A dire warning on emissions

  • Article by: JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN BRODER , New York Times
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 6:10 AM

Carbon dioxide pollutants are growing so rapidly that an international goal to limit the planet's warming looks to be unattainable. No. 1 polluter China had the fastest rate of increase.

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Jakein08Dec. 2, 12 9:27 PM

GOP/Fox News says there is no such thing as man made climate change. This article must be just liberal spin. Who would believe that pumping 2 million tons per second into the atmosphere would change anything? The oil companies say that nothing man does contributes to climate change so they must be telling the truth.

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raylottieDec. 2, 12 9:57 PM

Good luck on getting China to agree to verifiable emission limits.

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Earlybird39Dec. 2, 1210:02 PM

One of the reasons we are failing in our attempts to limit emissions is that we have a huge group of people who still deny that climate change caused in part by man is even happening. You can't change harmful habits unless you acknowledge that they even exist.

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dtmonkeyboyDec. 2, 1210:51 PM

I think every person that denies climate change should be forced to spend a couple hours in a garage with a car running....it can't hurt them and certainly won't be unpleasant because pollution does not impact anything.

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FrankLDec. 2, 1210:56 PM

Earlybird39. Yes it is called China, India, Brazil, Russia, etc. There's 3 billion deniers to convince. Let me know what progress you make.

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twistshoutDec. 2, 1211:37 PM

Having read roughly eighty books worth of material on global warming mostly from Climate Scientists directly, I am horrified at what we are doing to our planet. Most people are unaware how serious the problem is, and 98% of climate scientists say global warming is manmade. Nearly 100% agree that the earth is warming... We MUST start putting extreme pressure on our politicians to pass laws drastically reducing our greenhouse gases NOW! It is the responsibility of everyone to do this, and not wait for someone else... We are running out of time, and our own extinction may be a result if we do not act fast. It is going to take the biggest effort that mankind has ever undertaken.

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johnsq316Dec. 2, 1211:48 PM

Jakein08 - there's nothing spin worthy in this article. It says that global emissions targets are unattainable, an observation anyone with sense will agree with, especially with China and India omitted from any agreement. The question becomes, is that a bad thing, a good thing, or just a fact of life? And does it actually have any effect on global temperatures? It is factual that there has been no change in global temperatures over the last 15 years. It is factual that the most productive periods of human history coincide with warm periods. So, what to make of it?

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LauralundDec. 2, 1211:52 PM

Let's not forget that a lot of what China manufactures is stuff we buy from them. So we carry some responsibility for this.

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raa1973Dec. 3, 1212:16 AM

I think and believe that what alot of you do not remember is co2 is a good thing, it's called photosynthesis, it's what anything that has green leaves does, convert co2 into oxygen, so if we "drastically" reduce co2 we in turn have the possibility of less oxygen in the atmosphere

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twistshoutDec. 3, 1212:22 AM

johnsq316 at 11:48 P.M. wrote "It is factual that there has been no change in global temperatures over the last 15 years" Wrong John. That is cherry picking the data, and that claim has been debunked completely. When you've read 80 books on climate science like I have, come back with your apology.

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