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originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
What should be done?
Two of the greatest contributors to atmospheric pollutants are Airplanes and Super Tankers.
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
Let's ignore the questions of "if climate change is occurring" and if it is happening, "what is causing it" and consider the situation from the perspective that climate change is actually happening. Let's also suppose that the change is detrimental to life on Earth in general and especially to human beings.
Now, accepting that Earth's climate has changed, will change and is changing right now as a fact, what should human beings do to help keep climate change from being a threat?
Most of the proposed actions to combat climate change suggest that the solution is primarily with stopping the human activities that have altered the chemistry of the atmosphere. But what will this really do, stop climate change? Regardless of the contributing factors involved with a changing climate, it will eventually change with or without our help.
I propose that human beings should do little or nothing to try to slow down or stop climate change, it is a battle lost before it has begun. But I don't believe that humans should do nothing at all. Humanity must find ways to adapt to whatever the climate brings because there is no stopping it from changing over time. Climate change has driven numerous plants and animals to extinction because they couldn't adapt to the changes and it will do the same to humans if we don't adapt.
As these changes occur, we can do common sense things to accommodate the situation right now without waiting decades to find out if we can change the climate to a more desirable one. If larger and more violent storms are a part of these changes, then don't build on the flood plains or right on a shoreline. Create building designs and city planning that resist the damage of larger storms. If the glaciers and polar regions are melting off, get to the high ground or start living on the water. If droughts and wild fires are the results, don't live in those areas or be prepared to eventually get burned down and driven out.
IMO the money and time is better spent on adapting and surviving a climate change then trying to alter the changing climate to suit our needs. We should do something other than reduce carbon emissions and plant forests to survive a global climate change, we should adapt. The only other choice is to leave the planet and survive in a far more hostile environment than what we have on the Earth. Of course our Earthly environment will change eventually and possibly become as hostile as any place else in our solar system given enough time.