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Why it's too late to stop global warming

  1. Apr 10, 2006 #1
    I read an article on global warming stating that it is way too late to stop global warming, too late by far. Here is the link:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/02/13/INGP4B7GC91.DTL

    Despite the fact that I consider myself to be an eternal optimist, I personally think it's way too late to stop global warming. Nonetheless, we can at the very least reduce it by carpooling, recycling waste, and planting trees. While all this good and fine, it still will not stop or reverse it. Therefore, I think it's equally important to reinvest in the space program because we will reach a point where the Earth will become as hot as Venus, there will at least be a 10 to 20 degree raise before it levels off. We will see island nations like Japan and England literally dissappear under the waves, most likely what will be left will be the major mountain region which will become islands. Places like planes and coast will be gone, almost 80% of present land mass. I would imagine that those who wish to remain on Earth will eventually have to use genetic engineering and gene therapy, thereby speeding up their evolutionary process and eventually evolving into a new species. They will be tall and thin in order to adapt to high temperature and permit better cooling. Plus they would have larger lung capacity due to less oxygen and would perhaps make them capable of surviving in water for long periods of time.


    Thoughts anyone?

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  3. Apr 10, 2006 #2

    dav2008

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    My thought is that you improperly copied the article URL.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2006 #3

    Pengwuino

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    Uhm... most of what you said sounds insane. I mean Venus is around 700K... 80% of the present land mass going under is absurd... we'll most likely be hit by a celestrial object that whipes out mankind because that kind of thing happens. Also, Earth is pretty difficult to control but it's more likely that we'll able to conduct terraforming and atmospheric manipulation before we're able to force evolution on ourselves.

    Your link also doesn't work.

    On the subject, most scientists agree that it is infact, still reversable to a point and that carpooling and recycling isn't going to do the trick.
     
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  5. Apr 10, 2006 #4
    Okay, I found the proper link, just click above.

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  6. Apr 10, 2006 #5

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    WHOA this article is old....

    I gotta say... i saw "San Francisco" and i thought this would be a apocolyptic sensationalized view of global warming by someone who over-reacted. Ironically enough, i think you are the one who is over-reacting over this article. Although I have some objections to the heatwave incident and the california mudslide thing, the article is pretty level-headed and actually talks about the preperations, technical problems, and a few other things most global warming articles never seem to care about.
     
  7. Apr 11, 2006 #6
    Well, I may be over-reacting but this is a very serious issue, one that must be dealt with accordingly. Even if we stop burning fossil fuel and take part in cleaning up our enivironment, the CO2 emissions will still be in the Earth's atmosphere for at least 100,000 years from now. Plus, scientists are now saying that methane could be far worse than carbon dioxide. Check out this link:

    http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sep...ne_could_be_far_worse_than_carbon_dioxide.htm

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  8. Apr 11, 2006 #7
    It was probably too late five or ten years ago. What many scientists are waiting for now is a threshold to be met then exceeded which may spell trouble for the human race. GW could drastically increase. When I heard that last week they were issuing tornado warnings in Cali I started thing about the film 'the day after' I don't imagine things will get that bad that fast butr I don't really know what will happen.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2006 #8

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    Scientists have been saying methane is "far worse" than carbon dioxide. Just know you have heard of it. Methane is a stronger greenhouse gas that contributes to the effect. Water vapour is the largest contributer to the greenhouse effect.

    The concentrations of several greenhouse gases have increased over time {1} due to human activities, such as carbon dioxide, and methane, but climatologists are still not sure how strongly the raise in concentration affects the Earth's climate.
     
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  11. Apr 14, 2006 #10
    Change is the only constant in this universe, home-dawg.

    But, I remain convinced that Global Warming is a North American myopic description of what is actually "Regional Warming".

