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    trandtotrandto
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    Not really buy he mentions how having the lights on during his talk is not helping.

    Synopsis, supply side changes can;t make a difference, it needs to be demand side ie people changing their profligate habits. Quite sobering,

    Professor Kevin Andrews is the Director of the Tyndall Climate Research Centre at the University of Manchester and advises Government on climate change policy. His talk is about how climate policy scientists are not being alarmist enough.

    He points out, some people think it will be fine, they can just turn their A/C up and all will eb well, not understanding there A/C wont; work because the power grid will collapse under the strain as it;s not designed for those levels of heat rise. sobering stuff. He asks the rhetorical question, who is to blame ? the western world, that 1% (that is us) who consume 50% of the Earth’s energy and refuse to stop.

    Len asked in an earlier thread, whom to believe .. don’t believe anybody, follow the science.

    Sobering talk, so far I have watched it twice.

    http://youtu.be/RInrvSjW90U

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    porgeyporgey
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    Yes reducing power consumption will help but rising population and affluence will dwarf anything we attempt to do. We cant control what others do so just enjoy your journey and be as locally minded as you can!

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    trandtotrandto
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    porgey post=358124 wrote: Yes reducing power consumption will help but rising population and affluence will dwarf anything we attempt to do.

    Not so, did you watch the video ? As he points out, 50% of the CO2 emissions are from 1% of the population ie the Annex 1 countries. Population increases in the non Annex 1 countries of the world have nearly no impact on CO2 as they don’t really emit any. He makes the point of saying he is not talking about suitability, that’s a separate issue. If CO2 emissions aren’t brought under control now, then population is a complete non issue anyway. 4 degrees is confirmed if we act NOW and that’s a global average, with thermal inertia in the Oceans, that’s a mean land temp increase of 4 – 6 degrees, which translates to regional increases of 10 – 12 degrees.

    [quote quote=porgey post=358124We cant control what others do so just enjoy your journey and be as locally minded as you can!

    Sure we can, that’s why we vote, Government then enforces “our will”, with a gun, if you don’t do what they say. That aside, the point was climate change minimisation is easy, as he says, just unpalatable to most of us in the Annex 1 countries.

    My point was (and his), Government can’t solve the “problem”, even if they genuinely committed to doing so it would take decades, way to long, we left that too late.

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