Sept 16 2020: endangered climate models

Wired published a fascinating and disturbing article on the state of climate models from the US Geological Survey. This is some heady stuff, but I urge you to read it. (See link.) What’s at risk if the current Administration prevails is limiting long-term climate models. Simply put (and it isn’t simple, let’s be clear about that), Trump’s appointee has been moving to short-term appraisals as they are more predictive. Rather than exploring many potential outcomes, the 2023 Fifth Assessment would look at near-term dangers. Sounds potentially ok. I mean what’s wrong with being more concrete? Well, the call to curb emissions is based on long-term projections. This is one very good reason to swab out this Administration.