here's something specific that I would like to ask you to consider for a future hangout. The new IPCC report on extreme weather is very equivocal in the four paragraphs it devotes to economic effects, but international reinsurers +Munich Re
are extremely plainspoken about them:
"... facts show that global warming is playing a significant role in the rising number of extreme events. Analyses performed by Munich Re’s natural catastrophe database, the most comprehensive in the world, substantiate this increase: the number of extreme weather events like windstorm and floods has tripled since 1980, and the trend is expected to persist." -- munichre.com/en/media_relations/company_news/2010/2010-08-05_company_news.aspx
My question is, if we believe Munich Re in that the economic damage from extreme weather is tripling every 30 years, at what point does that become so much of a burden that it is likely to disrupt the world economy?