time lags and climate perception

The nature of climate change as a highly complex and globally elusive hazard makes it difficult to pinpoint, understand and manage. The time lags between release of the emissions of heat-trapping gases and subsequent impacts on the climate mean that the connections between actions today and their effects on climate is difficult to perceive (Moser and Dilling 2004 pp35). Global warming is a ‘creeping’ environmental problem – creeping environmental problems are particularly difficult to prevent or remedy, as the very nature of the problem combine with the nature of human behaviour and societal decision making work against early detection and action (Moser and Dilling 2004 pp35).

I think the public is also questioning about climate science because it is outside the realm of normal science (Kuhn 1962). They were measuring the levels, the data built up, then one day they concluded that they just weren’t normal results anymore. We don’t know the answer. It is not like a puzzle with a known solution and acceptable answers outlined by a paradigm (Kuhn 1962 pp36). We cannot conclude the extent of our influence or what the real results of climate change will be….

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