    Here's a quote from a report on Antartica's dramatic rise in temperature and how it could result in a 57 meter rise in sea levels.eek:eek:

    Read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4857832.stm
     
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  12. Apr 15, 2006 #11

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    The ftp://ftp.giss.nasa.gov/outgoing/JEH/bams_29mar20062_all.pdf[/URL] link doesn't work anymore, there is no bams_29mar20062_all.pdf file in the JEH folder. Do you have a copy at a different location?
     
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  13. Apr 27, 2006 #12
    The article is interesting but you forget that if it does level off at 10 or 20 more degrees it won't reach the hundreds in degrees. Second, realize that it is more then easy to stop GW. All you have to do it build a giant "carbon killer." It would simply react CO2 into something else.
     
  14. Apr 27, 2006 #13

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    Messing with the environment is like going back in time and messing around—you don't know what the complications will be with the future. Things will change, for better or for worse on all scales. For better or for worse for different things.

    If you could significantly alter the Earth's climate, well, its not a thing to go experimenting about with.
     
  15. May 3, 2006 #14
    Well, that may be true, but you shouldn't forget that just as you need a huge amount of CO2 to warm up the climate a few degrees, you're going to have to take out the same amount to reverse it. If I'm not mistaken, we've already released about 100 billion tons of it into the atmosphere, making the average temperature about .6 °C higher. If you were to reverse what we did with a chemical reaction, you'll need around the same mass of another reactant to use it up. Take for instance, the chemical reaction used to take CO2 out of the air inside of spaceships:

    2LiOH + CO2 ----> Li2CO3 + H2O

    If you know a bit of stoichiometry, you'll see that to use up the 100 billion tons, you'll need about 109 billion tons of lithium hydroxide. I don't think that there is that much of it on the Earth. :uhh:
     
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  16. May 4, 2006 #15
    You shouldn't forget that there are some pretty potent sinks for co2:
    1) oceans
    2) soils
    3) plants/biosphere - which tend to increase uptake as the concentration increases
     
  17. May 4, 2006 #16
    Yes, that's true too. I think we underestimate our planet's capability to minimize changes and the adaptability of life. That doesn't mean we shouldn't care about what's happening, but its good to know that all we have to do is give the Earth a little help :wink:
     
  18. May 4, 2006 #17
    I missed this thread ! One mustn't forget there are two vastly different opinions on GW a) that it is man made and b) that it is part of the historical cycle that has gone on over the evolution of the earth. You will find references to both sides abound and they tend to be rather polar. i am one of the few who sit on the fence here and believe that there is data to support global warming but insufficient data to prove the cause !
    This forum has already been posted by Andre http://www.ukweatherworld.co.uk/forum/forums/forum-view.asp?fid=30 [Broken]
    but if you are interested and sift through the threads you will find fairly convincing arguements from both sides.
    BUT I do beleive that we should be taking steps to assume that it maybe AGW....it's too big a gamble not too.
    Regards
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  19. May 5, 2006 #18

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    It is also a big gamble to do. http://junkscience.com/MSU_Temps/Kyoto_Count_Up.htm [Broken]

    And that is only a very small measure taken in advance.
     
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  20. May 26, 2006 #19
    Forget global warming - think boiling oceans

    According to James Lovelock, the scientist famed for his Gaia hypothesis of earth science it is too late.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/16/revenge_of_gaia/
     
  21. May 27, 2006 #20
    Apparently, life is a fatal condition... no matter how much you try to avoid the fact. All we can hope is that we miss a massive demonstration of the evidence of this fact. Unless you like that sort of mayhem.
     
  22. May 27, 2006 #21
    I think whether or not it's too late is moot. Greenhouse gases are not the only thing going on here. There's an increase in solar radiation and decrease in the Earth's magnetic field. If we weren't here, it appears likely to me that the Earth would still be warming up, however I do think that our activities have sped it up.
     
  23. May 27, 2006 #22

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    I'm not sure what the geomagnetic field has to do with it. Although I agree that there are way too many variables going in, and way too many that we don't know about. We can't be sure of the weather on Saturday, how can we know the climate a hundred or a thousand years from now?
     
