We are living in an intellectual emergency

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We're Going to Say So

Scientific American is the latest to join in and in no uncertain terms: We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So.

An emergency is a serious situation that requires immediate action. When someone calls 911 because they can’t breathe, that’s an emergency. When someone stumbles on the sidewalk because their chest is pounding and their lips are turning blue, that’s an emergency. Both people require help right away. Multiply those individuals by millions of people who have similar symptoms, and it constitutes the biggest global health emergency in a century: the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now consider the following scenarios: A hurricane blasts Florida. A California dam bursts because floods have piled water high up behind it. A sudden, record-setting cold snap cuts power to the entire state of Texas. These are also emergencies that require immediate action. Multiply these situations worldwide, and you have the biggest environmental emergency to beset the earth in millennia: climate change.

Given the circumstances, Scientific American has agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change. An official statement about this decision, and the impact we hope it can have throughout the media landscape, is below.

It’s no longer global warming, of course, since their evidence of an emergency is “a sudden, record-setting cold snap cuts power to the entire state of Texas”, so any unusual climate event will now do as evidence. If you wish to read it all, including their “official statement”, you can go to the link.

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35 Responses to We are living in an intellectual emergency

  1. min says:

    Whatever it takes to bring about totalitarianism .

  2. Wallace says:

    I once subscribers bed to SA, but when they went all touchy feely, and pandering to the popularist views, and forgot the scientific evidence led features in their publications, I departed quickly and completely.

  3. Penguinite says:

    The gulf between the real and academic worlds is, like the Universe, continuous expansion. Ism’s and clickbait are killing off any chance of ‘closing the gap’!
    It’s taken the MSM 60 years, coupled latterly with big tech, to bring us to this ultimate state of confusion whereby kids don’t know that 2+2=4 or whether they are male or female. To convince them otherwise is now illegal. They now think illegal is a sick bird so disregard our best advice. To paraphrase a great Charles Dickens-ism, If the 60’s and 70’s were the best of times, now is definitely the worst of times. Self-preservation can only take us so far. Only Great Leaders can show us the way out of this click bate wilderness.

  4. Damon says:

    Of course, Tuvalu and other Pacific Island nations are still above the waves. But still screaming for ‘compensation’.

  5. mh says:

    A quick look at the Covid story at the link shows that it is not a scientific publication, but a political publication.

    Likely to be funded by the Gates Foundation.

  6. Bad Samaritan says:

    15 months ago we were informed that the worstest, mostest scariest fire emergency ever, would cause the nation to be rooned. Mallacoota just south of the NSW border in Victoria was hell on earth. as the holiday crowds fled the flames by boat. And here we are. Mallacoota was jammed with holiday makers over Christmas since every normal person knows that it was a one off that may or may not happen again for years or decades or centuries.

    The climate emergency today is the same climate emergency humans have faced for the past hundreds of thousands of years. When there’s a fire you try to escape (be it a bushfire or a house fire or a cinema fire or a plane fire). When there’s a cyclone of hurricane you look for a secure shelter. When there’s a flood you look for higher ground.

    The emergency is only while the specific event is in progress. Imagine dome dingbat ringing 000 to announce “Get here quick. There might be a fire next month” FFS; is every leftist dropped on their head at birth?

    BTW: Members of the public reporting a false emergency to the authorities is an offence is it not? So why is the vice versa not being prosecuted?

  7. rugbyskier says:

    I once subscribers bed to SA, but when they went all touchy feely, and pandering to the popularist views, and forgot the scientific evidence led features in their publications, I departed quickly and completely.

    I did the same with my National Geographic Society membership, ditched it when every month’s magazine had the same AGW doomsday articles. Had over 30 years of membership, I had been gifted it for my 14th birthday.

  8. IainC says:

    I cancelled my subscription when they published a gushing interview and encomium to Michael Mann.
    I prefer the term “Imperceptible Climate Drift”.
    “Climate Emergency”, like: record crop yields year after year, total global area burnt by wildfires reducing 25% in the last 20y, deaths due to extreme weather events falling over 90% since 1900, area globally under drought reducing and, in our own corner of the woods, all of the preceding PLUS rainfall increasing steadily since the 1940s (last decade was the second wettest on record).
    If that’s climate change, burn more coal, baby!

