NASA: Is it too late to prevent climate change?

Oct 13 102 Comments

https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/16/is-it-too-late-to-prevent-climate-change/

Humans have caused major climate changes to happen already, and we have set in motion more changes still. Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, global warming would continue to happen for at least several more decades, if not centuries. That’s because it takes a while for the planet (for example, the oceans) to respond, and because carbon dioxide – the predominant heat-trapping gas – lingers in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. There is a time lag between what we do and when we feel it.

In the absence of major action to reduce emissions, global temperature is on track to rise by an average of 6 °C (10.8 °F), according to the latest estimates. Some scientists argue a “global disaster” is already unfolding at the poles of the planet; the Arctic, for example, may be ice-free at the end of the summer melt season within just a few years. Yet other experts are concerned about Earth passing one or more “tipping points” – abrupt, perhaps irreversible changes that tip our climate into a new state.

But it may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change. Responding to climate change will involve a two-tier approach: 1) “mitigation” – reducing the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and 2) “adaptation” – learning to live with, and adapt to, the climate change that has already been set in motion. The key question is: what will our emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants be in the years to come? Recycling and driving more fuel-efficient cars are examples of important behavioral change that will help, but they will not be enough. Because climate change is a truly global, complex problem with economic, social, political and moral ramifications, the solution will require both a globally-coordinated response (such as international policies and agreements between countries, a push to cleaner forms of energy) and local efforts on the city- and regional-level (for example, public transport upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, sustainable city planning, etc.). It’s up to us what happens next.

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TOP 102 Comments
  • Google AtinlayXVI
    There's still actions we can take. For example CA is already ahead of the pack in reducing energy use through impromptu rolling blackouts.
    Oct 13 21
    • Dude we were in a drought for five years... No shit the climate always changing. The premise you’re supposed to be supporting is that this is all due to man-made carbon omissions. Nothing you’ve shared provide any evidence in support of that thesis. I guess I shouldn’t expect a designer to understand how science works though…
      Oct 15
    • No. I’m just calling out the fact that California experiencing a dry spell doesn’t prove that was caused by man-made carbon omissions. I’m not making any kind of controversial claim. I’m just calling out the Absurdity of pointing to a hot day or a big drought year and pretending like that evidence of some theory of man-made climate change. That’s not science my friend that’s more akin to a religious belief
      Oct 15
    • Man, if you’re basing your beliefs on a wiki page you’ve got bigger problems than worrying about the world ending due to climate change in 10 years LOL
      Oct 15
    • It sounds like you’ll do anything to avoid engaging in the topic. I have nothing to hide why are you avoiding the topic at every turn?
      Oct 15
    • New cplus
      Still waiting for you to share a single Piece of evidence in support of your thesis. Do you even know how causal induction is supposed to work? Honestly you seem like an emotional animal more than anything else
      Oct 15
  • Unity Lvl5Thug
    No it isn't. Check the newest dataset for the IPC report in 2021. Rip global warming alarmists
    Oct 13 5
    • Unity Lvl5Thug
      No human caused climate change. The dataset is available since 2017. Official report in 2021
      Oct 13
    • Unity Lvl5Thug
      But, humans not being the cause of global warming doesn't mean we should pollute. If I see you throw some shit on the ground, i will make you eat it
      Oct 13
    • Unity Lvl5Thug
      The sun heats the planet and we're exiting the grand solar maximum. We'll experience a sudden 20 degree drop.
      Oct 14
    • Tesla dizzypop
      The climate does not “increase”, stop lying so much
      Oct 14
  • Tesla dizzypop
    Oct 14 4
    • Netflix depo
      Anyone who suggests paying higher taxes is a solution to stop Armageddon Should donate all the income voluntarily without waiting for us, bigots 🤣🤣🤣
      Oct 14
    • Amazon / Eng
      takeiteazy

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Just taking it easy
      takeiteazymore
      I guess because you can be overall pro-ecology and for progress and still think that New Green Deal is insane.
      Oct 14
    • Tesla dizzypop
      Grafix um because I’m operating on facts, so the car doesn’t magically break apart on the road? Plus there’s lots of money to be made off of “green new deal” fools, which Papa Elon figured out years ago?
      Oct 14
    • Tesla dizzypop
      I wouldn’t support it because it’s ultimately detrimental, but if California puts crazy rules out then it’s better to get the money than have you leftist tards have it
      Oct 14
  • Amazon / Eng takeiteazy
    *cranks AC up*
    Yup, too late.
    Oct 13 0
  • New zFCU53
    This global warming hoax is another great way to separate freethinking people from the mind controlled sheep
    Oct 14 10
    • You’re forgiven my child
      Oct 14
    • He has risen, I’m the Alpha and the Omega, the climate scam faker
      Oct 14
    • Let he who has never farted cast the first stone
      Oct 14
    • And on the seventh day God farted
      Oct 14
    • Repent, for you too have farted
      Oct 14
  • Uber fkfba
    Only a few developed countries treat it seriously. Even if US goes green there still will be India, LatAm, China, Russia and Middle east that have much lower GDP and capabilities to follow.
    Oct 13 3
    • Microsoft Fffreedom
      Yeah, right. It's all those foreign countries fault, not the Western hyperconsumption.
      Oct 13
    • New zFCU53
      Only the most brainwashed countries take it seriously LOL
      Oct 14
    • I’m coming for your feeble mind
      Oct 14
  • Samsung @googlenow
    Yes, according to a trump supporter we need to eat babies
    Oct 13 1
    • Netflix perics
      Hahah good one. Yes because it’s too late........ we had to 😞
      Oct 14
  • Netflix perics
    We are all going to die.. in 2 years !!!!! Reeeeeeeee
    Oct 14 0

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