  24. May 27, 2006 #23
    I agree, that there are many variables not accounted for however the greenhouse effect is real.

    The most compelling evidence is ironically that which Michael Crichton, in his book "State of Fear" referenced as evidence that the earth is cooling down. Satellite measurements of the stratosphere show a decrease in temperature. Since the stratosphere is outside or above the greenhouse gases that trap the heat, it would only stand to reason that less heat escaping to the stratosphere would result in lower temperature readings.
     
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  26. Jun 6, 2006 #25

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    Oh man, this topic really gets me revved up...

    First and foremost, ALL of the supposed "data" that "proves" global warming is cherry-picked like crazy, and there are most likely equal amounts of data that refute GW theories. The fact is that we do not currently have the capabilities to understand the infinite number of nonlinearities in the atmoshphere, or the Earth as an eco-system, etc. We can barely "predict" weather a week in advance, and most of the time it is only mildly accurate. How can we possibly even claim to think we might know what the world will look like in one thousand years? A hundred years? Ten years? Even one year???!!! The data is NOT there for any such claims on any level. Looking at a five-year set of data might show warming, while the same data set going ten or twenty years back will show a flat curve fit or even a cooling trend! This is in my opinion the most commonly used tactic by the environmentalists, choosing data scheme such that it "proves" their claims. Additionally, how you decide to put a linear line-fit through a wildly varying set of data can determine whether the same set of data looks as if it is increasing, decreasing, or neither...

    There are also many factors that must be taken into effect for temperature probing stations around urban areas that were once just forest... What about the heat-island effect? Trees tend to make an area cooler while a city makes it warmer, does this really count as the global warming every one is describing in such fantastic terms? What about changes in equipment and more accurate measurements? Possible measurement errors? Data corruptions (not necessarily of the computer kind)? How accurate is temperature data from 1875?! I mean, we only have data from a few dozen years, that just might be accurate enough, but this is a single scalar measurment of one variable, in millions?! How can that predict ANYTHING?! "We don't truly know" is the short (and long) answer...

    By the way, the supposed "documentary" coming out with Al Gore called "An Inconvenient Truth" is just a huge load of scary pictures, cherry-picked data, and propoganda. It is not real science, it is instead a huge implementation of scare tactics. I am going to laugh my a** off when 10 years from now rolls around and nothing happens. You watch, ten years from now (I say ten years because that is the time frame he has set before the "end of the world"), this documentary will be completely forgotten, and "major storm" frequency will be statistically identical. Just watch, it'll happen, I guarantee it.

    Actually, one of the most enlightening things I have read on this subject is Michael Chrighton's book "State of Fear" (props to Skyhunter btw). I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get a good amount of insight into the politics of global warming, and the environmental movement in general. Although the book is fiction, it incorporates a very large amount of actual data, along with up-to-date references for the actual scientific journals or articles where they can be found. The characters are well-implemented metaphors for political groups in real-life, from the poorly informed celebrities, to the wild environmentalists, to the well-informed skeptics. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Seriously. You need to go buy it right now. Seriously. Plus it's a pretty good story, but the science is the most important part of the book.

    In my experience, the most common argument any lame-person has "for" global warming is "everyone
    knows about global warming, I mean, it's global warming! How can you argue about global
    warming?! EVERYONE knows about it!"

    That's not an argument, that's falling for mindless propoganda without looking for any kind of scientific data backing it up, and more importantly, seeing if there is any data that refutes the claims! Don't just look at Al Gore's stupid movie and think that he's done ALL of the research for you. You need to decide for yourself! Read articles, look at the actual data (temperature data is relatively easy to understand). Once you have taken in the facts and seen the data yourself, then make a conclusion. Odds are, it won't be what the wackos are preaching.

    And that's just scratching the surface, let the games really begin now!
     
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