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  •  back in the 70s...the facts: (6+ / 0-)

    Back in the 70s, there was a clear knowledge that particle pollution was causing 'global dimming', and CO2 pollution was causing 'global warming'. What wasn't known was which force would end up being stronger.

    There were a grand total of about 3 guys that strongly advocated for the ice age side, and they got written up in popular media like Newsweek or Time. But in actual scientific circles, or real science journals, there was never a consensus about a coming ice age. Most scientists leaned towards the global warming side, but there wasn't enough evidence collected to settle the issue.

    That evidence has since been collected, and we've also stopped putting nearly as much particulate pollution in the atmosphere.

    •  China coal burning (2+ / 0-)
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      Somewhere there is a study that shows that without China's contribution of particulates from dirty coal the climate would be much warmer already. As China cleans up it's coal burning there will be less particulates and even more warming. The Chinese have to  clean up or they will kill too many people locally. They know it and are aggressively working on cleaner burning.

      Greeetings! Bipedal carbon based life forms.

      by pithaughn on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 07:31:14 AM PST

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      •  Fortunately, the Chinese are also (1+ / 0-)
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        getting into renewable energy in a big way, so we can hope their soot reduction will be offset by their CO2 reduction.

        I thought that was a really hopeful development, that China has decided that wind & solar are the wave of the future, and the Chinese are determined to beat the West at them.  

        Renewable energy brings national security.

        by Calamity Jean on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 03:34:12 PM PST

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