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The Rough Guide to Climate Change

The Rough Guide to Climate Change

Book - 2011 | 3rd ed
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"Gives the complete picture of the single biggest issue facing our planet. ... lays out the facts and assesses the options - global and personal - for dealing with the threat of a warming world"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: London : Rough Guides, 2011
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781848365797
Call Number: 363.73874 H526r 2011
Characteristics: x, 406 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm


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"The book is organized in four sections: 'The basics'--global warming in a nutshell; 'The symptoms'--what's happening now, and what might happen in the future; 'The science'--how we know what we know about climate change; and 'Debates & solutions'--from spats and spin to saving the plane... Read More »

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Jun 16, 2015

Next time you're asked, "How much global warming is due to humans?", you can honestly say, "about 220%". That's right - 220%!

How so? Because on a 100 year time scale, the only major warmers are greenhouse gases, the main driving gas being CO2 (H2O is also major, but, being entirely passive, is not a driver).

Meanwhile, each year Earth manages to absorb 55% of the man-made CO2. So, the 45% that remains airborne is what's been raising atmospheric CO2 (by 2.1 parts per million by volume each year, or 43% since 1850). So, the man-made contribution to the main global warming driver is 220% or more than twice as much as what stays in our air.

This means that humans are entirely responsible for ALL the global warming in the modern era. and then some.

Remember this when some skeptic questions man's contribution to global warming.


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