As we approach what’s looking like the hottest summer on record (and my former plans to eventually move up to Queensland for the beach weather become quaint and amusing), it’ll be interesting to watch how the hardcore “nothing we can do will change the climate” crowd will cope. Remember, their line is as follows:
- The climate is not changing;
- If it is, it doesn’t matter;
- If it does, it’s nothing to do with anything we’re doing;
- If it is, well, there’s nothing we can do about it anyway.
For many people, a record-breaking couple of summers and winters in a row might well dispense with point 1, but in the meantime I’d love an answer from the deniers to a very straightforward question: what increase in global temperature would be required for you to concede that the Earth is warming?
PS I’ve got a response to Bolt’s last mockery of why those who think the climate’s getting hotter would buy supposedly vulnerable properties by the sea – because they know they’re going to want somewhere to cool down!
UPDATE: Oh, good. Melbourne’s train network has crumbled already. This bodes well for the summer.