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There’s Still Time to Avoid Worst of Global Warming

There’s Still Time to Avoid Worst of Global Warming

Good news, world: A new scientific study has found that the worst case scenarios of global warming can still be avoided if the entire world cuts emission of greenhouse gases. If we follow the guidelines President Barack Obama and Europe have laid out, it’s not too late to avoid the dire predictions about global warming.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, looked at what would happen by the end of the century if greenhouse gas levels were cut by 70 percent via computer simulation.

Their findings, which will be published next week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, showed that although the world would still be a warmer, the damage would be by 2 degrees rather than 4 degrees, meaning the Arctic sea ice would still shrink, but not disappear. Moreover, sea levels would rise less than had previously been predicted, while droughts and floods can be avoided and heat waves would be 55 percent less intense.

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  1. Leigh

    April 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    But the real question… Is there still time for ignorant fools like you to open your mind and actualy sustain a logical intelligent thought process?

    Global Warming is the greatest scam in world history.

  2. Eve

    April 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I love it. If we all stop heating our homes and freeze to death, global cooling or global warming or global cooling, pick one, will not change the temperature of the planet. Cause we won’t notice. We will be extinct. No more computer simulations for you looney bins.

  3. Earl_E

    April 16, 2009 at 7:28 am

    It’s great to have hope, but humanity isn’t going to be able to change fast enough. China is over-polluting at a rate unprecedented in human history. As it grows, so does the likelyhood of ocean acidification and the collapse of the food chain.

    Sorry.

    Too little, too late for homosapiens.

    The little cave-man that couldn’t.

  4. Earl_E

    April 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Looney bins, ignorant fools. The two Denialists attempt to shift their gender by picking female names, then drop to name-calling to prove their points.

    lol…trolls

  5. Doug

    April 18, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Please take the time to look at the raw, unfiltered data regarding the earth’s climate. The global temperature trend since 1998 is down, not up. Global sea ice is above average. Sea level rise has stabilized. Look at the satellite data for each of these indicators of climate change. Don’t be fooled, the disaster predictions are wrong.

  6. candyluv

    May 6, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    i say u r a fool u son of a bitch u have no mind and every one who goes to this page and in the world will know cause i will tell them.

  7. khaalid simmons

    November 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    STOP GLOBAL WARMING PLEASE WE ARE HURTING THE EARTH ANIMALS ARE DIEING JUST STOP IT PLEASE DAMN MAN YOU PEOPLE DONT LISTEN GOD PUT US ON THIS EARTH TO LIVE AN HAVE FUN FOOD, ALL OF THAT NOT TO POLLUTE AIR, NOT TO LITEER YOUR STUPID GARBAGE ON THE FLOOR NOT TO CUTT DOWN TRESS FROM THE FORESTES THE TREES ARE LIKE FOOD OXYGEN AN ALL OF THAT WE NEED THAT SO JUST STOP MESSING WITH THE EARTH PLEASE THANK YOU I PRAY TO GODD EVERYDAY THAT YOU PEOPLE JUST STOP PLEASE

  8. corey

    November 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

    apple cobber

  9. ashok kumar

    December 8, 2009 at 3:46 am

    is there any contribution by individual towards global warming

  10. alex

    December 8, 2009 at 6:17 am

    KHAALID SIMMONS IS AN IDIOT!

  11. greendayman`

    December 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    National Geographic published an outstanding article with graphic representation demonstrating how carbon emissions affect global temperatures. Check it out here: http://salmonalley2009.blogspot.com/2009/12/carbon-bathtub-from-national-geographic.html

    I have found this article to be the best argument against the deniers yet. Simple with pictures.

    -g

  12. doulos

    January 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Be prepared to meet God!that’s the point… this earth will soon be destroyed coz of sin. this is real and you gotta believe! Nothing to loose anyway but gain!

  13. Muhammad Ashraf

    January 16, 2010 at 2:10 am

    The negative and destructive thinking of vast majority of human beings on the planet earth may also be having great effect on the environment too. The heat emitted from the body of a human being is correlated with the thinking and over all personality of an individual e.g when you go in a gathering or individual in mosque or church one feels different atmosphere there. One feels solace there. Otherwise ones house as well as mosque or church are made of same brick and stone. Then what is difference. Why you feel different there. It is only because when you visit mosque or church you try to think positive and upright, which has its impact on the atmosphere within those four walls through the heat emitted from ones body. Therefore the negativism adopted by human beings towards one another is helping towards grlobal warmingt to some extent.
    Let us all pledge again to make this earth planet worth living through being God fearing and sincere to each other irrespective of any sort of religion,caste, colour, nationality etc.
    Come on- let us live like brothers respecting each other.

