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    It's generally accepted among the scientific community, though the predicted extent of it may vary, so let's not debate that here.

    Do you think we'll be able to stop any change in time, or will humanity end up killing itself?

    Do we need to do a lot more than we're doing right now? I mean, a lot of countries aren't even following stuff like the Kyoto Protocol.
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    (Original post by Alpha brah)
    It's generally accepted among the scientific community, though the predicted extent of it may vary, so let's not debate that here.
    Do you think we'll be able to stop any change in time, or will humanity end up killing itself?
    Do we need to do a lot more than we're doing right now? I mean, a lot of countries aren't even following stuff like the Kyoto Protocol.
    As you say, the science is pretty much settled and not worth discussing further here.

    As the problem is excess CO2 in the atmosphere, the solution has to be reduce the amount of CO2 we are dumping in the atmosphere, same as for every other pollution problem we have faced. Obviously, anything we can do to reduce fossil fuel consumption will help - that means diversifying to renewables and nuclear. In principle, fossil fuel combustion gases can be scrubbed to remove CO2, and this may also help. Other strategies, like reforestation, could also help to lock up CO2 .

    Can we do it in time? - well the more we do and the quicker we do it, the less damage we'll do. And if some countries won't play their part, it may require sanctions. What we can't afford to do is ignore the problem and hope it will go away by itself.
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    Eradicate ourselves.

    Problem solved
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    By paying higher taxes, we can fund new and upcoming technology that will help the Earth stay cooler.
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    Besides the obvious: reducing our CO2 emissions, is there a way to actually reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere by trapping it somehow (besides reforestation, I mean)?
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    Besides the obvious: reducing our CO2 emissions, is there a way to actually reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere by trapping it somehow (besides reforestation, I mean)?
    There are natural chemical, physical and biological processes that will remove CO2 - the problem is that we have overwhelmed them. If we reduce our emissions sufficiently, these natural scrubbing mechanisms will be able to reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

    There are other technological solutions, some quite speculative. For example, life cannot thrive in some areas of the ocean because iron is lacking - it's been hypothesised that adding iron dust could cause plankton blooms which would, through the food chain, result in more organic matter (including carbon) being deposited on the sea bed. And there is carbon sequestration, which involves pumping CO2 into geological formations from which we've extracted oil or gas - this is also unproven at present. But this problem will take decades to reverse, so they may yet become important tools in the armoury.
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