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    I think the split difference would be some form of cheese that uses ash/dirt as part of its rind/coating.

    With children and watching others' children (and concerned about my own life, in a quite selfish way), I have a hard time shrugging with 'whatever'.  

    I don't think it is too late to 'do anything' even though we have already baked in far more serious problems than what we are already encountering and we face an ever-mounting risk of positive feedback cycles (melting permafrost, methane burps, reducing ability of oceans/trees to absorb CO2, ...) that could overwhelm efforts to reduce GHG emissions.

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    by A Siegel on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:37:48 AM PST

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    •  Change that "could overwhelm" (1+ / 0-)
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      to "will overwhelm" and you'll get why I'm at "whatever" . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:08:20 AM PST

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    •  It is *indeed* too late to do anything about it if (1+ / 0-)
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      you are talking about mitigating the effects of already-built-in planetary warming. The only thing which could ever have been done about the cause of AGW was to stop overproducing our offspring. Nature will cull us for that. Perhaps when our remote descendents re-civilize from savagery they'll find a less risible appellation for our species than sapiens, but only if we manage to leave a warning in the rocks.

      There is only one reality-based goal left within our power. We have to see to a survival of humans that stops short of savagery. Right now, I'd pray for 'mere' barbarism --if I believed in prayer.

      Enough fossil fuel remains on Earth to warm it 6 degrees C by 2100 AD if it is all used. A +6 C planet will only sustain half a billion humans. Human population will rise to 9 billion by 2050. Any questions?

      by davidincleveland on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:20:38 PM PST

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