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However, neither governments nor vested interests would have been able to continue on the track leading toward a climate calamity had it not been for the majority who, mostly aware of the risks, pay only lip service to the issue. Ultimately it is the collective foresight or lack of such, by our species which it will decide its future.

Where-to now?

Some scientists despair. Guy McPherson (Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) writes "It seems no matter how dire the situation becomes, it only gets worse when I check the latest reports" [13]. Others accept Pablo Casals dictum "The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step".

  In themselves, efforts at reduction in atmospheric CO2-emission are no longer sufficient to prevent further global warming. For this reason, along with sharp reductions in carbon emissions, efforts need to be undertaken in an attempt to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels from their current level of near-400 ppm to well below 350 ppm. A wide range of technologies have been proposed in this regard [14]. What is required is action on a global scale before it is too late.

[1] http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/mod6.html ; http://www.aip.org/history/climate/co2.htm

[2] http://theconversation.edu.au/the-atmospheres-shift-of-state-and-the-origin-of-extreme-weather-events-9285

[3] http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=ec_ctte/extreme_weather/submissions.htm

[4] http://www.earthinbrackets.org/2013/01/05/no-surprise-connie-doha-was-a-failure/

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[5] http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_and_data_reports.shtml

[6] Rahmstorf et al. 2007. Recent Climate Observations Compared to Projections.

[7] James Hansen -- "Storms of my Grandchildren'


[8] "We are bracing for a one-in-a-hundred-year flood," Anna Bligh http://www.english.rfi.fr/node/69581

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[9] http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/newman-takes-aim-at-climate-and-renewables-95574 ; http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/09/13/3589303.htm ; click here

[10] http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/exxon-secrets/

[11] http://www.themonthly.com.au/blog-how-can-climate-change-denialism-be-explained-robert-manne-4386 ; http://theconversation.edu.au/carbon-pricing-policy-in-the-media-3746

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Dr. Andrew Glikson is a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences, and author of numerous research articles on asteroid impacts and mass extinctions, early evolution of life on earth, and (more...)

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