2021/09/09

George Monbiot on Climate Tipping Points and Gradual Prevention Politics

“Complex systems seek equilibrium. When they are pushed too far out of one equilibrium state, they can flip suddenly into another.”
– Writer and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, on the dangers of climate tipping points. “Just as one continental plate might push beneath another in sudden fits and starts, our atmospheric systems will absorb the stress for a while, then suddenly shift,” he writes. “Yet, everywhere, the programs designed to avert it are linear, smooth, and gradual.”
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