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We can adapt to climate change, but can’t reverse it

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We can adapt to climate change, but can’t reverse it We have been bombarded with progressive thinking over the years that carbon dioxide (CO2) has resulted in warming temperatures. The fact that the global warming trend began 200 years ago while CO2 concentrations were stable between 280-300 parts per million (ppm), coupled with a 35-year decline in global temperatures starting in the 1940s while the CO2 concentration increased to 320 ppm, is inconsistent with the ...

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gina99
September 15, 2013
7:19 a.m.

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Michael Barbarulo- What did you expect on the walls? County Planner Ray Gillen didn't bother to asks any questions to the State. Great work protecting our greatest County asset-the Mohawk River. We need a new County Planner who asks the tough questions and isn't a partisan hire. Re-elect who for County Legislature?

mkg314
September 15, 2013
5:19 p.m.

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re: Mr. Wege and climate change
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The objective is not to reverse the temperature. The objective is to return climate to nature by reducing co2 and other green house gases to their natural level and to thereby stabilize temperatures. Right now, co2 is at a greater concentration than in the past half-million years, and it continues to rise because of fossil fuel.
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Surface temperatures are a poor short term (even decadal) indicator of climate change because air contains only a small fraction of the earth's thermal energy with the temp fluctuating as energy is exchanged with the oceans. The thermal imbalance (more energy coming in than going out) is measurable by satellites and now amounts to the energy equivalent of several Hiroshima bombs per second, over 300,000 bombs per day, every day. Temperature will continue to rise as long as this imbalance continues. (doc file with calculation: http://bit.ly/1gkcW9i)
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The notion that a "minute quantity" can't have major consequences isn't even logical or scientific. There are many examples in nature where a small quantity or concentration can have a major effect. A trace amount of co2 is all that is needed to trap heat due to the differential absorption of short and long wavelengths, with a positive feedback to increased water vapor - itself a greenhouse gas.
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The denier camp is free to put forth its own credible models and analysis that would explain the temperature trend over the past 100 years assuming zero increase in co2. No such model has been forthcoming for the simple reason that the temperature trend can't be explained without factoring in the ramp up of co2. The one attempt that I'm aware of, the Koch brothers' funded BEST study, concluded that co2 is the culprit.

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