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Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near on Global Warming

26 Jul

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Again a wide gap has developed between what is understood about global warming by the relevant scientific community and what is known by policymakers and the public. Now, as then, frank assessment of scientific data yields conclusions that are shocking to the body politic. Now, as then, I can assert that these conclusions have a certainty exceeding 99 percent.

The difference is that now we have used up all slack in the schedule for actions needed to defuse the global warming time bomb. The next president and Congress must define a course next year in which the United States exerts leadership commensurate with our responsibility for the present dangerous situation.

Otherwise it will become impractical to constrain atmospheric carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas produced in burning fossil fuels, to a level that prevents the climate system from passing tipping points that lead to disastrous climate changes that spiral dynamically out of humanity’s control.

Changes needed to preserve creation, the planet on which civilization developed, are clear. But the changes have been blocked by special interests, focused on short-term profits, who hold sway in Washington and other capitals.

I argue that a path yielding energy independence and a healthier environment is, barely, still possible. It requires a transformative change of direction in Washington in the next year.

Read entire article here.

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One response to “Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near on Global Warming

  1. Henry Galt

    August 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Hmmm. CO2 is pumped into greenhouses (not just because glass is rubbish at keeping in the heat) and real climate scientists (as opposed to lay people like Al Gore and non-climate scientists like Hansen etc) are now realizing that being afraid of losing their jobs if they speak out is the lesser of two evils. Do not expect the government (mainstream media included) to see the light just yet.

     

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