At the recent offsite, Nity.Raj@smartodds.co.uk suggested I do a post on the statistics of climate change. I will do that properly at some point, but there’s such an enormous amount of material to choose from, that I don’t really know where to start or how best to turn it into the “snappy and informative, but fun and light-hearted” type of post that you’ve come to expect from Smartodds loves Statistics.
So, in the meantime, I’ll just drop the following cartoon, made by First Dog on the Moon, who has a regular series in the Guardian. It’s not exactly about climate science, but similar in that it points at humanity’s failures to face up to and confront the effects we are having on our planet, despite the overwhelming statistical and scientific evidence of both the effect and its consequences. It specifically refers to the recent WWF report which confirms, amongst other things, that humanity has wiped out 60% of the world’s animal population since 1970.
Responding to the report, the Guardian quotes Prof Johan Rockström, a global sustainability expert at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, as follows:
We are rapidly running out of time. Only by addressing both ecosystems and climate do we stand a chance of safeguarding a stable planet for humanity’s future on Earth.
Remember, kids: “Listen to the scientists and not the Nazis”.