Which would you prefer: a volatile relationship or one that consistently trends worst over time?
Both are obviously undesirable, but volatility is more dangerous since its unpredictability makes it very hard to adapt.
When it comes to climate change, we focus too much on the slow-moving increase of average temperatures and sea-level rise – but the more significant threat is the growing volatility of the climate.
Spikes in temperature and the increase of extreme weather events like floods, droughts, hurricanes, and fires are not only going to hurt us most – they’ll also slow down our ability to adapt and respond to the worsening trends.
#Volatility affects our capacity to resolve issues. It’s important to prioritize them.
ht: Conversation with Tom Chi