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The Dangerous Myth That Climate Change Is Reversible

In reaction to a recent column on climate change published in the New York Times and written by Joe Nocera, Joe Romm of Climate Progress points out that cutting carbon emissions will not reverse the effects of climate change. A 2009 paper from NOAA explained that climate change is “largely irreversible for 1000 years”, but the idea that reducing or eliminating carbon emissions will undo the effects of climate change is a widespread climate myth. Reducing carbon emissions is vital to stabilize the climate system and prevent extreme warming–but temperatures would continue to rise even if emissions were drastically reduced because of the effects of carbon that have already been emitted. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are often cited as one method of reducing emissions and “reversing” climate change, however CCS is “incredibly expensive” and is not cost effective in comparison to low-carbon technologies.

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  1. I agree on the fact that no matter how much effort we put in trying to reduce greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere, the damage that has already been done since the 1980’s during the times of Industrial boom. Many of these gases released by chemical companies, offshore oil companies, mining and raw material manufacturers has contributed to the long-term depletion of the ozone layer. Recent data reports from the EPA on Greenhouse gases emissions, shows that “Carbon dioxide, a dangerous gas, make up 89% of our atmosphere”. “Among the causes of ozone depletion” continues the reports,”electricity wastage accounts for 33%, followed by transportation 20% and industry 16%”. CFCs found in our aerosols and perfumes are also major contributors to greenhouse emissions and sadly responsible industry in charge of their production do not take precautionary measures to test out their environment effectiveness. We shouldn’t be surprise if they conclude that cheaper costs are their basic reasons for resorting to such harmful products.

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