Man-Made Global Warming: It’s Real, Get Over It!

In the introduction to his excellent book How to Cool the Planet, environmental author Jeff Goodell writes:

“By 2006, the major scientific uncertainties about whether or not the planet was warming — and why it was warming — had been long settled. (I won’t bother rehashing the evidence. If you still think global warming is a myth or unrelated to human activity, you’re reading the wrong book.)”

That was music to my ears, because it’s also true that if you don’t believe in man-made global warming, you’re visiting the wrong web site. You are unlikely to benefit from reading many of our articles because they are based on the premise that the so called “global warming debate” is settled, and move on from that position to exploring solutions to the global-warming crisis.

(If you’re unsure about the reality or causes of global warming, please keep visiting our site. Many of our articles could be of interest to you, our bookstore will carry a number of excellent titles on the subject, and we always welcome those with an open mind.)

I want to be clear that while Ecotecture’s content presupposes the reality of man-made global warming — and considers it a serious threat to global civilization — we do not claim to understand or be able to predict all of its manifestations. This is in keeping with the scientific “debate” on the topic. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists recognize the reality of man-made global warming — there is no debate there. But there is considerable debate about its possible effects, especially when it comes to the exact details.

We know the general scenario — that global warming will cause a dangerous rise in sea levels and massive storms and droughts capable of decimating entire regions and displacing their populations — but we don’t know exactly when or where those events might occur. However, we’ve been getting an inkling of that in the past few years, and it doesn’t look good. Climate-induced problems are occurring much sooner than expected, and we are already paying a heavy price for dumping too much carbon into our atmosphere.

Also, the warming that has already occurred could trigger the rapid release of massive amounts of more potent greenhouse gases such as the billions of tons of methane stored deep in the ocean and the arctic tundra, causing a “sudden,” catastrophic and irreversible spike in global temperatures.

Because of the persistence of atmospheric carbon — it remains airborne for several hundred years and the oceans have already absorbed as much of it as they can — Ecotecture takes the position that we have passed the tipping point and entered a true climate crisis. Even if we could somehow magically stop outgassing carbon dioxide tomorrow morning, there is already enough of it in the atmosphere to cause global temperatures to continue to rise for decades to come.

Therefore, much of our content will be based on reducing carbon loading through energy conservation and alternative energy production; reducing current atmospheric carbon levels though “biogenic carbon sequestration” (capturing and storing atmospheric carbon in living matter and burying some of it in the earth in the form of “biochar;” and adaption and mitigation strategies for local populations.

We consider that facing and addressing global warming — not debating its well-established realities — to be the proper function of our Journal which is devoted to “empowering our readers to solve environmental problems.”

~PSW

Relevant Reading:

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The Rough Guide to Climate Change, Robert Henson (2011 ed.)
The Atlas of Climate Change, Kirstin Dow and Thomas Downing (Nov. 2011 ed.)
The Great Disruption, Paul Gilding
Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben

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Is It Too Late For Renewable Energy to Slow Global Warming?

How Can We Stop Global Warming? Brains, Bodies or Biochar?
Global Warming Solution? The Framework of a Plan (1st in series)
Global Warming Solution? Energy Conservation and Carbon Biostorage (2nd)
Comments are welcome and generally will be posted if they are on topic and inoffensive. However, Ecotecture does not post comments to the effect that global warming is a hoax.

Comments are welcome and generally will be posted if they are on topic and inoffensive. However, Ecotecture does not post comments to the effect that global warming is a hoax.

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