Climate Change and Asteroids

By Keith Kloor | August 27, 2009 6:16 pm

This is a seductive analogy:

If astronomers spotted a huge asteroid with a 99.9 probability of hitting the Earth in 100 years, should we ignore it until we’re 100.0% certain of its trajectory?

The only problem is that scientists can’t predict what the worst impacts of global warming will be in 2109. I think the “Fire insurance” analogy is a better fit. But that doesn’t seem to be in the climate activist playbook. Not dramatic enough, I suppose.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: climate change, global warming

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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