report Says. Hmmm. Which is worse? The press reporting the skeptics saying GW isn’t happening / isn’t human / isn’t a problem. Or the press telling us we’re all doomed already (so may as well drive those SUVs and crank up the AC…).
“It’s not too late,” said Australian scientist Nathaniel Bindoff, a co-author of the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued Friday. The worst can be prevented by acting quickly to curb greenhouse gas emissions, he said.
“It’s later than we think,” said panel co-chair Susan Solomon, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist who helped push through the document’s strong language. Solomon, who remains optimistic about the future, said it’s close to too late to alter the future for her children _ but maybe it’s not too late for her grandchildren.
Who is “we”? presumably not her. And I don’t think the bit about (grand)children makes much sense. And Trenberth doesn’t help:
This climate change “is just not something you can stop,” said Trenberth. “We’re just going to have to live with it…”
Meanwhile, head in a cloud has a summary of AR4/TAR differences, which confirms my feeling that there is nothing dramatic in there. Meanwhile, I’ll dump in a pet thought here: although the press has dutifully presented the AR4 report, I don’t think anyone was particularly thrilling by the strengthening of the attribution point. Which I suggest is because by now everyone believes it anyway, even the skeptics. The exact degree of confidence no longer really matters.