Thursday 23 December 2010

The real cause of Global Warming: the Vatican

After a short Twitter conversation with the -usually- formidable, cheeky and clever Ben Kunz, I started to read some of the links he sent me, looking for references, sources, and anything else that could tell me more about the origin of data

I am not a gullible person. I have been an IT consultant since last century and recognise content-free suggestimative BS when I see it. I trust all people as well as their motives, but know that no one of the face of this earth can ever be fully objective

So, I started reading Ben's links and posts. Viewed graphs, clicked through, deeper and deeper, and made it to Wikipedia. The most objective source on this earth, I'd say, and full of notes and references to sources, a good amount of which online so you can immediately verify it yourself
Update 24th December 1:33 AM CET: after more, more and more comparison of total carbon dioxide output, I put it at 750 Gigatonnes - making the complete "by humans" output a 3.9%, rounded to 4%
I learned a few new facts about Global Warming:
  • 1 ppm of atmosphere CO2 is equivalent to 2.13 Gigatonnes Carbon, which equals 7.81 Gigatonnes of Carbon Dioxide
  • There's the Keeling Curve, showing that the carbon dixoide concentration fluctuates with the season, yet has steadily increased from 310 ppm in 1958 to 390 in 2010:

  • There's the world population, increasing from 3 billion in 1960 to 6.5 billion in 2010:
There we have it all. Sometimes life is too easy, really
  • Human CO2 emission is double that of 1970
  • Human population is double that of 1970
  • Ergo: twice the emission with twice the people equals no reason to worry; it means we are not witnessing some unstoppable exponential growth, we are simply seeing a linear mathematical equation
  • Ergo: there are too many humans on this planet. Of course they're only causing 4% of presumed Global Warming, but still
  • And who's been telling people to behave like rabbits since the dawn of times? Exactly - the Church
I rest my case. By the way, double the emission with double the amount of people means that our carbon footprint has actually decreased, of course: we live relatively healthier thus relatively longer, and consume relatively more energy than before, yet our carbon dioxide emission is exactly linear to what one would expect if our lifestyle had remained exactly the same as it was back in 1970

That must mean we're doing fine the way we are, and don't need to change. Just make less babies


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