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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Climate Change: Anthropogenesis Doesn't Matter

Climate change deniers express a lot of concern over whether climate change is caused by human activities or not. Implicit in asking whether climate change is anthropogenic is an assumption that if climate change isn't caused by humans, then nothing can or should be done to reverse it.

That assumption is absurd; and only serves to derail discussion of how to combat climate change. To see how absurd it is, consider the case of asteroids. If an asteroid large enough to end life-as-we-know-it were discovered to be on a trajectory to impact the earth, it would not be anthropogenic. Should we then not attempt to deflect it from catastrophe?

The important question is: How can we slow or reverse climate change and the destruction of ocean reefs from increased atmospheric CO2?

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