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Surprise: We’ve Hit Another “Tipping Point”

Monday, October 24, 2016 13:27
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Never let a good talking point go to waste

400 parts per million: We’ve reached a climate change “tipping point”

In September, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stayed over 400 parts per million for the first time in thousands of years, a level more than 100 ppm over the atmosphere’s natural variations.

Um, no. Cute fake fact, though.

Four hundred ppm had been labeled as a “tipping point,” at which the climate would begin an unstoppable slide into hotter temperatures.

Yet Jonathan Overpeck Ph.D., co-director of the Institute of the Environment , said the number is more symbolic than scientific, though still a cause for concern.

“We don’t know if the tipping point was higher or lower than this,” Overpeck said. “There are actually many different tipping points.”

OK, so, despite the headline, it’s utterly bunk scientifically, and this little Warmist is trying to scare people.

The UA may not be planning for sweeping changes, but it’s still a leader in climate research and climate solutions, and has been working to help inform decision makers on human adaptation techniques and the maintenance of natural ecosystems, according to Overpeck.

“We are ground zero for climate change in the U.S.,” Overpeck said. “We have the most urgent reasons to act on climate change.”

Ground zero? I thought that it was Alaska? Or Tuvvulo? This island or that island? I’m confused.

“We can’t just look for technological or financial solutions,” Martinez-Lugo said. “We need to look for philosophical and moral solutions as well. There is no silver bullet.”

In other words, we’re back to my talking point, that this is about governmental control. It’s interesting that so many young folks, like the writer, Melissa Hefferman, a student at the University of Arizona, used to be about freedom and liberty and sticking it to the man and such. Now, they’re all about advocating for reducing their lifestyles, increasing their costs of living, limiting their jobs market chances, and increasing the role of government within their own lives. All over this mythical “tipping point.”


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