Looking at the story about the cross-equatorial flow and the subsequent declaration of an emergency, I became curious about the Beckwith video that would give more explanation. Watching it was quite an experience. This is what he said after introducing himself:
For many years I have been talking about abrupt climate change and how the climate system is no longer behaving like it used to. We no longer have this stable, predictable system that we had. We gone to a chaotic system. As we transition in a non-linear fashion to a warmer world, we see a complete redistribution of jet streams and ocean currents.
I did’t expect something like that from someone who calls himself a “Climate System” scientist. The climate system, being a complex, coupled, chaotic system, is by its very nature unpredictable. How could he think that it ever was stable and predictable before?
His theory seem to be that our emissions f**ked up the climate system beyond recognition and he finds plentiful confirmation of that in the world around him. It ignores all uncertainties about a complex, coupled and chaotic system that is our climate system. This seems in line with the description of the video where is said (my emphasis):
Unprecedented? Jet Stream Crosses Equator.
The jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere has crossed the equator and joined up with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. This seems like new behaviour, and indicates that climate system mayhem is ongoing.
Our climate system behaviour continues to surprise us in new and scary ways that we have never anticipated, or even seen before.
Welcome to climate chaos. We must declare a global climate emergency.
That is the opposite reaction of what I would expect from a scientist. There are other options than surrendering to the alarm when confronted with something unexpected. Although he seemed surprised about the cross-equatorial flow, yet he has no problem explaining it as an emergency.
After the facts.
Without quantifying, analyzing, investigations or showing comprehension of the new situation.
To me, it seems that he doesn’t look for answers anymore, he seems to already know the answers and want to share those with the world. Calling himself a “climate science educator”. I respectfully have to disagree. If he stopped looking for answers, is sure that the answers he got are the only right one and wants to impose them to others, then I wouldn’t call that “eduction” anymore.