  9. candy says:

    How long can an emergency last though, as “emergency” would mean immediate threat to life and property, over a period of hours, perhaps days at the most?

  10. Roger says:

    Likely to be funded by the Gates Foundation.

    Owned by a German-British conglomerate.

    Edited by the WaPo’s former Health & Science editor.

    Her PhD is in cognitive neuroscience.

    Not a climate scientist then; not even practicing in her field, but working as a journalist (Science Writing Certificate, UC Santa Cruz 1998).

    In most professions offering up authoritative public pronouncements on topics one is not qualified to speak about is frowned upon. Why do scientists get a free pass? Let alone journalists.

  11. Roger says:

    She also lectures at universities on how science journalism can counter misinformation!

  12. Boxcar says:

    What’s the problem??
    Sabhlok pointed out the 80-83% of the public supported the government on Wuflu.
    Why would the weather be any different?
    Even the solar minimum will be proof that we have even damaged the sun.
    No rightful leader will be able to forge a path through this web of deceit.

  13. miltonf says:

    “Scientific” American flushed its credibility down the dunny years ago. Just more Lysenkoism.

  14. Snotball says:

    Fools everyone of them! Or do they simply see a financial opportunity? If they are just carpetbaggers at least admit that they promote the hoax for self interest. I can respect that a lot more than shifty lies.

  15. Halo says:

    ABC Radio have been using ‘climate crisis’ for some time now. I was going to complain but then realized they would just reply that the Cities of London, Berlin etc. have called it that, as have many local councils here.

  16. Dr Faustus says:

    “Scientific” American flushed its credibility down the dunny years ago. Just more Lysenkoism.

    …we urge you to vote for Joe Biden, who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment.

    Credibility and judgement.

  17. Rayvic says:

    There is nothing scientific re SA’s observation.

  18. Bad Samaritan says:

    Boxcar says:
    April 17, 2021 at 10:30 am
    What’s the problem??
    Sabhlok pointed out the 80-83% of the public supported the government on Wuflu.”

    Yeah, but like with the Mallacoota example quoted at 10.07am, the “support” does not equal “believes” them. The suddenly empty vax centres does not indicate belief, nor support, regardless of how many polls indicate otherwise.

    It’s pretty clear cut. When you’re in a plane at 11,000 metres and suspect the pilot to be flying erraticly (say you are an ultra-light plane owner yourself) what can you do about it exactly, other than keep calm and hope you get through?

  19. billie says:

    I cancelled my subscription to Scientific American (and National Geographic) years ago

    I don’t need constant badgering or scolding, so I don’t subscribe to it .. simple

  20. cuckoo says:

    I’ve just looked at my calendar and realized it’s April. Where is the nightmare apocalypse armageddon doomsday bushfire season (formerly known as Summer) I was promised last year?

  21. Judge Dredd says:

    Science has not followed true science for decades. You need only look at the replication crisis. There is as much chance at finding a proven scientific study, than there is at flipping a coin.
    And due to “science” many people still believe the narrative around Covid and the not-vaccines.
    People are willingly blind and are leading themselves to be constantly tricked, hopefully it doesn’t drag the rest of us to hell with them.

  22. Fin. says:

    Scientific American years ago abandoned any pretense of following the Scientific Method and instead marched to the beat of Democrat ratbags with their snouts in the subsidies’ troughs.
    Ask it what evidence does not support its latest quack hypothesis and and you’d receive a blank stare. Terms such a “proof” and “proven” abound, as if the perfect experiment rules and replication is a silly inconvenience.

    PS
    The ABC (SA 891) this morning beclowned itself again with its talkback gardening
    duffer announcing that “extreme” weather “events” within a season are caused by “climate change”.
    Even Shakespeare knew, “rough winds do shake the darling buds of May”.
    A warning: expect the ABC to cause serious intellectual damage to listeners.

  23. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    The narrative is inversely proportional to the global temperature.

  24. Kneel says:

    “Only Great Leaders can show us the way out of this click bate wilderness.”

