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Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe
Scientific American ^ | March 17, 2012 | Gary Stix

Posted on 03/19/2012 11:26:35 AM PDT by Mount Athos

Almost six years ago, I was the editor of a single-topic issue on energy for Scientific American that set out a plan for how to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below a planet-livable threshold of 560 ppm.

If I had it to do over, I would scale back on the nuclear fusion and clean coal, instead devoting at least half of the available space for feature articles on psychology, sociology, economics and political science. Since doing that issue, I’ve come to the conclusion that the technical details are the easy part. It’s the social engineering that’s the killer. Moon shots and Manhattan Projects are child’s play compared to needed changes in the way we behave.

A policy article authored by several dozen scientists appeared online March 15 in Science to acknowledge this point: “Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.”

The report summarized 10 years of research evaluating the capability of international institutions to deal with climate and other environmental issues, an assessment that found existing capabilities to effect change sorely lacking. The authors called for a “constitutional moment” at the upcoming 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in June to reform world politics and government. Among the proposals: a call to replace the largely ineffective U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development with a council that reports to the U.N. General Assembly, at attempt to better handle emerging issues related to water, climate, energy and food security. The report advocates a similar revamping of other international environmental institutions.

Unfortunately, far more is needed. To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers. There would have to be consideration of some way of embracing head-in-the-cloud answers to social problems that are usually dismissed by policymakers as academic naivete. In principle, species-wide alteration in basic human behaviors would be a sine qua non, but that kind of pronouncement also profoundly strains credibility in the chaos of the political sphere. Some of the things that would need to be contemplated: How do we overcome our hard-wired tendency to “discount” the future: valuing what we have today more than what we might receive tomorrow? Would any institution be capable of instilling a permanent crisis mentality lasting decades, if not centuries? How do we create new institutions with enforcement powers way beyond the current mandate of the U.N.? Could we ensure against a malevolent dictator who might abuse the power of such organizations?

Behavioral economics and other forward-looking disciplines in the social sciences try to grapple with weighty questions. But they have never taken on a challenge of this scale, recruiting all seven billion of us to act in unison. The ability to sustain change globally across the entire human population over periods far beyond anything ever attempted would appear to push the relevant objectives well beyond the realm of the attainable. If we are ever to cope with climate change in any fundamental way, radical solutions on the social side are where we must focus, though. The relative efficiency of the next generation of solar cells is trivial by comparison.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; climategate; climategate2; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; totalitarian
Scientific American is considering renaming the magazine to "Totalitarian World Government"
1 posted on 03/19/2012 11:26:41 AM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Right. The technical details of fusion energy are easy. What a joke this guy is.


2 posted on 03/19/2012 11:32:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Mount Athos
This was the agenda all along.

The problem they proposed to solve was how to create a socialist world government.

The answer was to create a global crisis requiring a global dictatorship and, Oila! AGW/Climate Chanee was born.

Doesn't sound very scientific.

3 posted on 03/19/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Mount Athos
To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers.

Pump up the U. N.

4 posted on 03/19/2012 11:34:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

I stopped having any interest in Scientific American when it’s focus stopped being science, and started being politics- left wing politics of course.


5 posted on 03/19/2012 11:34:46 AM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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To: Mount Athos

And like a good fascist no discussion is allowed.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 11:37:32 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Mount Athos

Sure, Gary. China and India, not to mention the Muslim nations, will be eager to embrace your solution./mega sarc/


7 posted on 03/19/2012 11:39:14 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Mount Athos

Give it a rest, already!

Nobody except Algore and AlecBaldwin still believes in Global Warming.

Scientific American USED to be an excellent mag. that explained complex subjects to the general public.

Now it’s a swill mag.


8 posted on 03/19/2012 11:39:44 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: aflaak

ping


9 posted on 03/19/2012 11:39:44 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: Mount Athos

“Scientific American is considering renaming the magazine to “Totalitarian World Government”

So true. I remember devouring SA (those articles which I could comprehend) as a kid and reading those articles i could understand a dozen times. My Dad worked as a pharmaceutical chemist and subscribed. It has taken decades, but I started noticing it a while ago. The magazine has gone from a paragon of scientific investigation to the absolute epitome of egghead leftist advocacy.


