In the early 1970s, in a first year chemistry class at SFU, I learned that carbon dioxide was already
accumulating in the atmosphere
and the basic science of carbon bonds and sunlight showed that build-up would over time
induce heating of the entire globe. The heat trapping effect of carbon dioxide and methane and other
gases was well known. The problem was easy to state, easy to understand, easy to fix.
All that was needed was to reduce emissions of
carbon dioxide (CO2) and
methane (CH4), and
other diatomic gases, and the problem was solved.
But something went wrong and we wasted 50 years and let the problem get irretrievable.
Oh well, we had a good run, you and I.
|Climate-Change Concerned Canadian Citizens Supporting Alberta Separatists Party|
|Disaster Doug and his crap climate attitude has set Ontario back, way back, because he wanted to undo green policies the Liberal governments implemented. Politics, not pragmatics. And, with the pending shutdown of Pickering, natural gas fired power generation might shoulder more of the load and spew more GHG. And then Ontarioaniacs reelected this schmoo? Because they don't care about their kids or elders.|
|Environment Defence studies and communicates|
|Canadian Climate Institute studies and communicates|
|Clean Energy Canada studies and communicates|
|Ontario Clean Air Allinace studies and communicates|
|News of the World|
|The Guardian newspaper does not paywall their stuff and thus stands out in their climate reporting. It has daily coverage of some aspects of climate, weather or environmental crises, with a strong UK and Australian bent, of course, but lots of global coverage. What is happening in their backyard matters, so we can learn from the failures of the UK, EU, and Oz.|
|there must be 50 years to fail your planet|
|broken record, indeed|
|cannot afford to fix, let's all just die|
|the solution might be either a lot of little heat pumps, or one big one|
|Hydrogen! Cops are coming! Shifting to a Hydrogen economy will help, but you cannot leak the stuff away. because of H2 chemistry in the atmosphere.|
to a US prezzie-thingy tells us we could have started fixing things in 1977. But...
the prezzie did not act on this clear and prescient danger.
|Adapting is not the only answer. Reduction of emissions must happen. If you want to live here.|
In any of my pages, "GHG" means Greenhouse Gas, and may imply carbon dioxide only or any of the known large-scale gaseous contributors to climate havoc. Nitrous Oxide, as used for a pain-killer during childbirth or dentistry, is not one of those. All other Nitrous Oxide applications and other NOx gases are.