Climate Change Can Be Slowed, But Not Reversed

Many people, including, unfortunately, some influential journalists, need to know that climate change cannot be reversed, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress.  He notes that a 2009 federal study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came to that conclusion, when it observed that current global warming effects will be felt 1,000 years into the future. This does not mean all hope for a decent future is lost. Rather, it highlights the urgency needed to use our technology to dramatically reduce carbon emissions as soon as possible. The sooner we do so, the greater chance there is of protecting future generations from further, far more catastrophic climate change that could imperil their future. Indeed, if carbon emissions were dramatically cut tomorrow, the increase in atmospheric carbon emissions would immediately slow, and this would start slowing the rate of climate change. True, we have already ensured some climate change, but we can slow it greatly, by switching to clean energy and energy efficient technology, changing our consumptive behavior, valuing sustainability over growth both for our populations and economies, and changing how we use energy and land.

 

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

Source

 http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/03/17/1731591/the-dangerous-myth-that-climate-change-is-reversible/

see also: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2009/01/26/203610/noaa-climate-change-irreversible-1000-years-drought-dust-bowls/

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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One Response to Climate Change Can Be Slowed, But Not Reversed

  1. The effects will indeed go on for a long time – beyond my life. There is every reason for making the change now. Such was the case with the ozone hole. It will be another 5o years before that problem could be eliminated but quick action from the Montreal Protocol at least set it in motion.

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