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Climate change already has a firm grip

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Bad news, I fear:

Even if by some miracle the nations of the world could bring carbon dioxide levels back to those of the pre-industrial era, it would still take 1,000 years or longer for the climate changes already triggered to be reversed, scientists said Monday.

The gas already here and the heat that has been absorbed by the ocean will exert their effects for centuries, according to an analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Over the long haul, the warming will melt the polar icecaps more than had previously been estimated, raising ocean levels substantially, the report said.

And changes in rainfall patterns will bring droughts to the American Southwest, southern Europe, northern Africa and western Australia comparable to those that caused the 1930s Dust Bowl in the U.S.

"People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide, the climate would go back to normal in 100 years, 200 years," lead author Susan Solomon, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a telephone news conference. "That’s not true."

The changes will persist until at least the year 3000, said Solomon, who conducted the study with colleagues in Switzerland and France.

Scientists familiar with the report said it emphasized the need for immediate action to control emissions…

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Written by Leisureguy

27 January 2009 at 12:14 pm

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  1. Totally wrong! Everyone except algore and the MSM knows that support for the “theory” of global warming is waning among the scientific community. It’s starting to be recognized as the junk science it is. And there never was a consensus, it’s all manufactured to score lucrative grant money for researchers who are afraid to speak the truth lest they be ostracized by their fellow climate nerds.

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    scott

    27 January 2009 at 1:08 pm

  2. Parody?

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    LeisureGuy

    27 January 2009 at 2:04 pm

  3. An attempt. It’s hard to even parody these guys anymore. They’re so over the top already there’s almost nowhere to go.

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    scott

    27 January 2009 at 2:06 pm

  4. How to solve Global Warming in 10 minutes: Every Democrat please hold your breath for 10 minutes. Before the hour is over, 50% of America’s population is gone, reducing CO2 and making those of us remaining very happy!

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    Geoff

    27 January 2009 at 5:05 pm

  5. I don’t know who you mean by “everyone” there are many people who don’t believe this view, me being one, being in graduate studies in this field. Global warming is a bit misleading anyway, that’s only the average temperature, many places will become wetter and/or cooler. What would you distinguish as “junk” science? All science is theory, it can never be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt but the IPCC and many other scientists around the world are finding what is almost definitely large scale human impact to our climate and Earth.

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    Evan

    27 January 2009 at 6:09 pm

  6. Geoff, you’re understating the proportion of the American population that Is Democratic or Leans Democratic. According to a survey done by the Pew Research Center in March 2008, “51% Dem/lean-Dem compared to 37% Rep/lean-Rep.” If you look at the figures by age group, the picture is even better for Democrats: the proportion of Dem/lean-Dem is highest in the young and declines with age. This implies that the Republican strength is older and will pass from the scene.

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    LeisureGuy

    27 January 2009 at 8:41 pm


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