A nice bit of business from Anjali Nayar’s NYTimes profile of Gavin Schmidt:
“The climate is like the city,” he said as he gestured at the scene around him.
The city is made up of millions of people making individual decisions: when to wake in the morning, what time to go to work, where to go on vacation. Yet many things about the city can be predicted. On weekdays, the subways will be more crowded at 8:30 a.m. than at midday. The government knows roughly how many jobs there will be next year.
“It is the same thing with the climate,” Dr. Schmidt said. “We don’t have to worry about every little detail of the weather to understand what is going on at the global scale, just like we don’t have to worry about every person to understand how a city works.”