Inaction on global warming 'not an op...

Inaction on global warming 'not an option': Merkel

There are 3 comments on the Times of Oman story from May 6, 2013, titled Inaction on global warming 'not an option': Merkel. In it, Times of Oman reports that:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured as she visits the Johann-Gottfried-Herder high school in Berlin's Lichtenberg district on May 6, 2013.

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SpaceBlues

United States

#1 May 6, 2013
Listen to Merkel warning that a worldwide deal must stand by 2015, when Paris will host a UN climate summit, and that waiting and doing nothing "is not an option".
SpaceBlues

United States

#2 May 6, 2013
Unfortunately, humans release carbon dioxide into the air by burning fossil fuels. This activity has caused the Keeling Curve to creep ever upward since 1958: The lows get a little higher each year, as do the highs.

Because carbon dioxide typically peaks in May, researchers are expecting the Keeling Curve to break a milestone of 400 ppm this year.(If not, the number will almost certainly be reached in May 2014.) As of May 1 of this year, the last day data was available, the Mauna Loa observatory recorded 399.39 ppm of carbon dioxide in the air.

There will be no huge atmospheric or climatic shift once carbon dioxide hits 400 ppm, but the milestone has symbolic significance, said Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University.

"It is a reminder of just how uncontrolled this dangerous experiment we're playing with the planet really is," Mann told LiveScience.
LessHypeMoreFact

Etobicoke, Canada

#3 May 6, 2013
SpaceBlues wrote:
Listen to Merkel warning that a worldwide deal must stand by 2015, when Paris will host a UN climate summit, and that waiting and doing nothing "is not an option".
The issue is not whether it needs to be done any more. The issue is that no country will voluntarily take it on without every OTHER country doing it first.

A carbon surcharge is the ONLY feasible means of getting every country on board. It is HOW to get a deal, not whether a deal is good or not.

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