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Climate Change Will Continue To Year 3000

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According to new research published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience the current impact of CO2 on the atmosphere will have lasting effects for the next thousand years, in the best case scenario.


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Carol H (229)
Monday January 17, 2011, 6:16 pm
noted, thanks Julie

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Monday January 17, 2011, 10:48 pm
No. Climate change will continue until the Earth is burned to a crisp by the Sun when it becomes a red giant in about 5.5 billion years. The Earth will likely continue to warm for the next 1,000 years, but it has nothing to do with the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. What it has to do with is Earth's orbit and the Earth's axis tilt. With the Earth in a near circular orbit the amount of radiant heat from the Sun is almost constant year round. Factor two is the Earth's axis tilt is approaching the minimum tilt of 22.1, currently at 23.45 which means the radiant heat striking the Earth is coming in at a more direct angle and that angle is only going to become more direct over the next 1,000 years. There will be slight variations up and down in weather patterns, but the bottom line is the Earth is going to warm up regardless of what we arrogant humans do to try to stop it.

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 2:15 pm
aww its sad isnt it as well as scary

Robert O (12)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 3:42 pm

Dave Colorado (11)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 4:48 pm
CO2 is the inevitable result of combusting hydrocarbons. To say that the warming of earth has "nothing to do with the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere" sounds to me like a ridiculously overly-simplistic exaggeration at best -- to me it sounds more like energy company friendly propaganda/disinformation -- even though I think I understand the axis/tilt/geometry/angle point that Ralph's trying to make. (But anyone who's been in a greenhouse knows that the greenhouse itself makes far more difference than the angle at which the Sun is hitting it...)

If We The People care about Our planet, and want to reduce CO2, to reduce the greenhouse effect, to minimize climate change due to increased energy levels (temperatures) in the biosphere, all we have to do is stop combusting as if there were no better way of releasing energy...

Fissionless nuclear fusion energy -- as demonstrated on 9/11 at ""Ground Zero"" (NO conventional energy source can account for the highly unconventional damages/evidence) -- is a (the!?) new energy paradigm, one with the potential of solving virtually all of our civilization's energy, economic, and ecological concerns! (There WAS a humongous energy surplus at ""Ground Zero"" (such pyroclastic flows of debris have only been known to accompany volcanic eruptions and nuclear detonations!) -- our institutions would all be remiss in "not noticing" that phenomenon even if our civilization were not facing a global energy crunch.)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 5:20 pm
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 4:55 pm ... Xushuahua x.

What's this? Yet another clever way to abuse and misuse this website for free advertising under the guise of commenting on a posted article. You suck!


Ralph R Sutton (56)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 5:53 pm
You may want to consider a couple of facts about CO2, Dave. Over the past 600 million years the average CO2 level has been about 3,000 PPM. During that 600 million years there have been 4 extended periods of cooling and only in the current period of cooling has the CO2 level been as low as it is now. Another thing you should consider is that Mother Nature contributes 99.6% of the CO2 found in our atmosphere and currently that contribution is barely more than a trace element of the total atmosphere.

This does not mean we should ignore pollution. Eliminating the pollutants we put into the atmosphere should be a top priority and that includes our CO2 contribution.

Bon L (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 2:53 am
Thanks for the info.

Paul Elder (3)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 2:08 pm
Humans are in the process of detroying the earth for money!

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 2:23 pm
Dave Colorado, you are one smart and good looking pup. I hear Ralph, but can't help feeling, that the message
should be like yours: don't pollute, don't consume, conserve!!!

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:18 pm
Although natural factors influences global warming, it cannot be denied we are responsible for accelerating that warming.

Iain Parkes (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:35 pm
I find that those who try to deny climate change tend to also be the ones who try and get us to consume more.....

William Y (54)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 4:44 pm
To Nelson B. Yes.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 5:41 pm
yawn, who cares?

Geynell Eskite (68)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 6:40 pm

and so will the Conservative's denial that it exists.

Justin R (0)
Thursday January 20, 2011, 8:25 am
Very sad forecast.
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