10 posted on 03/19/2012 11:39:44 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: Mount Athos
This needs to be understood. Nations are God and Nature's way of weeding out bad political ideas by allowing people in neighboring countries to see what works and what doesn't work around them. Without that dynamic, our race could go extinct within two or three generations.

The communist system in Russia fell precisely because the commie bosses themselves were able to get to European shopping malls and districts (Koeln, Marrienplatze etc.) and see ordinary middle-class people buying things which even the rulers of the commie state could not own. WITHOUT that capability, the Russian people might in fact have simply all perished without ever even being able to figure out what the **** had gone wrong.

World government would be the greatest disaster ever visited upon the human race. A thermonuclear war would be better.

11 posted on 03/19/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: Mount Athos
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever....
We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable."


12 posted on 03/19/2012 11:41:38 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: Mount Athos

My response to him? F*ck you!


13 posted on 03/19/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT by steve8714 (Clay...Carnahan...who is the least of these?)
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To: Mount Athos
World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

How medieval is this?

14 posted on 03/19/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Mount Athos
To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers

All ya need to know about where he's coming from right there.

15 posted on 03/19/2012 11:52:49 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: Mount Athos

Effective Worl Government is the Mother of all Oxymorons.


16 posted on 03/19/2012 11:54:39 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Mount Athos

Schizophrenic American: the magazine dedicated to double think and the new world order, picking up the banner from Technocracy and striving for one world government representing all the right ideas with none of that messy voting stuff. We know best so just submit to your betters.

To think I subscribed to this rag for twenty years. When Michael(?)Rennie took over, the leftward lean became a left 90 degree turn toward socialism. It was once a pretty informative magazine now it’s just propaganda.


17 posted on 03/19/2012 11:56:37 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Mount Athos

Note to Global Warming Cultists: You have lost the war… it is over fools, you are not going to force people to pay taxes on an insane hoax… You can yell, scream, jump up and down all what you want but it is not going to happen. In the meanwhile I am enjoying your misery.


18 posted on 03/19/2012 12:00:27 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Mount Athos
MITTSGLOW
19 posted on 03/19/2012 12:04:57 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: Mount Athos
Unfortunately, far more is needed. To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers.

Make no mistake, this evil human, if he had the power, would end up ordering the murder of 100's of millions of fellow humans. He would feel no guilt.

This evil human is the product of the left. He and millions of others on the left are godless demons who live to destroy.

Someday blow-back will come to them all. May none of them be shown any mercy.

20 posted on 03/19/2012 12:16:23 PM PDT by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: Mount Athos

[I]It’s the social engineering that’s the killer. Moon shots and Manhattan Projects are child’s play compared to needed changes in the way we behave.[/I]

Social engineering was a killer for Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Hitler, and assorted other dictators, too. They had to kill millions and millions of people to enforce their perverse visions of the future.

I think we can probably cross anthropogenic global warning off the list of live threats, though there’s plenty of inhumane legislation still on the books in countries the world over. Some of that may never go away: money is to government as heroin to addicts.

I have a hunch the Marxists have learned their lessons from the failure of this scheme. The first lesson, of course, is to cook up a fake impending disaster very few people can understand. Lots of people understand carbon dioxide. It’s not a topic of exotic science, but a naturally occurring chemical found everywhere. So-called “climate science” was too accessible, too readily comprehensible by too many people. If you’re going to fake data, you need to do two things: 1.) do it persuasively, and 2.) do it with data people can’t question and examine themselves. They should [I]never[/I] have let damning correspondence be exposed.

They’ll probably cook up a much more exotic disaster next time. Instead of terrible effects over decades, it will require a concerted global response within a year or two. Maybe a rapidly approaching imaginary asteroid will do the trick, and we’ll need to spend trillions to disintegrate it with nuclear weapons. Maybe an imaginary disease will break out, and the only way to save our species will be to halt all travel immediately, shut down the internet, cancel elections, and pour trillions into innoculation. Maybe... Well, I’m no science fiction writer, but I’m sure they’ll come up with something horrible that will happen in very short order if drastic measures aren’t taken.

Whatever it’ll be, the smartest Marxists in the world are already working on it.


21 posted on 03/19/2012 12:19:56 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Mount Athos

Curious last name.
Isn’t there a river someplace of the same name ?


