One of the major drivers of the exceptional heat building within Earth’s atmosphere has reached levels beyond anything humans have ever experienced, officials announced on Thursday. Carbon dioxide, the gas that accounts for the majority of global warming caused by human activities, is accumulating “faster than ever,” scientists from NOAA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California San Diego found.

“Over the past year, we’ve experienced the hottest year on record, the hottest ocean temperatures on record, and a seemingly endless string of heat waves, droughts, floods, wildfires and storms,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said in a press release. “Now we are finding that atmospheric CO2 levels are increasing faster than ever.

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Luckily, the fossil fuel companies told us it isn’t anthropogenic and not to worry about this so we will be okay. /s

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They’re also gunning for precedent of immunity from repercussions of wrongdoing through SCOTUS as we speak.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/09/fossil-fuel-allies-pressuring-supreme-court

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Won’t save them from the mobs and pitchforks.

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I mean, that’s great and all, but you can’t reappropriate corporate funds with pitchforks.

We need punitive rulings and legislation.

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I think that’s a nice idea of a statement like Jesus loving you unconditionally.

Not helpful really and probably not exactly true.

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For that to be true you kinda need to get people to form a mob

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I’ve also been told that despite emitting close to a third of the world’s over all emissions, China produces less per capita than some developed countries so climate change is giving them a pass.

So that’s a third taken care of right there!

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That’s the scapegoat argument from US industry and politicians. The only reason the US is second to China in carbon emissions is because of the excessive outsourcing of US manufacturing to China.

The US is responsible for the most carbon emissions worldwide.

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Who controls the manufacturing processes in China? Who accepts the manufacturing contracts? Who controls their energy grid?

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54 points

When do we eat the rich and begin sabotaging these assholes private jets?

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Sorry best we can do is misunderstand the root causes and misdirect our rage to marginalized people and turn to full blown fascism

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Which in turn leads to war, which destroys the environment tenfold, making sure even the slim chance of humanity coming through this as anything resembling civilisation even slimmer. We’re thoroughly fucked. But hey, we created sooo much value for shareholders!

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And they’re banning tracking private jets.

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There’s gotta be people who have nothing to lose who are willing to start doing crazy fucked up shit, even if dying in the process.

I wonder how many there are, and what the spark would be for them to start going nuts.

But maybe also, there just aren’t that many willing or rock bottom yet. Maybe we’re mostly still comfortable, albeit unhappy. Might take a few more decades of business as usual.

Bread and circuses.

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Most of those people are on the right fighting the valiant fight against 15 minute cities.

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11 points

You can start now.

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Fun fact: Teton County, Wyoming has the most billionaires per capita. Their jets are parked at the airport.

Do with this information what you will.

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I like the cut of your jib.

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Wait… we aren’t supposed to eat them yet?

…uh oh

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4 points

And stop dredging the ocean

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Because although likely immensely satisfying, it will not actually accomplish that much on it’s own.

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“The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere today is comparable to where it was around 4.3 million years ago during the mid-Pliocene epoch,” NOAA said, “when sea level was about 75 feet higher than today, the average temperature was 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than in pre-industrial times and studies indicate large forests occupied areas of the Arctic that are now tundra.”

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Uh-oh

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7 degrees Fahrenheit would only cost like $20 a month more than what I already pay, if that.

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Until someone finds a way to combat climate change that also grows the GDP and makes all of the lines go up then what’s the point of taking any action? Profit is the only thing that matters above the lives of any human or animal. If it’s not profitable to fight climate change how can that be a good decision? Lol imagine making a decision that’s not profitable. Imagine doing something that doesn’t make the line go up! This is why nobody takes scientists and liberals and leftists seriously. Do you even realize the profit impact of what you’re suggesting? GDP must only go up. UP UP UP

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It seems like our only hope is a breakthrough in carbon capture.

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Carbon capture is a fools errand.

It takes just as much energy to get the carbon out of the air as it did to put it there in the first place. You can’t fight thermodynamics.

So unless we discover cheap, plentiful fusion in the next few years, or dedicate half a continent to solar and wind farms, we aren’t getting back any more carbon than we burn already.

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Nuclear and solar would like a word. My entire life we’ve been told we can’t have nuclear because NIMBY and “decade to build.”

We’d be swimming in available power without fossil fuel level carbon release if we had just done it.

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Deku tree

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You expect me to pay for that with MY taxes when I can already barely afford anything because capitalist business owners are sucking the wealth generated by my productivity into their own bank accounts?

Facetiousness aside you can maybe tell I have some other ideas about economic changes which might help :)

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Yeah but any economic changes you suggest will be called the new world order and they’ll never go through

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Like planting trees? And stopping chopping down the rainforests?

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100% this. Corporate incentives need to change. Money is the only primary corporate incentive right now, everything else is secondary and works towards that primary goal. Without a change that puts that goal in check, it will increasingly bring ruin on a global scale.

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Devalue money.

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Climate scientists should have lit themselves on fire in public places to warn us.

It’s their fault!

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If only they’d have said something. Repeatedly. For the last 50 years or so.

Oh well, too late now. Better burn a bit more so oil execs can finish the game with a high score.

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it’s so true. i love your “high score” comment. we’re all fucked right now because of this and there’s no going back.

i wish i knew you in real life

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For the last 50 years or so

Multiply that by 3 and you’re nearly correct. The first “quantitative prediction of global warming due to a hypothetical doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide” was published in 1896 by Svante Arrhenius, building on research from John Tyndall as far back as 1859. Source: Wikipedia, but with appropriate citations to the works in question.

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It’s Svante Arrhenius and John Tyndall’s fault for not lighting themselves on fire publicly 150 years ago to warn everyone.

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Y’all are all forgetting something really important, a lot of people really wanted to make a lot of money. So it’s totally cool, they’ll definitely figure that problem out in the future

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