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on 3 March 2006
If you want to know the latest facts, and the full history about climate change, it's all here in this book.
Tim Flannery leaves no hiding place for those with doubts, or 'clever' responses based on spurious science.
If I can quote one set of facts from the book which should chill every reader, it is this:
In 1800 CO2 was about 280 parts-per-million in the atmosphere, and had been around that figure - or below - for 55 million years.
The Keeling Curve - based on Charles Keeling's measurements on thr summit of Mt Mauna Loa, Hawaii - shows an inexorable rise from 1959 to the present, from around 315 ppm to around 380 ppm in 2005.
Tim Flannery spells it out: at 280 ppm there is about 586 gigatonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere. Today the figure is about 790 gigatonnes, increasing by about 13.3 gigatonnes per year.
The aim should be to set a ceiling - a budget - of 6 gigatonnes per year.
That's less than half current emissions.
Keep those figures in mind and you will have the yardstick by which to judge politicians - like Energy minister Malcolm Wickes - who said only the other day:
" ... the world is going to be burning lots of carbon, particularly loads and loads of coal, for 100, 200 years to come. The environmentalists may not like that but tough, it's going to happen"
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