- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)20
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
Climate change: Safe, not sorry
Anyone following the climate change issue should know that the scientific consensus is as follows: That climate change is happening is unequivocal. Surely there can be no conscious individual who doubts this any longer. In terms of the cause, the consensus is that there is greater than a 90 percent probability that human activities are a significant contributor. This is what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported in 2007. There has since been no research undermining that assessment.
If someone were diagnosed with cancer and sought further opinion -- as is reasonable -- and were advised that the probability of cancer is greater than 90 percent, he or she would have every right to seek further opinion and keep seeking it until finding one acceptable individual who says he or she is fine. He or she would have every right to reject the trained experts and accept the preferred advice. After all, if they die, he or she alone plus their friends and family suffer.
In the case of climate change, however, we are dealing with the future of life on the planet as we know it. If we reduce greenhouse gases and find they are not the cause, the worst case is we have a cleaner atmosphere. On the other hand, if we do nothing and just seek more research, we may reach the point of no return when our planetary life support system is totally devastated. In both cases, most folks would rather be safe than sorry. This reflects sanity, not politics.
ALAN JOURNET, Cape Girardeau