Let’s step out of the box…
–We’re experiencing global warming? YES
–That’s going to raise sea levels significantly and displace many millions of people from their homes? YES
–That’s going to increase “extreme weather conditions”? YES
–That’s caused by our increasing CO2 emissions? THAT CERTAINLY DOESN’T HELP THINGS…
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Yes, global warming occurs, and it’s been rather extreme in recent years. Now whether this is essentially the high point of a wrinkled wave over the last 100,000 years or so, or the effect–mainly–of “man-made” meddling, and if so, how much, we don’t the advantage of knowing. Adding CO2 to the atmosphere largely by burning fossil fuels, in particular, coal, certainly has a warming effect, but how much this actually influences the trajectory of Earth’s cosmic history is unknown.
We’ll say more at the end. —ADOZENSECONDS
The April National Geographic has an informative 2-in-1-part article entitled “Can Coal Ever Be Clean?” by Michelle Nijhuis. I’ve read this several times. I recommend that you read this fascinating article, as well, but I defy you to close the magazine and explain what the numbers presented mean, and just what’s coming next down the Global Warming Road.¹
Rather than go on and on, let me cite some of Nijhuis’s data. (Coloring and underlining will be our attempt to clarify and emphasize.)
–“To limit global warming since the 19th century [as of about 1850, really] to 2ºC (3.6ºF) and thereby avoids its worst effects, scientists estimate we must limit our cumulative emissions of carbon as CO2 to a trillion metric tons². As of 2012, by burning fossil fuels, making cement, cutting trees³, and so on, we had emitted 545 billion tons. We’re on course [by our skyrocketing present use] to pass a trillion by 2040.” [This is from last Fall’s report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)]
–Cumulative atmospheric carbon added by human activities identifies 5 countries as the leaders (in order) U.S., China, Russia, Germany, UK. [Roughly 1/3 of total is our guess.]
–“Coal provides about 80% of China’s electrical power….Coal has also made China first among nations in total carbon dioxide emissions, though the U.S. remains far ahead in emissions per capita.”
–“What we’re talking about is reducing global emissions by roughly 80% in the next 30 or 40 years,” says Edward Rubin of Carnegie Mellon University.
The article presents attempts of “disposing” of waste CO2, not a familiar concept to many, and much more.
Our final–promised–comments. We err as stewards of the planet–a concept that’s not a logical part of Darwinian naturalism, by the way–to ignore this issue. But how we go about this is complex. One notion that I once overheard was this: Plants, which “mop up” or use CO2 through photosynthesis, could be part of the answer. Since plants need 3 things to grow and thrive–the right soil, the right temperature and climate, and water–why not “reconvert” some of the vast deserts of the world, such as parts of the Sahara that have 2 of the 3 (missing water) into thriving gardens by pressing some of our technology into bringing water to them? They once produced food. Why not–maybe multinationally–create huge farmlands, with trees, creating jobs, producing food–and “pulling back” some of the CO2 that’s causing the problem?
¹I don’t mean to disparage the article. It’s loaded with info, however, it’s sometimes hard to put together.
²A “metric ton,” or “tonne,” equals 2205 lb. or a bit more than a (American) ton of 2000 lb.
³”Cutting trees” and vegetation is sometimes overlooked as part of the problem. Plants require CO2 for photosynthesis and, hence, remove it from the air.