The Other Crisis: More Bad News
From The Independent. Main point: “Their findings–which contradict a widespread belief that the atmosphere would recover quickly once humanity stopped polluting it…”
Greenhouse gases will heat up planet ‘for ever’
New study shows the effects of CO2 pollution will be felt for hundreds of thousands of years
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Global warming is for ever, some of the world’s top climate scientists have concluded. Their research shows that carbon dioxide emitted from today’s homes, cars and factories will continue to heat up the planet for hundreds of thousands of years.
Their findings–which contradict a widespread belief that the atmosphere would recover quickly once humanity stopped polluting it–come at the beginning of the most crucial week for the climate this year. Tomorrow Britain’s powerful Climate Change Committee will lay out a road map to put the country on track to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. At the same time, the world’s governments will meet in Poznan, in Poland, to try to set the world on the path to agreeing a new international treaty next year, billed as the last chance to keep global warming to tolerable levels.