Scientists say world on course for catastrophic 6° rise

| 18/11/2009

(Independent): The world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario in terms of climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6C by the end of the century, leading scientists said yesterday. Such a rise – which would be much higher nearer the poles – would have cataclysmic and irreversible consequences for the Earth, making large parts of the planet uninhabitable and threatening the basis of human civilisation. We are headed for it, the scientists said, because the carbon dioxide emissions from industry, transport and deforestation which are responsible for warming the atmosphere have increased dramatically since 2002, in a way which no one anticipated, and are now running at treble the annual rate of the 1990s.

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  1. PB says:

    This is rubbish! The carbon being emitted by humans is 3% of the World’s total carbon emissions. The greatest polluter is the common Termite. The beetle in the forests of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia that is devastating forests puts out more carbon that all of the transportation (all sources – air, road, rail, sea) of the USA and Canada combined.

    The data is flawed – we now know that. Second, humans are not creating an unnatural event. Third, reliable data shows that we are actually in a cooling trend. Fourth, all it takes is for one big volcano (Iceland, perhaps) to spew carbon and all the statistics go out the window – so rather than blame humans for purported, unsubstantiated claims of global warming these ‘experts" should deal with natural events.

    The truth is that Cap and Trade is a tax – nothing else, and the pretense that humans are creating a problem is a guise for yet another tax. Don’t fall for it people!


  2. Green Hornet says:

    Well, I don’t know what we expected. We aren’t prepared to give up anything in our profligate lifestyles.