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  •  Some numbers .... (11+ / 0-)

    280 ppm: Preindustrial atmospheric CO2 level

    300 ppm: The level in1950's

    350 ppm: The generally accepted by scientists,  point of no return (1990)

    390+ ppm (& rising fast): Today's reading

    Current total annual carbon emissions are SIX TIMES what they were in 1950.

    The polar ice-caps ARE melting.  Ocean circulation patterns ARE changing.  The oceans ARE acidifying.  Countless species ARE going extinct.  Droughts ARE spreading.  Crops ARE failing.  Millions ARE starving.  Tornadoes and hurricanes ARE increasing.  ETC., ETC........

    Hey, all the well meaning entreaties aside, we are truly, and permanently screwed as a civilization.  We are not just in trouble, we have failed.

    I have come to believe that human culture, now and numerous times in our history,  has proved incapable of adapting to ecological change.  The question is not: what can we do to fix it?; but rather: how bad is it going to get?

    GRAPH: 50 Year CO2 Rise

    The above graph was measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory, high above the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  These measurements, being away from all variable influences, are accepted as valid proof by all credible climate scientists.

    Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

    by boatwright on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 02:21:15 PM PDT

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