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June 27th, 2010

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07:46 pm - Writer's Block: Planet friendly
How concerned are you about global warming? Do you believe it's possible to reverse the climate trend?
The best case scenario set out by the IPCC is a rise of 2 degrees by the end of this century; this is not now a realistic possibility since our governments failed to commit at Copenhagen. Even a 2 degree rise will mean enormous changes for humanity, not least because - for example - it will devastate America's ability to produce its own food supply, let alone the effect it will have on African nations. A 6 degree rise would effectively spell the end of the human race as we know it, and without at least some mitigation this is a serious possibility. Do I think it's possible to reverse the trend? We already know how to limit warming to 2 degrees, so from a scientific and technical perspective yes. From a political perspective many people still do not believe in any anthropogenic factors despite vast amounts of evidence so, depressingly, no.

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