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Linear thinking, non-linear phenomena. Nature doesn't consider what we imagine.

kleinbl00  ·  533 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I begin to wonder about how far we'll go in dealing with global warming. I remember Pinatubo set global warming back a decade; if the worry is albedo we've got all sorts of ways (that are universally catastrophic for the locals) of increasing it.

am_Unition  ·  532 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You seem to have linked to that before last night's escalation between India and Pakistan. Noice.

Also, are you interested in a browser plug-in that replaces "albedo" with "libido"?

kleinbl00  ·  532 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah that India-Pakistan thing is interesting. There's a lot of speculation and not a lot of data. It seems to me that if either side really wanted this to continue there'd be a lot of data and very little speculation. Here's kinda what it looks like to me:

PAKISTAN: ohhhh shit the hillbillies went kinetic

INDIA: ohhhh shit the rednecks want blood - quick bomb something utterly inconsequential

PAKISTAN: ohhhh shit the Indians bombed us but did a really shitty job

INDIA: ohhhh shit pretend we bombed something consequential

INDIA, PAKISTAN: points at clouds, whistles off-key

Devac  ·  533 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, but most of that non-linear stuff in the article was known since the '70s and isn't approached naively. Means of connecting them together (presumably a modified Budyko-Sellers model[0] and 'mixed layers' initial conditions for cloud formation) are more recent. Just because things are hard to imagine, or even simulate, doesn't mean they are impossible to approximate or describe holistically well enough to get meaningful results. If it was the case, nobody would ever bother with fluid mechanics or AC circuits.

[0] - Description of the total energy in the atmosphere vis-a-vis albedo. Part of my applied maths thesis btw.