Orienting the Conversation

Today we find ourselves, to paraphrase an old saying, living in interesting times.

There is little in our current age that is more potentially “interesting” than the changes underway to our planet’s climate, and the intricate feedback loops that sustain the status quo—the status quo, lest it need to be said, that has made the flourishing of human society possible.

To begin, and simply orient the conversation, I’d like to throw out a few observations that no one (or I should say no one who is aware of the available data) really disputes; I’m going to try to use as few numbers, and as few adjectives, as possible:

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