Skip to comments.Fossil Fuel Curbs May Speed Global Warming: Scientists
Posted on 01/12/2005 6:27:48 PM PST by NormsRevenge
LONDON (Reuters) - Cutting down on fossil fuel pollution could accelerate global warming and help turn parts of Europe into desert by 2100, according to research to be aired on British television on Thursday. "Global Dimming," a BBC Horizon documentary, will describe research suggesting fossil fuel by-products like sulfur dioxide particles reflect the sun's rays, "dimming" temperatures and almost canceling out the greenhouse effect.
The researchers say cutting down on the burning of coal and oil, one of the main goals of international environmental agreements, will drastically heat rather than cool climate.
"When the cooling affect goes away -- and it must do because particles like sulfur dioxide are damaging to humans -- global warming will be much stronger," climate change scientist Dr Peter Cox told Reuters on Wednesday.
Temperatures could increase in the worst case by up to 10 degrees by the end of the century, the researchers said -- much more than current estimates.
Scientists differ as to whether global warming is caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases, by natural climate cycles or if it exists at all.
Take away fossil fuel by-products like sulfur dioxide without tackling greenhouse gas emissions, and the extra heat will speed warming, irreversibly melting ice sheets and rendering rain forests unsustainable within decades, Dr Cox said.
"The climate will warm more in the future but the ability of the land to store carbon dioxide will be compromised," he said, adding that warmer soil was less able to hold the greenhouse gas.
Here we go again...
Right - so those vegans and vegetarians who are generating excess flatulence are responsible for global warming! Oh, the irony.
I think articles like this serve to show how little we know about the planetary climate and the man-made effect.
But I bet a liberal can somehow blame this on Bush...
What are you gonna do?
But we must try something, anything
I rather like the morning in good company although I much prefer the evening with you.
Step on it. :-) the pedal, that is. lol
Look! It's Bill Clinton's bridge. :-}
Early morning steam from Lake Superior shrouds the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005. Cold air over the warmer water created the steam and a temperature inversion kept the steam from dissipating, producing this cloudy view. (AP Photo/Jack Rendulich)
I wish these bozoo's would get their arguments straight.
Thank ye kindly, Old Professer. Just remember to cut the caffeine off by 8 PM. ;-)
The details don't matter so long as there is a global problem that requires global intervention and heaps of US money.
Darn good thing I bought a Ram Hemi to haul my a$$ back and forth to the office then. Been gettin all of 10.5 mpg too.
Glad to know by doing so I can helps save the earth, or at least europe ( once again ).
First the next Ice Age is on the way, then Global Warming is gonna kill us and we all have to trade in SUV's for Segways and now this!
Henry Ford said history is bunk, it appears what passes for science is the same!
When can we let the adults take charge?
Boing! Boing! Boing!!!
We have a winner!
You forgot the death of capitalism. Gotta have the death of capitalism or the entire world will be 10 degrees warmer in only a hundred years.
Which would still leave me below freezing at the moment. Come on, Global Warming!