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re: Climate Change

Posted by WT on December 12, 2015 at 17:36:19:

In Reply to: re: Climate Change posted by 009 on December 12, 2015 at 16:00:19:

As I say you can't prove things in science - all you can do is reduce the uncertainty. However, the basic physics of how greenhouse gases work is as concrete as any scientific principle can be.

Greenhouse gases do keep the planet nice and cozy - compared to our near neighbouring Moon - The science is settled on that one.

So the certainty that increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere (to double or treble anything seen for almost a million years) is not a good idea is very high. Recklessly pumping more and more CO2 into the atmosphere is really not a good idea.

Nobody can predict exactly what is going to happen to the planet generally or in any region - this is definitely uncertain. But the precautionary principle strongly suggests that if we want to leave a nice cozy planet to our grandchildren we need to stop burning fossil fuels right now.

The alternative may be a raging windy desert, or a flooded planet or even an ice age if the melting Arctic ice shuts down the North Atlantic Drift. It may be too late already but why take the chance?


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