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It's Global Warming, Stupid

Environment  (tags: climate-change, CO2emissions, world, science, research, humans, oceans, weather, water )

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Yes, yes, it's unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us--and they're right--that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid...

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Friday November 2, 2012, 12:25 am

Gene J (290)
Friday November 2, 2012, 9:20 am
"Ultimately, the global warming crisis will require global solutions. Washington can become a credible advocate for moving the Chinese and Indian economies away from coal and toward alternatives only if the U.S. takes concerted political action. At the last United Nations conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa, the world’s governments agreed to seek a new legal agreement that binds signatories to reduce their carbon emissions. Negotiators agreed to come up with a new treaty by 2015, to be put in place by 2020. To work, the treaty will need to include a way to penalize countries that don’t meet emission-reduction targets—something the U.S. has until now refused to support."

To work? There is no way to make it work. At this point 98% of climatologists believe we are already past the tipping point, we can't reverse what we have done. No matter the amount of political grandstanding, or lack thereof, what is coming is inevitable and no changes, no targets will prevent the global calamity that global warming has created. If they are right, and I see no reason to think they are not since watching An Inconvenient Truth 7 years ago and having watched the predictions made there come to be, Sandy is not the be all and end all, she is but the beginning of what the planet must do to cleanse itself, which if the ocean vectoring system does shut down as predicted will result in an ice age greater than that of 640,000 years ago, snowball earth. Oxygen based life will not survive that event. The planet will heal itself and life will have another chance thousands of years into the future sans homo sapiens. That age won't begin for 200 to 300 years and in that period we will see an increasing number of Sandy's even larger than this one and more violent. Our head-in-the-sand political leaders can pontificate all they want and the Earth while alive in its way, will neither hear nor heed their too little, too late pronouncements. This time, the end really is coming.

Thomas P (280)
Friday November 2, 2012, 1:41 pm
Noted...thanks Carrie

Jade N (22)
Friday November 2, 2012, 1:56 pm

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday November 2, 2012, 5:39 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday November 2, 2012, 5:39 pm
Noted & thanks, Carrie. For anyone who hasn't yet watched, "An Inconvenient Truth"....I highly recommend it to all. I took my young adult kids to watch it when it was in theaters a couple years ago. They will never forget it, and understand the consequences of our political leaders not heeding the scientific facts.

greenplanet e (155)
Friday November 2, 2012, 5:59 pm
"the next president should push an energy plan that exploits plentiful domestic natural gas supplies. Burned for power, gas emits about half as much carbon as coal. That’s a trade-off already under way, and it’s worth expanding. Environmentalists taking a hard no-gas line are making a mistake"

Hmmm, but fracking is very destructive.

Solar, wind and tidal energies could be further developed.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:35 am
It is true that even if we have worldwide, instant zero emissions, we won't prevent the enormous escalation of disasters that is our due for being a greedy and stupid species. However, I hope against all reason that we can pull ourselves out of total destruction of all of us if we apply ourselves to the task with a will.
None of the people that work to halt global warming may benefit from their efforts directly, but it is something that we can do for humanity. After all, despite being greedy and stupid, we are also generous, loving and wise. We have potential. I have seen Neo-Nazis turn into decent, caring human beings and criminals turn into responsible, kind people that would not hurt anyone. For the sake of our potential, I don't mind working for the good of life on earth until my last breath.

Melania P (122)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:52 pm
It is all there! Science is one of the key to many problems of our times, science deniers should not even have a voice!
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