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  •  Your first paragraph violates the principle of (0+ / 0-)

    causality.....  you say:

    Climate change is a scarcity crisis. It's the ultimate scarcity crisis, because our planet cannot safely absorb 1 single new net molecule of atmospheric carbon. 1 new molecule emitted anywhere on the planet increases the damage to life, limb and property everywhere around the world.
    Sorry, but this sounds like gibberish to me.

    You are saying that emission of a single carbon dioxide molecule on the other side of the globe has an effect everywhere else in the world.   There isn't any way for emission of a single carbon dioxide molecule over Perth, Australia to have an effect at all on me in East Lansing, MI.

    •  yes, actually there i (2+ / 0-)
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      is.  The atmosphere is very well mixed, so that a molecule emitted in Perth will travel all around the earth before it is done.  THe heat absorbed will also move around the earth and affect how the climate system behaves.  In fact, we are all pissing ito the only pond we have.  The climate is not separated into compartments.

      However, I think you know this already, so I'm probably misunderstanding you and talking past your point.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:46:59 PM PST

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