  14. mani

    January 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

    thank you

  15. jeno 04

    January 20, 2010 at 1:43 am

    We should stop this destruction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Ronak Singh

    January 26, 2010 at 5:16 am

    PLEASE SAVE OUR MOTHER EARTH,ITS DIEING DUE TO OUR DEEDS.

  17. syed nazare mehdi

    February 6, 2010 at 7:29 am

    we all know we are suffring from this decease from 2nd world war and today all countries try to use newclear energy becouse of all want to powerful and ite all responsable to Amrica.

  18. James

    February 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Doug,

    It least you have a reasonable voice here. Links to the raw data you’re talking about? Prove it.

  19. Eurogreenie

    March 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    The deniers above are obviously ignorant nutters. The sophisticated and well-funded denialist conspiracy that uses much more rational sounding arguments (though equally loony and unscientific) are much more dangerous. However, people like those who run this site are also deluding themselves.

    If man-made global warming and associated climate change is a reality, as the overwhelming bulk of scientific evidence indicates, then application of the Precautionary Principal is the only sane option. However, it is already far too late to avoid fairly severe consequences. Even an untrained observer can see with the naked eye that the Andean glaciers and snow-caps (to give just one example) are shrinking rapidly and that many of them will be gone in a few years (some already are), making many river systems seasonal and devastating the agricultural economies and food producing regions of several countries. This kind of effect will be then be repeated around the world (whatever the actual timescale of the melting of the Himalayan glaciers).

    A two degree c rise in global temperatures might just be survivable for some of our species (though it would still make many currently populated areas unable to sustain agriculture; low lying land flooded and higher land too hot or too dry or both) and therefore practically uninhabitable. However, even a rise of this size (which is highly likely now) incurs a substantial risk of tipping us into a self-sustaining and unstoppable cycle of positive feedback as arctic tundra thaws and releases methane and carbon; as methyl-hydrates are released from the ocean floor; as rainforests dry up due to changing rainfall patterns and burn down to leave nothing but desert …. (the list is quite long……).

    If we get into an unstoppable feedback loop then no-one knows where the temperature rise would end – but it wouldn’t matter much for our species because once we get above four or five degrees then it’s pretty much over for homo-sapiens. Our grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, would be reduced to fighting over cockroaches and starving rats in their caves and eating each other and there would be no further generations.

    This scenario is not an absolute certainty because it is just possible that we can take action in time, but we are leaving it very, very late, and the necessary adjustments in lifestyle and consumption will require economic and political changes that are far more drastic than anything you are talking about.

    Do you think that the USA can be weaned off its addiction to cheap energy in the next decade (it either means putting petrol up to $50 a gallon, or strict rationing – depending on whether you think the very rich should be allowed to keep private cars while everyone else uses buses, bicycles or donkey carts)? The changes needed would also include the evacuation of regions that require unsustainable levels of energy (for air-conditioning for example) or water use – like most of Arizona and Nevada – and the introduction of strict controls over water (rationing again), along with all other finite consumables. Can the rich world (especially the USA) be persuaded to give up personal motorised transportation, mass air-travel, cheap imported goods and much, much more (including 80%-90% of its meat consumption)?

    Basically, the entire system of capitalist growth and consumerism has to go. Do you think this can be achieved, and achieved in time? I bloody-well hope so because I am very fond of my grand-daughter; but I have my doubts.

    Keep up the good work, but try and think seriously about what changes are actually required, and then what actions we need to take to ensure those changes take place. If we give up, the chances are very high that we consign our species to mass death, and quite possibly extinction. If we are serious then we need to stop kidding ourselves that it can be done without painful and traumatic changes in the way we live and the only way this can be done is to get rid of this lunatic idea that a system based on never-ending economic growth and ever-increasing consumption, regardless of the resource implicatins, can be maintained. We have, perhaps five-to ten years to start making these changes.

    Good luck!

  20. Malisa Washington

    March 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    thx for sharing this one!

  21. food warmers

    April 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Couldn´t be written any better. Reading that post reminds me of my old room mate! He continually kept talking about this. I definitely will forward that article to him. Really certain he definitely will possess a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Ashutosh Singh

    March 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Please stop polution

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