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    Quote Originally Posted by ggies07 View Post
    Any of you guys big music fans? Music is part of my life, I started drumming in school in 6th grade and went all the way through high school doing drumline. I love all different types of music. If you are, do you have any songs about the world that inspire you? I'll list some of mine (and some lyrics) that really bring me back to the basics of humanity, nature, and earth. /…
    I guess we could use something like what Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come was for the Civil Rights movement.



    Someone should tell Lady Gaga about AGW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRP3 View Post
    Certainly some people live in more sustainable ways than others, and most of us can do more to reduce our impact. I just have a negative view of "native" populations trying to play the "holier than thou" angle, especially when obviously benefiting from modern conveniences.
    Most of the people who will suffer first and most substantially are those who are living much closer to a sustainable way of life -- the poor in agricultural cultures. They've done exponentially less harm to the planet than those of us who are privileged and, I would argue, spoiled. The holier than thou attitude lands squarely on the shoulders of the people who are doing the most harm -- us. If the US and China don't mend their ways we all are screwed.

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    ....AND the reality is much worse than that since most of Chinas CO2 emissions is caused by making crap for the US...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwdiver View Post
    ....AND the reality is much worse than that since most of Chinas CO2 emissions is caused by making crap for the US...
    There are two denominator views:
    One is per country like the one above (production), the other by consumption.
    I have yet to see a good consumption based comparison, that prorrates emissions with domestic use/import/exports. In such a view yeah, China's goes lower and us and European emissions grow drastically. A consumption view is good for educating consumers and population at large.
    A reason why the production perspective (per country/per capita with no adjustment for supply chains) is useful for some conversations is because arguably China (as an example exporter) wants to be able to continue to have so many exports while decreasing emissions. Whether it's physically even possible is to be seen, but that's a reason why policy makers who care more about global trade use that view so much.

    Of course it's idiotic not to use the consumption view more often. It's like buying all your bread from your neighbor and then blaming him for having the oven on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EchoDelta View Post

    Of course it's idiotic not to use the consumption view more often. It's like buying all your bread from your neighbor and then blaming him for having the oven on.
    Exactly why any Carbon Tax MUST... MUST be coupled with a Carbon Tariff.

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    BBC News - Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms

    Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.

    Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world.
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    The latest IPCC reports confirm both the need for dramatic change, and its affordability. See:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...l-fossil-fuels

    In the report, the IPCC has suggested that action to cut greenhouse gas emissions could reduce global growth by 0.06% per year over the 21st century, leading to a 1.7% reduction in global consumption by 2030 and 3.4% by 2050 relative to a business as usual strategy. Is this affordable? It does not sound much when set against the impact of climate change. And other benefits from improved air quality and reduced dependence on imported fossil fuels are not costed in.
    http://www.theguardian.com/sustainab...-ipcc-analysis

    The following is a good summary of the findings and need for action:

    http://www.theguardian.com/environme...tunity-roadmap

    There is no time left for us to wait another seven years to hear what the IPCC has concluded. Procrastination and delay are now our worst enemies. We must sincerely thank these scientists for their hugely important contribution to our collective understanding about climate change, and the risks it presents, but we are now on our own. This is it. Our collective fate is on our own hands and we must move forward with urgency and clarity of purpose.Obstacles remain in the road ahead – most notably, vested interests, blinkered ideology and political short-termism – but the IPCC has made it abundantly clear that the lack of available time means we must press on regardless and secure the rapid transition away from polluting fossil fuels and towards low-carbon, sustainable sources of energy. The IPCC has shown clearly that those who once doubted the science and now fashionably claim that we should "just adapt" to climate change are plain wrong. It's not an either/or choice between adaptation and mitigation. We must do both – and urgently. Tomorrow has no room for yesterday's fossil fools, as I heard one person say in Berlin.
    Given the urgency of the task ahead, it is worth just reminding ourselves what the IPCC has collectively told us in each of its three new working group reports, the first of which was published last September in Stockholm. The IPCC will publish an official synthesis of the three reports in Copenhagen in October, but here's my own synthesis report in – as is the vogue – less than 140 characters:
    Climate change is real. We are to blame. It will get worse if we fail to act. The solutions are available and affordable. But time is short.
    http://www.theguardian.com/environme...-tonnes-carbon

    On a more pessimistic note:

    http://www.theguardian.com/environme...l-shale-frenzy

    Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy -
    A worldwide extreme energy boom, modelled after Canada's, is unleashing weapons of mass ecological destruction
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