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Global Warming. Is it really happening?

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[Jul. 5th, 2006|01:23 am]
Global Warming. Is it really happening?


So, is anything going to happen here? Am I supposed to drive it, so you can respond, or otherwise? Do you feel the burden of proof in the case of global warming lies with me (as representative of the doubters)? Or do you think you'll post evidence for global warming, for me (as representative of the doubters) to attempt to rebut? Whichever, it doesn't matter to me, but it does need to be discussed, and, since you set up the community, it's up to you to determine the format.

~Luna Ozymandias

[User Picture]From: katakanadian
2007-01-14 11:25 pm (UTC)
Don't know if anyone is looking here anymore.

I'll toss out an argument that someone used recently:
When a tree falls/dies in the forest it rots and releases all its carbon so there is no point in planting trees to combat global warming because that carbon will simply be released again in a few decades.

O_o >_<

That person obviously is forgetting that not all carbon is released from trees as they rot. I don't know the exact percentage but there is a significant amount that does not get released and it becomes organic matter in soil. The world's massive coal deposits are from ancient plant life (ie. enormous quantities of carbon taken up by those plants was sequestered underground rather than being released a few years after the plant died). Of course, even if plant growth and rot/burning were perfectly carbon balanced we need more forests/greenspace to replace all that lost over the past century. Rampant growth has prematurely released millions of trees worth of carbon which then needs to be recaptured in trees to restore the natural growth/rot cycle.
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