Recent comments in /f/Climate_Changed

celebratedrecluse wrote

This is misleading, not all greenhouse gases have the same efficiency at creating the greenhouse effect.

It is likely that simply ceasing to raise livestock & produce monocultural crops to feed those livestock, along with ceasing to extract natural gas, would alone reverse a majority of the ongoing additive greenhouse activity in the atmosphere on top of what has already been effected. This is because methane is between 12-60 times (depending on varying environmental conditions) as potent of a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide.

Framing this question as one of "how much emissions" is a borderline disingenous way to describe the issue, and coming from a state funded university is damned irresponsible/manipulative. Agriculture alone is far and away the biggest problem, not just in the direct ways I already described either. If you're worried about the Amazon inferno, that's basically the result of the Brazillian beef lobby's hard work over the years.

However none of this is particularly significant because we've already crossed the threshold of feasible action for feedback systems we can no longer interfere with. What matters now is reducing the harm that is now inevitable, and doing that requires an immediate cessation of meat production, monocultural crop harvesting, and at the very least an end to fracking.

The other sources are important environmental problems (smog from dirty industry & transit kills literally millions of people per year), but in the specific problem of global climate change are less significant. Ocean acidification is a much more worrying problem as a result of carbon dioxide emissions, than climate change per se.

It's important to have fluency in these topics so that we can talk to people about them in an informed & intelligent way.

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eltrkbrd OP wrote (edited )

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spacersparanoid wrote

There's a picture in the article, with a helicopter with what it looks like a very small quantity of water, ready to fly into the black smoke created by the wildfires... And I'm here, in front of my laptop, reading this comment, and I'm feeling hopeless. I know, as a species we did a lot of good (for selfish reasons or not), but in present times it feels like we are doing too much harm (comparing with the good). And it's no turning back and I feel like crap.

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ziq wrote (edited )

I've been feeling it. I need to buy a fan or something because it's making it impossible to fall asleep at night, even if I sleep outdoors.

Lost 5 trees so far this summer to the heat.

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6c_6f_76_65 wrote

The good ole days when we had 4 distinct seasons and not 3m fall, 3m spring, and 6m of summer.

What is really bad are the sheer number of ticks and mosquitoes that are out.

My garden took a hard hit this year. It was 40 days before summer officially started and we had almost 3 weeks of mid 90s with no rain. I had not put in drip irrigation yet and my tomatoes are pretty much toast for this year. I'll be lucky if I get half of my normal yield for bell peppers. I am leaning towards clearing out most of the garden and growing pounds of basil and garlic. Make enough pesto and hummus to last me until next year.

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