Climate Change, the Symptom

| 9/25/2008 2:28:03 PM



Climate change fills the news channels right now and arrests the attention of people all over the world. The statistics and, more importantly, the images are startling. The average global temperature has been going up since 1850 and is accelerating. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are all at historic highs.[1] These so-called “greenhouse gases” allow the sun’s ultraviolet radiation to rain down on the earth’s surface, but they trap the infrared radiation emitted by the warm earth. The planet warms up.

Take a look at any historic comparison of alpine glaciers or polar ice caps. They are shrinking. Rapidly.

 Most scientists agree that human beings are causing global warming. We dig up fossil fuels and burn them, releasing carbon dioxide. We blanket our agricultural fields with nitrogen-based fertilizers that fill the air with nitrous oxide. We raise billions of agricultural animals in circumstances that create unnatural amounts of methane. We burn the forests and plow up the grasslands that used to capture carbon dioxide from the air and deposit it in the soil. Rich people are making the biggest contribution to these problems. According to CNN, the average American's annual carbon footprint is about 2,000 times greater than that of the average resident of the African nation of Chad. And the average resident of the UK will generate as much atmospheric carbon dioxide in one day as a Kenyan will in an entire year. Overall, the United Nations estimates that the carbon footprint of the world's 1 billion poorest people represents just 3 percent of the global total. Of all the carbon dioxide deposited in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, 80 percent of the world's emissions was generated by 20 percent of the inhabitants of the world's wealthiest nations.[2]

just austin
2/5/2009 1:51:53 PM

"Bottlenecking" could not be recognized at the time it was happening, back in history. The exact reasons have only recently been surmised. Wake-up and smell the pollution!

2/3/2009 8:59:30 PM

The mine fires in China and India put out more cO2 than all the cars in America each year.

mij noslo
2/2/2009 9:53:07 PM

Come on!? Population control???What kind of socialist mumbo jumbo insanity! Green house Gas my ....... carbon foot print for carbon credits - Please stop it already bogus science backed up by bogus propaganda. Go back in years with "MotherEarth" mag to around the sixties and see the garbage written about "global cooling" pure twaddle from lame brains and to buy into it one needs to check all common sense at the door. So don't go getting your bvd's in a bunch there is a lot of other serious matters to be involved in than dying on the wrong battle field here. Take algore for what he is an old kook hack that is irrelevant. He's just picking your pockets.

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