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Science’s emergency formula

Science’s emergency formula 3 December 2019

Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’ (via The Guardian)

By Graham Readfearn

When is an emergency really an emergency?

If you’re the captain of the Titanic, approaching a giant iceberg with the potential to sink your ship becomes an emergency only when you realise you might not have enough time to steer a safe course.

And so it is, says Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, when it comes to the climate emergency.

Knowing how long societies have to react to pull the brake on the Earth’s climate and then how long it will take for the ship to slow down is the difference between a climate emergency and a manageable problem.

Read more via The Guardian