Screwed vs screwed (or I can’t wait that long)

January 26, 2009


What’s all this fuss about CO2 in the atmosphere. The damage is already done:

A new scientific study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaches a powerful conclusion about the climate change caused by future increases of carbon dioxide: to a large extent, there’s no going back.

The pioneering study, led by NOAA senior scientist Susan Solomon, shows how changes in surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level are largely irreversible for more than 1,000 years after carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are completely stopped.

So everything we are currently trying to do to get back to 1990s/1900s levels of CO2 emissions is a complete waste of time and money. And I have to wait 1000 years (luckily) for any results. Good to know. In the meantime, I’d like some fucking warming!

(h/t Watts Up With That)

UPDATE: NPR has this story on the subject. From the author of the study:

“I guess if it’s irreversible, to me it seems all the more reason you might want to do something about it,” she says. “Because committing to something that you can’t back out of seems to me like a step that you’d want to take even more carefully than something you thought you could reverse.”

HUH? Can someone please explain to me the logic behind that?


3 Responses to “Screwed vs screwed (or I can’t wait that long)”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Dust out the old bomb sheds, looks like we’ll be undercover awhile…

  2. John in IL Says:

    I have no idea what that means.

  3. John in IL Says:

    Any relevant thoughts?

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