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NYT: The Sky is Failing. Future Uncertain.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Riptide, May 10, 2013.

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  1. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

    The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported on Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.

    Scientific monitors reported that the gas had reached an average daily level that surpassed 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering.

    The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea.

    “It symbolizes that so far we have failed miserably in tackling this problem,” said Pieter P. Tans, who runs the monitoring program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that reported the new reading.

    “It feels like the inevitable march toward disaster,” said Maureen E. Raymo, a Columbia University earth scientist.

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

  3. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    I was sure the first response would be Tony saying scientists don't know nuthin'.
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Well, should be a good growing season, since plants "breathe in" Carbon Dioxide and "exhale" oxygen.

    But if that's not good enough, I'm sure the people who believe this is a problem can just stop exhaling.
  5. Let's move Tony to Kiribati, but he doesn't get to leave when the waters engulf the island.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I think the time has come to ban baked beans.
  7. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    If you want to build me a vacation home there, go ahead. I'll be glad to use it for the coming decades.

    I could live another 100 years and it will be no more underwater than it is now.
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