Re: So what are we supposed to think?
>The real issue seems to be OMG! Change is happening! We're scared of change! We must stop it!"
That depends on where you live. For some people right now, climate change is a real threat, and their fear is valid.
For sure, there will be some areas of the world where climate change, in any direction, will be bring some benefits- greater crop yields, for example. However, is the scenario is rapid change, even those short-term beneficiaries might quickly find their good fortune reversed.
If you live in an area that has always had high winds, for example, or heavy snow, your architecture, infrastructure, methods of farming and customs will accommodate such events. With rapid change there is less time to adapt.
Further more, there likely won't be a smooth transition from the status quo to a new scenario. Complex adaptive systems have pesky tendency to be turbulent during times of transition. You might have few years of heavy flooding, and adapt to that, and then find that you have a drought... so there wouldn't be any one optimal adaptation.
And even if you are sitting pretty, there will be a knocking at your gates from poor sods who have found their lands uninhabitable.