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Old 12-13-2010, 01:34 PM   #15
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Default Re: I'm not sure "Globabl Warming" is the right term for what we're experiencing, but:

Originally Posted by boozehound
as usual, this cat is the biggest fool on the site. As for the term "global warming", like all mediazations of actual science, its a misnomer. That is why there is a push to call it global climate change instead. Some places will get more rain, some less, etc. The point is that our burning of fossil fuels has fundamentally shifted both the atmospheric composition and the global carbon cycle. This will impact the "weather" in both predictable (usually on a global, long term scale - i.e. global warming refers to the general longitudinal trend of the entire earth) and unpredictable (local weather patterns, day to day and year to year patterns, etc) ways. People who deny the anthropogenic impact on the atmosphere are either straight morons (who usually dont know the first thing about the actual data, just dismiss it), deniers (usually because its tooooo scary to think about), or are profiting massively from our continued dependence on the burning of carbon sinks like oil and gas.

Good post.

Animals have also been going extinct at rates higher than most documented mass extinctions that have had to do with large meteorite impacts, epic volcanic eruptions (or both in one), gradual ice ages, and any other global life killing phenomena.

This is due to us, humanity, not natural climate shifting (which is what energy companies and republicans try and pretend). It's still baffling to me that there are still people out there who deny our negative impact on the planet. We're agruably worse than global disasters, because we constantly destroy and manipulate the environment (and animals) to our will with no reprieve whatsoever. I honestly think we're screwed, but I'll be dead long before we get to that point of no return where humanity realizes it's doomed itself by overharvesting and overpopulating the planet.
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