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Global warming’s terrifying new math

Bill McKibben SAYS the statistics regarding global warming suggest that Earth is on the verge of leaving the Holocene, the 11,000-year period of climatic stability:

When we think about global warming at all, the arguments tend to be ideological, theological and economic. But to grasp the seriousness of our predicament, you just need to do a little math. For the past year, an easy and powerful bit of arithmetical analysis first published by financial analysts in the U.K. has been making the rounds of environmental conferences and journals, but it hasn’t yet broken through to the larger public. This analysis upends most of the conventional political thinking about climate change. And it allows us to understand our precarious – our almost-but-not-quite-finally hopeless – position…

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  1. R James

    This is based on a false claim “we’ve raise the Earth’s temperature by by 0.8 degC. This isn’t true. The Earth’s temperature has increased by about 0.7 degC in the past 100 years. There’s no way human activity started this 100 years ago – anthropohenic emissions weren’t significant then. Even if there was anthropogenic warming since industrial activity became significant, it could, at most, only be attributed to half of this warming, simply due to the time scale.

    Alas, this is alarmist nonsense that ignores real data.

  2. The mounting evidence and scientific study on climate change just interferes with the teabag deniers who want to remain comfortable in their bubble of ignorance.

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