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  •  Capture where? (0+ / 0-)

    Carbon fell from space at our planetary formation.

    •  Yes, it did. Or not, they'll always (0+ / 0-)

      have a handy explanation. Doesn't matter. Aside from the elements this planet picks up as detritus from the relatively well-swept spatial environs, we've got our allotment of elements and those get constantly recycled in one form or another. We are carbon-based life forms. In fact, carbon-based life forms are the only life forms we know about in the entire universe. Carbon's not such a bad thing, all told.

      We're concerned about its predominate form in current circulation. Because we've been liberating a whole heckuva lot of it from its previous bind-sinks. It would have stayed sunk for virtually ever if we hadn't done that. And if we hadn't done that we wouldn't be here today wondering how we can re-sink it. That's karma.

      I guess we'll have to develop some ways of re-sinking it. Hopefully very soon. Meanwhile, it would be a good idea to start limiting our carbon-liberation frenzy. With an eye to stopping it entirely.

      •  Suggesting a place to put that Carbon (1+ / 0-)
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        is the problem. Peat, gas, oil, coal, clathrates, limestone etc.

        We burn them.

        •  I don't think that you (0+ / 0-)

          understand the carbon cycle and more importantly the difference between the fast and slow cycles. The former operates on a scale of days/months/years while the later works on the geological timescale. The danger comes from releasing carbon sequestered in the geological cycle into the faster immediate one. This is what leads to a net increase that doesn't go away.

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