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ClimateBites - Climate Soundbites

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How can a tiny trace gas change the climate?

Bite"How can a minuscule amount of CO2 cause global warming?" shout the sceptics! "Easily", is the response. Can't a bite from a tiny insect produce death from a serious disease; and an injection with a tiny amount of serum reverse it?
"We depend on the natural world... for our very sanity"

Category:Extinctions
Bite"We are dependent on the natural world for the very air we breathe and every particle of food we eat. Many people, including me, would say we are dependent on it for our very sanity." — Sir David Attenborough
'Little old us? We're not important enough to alter the planet.'

BiteHumans have overrun the planet to live in every ecosphere. We have had a dramatic impact on natural resources in every land we have colonised. But our impact pales in comparison with plankton.
Kindergarten lesson:   "Clean up your own mess"

Bite"Clean up Your Own Mess" -- Robert Fulghum

"Cleaning up after ourselves generally is neither easy nor fun, and we usually don't like it." -- Richard B. Alley
Pteropods: the "canaries in the coal mine" of climate change.

BiteAs Earth's oceans warm and become more acidic, ocean creatures including pteropods are undergoing severe stress. They are harbingers of change. It's possible by 2050 that they might not be able to make a shell any more and if we lose these organisms the impact on the food chain will be catastrophic.
Waste not, want not, with "Cradle to Cradle" design

BiteWith "Cradle to Cradle" design, every waste product is raw material for the next process.
Tax carbon! Can restaurants throw their thrash into the street?

BiteFossil fuel industry is the only industry on earth throwing its waste out for free. If you run a restaurant, you have to pay someone to cart away your garbage. - inspired by Bill McKibben
2012 drought natural? Blame the car engine for a speeding ticket?

Bite"Blaming La Nina for the record drought is like blaming the car engine for the speeding ticket. See what happens when the driver steps on the gas?" - Hunter Cutting, Director of Strategic Communications at Climate Nexus
Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad? That's the scientific debate

Bite‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Wood, climate scientist
We're not first.   Pond scum did it 2 billion years ago!

BiteHuman's aren't the first species to alter the atmosphere; that distinction belongs to cyanobacteria, (blue-green algae) which, some two billion years ago, invented photosynthesis. But we are the first species to be in a position to understand what we are doing.
CO2 is only a trace gas.   And arsenic is "only a trace" element.

BiteSaying that CO2 is "only a trace gas" is like saying that arsenic is "only" a trace water contaminant.
Releasing ourselves from the dilemma of the 'Energy Hook'

BiteIn order to prevent climate change, the world has to switch from high-carbon, polluting, power generation; to new, low-carbon generating capacity. So in order to benefit in the long-term we need a huge building programme which unfortunately, in the short-term, will create a significant increase in C...
'Clean Coal'; a breakthrough —in marketing?

Bite" 'Clean coal' represents a breakthrough —in the marketing of coal. But it does not represent a breakthrough in the burning of coal." —Van Jones
Continue drinking to avoid a hangover?

BiteContinuing to burn fossil fuels in order to maintain the growth economy is like keeping on drinking to avoid a hangover.
AGW, like obesity, is an unexpected consequence of prosperity

Category:Human Causality
BiteGlobal warming, like obesity, is an unanticipated consequence of prosperity.

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