Stephen Emmott gave a talk at the Science Museum last night to launch his book, “Ten Billion”. No doubt my harrassment of the guy is bordering on the obsessional; no doubt it seems pretty odd to most normal human beings. I meant to give it a rest, really. But then things happen.
The Guardian covered the debate live last night, with a commentary by John Burn-Murdoch
I’ll be looking at it later, but for the moment, words fail me. Here’s the comment I left a Bishop Hill Unthreaded:
From the Guardian’s live coverage of Stephen Emmott’s book launch at the Science Museum last night:
“There is a place for climate change sceptics, but denying it altogether is unacceptable. There are uncertainties in climate models by their very nature, but scientists are working – I am working – at reducing the size of the error bars.”
He also said:
“The view is that if fertility rate was 2.0, population would not increase, is simply nonsensical. It’s not two in, two out. By the time a set of parents has died, they’ve had two children, but so have each of those children, and perhaps even each of those four grandchildren.”
Think about it. The Microsoft Professor of Computational Science is going to singlehandedly reduce the error bars in climate models, and he can’t do sums.
He seems to think that if every couple has two children, on average, the population will go on increasing.
The video, which was apparently broadcast live last night, apparently isn’t available yet. It’s curious that the Guardian Environment isn’t linking to this Obsever event, which appeared rather secretly on another part of the Guardian’s vast network.
But there are links at the Afghanistan Sun, the Salt Lake City Sun, the Greek Herald, the Kenya Star.
Humanitarian News, on the other hand, at
which is well worth reading and commenting on.