    The leader you’ve been waiting for is… you.
    Superman, Batman or Spiderman won’t come and save you.
    No-one will come and save you – there is no-one left to do so.
    You’ll have to save yourself.
    That means getting off your backside and doing something. Get involved. Speak up and speak out. Organise a group. Rally support. Speak to your local MP. Push, push, push!
    If not you, then who?
    If not now, then when?
    And remember: it’s not the first person that stands up that matters as much as the second. Yes, it takes courage to be the first. But it also takes courage and wisdom to be the second. The wisdom to know that it’s the second that starts the snowball rolling.
    So if you can’t bring yourself to the the first, then at least be the second, or the third. If you can’t make the snowball, at least give it a shove towards the hill.
    Don’t ask “Won’t someone do something?”, just go and do it yourself. Or at least try, with a couple of friends. You might be surprised how easy it is to change minds with just a handful of people once you break the ice.

  25. Mak Siccar says:

    An unfortunately accurate statement of where the West is now.

    ‘Democracy dies in darkness’ says the WaPo masthead. Maybe it should be changed to ‘Democracy Dies When the Media Lies’. Once a tautology, ‘inquisitive journalism’ is now an oxymoron to the cost of its own credibility and of democracy.

    https://spectator.com.au/2021/04/democracy-dies-when-the-media-lies/

  26. Mango Man says:

    Science has not followed true science for decades.
    Science isn’t opinion. Opinion isn’t science. That’s all you need to know. It is unhelpful to be simply writing off “science” when the problem is opinion.

  27. vicki says:

    We are not living in an “intellectual emergency” – whatever that is.

    The western world is living in an existential crisis in which the human propensity towards emotional responses to our environment is dangerously overpowering our rational responses.

    It really is astonishing to watch – if it wasn’t so terrifying.

  28. Bad Samaritan says:

    Mango Man: Here are the money quote regarding science….

    “Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.”
    Richard P. Feynman

    “If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part.”
    Richard P. Feynman

    Ever seen any of these Chief Medical Officers: political leaders etc show the slightest doubt about their claims? Every one of them is certain: without doubts.

  29. vicki says:

    Jo Nova has a clever assessment of this new “emergency” on her website:
    https://joannenova.com.au

    She says :
    It won’t work for more than five minutes. The public learnt to ignore global warming, and then climate change, now they will get to ignore the emergency that isn’t an emergency.

  30. Kneel says:

    “…they will get to ignore the emergency that isn’t an emergency.”

    Cold is proof of heating.
    Floods are proof of permanent drought.
    Equality is proof of inequity.
    Racists can be known by their race.
    Vaccines don’t stop you getting the disease they target.
    Expensive, unreliable electricity generators make electricity bills cheaper.

    These are all things the Yellow Stream Media spout and the twitterati believe on faith. Anyone who questions these things is evil.

    Yes, there will be a revolution – but not the one the believers want. You can only push normal people so far. Torches, pitchforks and nooses loom large. Will the self-proclaimed elite notice before it is too late? If not, it will get ugly very fast…

  31. RobK says:

    I too let my SciAm subscription go earlier this century when they sold out to the Germans. They asked why I canceled so I told them their climate conjecture was tedious.

  32. RobK says:

    I’ll add: it was the only magazine I subscribed to and it used to be a pleasure to read.

  33. Tel says:

    Her PhD is in cognitive neuroscience.

    Not a climate scientist then; not even practicing in her field, but working as a journalist (Science Writing Certificate, UC Santa Cruz 1998).

    Sure she’s practicing in her field … testing out what type of propaganda is best to lure the gullible. Cognitive neuroscience is exactly the background you need.

  34. Fogged In says:

    BS quotes makes the point well. But doubt itself isn’t science. It’s the method. Science is the evidence that emerges.

  35. Kneel says:

    “Science is the evidence that emerges.”

    Well, sort of – science is the list of empricly and deductively proven-false theories of the “laws” that “run” the universe. There is no “proof” that any science is correct, only proof that some is wrong, in that they do not make correct predictions of future events. Such predictive failures may only be noticible at the extremes (classical Newtonian physics vs relativity or quantum mechanics, for example), and there is much that is known to be “wrong”, but still makes useful predictions for “everyday” use (avoiding the extremes, as it were), such as aerodynamics asserting that bumblebees “can’t” fly.

    Climate science is a very young discipline, barely older then it’s claimed length of time of what is significant, so there are going to be many errors and many dead ends that have yet to be recognised as such. To use such an immature discipline to invoke public policy with such wide reaching and potentially damaging consequences is unconscionable, and is purely the result of political interference for political aims.

    Sad but true.

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