Climate change: More of slow burn, but still a concern

  • Article by: The Economist
  • Updated: April 5, 2013 - 6:31 PM

Some of the ghastlier scenarios now look less likely. But we still need to worry, for two reasons.

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tuttifruttiApr. 5, 13 7:04 PM

No one can explain how dramatic climate change occurred on earth prior to man being present and producing C02.

No one denies that climates change. Time to stop the hoax. This is purely a political issue. Even the claim that their is a consensus among researchers that man is causing global warming is fraudulent.

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brotherkennyApr. 5, 13 7:26 PM

Many of the technologies that would help in reducing CO2 emissions don't have to be argued for solely of that basis. There are a number of societal benefits that will result from alteration of our use of various energy sources. Use of methane rather than coal to generate electricity reduces other more health effecting pollutants such as mercury or carbon particulate matter. The use of electricity rather than imported oil to power vehicles decreases the trade deficit and lessens the requirement that we police the middle east. Basically all of the domestically produced energy sources provide jobs and keeps the dollars in the US. Unfortunately, we have many people invested in the current energy delivery systems and they have enough access to our leaders and media messaging to influence policy in their favor. Additionally we have a democratic republic where our leaders are elected by a populace that in general is easy to fool.

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supervon2Apr. 5, 13 7:56 PM

Al Gore told us that Florida would be covered by 2015? Did he lie to us or was it just to become a billionaire at our expense?

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goferfanzApr. 5, 13 8:15 PM

You know, I am not worried..........

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tuttifruttiApr. 5, 13 8:24 PM

Sea levels have risen for thousands of years and have been rising slower in the past 20 years than most other times in history.

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tuttifruttiApr. 5, 13 8:34 PM

"The GRACE gravitational-anomaly satellites are able to measure ocean mass, from which sea-level change can be directly calculated. The GRACE data show that sea level fell slightly from 2002-2007". Hmmm....

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JRBApr. 5, 13 8:57 PM

The article failed to mention that the sea ice in Antarctica has expanded in the last several years. I wonder what the penguins are thinking?

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elind56Apr. 5, 13 9:12 PM

"If the world had based its climate policies on previous predictions..."----------------------Quite hilarious that some governments actually have 'climate policies'. A bit like having 'asteroid policies'. Unbelievable.

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efleschApr. 5, 13 9:13 PM

Global temperature has continued to increase in the last ten years. The last ten years were the warmest on record.

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efleschApr. 5, 13 9:17 PM

Sea level rise has been accelerating. Sea level rise the last 2 years has been almost triple the trend of the last 20 years. For most of the last 5000 years, until about 150 years ago, sea level had shrunk, not risen. Sea level rise continues to accelerate.

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