Climate change is here -- and worse than we thought

  • Article by: James E. Hansen , Special to The Washington Post
  • Updated: August 5, 2012 - 4:31 PM

For the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.

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garykhansonAug. 5, 12 5:17 PM

I have a question for all the Right Wing Republicans who have refused to deal with climate change as it might cost the economy some money to deal with it. What good does it do to have one of their precious jobs if we can't live in the world we have created?

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swmnguyAug. 5, 12 5:20 PM

The fossil-fuel companies are the only industry that doesn't have to pay to deal with the waste from their enterprises. That's the only way fossil fuel can be considered less-expensive than the alternatives. We may not have the technology today to completely replace reliance on fossil fuels, but that is largely due to mis-investment and mal-investment caused by the skewed economics of allowing the profits of the fossil fuel industry to remain private while socializing and subsidizing the costs of cleaning up the disastrous messes caused by use of fossil fuels.

True, with currently available technologies, fossil fuels still deliver more energy for less material and financial investment than any other source. This has led to reckless, heedless, and often unnecessary use of such fuels. Forcing the public to deal with the consequences while allowing the fossil fuel industry to keep the profits has only extended the damage and suppressed potential replacements. Bad money chases out good.

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curly4Aug. 5, 12 5:22 PM

I would be more likely to believe that if in the past the US has not had hot dry weather. I personally lived through a couple or three in Oklahoma and there was one before I was born call the great dust bowl of the 1930s. So this dry weather is not new.

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mememine69Aug. 5, 12 5:27 PM

Climate Change Doomers and other end of the world freaks have AOL accounts, PalmPilots, pagers and Disco pants.Get up to date girls! -Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by corporations. -Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier. -Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of the Unions addresses. -Canada killed Kyoto with a newly elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (death).

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pitythefoolsAug. 5, 12 5:37 PM

I agree with the entire article until the end. How would taxing carbon-fuel companies help? They would charge that tax to their customers, and then send it back to them? If you're going to solve the problem first we need education. The deniers need to get out of denial. Then we need a global "Manhattan Project" to develop alternatives to carbon-based energy. I take wonder at what other Countries can do scientifically. While we can't get into space anymore, other Countries have active space programs. The Large Hadron Collider, a landmark in engineering, was built by a multinational consortium lead by the UK. The US alone will not solve this problem. The world can.

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mlapnorAug. 5, 12 5:41 PM

"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" --Homer Simpson

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davehougAug. 5, 12 5:52 PM

Sad to say, if EVERY CO2 reduction idea was put into place, with world population almost doubling every generation it will be hard to stop........It is time to spend on mitigation in addition to reduction.

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JJJCCCAug. 5, 12 6:09 PM

Thanks James "Chicken Little" Hansen for the latest prediction of climate catastrophe!! I love the little segue at the end....all we need is a carbon tax and the world is SAVED!

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fdrebinAug. 5, 12 6:21 PM

In earth's past it has been much warmer and much colder. There is no question that warth's climate changes. It will continue to do so whether Mr Hansen agrees with the cause ( natural variation) or not. Why do you deniers not believe in science and history? The rdistribution of income will not change climate cycles. never has in the past, never will in the future.

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wise1Aug. 5, 12 6:32 PM

"s "Chicken Little" Hansen for the latest prediction of climate catastrophe!! "-----Of course you either didn't read it, or you didn't comprehend it, there were no predictions in his science, just actual observations of what our weather is actually doing. That activity should be a good indicator of future trends for those smart enough to understand.

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