I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t it though? Depending on what we do now, we’re in for at least hundreds of years of warming. But also you might be thinking, well I know it’s not. We’re experiencing impacts now.
And both those reactions are correct. Climate change is a problem that is happening — accelerating — now, and will have ramifications for the long-term. But it’s that notion of “depending on what we do now…” that I want to pick apart a bit from the perspective of tightening the links between science and action.
What inspired me is a seemingly innocuous line I read in a new paper from Record et al. (2019):
“Climate change is often viewed as a long-term problem, and in this context, mean species range shifts could be a useful tool.”