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Climate change: new science, same old politics

If science suddenly found obesity or smoking to be twice as lethal as earlier believed it would be all over the media.

  • 19 January 2009
  • Simione Talanoa

If science suddenly found obesity or smoking to be twice as lethal as earlier believed it would be all over the media.

But a doubling of the likely impacts of greenhouse gas emissions? That seems not important enough for mainstream media outlets to bother reporting in much detail.

Arguably the biggest climate science news of 2008 was the finding, by a group US researchers that the earth's long-term "climate sensitivity" is approximately twice what was previously thought.

A doubling of carbon dioxide over pre-industrial levels would yield a concentration of 560ppm, compared with today's figure of just under 390ppm and therefore a 10°C warming is not an unrealistic proposition.

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Source: Green Left