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  •  We've lost 20 years already (4+ / 0-)

    Some Economics of Global Warming

    Global warming from carbon dioxide was an esoteric topic 15 years ago, unknown to most of us. But in a few years, helped along by some hot summers, it has climbed to the top of the international agenda. Cabinets, Parliaments, and heads of government have issued pronouncements on reducing carbon emissions, and in June of this year (...) [a] "framework agreement" is widely expected, together with some institutional arrangements that will keep global environmental issues permanently on every government's agenda. And at the center of these issues will be the phenomenon that has come to be known as the "greenhouse effect."

    The greenhouse effect itself is simple enough to understand and is not in any real dispute. What is in dispute is its magnitude over the coming century, its translation into changes in climates around the globe, and the impacts of those climate changes on human welfare and the natural environment.

    This was written in 1992 by Thomas Schelling, last year's economics Nobel Prize.

    Already then, global warming was an established fact, if not all its consequences.

    •  Really pitiful, isn't it? (3+ / 0-)
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      Radiowalla, Jerome a Paris, Boppy
      Global warming was an established fact twenty years ago, and so were the hazards of smoking!

      I hate to go on about shortsighted corporate executives, but come on, now...

      "I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they kill, there would be no more wars." - Abbie Hoffman

      by Jensequitur on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 01:39:54 PM PST

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    •  Yes, and in the meantime (2+ / 0-)
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      Boppy, Leila

      we probably lost the chance to do something about it. We are already well down the path toward uncontrolled global climate change. We probably could have taken the "conservative" course of action 20 years ago and altered our output, but that was deemed too costly.

      We still aren't doing squat, and when everyone finally gets on the same page, it will be far, far too late, and everyone will blame us in the future. Sorry kids.

      Our (I truly will probably be dead by the time the sh*t hits the fan, and have no kids) only hope is that Yellowtone will cool the thing down and give people a chance to react and adapt.  

      You can't get away with the crunch, 'cuz the crunch always gives you away

      by dnamj on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 05:19:39 PM PST

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