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    1. There's an incredibly bleak - & misleading - climate doomsday article in @NYMag today. I have several problems with it. Short tweetstorm

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    2. @NYMag piece exaggerates ikely amount of warming we'll see this century. We're bending the curve down towards 3 degrees or less. Not 6.

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    3. It exaggerates impacts. Forecast for sea level rise this century is 1-2 meters. Not 100 meters as vaguely implied.

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    4. It massively underestimates human ingenuity. Climate could hit crop yields 30% this century. But we've raised them ~300% in last century

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    5. It talks about severe runaway climate feedback loops as if they were nearly certain, rather than being consider highly unlikely.

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    6. Finally, through combo of exaggeration and hopelessness, it turns away those in the middle we need to persuade. It makes action *harder*.

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    7. Let's be clear. Climate change is terrible. We're in for severe damage. There are great unknowns. But we're not hopeless or without tools

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    8. We've made huge climate strides. Business-as-usual used to mean 6 or 7 degrees C or warming. Now it looks like 3-4, and trending down.

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    9. I'll close by pointing you to the thoughts of eminent climate scientist @MichaelEMann, who also wasn't a fan: twitter.com/MichaelEMann/s…

    Michael E. Mann @MichaelEMann
    Not a big fan of the doomist framing of new @NYMag article ("The Uninhabitable Earth"). My take on it: facebook.com/MichaelMannSci…

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    10. Epilogue: My comments don't mean "everything's ok". It's not. We need to work harder, faster, smarter. And we can. Action, not despair.

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