Amid Worrisome Signs of Warming, ‘Climate Fatigue’ Sets In

By: Richard A. Kerr
We’re seeing things happen more rapidly” than IPCC 2007 anticipated, he says. “I think IPCC has done a very responsible job, but now we know more, and the trends are all in the wrong direction.”

 “We have a delicate task of conveying the seriousness of the situation without overselling it as a done deal. We have a [climate] process that comes in fits and spurts,” he says, referring to the big loss of summer sea ice in 2007 as well as recent losses from Greenland. “We have to be careful not to extrapolate” a short spurt far into the future.

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