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Response to Hot enough for you? Do what we always do: adapt. - Globe and Mail - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/hot-enough-for-you-do-what-we-always-do-adapt/article1664529/
Wow - this is a rather silly article. Human beings can adapt no problem to a little heat. We Canadians just love to hop in a plane during the dead of winter and enjoy summer conditions in Cuba, Mexico, Hawaii, etc. The question is, can other species adapt to sudden changes in their climate? Right now the pine beetle is devastating the pine forest in BC because it hasn't been cold enough for decades to control their population. This affects the livelihoods of tens of thousands of British Columbians. A sudden quick and major change in climate (within 100 to 200 years) usually leads to a major die-off of species.
And let’s face it, one heat wave in the dirty thirties cannot compare to the effects of runaway global warming. If the IPCC reports are correct (based on findings from 2500+ climatologists), once we pass the tipping point on greenhouse gas emissions, positive feedback loops will heat the planet by at least 6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Not only will species that we rely on for our own survival die, melting glaciers and polar ice will flood out coastal communities. The mid west is slated to dry out, as will important water ways. I don't believe air conditioners are going to be the answer to the crisis that awaits us.