22 posted on 03/19/2012 12:20:59 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: sand88

I’d flip this over -

the GOAL is a heavy-handed transnational government.

“Climate Catastrophe” is simply an excuse to get there.

Setting things up for the anti-Christ.

Maranatha. Indeed, Lord, come quickly.


23 posted on 03/19/2012 12:25:56 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Mount Athos

At last, the truth in print.

Thank you Scientific American finally confirming in black and white what we knew was the goal of all this from the start.


24 posted on 03/19/2012 12:30:52 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mount Athos
I stopped subscribing to Scientific American when it became clear they were so solidly in the Global Warming camp that they took it for granted, it permeated everything.
Lots of green energy and environmental (humans are bad) articles and not once did I see them question the basic premise.
That's not science.

25 posted on 03/19/2012 12:41:44 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Mount Athos

At least he convinced me. It’s time to cancel my Scientific American subscription.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 1:14:23 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("Jihad" is Arabic for "Helter-Skelter", "bin Laden" is Arabic for "Manson".)
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To: Mount Athos
"It’s the social engineering that’s the killer"

That's usually the way it's done.

27 posted on 03/19/2012 1:40:53 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: Mount Athos

Trees breathe carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen.

Each new government regulation generates enough paperwork to kill 100,000,000 trees for paper and regulatory updates kill 10,000,000 more.

I think I know a way to reduce CO2.....but Obama won’t do it.


28 posted on 03/19/2012 1:49:57 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

The magazine has gone from a paragon of scientific investigation to the absolute epitome of egghead leftist advocacy.


Yep! Following the same path as the National Geographic Society and it’s political rag they publish.


29 posted on 03/19/2012 1:51:51 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Mount Athos
How about we try adapting Critical Race Theory to our intellectual "betters".

Critical Race Theory (Critical Academia Theory) recognizes that racism (elitism) is engrained in the fabric and system of the American (intellectual) society. The individual racist (elitist) need not exist to note that institutional racism (authoritarianism) is pervasive in the dominant (intelligentsia) culture. This is the analytical lens that CRT (CAT) uses in examining existing power structures. CRT (CAT) identifies that these power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, (appeals to authority and deference to experts) and which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color (character).[4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_race_theory

30 posted on 03/19/2012 2:20:27 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Mount Athos
Scientific American is considering renaming the magazine to "Totalitarian World Government"

'Junk Scientiftic World Citizen' is the new title.

31 posted on 03/19/2012 3:33:12 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Mount Athos

Water vapor accounts for 95.000% of all global warming.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) accounts for only 3.618% of all gw.
CO2, being at roughly 380ppm, has a natural and human contribution.

Natural CO2 contribution is about 97%.
Human CO2 contribution is about 3%, or, about 11% of the 380ppm.

CO2 makes up only about .038% of the mix of gases in the atmosphere.

CO2 human contribution is only about .0042% of the mix of gases in the atmosphere.

Water vapor is the big buggaboo here, amplifying all the other Greenhouse gases.

Human contribution, for water vapor, is .001%.
Natural contribution, for water vapor, is 99.999%.

Human contribution to global warming is akin to a grain of sand in the desert.

However, plants like it.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2003/0530earthgreen.html

Bottom line.....water vapor, an amplifier, and it’s affects, are out of our collective control.

So is the climate.


32 posted on 03/19/2012 3:56:01 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Standing Wolf

I’ve written science fiction on this topic, but the real world sometimes moves faster in weirder directions than I can write.
There was an idiot ethicist last week proposing we genetically engineer people to be smaller (use less resources) and use medicine to create an aversion to meat (less meat consumption, save resources).


33 posted on 03/19/2012 4:10:29 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Mount Athos; TigerLikesRooster; landsbaum; Signalman; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; ...

Missed seeing this before....pinging others.


34 posted on 05/18/2012 10:26:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We all knew that was the intention behind the AGW claism from teh start.


35 posted on 05/18/2012 10:38:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They won’t give up.

I think lots of explosives might help


36 posted on 05/18/2012 1:43:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The terrible scam is not going to go away any time soon. To much money involved.


37 posted on 05/18/2012 6:58:38 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest.


38 posted on 05/19/2012 5:12:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mount Athos
As always :


39 posted on 05/19/2012 5:29:57 AM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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