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Comment #439466 by keddaw

Firstly, human CO2 production is currently increasing exponentially. Secondly, we really, really don't want any more CO2 absorbed by the sea than necessary. The sea isn't some convenient dumping ground for excess CO2: acidification of the ocean will be a real problem.

There is considerable inertia in climate. Things won't get better for a long time after we have cut CO2 production (assuming we do). They won't even get back to normal when CO2 levels drop. We have already set in motion processes that will continue for millenia at least.
Comment #439477 by godsbelow

You can bet people are afraid of change. It's simply not acceptable to hand-wave away the potential deaths of hundreds of millions when this problem can be dealt with.

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 16:05:00 UTC | #420996